Death Note (TV version) Death Note is a great new anime that has just started airing in Japan. It is the story of a bored teenaged genius who gains the power of life and death over everyone in the world. This is an intense supernatural thriller with a psychological approach to drama. Originally a serialized manga in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump, the story ran for two and half years, with a total of 108 chapters. Death Note has also been made into a set of live-action movies - the first one was released this summer, and the second is due to be shown in November. The series is written by Ohba Tsugumi with art by Obata Takeshi. Other works by Obata include Ayatsuri Sakon, Rampou and the hugely popular Hikaru no Go. The anime version of Death Note is produced by Madhouse Production, who have brought a number of hit anime shows to the small screen, such as Bomberman, Galaxy Angel, Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl, NANA and the highly acclaimed Tokyo Godfathers. In Death Note, a high school student called Yagami Raito comes into possession of a notebook with 'Death Note' written on its cover. Upon opening it, he finds instructions on how to kill people. All you have to do is write a person's name in the notebook. Because many people have the same name, the writer also has to focus on what the victim looks like. The writer has 40 seconds to decide on how the victim should die, and write it down. If nothing is written, then the victim will suffer a heart attack. Yagami tests the notebook and discovers, to his horror, that it really works. The power of life and death is now in his hands, but who deserves to die? Who can stop him? The biggest question of all, perhaps, is does any one person have the right to decide who lives and who dies?