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In a gray world known as the Shinigami Realm, a shinigami named Ryuk is watching the others gambling. They ask him to join them, but he refuses out of boredom. On Earth, in Japan, a student named Light Yagami is bored in class. He answers the teacher's question of translating a sentence in a religious text into English. As he walks home after school, he has thoughts of how the world is becoming rotten. Ryuk has the same thoughts as well.

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Light finds himself at another boring day at school when he sees a black notebook falling from the sky. As he picks it after class, he sees the name Death Note and reads the first rule inside: "The human whose name is written in this notebook shall die". Not believing it, he drops it back to the ground, only to go back and pick it up moments later. He reads the rest of the rules at home and dismisses it as "pretty detailed for a prank". Still curious on the subject, he tries it out on a criminal on the TV named Kurou Otoharada and waits for 40 seconds to see if he will die of a heart attack as the rules state. 40 seconds pass and there's no news of his death; Light concludes that it's just a prank after all.

However, just as he is about to turn off the TV, it's reported that not only have the hostages escaped, but also Otoharada has collapsed and died. Shocked, Light thinks it must be a coincidence. His mother is calling him to go to cram school so he decides to test the Death Note again. Inside school, Light has thoughts of killing Sudou, a bully, but he must avoid killing people that he knows. Walking home after school, he wonders if he would be doing society a favor by killing useless people. Light witnesses a girl about to get raped by a biker gang member named Takuo Shibumaru. Entering a convenience store, he writes down the name and cause of death, "accident". Seeing the biker hit by a truck moments later, Light concludes that the Death Note is real after all.

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In the Shinigami Realm, Ryuk tells his fellow shinigami that he dropped his Death Note, and the way to get it back is to go to the human world. Light arrives home from school with perfect grades, much to his mother's excitement. Going into his room, he opens the Death Note to look over the pages of names he's written down. Suddenly, he is surprised by Ryuk in his bedroom. Ryuk introduces himself to Light and explains the nature of the Death Note and Shinigami. Light is suddenly interrupted by his mother, who is unable to see or hear Ryuk. She gives Light some apples from the neighbor, which Ryuk wolfs down.

Ryuk tells Light he dropped the Death Note into the human world because he's bored and wants some entertainment. Light responds that he's been bored as well, and has decided to use the Death Note to rid the world of wicked people. He had doubts initially, but quickly convinced himself he was in the right. Ryuk says that if he kills all the bad people in the world then he'd be the only bad person left. Light doesn't understand this remark, saying he's one of the best, most hardworking students in Japan. He declares that he will become the God of the new world he will create. Ryuk is excited at the prospect, considering Light very interesting.

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