Kurou Otoharada (音原田 九郎, Otoharada Kurō) is a criminal and the first person killed by Light Yagami with the Death Note.


Otoharada has a short crop of brown hair and small black eyes.


Kurou Otoharada killed and wounded six people before taking eight pupils and staff members hostage at a nursery school. These events are reported on Japanese television along with his name and photo.


The first name Light writes in the Death Note: Kurou Otoharada

At home, Light Yagami has only recently acquired the Death Note. Deciding to test it on someone who deserves to die, he writes "Kurou Otoharada" and waits 40 seconds. When nothing happens, he assumes the notebook is a fake. Moments later, the news reports that the hostages are leaving the building and police are entering it. Otoharada is soon reported to have died of a heart attack.

When L announces to the ICPO that he has already begun investigating the abnormally high number of heart attack deaths among criminals worldwide, he traces the first murder back to Otoharada, as his was an unexpected death by heart attack that occurred just before the killings began en masse. Since the death was only reported in the Japanese media, L deduces that Kira is based there and sets up a broadcast featuring Lind L. Tailor exclusively in Kanto, Japan's most populous region. When Kira kills Tailor, L knows where to begin his investigation.

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Otoharada is a murderer and meth addict arrested by Soichiro Yagami 10 years prior to the start of the series. He was released on parole but fled, killing first a taxi driver and stealing his fares, then a police officer and stealing his gun.

He hides inside a private residence and takes the homeowner and her young daughter hostage. Soichiro trades himself for the girl, and as Otoharada prepares to shoot him, intending to take both their lives, Light writes his name in the Death Note. In the drama, Otoharada is the second life Light takes using the Death Note.

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