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This is a list of events that took place in the Death Note manga in chronological order. This information has been checked using the databook, Death Note 13: How to Read.


  • This is a work in progress.
  • This timeline follows the events canon to the manga and not the anime or films.

Pre-Kira Case


Date Event
August 29, 1998

Light Yagami wins the national junior high school tennis tournament.


Date Event
August 28, 1999

Light Yagami wins the national junior high school tennis tournament. Declares to retire from tennis on the spot.


Date Event
April 7, 2000

Light Yagami enrolls in a private national high school.


Date Event
September 1, 2001

Naomi Misora enters the FBI.


Date Event
July 22, 2002 A crossword puzzle is sent to the LAPD with clues meant to lead them to the first victim of the BB Murder Cases, this is unknown at the time and the puzzle is ignored.
July 31, 2002 Believe Bridesmaid is murdered by Beyond Birthday and later found dead.
August 4, 2002 Quarter Queen is murdered by Beyond Birthday and found dead.
August 13, 2002 Backyard Bottomslash is murdered by Beyond Birthday and found dead.
August 14, 2002 L contacts Naomi Misora for the first time.
August 22, 2002
  • Beyond Birthday makes a suicide attempt in a way to make it appear he himself was murdered as a final victim.
  • Naomi Misora learns Beyond's plan and prevents his death.
  • Misora arrests Beyond, thus concluding the LABB Murders.
September 1, 2002 L takes up learning capoeira as recommended by Naomi Misora.


Date Event
May 19, 2003 Misa Amane's parents are killed by a burglar.
July 4, 2003 Raye Penber proposes to Naomi Misora.
September 30, 2003 Naomi Misora quits the FBI in anticipation of marriage.

Kira Case Part I

2003 (continued)

Date Event Chapter
November 28, 2003 001 Boredom

Light Holding Death Note

December 3, 2003
  • Light Yagami meets the Shinigami Ryuk and announces that he'll become the god of the new world created with the help of the Death Note which he has already been using to kill off criminals.
001 Boredom


December 4, 2003
  • At an ICPO meeting on how to deal with the Kira killings, L announces his investigation.
002 L

L on Screen

December 5, 2003
  • On a TV broadcast, Lind L. Tailor defies Kira.
  • Light Yagami kills Lind L. Tailor using the power of the Death Note, but L has tricked him into revealing that Kira is in the Kanto region of Japan.
002 L


December 9, 2003
  • Light Yagami helps his younger sister, Sayu Yagami, with her homework.
  • Over family dinner, Soichiro Yagami reveals information about the Kira case and how the hours of death have narrowed down the suspects.
003 Family
December 10, 2003 Twenty-three criminals held in prison are killed one by one, on the hour, by the Death Note. 003 Family
December 11, 2003 Twenty-three more criminals are killed by the Death Note. 003 Family
December 12, 2003
  • L realizes that Kira can control the victim's time of death.
  • L confirms that police information is being leaked.
  • Light Yagami creates a false bottom in his desk drawer to hide the Death Note.
003 Family

004 Current

December 14, 2003
  • Twelve FBI agents are sent to Japan in order to find the source of the leak by checking on the Kira Task Force and their relatives.
005 Eyeballs
December 18, 2003 005 Eyeballs

006 Manipulation

Shinigami eyes manga
December 19, 2003 Light Yagami uses the Death Note to perform tests on imprisoned criminals. 006 Manipulation
December 20, 2003 007 Target

Light and Raye are on a bus

December 27, 2003 009 Slots
Light holds Penber hostage
December 31, 2003 010 Confluence

011 One


Date Event Chapter
January 1, 2004

012 God
013 Countdown
014 Temptation

January 5, 2004 L views security tapes of FBI agents dying. 015 Phone Call
January 8, 2004
  • The Yagami and Kitamura families are put under surveillance by L.
  • A fake news bulletin announces 1500 Kira investigators are coming to Japan.
  • An embezzler and a purse-snatcher are killed by Kira.
016 Handstand
017 Trash
January 10, 2004 Three small-time thieves are killed by Kira. 018 Gaze
January 12, 2004 L decides to end surveillance of the Yagami and Kitamura households. 018 Gaze
January 17, 2004 Light Yagami and L come face-to-face for the first time during the university entrance exams. 018 Gaze
January 21, 2004 Beyond Birthday is killed by Kira.
January 28, 2004 Model Misa Amane appears in the March issue of Eighteen.
February 2, 2004 The killer of Misa Amane's parents is killed by Kira.
March 12, 2004 027 Love

