The Shinigami was featured in Death Note Relight 1: Visions of a God, and he sets up the plot for telling the story of Light Yagami and the Death Note. Like Ryuk, he was also bored with the Shinigami Realm.
This Shinigami has a skeletal-like figure and is humanoid in appearance. The Shinigami limps as if his leg is injured. He has a wide mouth, turned upwards as though grinning, and has bright red eyes. His hair is spiked and he wears a red tie as a headband. He dons a coat, a pair of goggles, and carries a messenger bag. The Shinigami also carries a large skeletal object that he uses like a hammer.
This Shinigami has attitudes like those Ryuk had before he went to the Human World because, he too, was bored with the Shinigami Realm. At first, it appears that he just thinks the Human World will be more interesting. When he does not stay to hear the end of Ryuk's story, it is implied that he may have hidden agendas.
Taking an interest in Ryuk's visit to the Human World, the Shinigami begins searching for Ryuk. He eventually finds him atop a mountain and climbs to meet him. The unnamed Shinigami offers the latter a Shinigami Apple in exchange for information on how to undertake passage into the Human World. Although not completely satisfied with the apple's taste, Ryuk agrees to tell the story of Light Yagami in regards to the Death Note.
However, before Ryuk can finish the tale, the Shinigami, with his sights set on the Human World, begins his departure from the Shinigami Realm. As the Shinigami leaves, Ryuk remarks that although Light was "not actually a god back then," the Shinigami should try finding an "unbelievable guy" like he did in order to have an experience he will never forget.
- Due to many similar characteristics, it has widely been believed that this Shinigami could, in fact, be the reincarnation of Light Yagami. Although this has not been proven, Light's reincarnation theory has become a popular Death Note Myth.
- "I want to go down to the Human World. I'm sick of this place. It's so boring. I've heard that the Human World is a lot more… interesting."