Light Novel / Another Note

A Spin-Off novel of the popular manga and anime series Death Note, written by NISIOISIN, published in 2006.

Another Note follows FBI Agent Naomi Misora as she is enlisted by the Great Detective L to help him solve a series of perplexing and brutal murders in Los Angeles, each with a Wara Ningyo (a Japanese straw doll) left at the crime. She is soon joined in her investigation by a mysterious "unprivate" detective called Ryuzaki.

Another Note provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Naomi
  • Aerith and Bob: Naomi and Raye are fairly normal names, Beyond Birthday appears to be self-chosen, and Rue Ryuzaki is an obvious pseudonym. But how do you explain Believe Bridesmaid, Bluesharp Babysplit, and Backyard Bottomslash?
  • Alliterative Name: Rue Ryuzaki, Beyond Birthday, Believe Bridesmaid, Quarter Queen, Backyard Bottomslash, Bluesharp Babysplit, and Blackberry Brown.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Naomi with Beyond Birthday. Technically, she's alone with Beyond Birthday for most of the novel.
  • Biker Babe: Naomi.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While there are far fewer deaths here than in Death Note, the murders we do have are far more grisly.
  • Calling Card: The Wara Ningyo.
  • Capoeira:
    • Naomi uses it against B.
    • At the end, L claims he's been studying it. This actually is a reference to the main series, where he kicks Light in the face using capoeira.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Sort of. Naomi walks in on BB rifling through Quarter Queen's underwear drawer, ostensibly as part of the investigation, but it looks to her like he's just being a pervert.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death
  • Death by Origin Story: A.
  • Detective Mole: Naomi is very impressed by "Ryuzaki's" ability to decipher the codes B left behind... Well...
  • The Determinator: B is determined to defeat matter what.
  • Doomed by Canon: In a sense, since in the main series, L states that Naomi Misora helped him solve the Los Angeles BB Murder case, so there is only one possible ultimate outcome.
  • Driven to Suicide: Beyond Birthday. (It was part of his Thanatos Gambit though.) Also A, because he could not handle the pressure of being L's successor.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Throughout the entire book, the reader thinks that Ryuzaki is L — it's specifically set up that way. At the end it is revealed that "Ryuzaki" was actually Beyond Birthday the whole time.
  • Eye Scream
  • Fingore
  • Gorn
  • Harmful to Minors: Thirteen year old Quarter Queen.
  • Idiot Ball: All the murder victims have strange and unusual names. Anybody who learns what their names are would instantly conclude that for some reason, this killer only goes after people with weird names. Ryuzaki and Naomi never even consider this, though. In fact, they seem to be genuinely unaware that the names in question are unusual.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Beyond Birthday to L.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
  • Lemony Narrator: Mello.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Deconstructed here, as it is pointed out that the killer simply having a spare key can solve the majority of cases, and that there is never any need for the killer to lock the door in the first place, especially since the deaths never resemble suicides.
  • Man on Fire
  • Murder-Suicide: Beyond Birthday is his own final victim.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: B L's evil look-alike (however, it is revealed that this is not his actual appearance; B disguises himself by putting on heavy layers of makeup), a sociopathic Evil Genius Wammy's kid Serial Killer born with the Shinigami eyes.
  • Noodle Incident: Mello has heard the stories of how L bested Eraldo Coil and Denevue, and how L arrived at Wammy's House, but chooses not to share those stories.
    • Also, the circumstances around exactly how Mello got to meet L in person and hear these stories.
    • And just what happened to the second and third generations of would-be L-successors (after A and B, but before Mello and Near).
  • Posthumous Narration: Mello... maybe; it's technically possible that he composed this during the events of the manga, but it's hard to believe he'd have had the time, given the circumstances. He makes overt references to having "lost," so...
    • It's pretty clear that this is the case:
    Mello: I am the old world's runner-up, the best dresser who died like a dog, Mihael Keehl.
    • Not so fast. Whether or not Mello's narration is posthumous has always been ambiguous. Literally paragraphs before he introduces himself, he makes not one, not two, but three explicit references to others finding and reading his notes, including Kira, despite the fact that he goes on to describe details of the Kira case he couldn't have known were Light still alive. Not to mention this quote, also from the prologue:
    Mello: I hate to use such a hackneyed line, but I imagine that by the time anyone lays eyes on these words I will no longer be alive.
  • No Social Skills: L and B.
  • Prequel: To the Death Note series. It expands on the LABB case that L mentioned casually in the series.
  • The Rival: L is this to B. (It's a bit one-sided though.)
  • Stalker with a Crush: Beyond Birthday's actions and desire for said actions can be seen as this towards L.
  • The Stinger: The last line, which ties this back into canon: Beyond Birthday died in prison... due to Light Yagami.
  • Suspect Existence Failure: Well, that was the plan, anyway. Rue Ryuzaki, a.k.a. Beyond Birthday, plans to create a case that L can't solve by committing suicide and making it look like a murder. Up until this point we're led to believe that it's L, not Beyond Birthday actually doing it.
  • Sweet Tooth: Ryuzaki.
  • Take That, Audience!: The reader is basically straight out mocked when we find out that Rue Ryuzaki isn't actually L, but B. When it is revealed that he is not actually L, the narration goes on to basically taunt the reader, stating, "The only people who knew that were L, who Misora herself had told, and the man who had assaulted her in the alley downtown—the killer... the idea that Ryuzaki was L was comically absurd and completely unthinkable."
  • Tyke Bomb: All the graduates of Wammy's House.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Mello. To the point that you'd think it was written by an L Fangirl.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Beyond. He's doing this to get L's attention.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Beyond Birthday.