Gelus kills for love

March 20, 2004 Misa Amane gains the Death Note and meets Rem.
April 2, 2004 Misa Amane moves to Tokyo.
April 5, 2004
  • Light Yagami enters To-Oh University where he and L, under the alias of Hideki Ryuga, make the opening speech on behalf of the new students.
  • L officially introduces himself to Light Yagami and invites him to join the Kira investigation.
019 Humiliation
April 7, 2004

020 First Move
021 Duplicity
022 Misfortune

April 13, 2004 The Second Kira's videos are received at Sakura TV. 022 Misfortune
April 17, 2004 Seiichi and Seiji Machiba are killed by the Second Kira.
April 18, 2004 023 Hard Run
024 Shield
April 22, 2004

The police release a video sent by the Second Kira which indicates their refusal to work with him.

024 Shield
April 23, 2004
  • L announces the possibility of there being a Second Kira.
  • Light Yagami passes L's test and joins the Kira Task Force.
  • L broadcasts fake Kira message aimed at the Second Kira.
025 Fool
026 Reversal
April 25, 2004
  • Another video from the Second Kira is sent and passed on to the Kira Task Force.
  • In the video, the Second Kira uses the term "Shinigami". L is shocked by the idea that such creatures exist.
026 Reversal
027 Love
May 12, 2004 A mysterious diary arrives from the Second Kira. 027 Love
028 Judgement
May 22, 2004 Misa Amane locates Light Yagami in Aoyama. 028 Judgement
May 23, 2004 Misa Amane mails a video to Sakura TV.
May 25, 2004 029 Weapon

030 Bomb

May 26, 2004 031 Easy
May 27, 2004 031 Easy
032 Gamble
May 28, 2004

Misa Amane is arrested and confined on suspicion of being the Second Kira—though the official charge is possession of illegal drugs.

033 Removal

Misa (interrogation)

May 31, 2004 Misa Amane gives up ownership of the Death Note and loses all memories of being Kira. 033 Removal
June 1, 2004 034 Imprisonment
035 Whiteout
054 Inside (extra scenes)
June 3, 2004 035 Whiteout
June 5, 2004 035 Whiteout
June 7, 2004 035 Whiteout
June 14, 2004
June 15, 2004 035 Whiteout
June 19, 2004 Koutarou Ashimoto is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
June 26, 2004 Kenji Tanimi is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
June 27, 2004 Roppei Tamiya is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 2, 2004 Kouji Aoi is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 4, 2004 Tatsuya Kawajima is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 20, 2004 036 Father and Son
July 23, 2004
  • Soichiro Yagami takes Light Yagami and Misa Amane to a secluded spot and threatens to kill Light. When nobody dies, L concludes that neither Misa nor Light are Kira and can be released, though they are to remain under surveillance. Light is permanently handcuffed to L.
036 Father and Son
037 Eight
July 30, 2004 Takeyoshi Moriya is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
August 1, 2004 The investigation headquarters are moved to a special facility built by L.
August 2, 2004
  • Light Yagami and L have a fight over L's depression and continued suspicion that Light is Kira.
  • Misa Amane garners first place in Eighteen magazine fan voting.
038 Strike
August 3, 2004 Misa Amane is announced as starring in director Nishinaka's newest movie.
September 10, 2004 Junichi Yaibe is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
October 1, 2004
  • The confirmation of the Yotsuba group's stock rise makes it come under the suspicion of the Kira Task Force.
  • Tokio Yokoda is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
039 Separation
October 2, 2004 039 Separation
040 Allies
October 4, 2004 Aiber and Wedy are contacted. 040 Allies
October 7, 2004 Aiber and Wedy join the Kira Task Force on L's request. 040 Allies

Aiber and Wedy allies

October 8, 2004
  • Matsuda breaks into the Yotsuba building and overhears high-ranking employees discussing murder.
  • Caught by the executives, Matsuda poses as Misa Amane's manager and promotes her to them.
  • Matsuda fakes his death by falling off the balcony of Misa Amane's apartment at the investigation headquarters.
041 Matsuda
042 Heaven

Matsuda to heaven

October 12, 2004
  • Aiber, acting as detective Eraldo Coil, contacts Yotsuba employee Masahiko Kida who has hired him to find out about L, the main threat to their plans.
  • Yotsuba Kira meeting is held and the members agree to pay Coil.
043 Black
October 13, 2004 Arayoshi Hatori is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
October 15, 2004
  • Yotsuba Kira meeting is held to discuss Coil's report on L.
  • The meeting is discreetly observed by the Kira Task Force thanks to bugs and cameras placed in the meeting room.
  • Posing as L, Light Yagami contacts Yotsuba employee Reiji Namikawa and offers immunity from prosecution if he blocks the killing of Yotsuba's competitors.
  • Impressed, L suggests that Light Yagami might succeed him, but they again come to blows when Light realizes that he is still under suspicion of being Kira.
  • The Kira Task Force splits over tactics.
  • Misa Amane agrees to L's plan for her to infiltrate Yotsuba as part of an ad campaign.
044 Successor
045 Crazy
October 21, 2004
  • Coil informs the executives at the Yotsuba Group that Misa Amane was detained by L.
  • At a Yotsuba Kira meeting the group demands that Coil joins them.
046 Ill-Suited
October 22, 2004 Mogi takes over for Matsuda as Misa Amane's manager. 046 Ill-Suited
October 24, 2004
  • Misa Amane auditions for Yotsuba's advertising campaign, during which she is quizzed over the rumors that she was the Second Kira.
  • Misa is reunited with Rem inside the Yotsuba building. Rem tells her about her past as the Second Kira (which she has no memory of).
  • The detectives on the Kira Task Force agree to work together again.
046 Ill-Suited
047 Impertinence
048 Give-and-Take
October 25, 2004 048 Give-and-Take
049 Potted Plant
October 28, 2004

050 Yotsuba
051 Misunderstanding
052 Split-Second
053 Scream
054 Inside
055 Creation Ito's deathDEATH NOTE - 23 - Large 29

October 30, 2004 Misa Amane is released from the investigation headquarters. 055 Creation
November 4, 2004 056 Embrace
057 Two Choices
November 5, 2004
  • L is killed by Rem.
  • Watari is killed by Rem.
  • Rem is punished with death for breaking an important Shinigami Rule.
  • Misa Amane's lifespan is extended.
  • Rem and her Death Note is discreetly acquired by Light Yagami
058 Feelings Within

Rem's death

November 15, 2004 059 Zero
December 5, 2004 059 Zero
061 Number Two (extra scenes)


Kira Case - Intermission


Date Event Chapter
January 10, 2005 Wedy is killed by Light Yagami with the power of the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
April 7, 2005 Aiber is killed by Light Yagami with the power of the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
April 10, 2005 The six surviving members of the Yotsuba Kira meetings—Takahashi, Ooi, Mido, Namikawa, Shimura and Kida—are killed by Light Yagami with the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
May 1, 2005 Light Yagami, acting as L, creates new rules for the police and media, forbidding the broadcasting of criminals. 060 Kidnapping
May 15, 2005 Confidential information on criminals begins flooding the Internet. 060 Kidnapping


Date Event Chapter
March 5, 2009 060 Kidnapping
March 12, 2009
  • The SPK (Special Provision for Kira) is created.
  • SPK agent Ill Ratt discretely informs Mello about the Death Note and that it is in the hands of the Japanese NPA.
060 Kidnapping
April 1, 2009 Light Yagami enters the NPA under the Intelligence and Information Bureau. 060 Kidnapping

Kira Case Part II

2009 (continued)

Date Event Chapter
October 8 NPA director Kanichi Takimura is abducted by Mafia members working under Mello. 060 Kidnapping
October 11 060 Kidnapping
October 12
  • The kidnappers instruct the Kira Task Force to bring the Death Note to Los Angeles.
  • Light Yagami and Near talk on the phone for the first time—Near ambushing Light by addressing him as "L the Second".
062 The Decision

063 Target

October 13 063 Target

064 Right Angle
065 Responsibility
066 Death

October 14 In England, Shuichi Aizawa and Touta Matsuda learn about Wammy's House from Roger Ruvie.
October 15 066 Death
October 18 067 Button

068 Discovery
069 Flight
070 Tremble
(extra scenes)

October 19

Light Yagami shares his plan to capture Mello with the US President David Hoope and Yitzak Ghazanin, leader of the Special Forces unit who will lead the attack.

069 Flight
October 23 Jack Neylon is compelled by the Death Note to reveal the location of Mello's base to Light Yagami. 069 Flight
October 27
  • The Special Forces squad storms the Mafia base, only to be wiped out by Sidoh's complicity and the power of the Death Note.
  • Ryuk confirms to Light Yagami that Sidoh is involved and just wants his Death Note back.
  • Misa Amane retires from the entertainment industry at Light Yagami's request.
  • Light Yagami keeps Misa Amane's Death Note, hiding it under his clothes, gives up ownership of his own Death Note by returning it to Ryuk and tells Misa to discreetly contact the Kira Task Force as Kira.
  • U.S. President David Hoope commits suicide.
069 Flight

070 Tremble
071 Contact

October 30 Soichiro Yagami receives a phone call from Kira offering to help retrieve the Death Note. 071 Contact
November 1 Ryuk delivers the Death Note from Kira to the Kira Task Force. 071 Contact

072 Verification

November 7 The Kira Task Force locates Mello's new whereabouts. 072 Verification
November 10 072 Verification

073 Cornered

November 11 073 Cornered

074 A Fine Performance

November 18 075 Acknowledgement
November 19
  • Following America's announcement, other countries face similar dilemmas, including the Japanese government.
  • George Sairas announces the disbandment of the SPK
  • Mello, who has been hiding in the flat of SPK member Halle Lidner, goes to the SPK headquarters and shares information with Near.
076 Greetings

077 Use

November 22 077 Use
November 23 078 Prediction

079 Lies

November 25
  • The SPK headquarters in Manhattan is attacked by Hitoshi Demegawa and other Kira zealots who cause a riot.
  • A large amount of dollar bills is released from the headquarters, distracting the mob and allowing the SPK and Kanzo Mogi to escape.
079 Lies

080 Clean-Up

November 26 081 Warning
November 27 081 Warning

082 Himself
083 Delete

Demegawa dies
December 1 085 Election
December 5 085 Election
December 6 086 Japan

087 Tomorrow

December 7 088 Conversation
December 9
  • Misa Amane announces her comeback will be on a New Year's Eve celebrity singing show.
  • Near arrives in Japan and sets up another SPK base.
  • Near and Light Yagami exchange confrontational words.
  • Near explains to the SPK members his theories on Kira's current situation and his team's future plans.
  • Light reveals the existence of the Death Note to Kiyomi Takada and has her begin killing criminals.
089 Kindred Spirits

090 Preview

December 14 091 Standstill
December 21 092 Night

093 Decision

December 22 093 Decision
December 25 093 Decision

094 Outside

December 31 095 Convinced

096 Meanwhile


Date Event Chapter
January 3 Light Yagami discreetly informs Kiyomi Takada that Misa Amane is currently detained by the SPK 096 Meanwhile
January 7 Stephen Gevanni takes photos of Teru Mikami's Death Note and passes them on to Near.
January 21 Stephen Gevanni swaps the Death Note in Teru Mikami's gym locker for a fake.
January 25

097 Miscellaneous
098 Everybody

January 26

098 Everybody
099 The Two
100 Face to Face

Matt's death
January 27
January 28

100 Face to Face
101 Inducement
102 Patience
103 Declaration
104 The Answer
105 Impossible
106 Intent to Kill
107 Curtain

Light Yagami Dies
February 7 Teru Mikami dies in prison.

Post-Kira Case


Date Event Chapter
January 28
  • The surviving members of the old Kira Task Force, now joined by Yamamoto, are re-united in order to assist Near, now the new official L, in the capture of drug dealers who are due to use the very warehouse where Light Yagami was finally exposed as Kira.
108 Finis
February 14 Misa Amane dies

2013 (Cheap Kira Investigation)

Date Event Chapter
February 9, 2013
  • The sudden rise in the number of deaths of the elderly in Japan leads to speculation on the internet that Kira has returned.
One-Shot (2008)
unspecified, 2013
  • Near, the current L, tells Halle Lidner and Anthony Rester about how the original L once made a lecture to him, Mello and the other children at Wammy's House.
  • Near refuses to investigate the new Kira, claiming that as a cheap version of his old adversary he is not worthy of his interest, dubbing him C-Kira ("Cheap Kira").
  • During a TV debate, members of the audience demand that Kira kills them and he obliges.
  • As L, Near takes over the TV airwaves and announces that the new Kira is not worth his time.
  • C-Kira dies by the power of his own Death Note.
One-Shot (2008)


Date Event Chapter
unspecified, 2017
  • Ryuk returns the Death Note to the human world and drops it on Minoru Tanaka.
  • Minoru relinquishes the Death Note with instructions to Ryuk to return in two years.
One-shot (2020)

2019 (A-Kira investigation)

Date Event Chapter
May 1, 2019
  • Ryuk returns the Death Note to Minoru Tanaka after two years.
  • At Minoru's instruction, Ryuk presents a notice of auction at Sakura TV.
One-shot (2020)
May 2, 2019
  • L discusses the Death Note auction with Lidner and Rester and requests they contact Aizawa to ask for footage from Sakura TV’s station.
One-shot (2020)
May 19, 2019
  • Ryuk announces the end of the auction in one week. Matsuda tries to intervene.
One-shot (2020)
May 20, 2019
  • Bid instructions: Governments to have representatives bid openly in the media.
  • The US President and the President of China get into a bidding war.
One-shot (2020)
May 21, 2019 Bid instructions: Name only a price, "no other nonsense." One-shot (2020)
May 22, 2019 One-shot (2020)
May 23, 2019 Bid announcement: The United States has won the bid. One-shot (2020)
May 24, 2019 Bid announcement: The money is to be deposited equally to everyone under 60 with a Yotsuba bank savings account. One-shot (2020)
May 27, 2019
  • The USA deposits the money into Yotsuba bank savings accounts as instructed.
  • Minoru gives up the Death Note so it can be taken to the US President.
  • Ryuk meets with the Shinigami King, who creates a new rule about selling Death Notes.
  • Ryuk presents the Death Note to the US President, who refuses to accept it to save his own life.
One-shot (2020)
June 2019
  • Minoru accesses his money from the bid, and Ryuk writes his name in the Death Note, killing him.
One-shot (2020)

Character birthdays

Year Month, Day and Name
1933 May 1: Quillsh Wammy (Watari) is born.
1939 April 29: Roger Ruvie is born.
1955 July 12: Soichiro Yagami is born.
1961 March 31: Takeshi Ooi is born.
1962 October 10: Sachiko Yagami is born.
1963 December 19: Eiichi Takahashi is born.
1966 April 4: Hitoshi Demegawa is born.
1975 December 31: Raye Penber is born.
1976 February 11: Naomi Misora is born.
1977 November 9: Hirokazu Ukita is born.
1978 December 14: Touta Matsuda is born.
1979 October 31: L Lawliet is born.
1980 February 18: Halle Lidner is born.
1984 December 25: Misa Amane is born.
1985 July 12: Kiyomi Takada is born.
1986 February 28: Light Yagami is born.
1990 February 1: Matt is born.
1991 August 24: Near is born.