The Influences of Death Note

There are strange instances all over the globe of people copying Death Note or at least attempting to. Elementary school children in Korea are now writing hit lists of all the kids they don’t like. China banned Death Note, but I’m sure kids can still find the manga. As bad as it is in Asia, people in the Belgium seem even crazier about Death Note.

Some crazy person dismembered someone and then wrote watashi wa kira des , which means they mispelled desu. Watashi wa kira desu means I am Kira in Japanese, which was the name that Light used as an alias as he killed people. Now crazy people are using Death Note as a reasoning and method to kill.

In Death Note Light, the main character, is basically a bored genius who thinks he can make the world a better place by killing all the bad people in it. This idea could be appealing to people not in their right mind. This could be one reason why China does not want Death Note in the country. Another reason would just be that they do not want undue Japanese influence on their youth.

And who else seems to have been influenced by Death Note besides Korean students and crazy people? Madonna of course. Her outfit in the music video Jump which takes place in Japan looks very much like the clothes of the character, Mello.


Mello is in the picture below. Do you see any similiarities in hair and clothing style or am I just making things up?


All types of people have been influenced by Death Note. As long as you don’t try killing people or get a very pessimistic view of the world I guess its okay to be influenced by this manga. An anime, two movies, and an L spinoff with possibly more on the way has been made.




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8 responses to “The Influences of Death Note

  1. Sunniie

    Deathnote rocks.

    I’m Chinese-Canadian && thank God I live in Canada, because China doesn’t allow deathnote(!). Woooowie. Chinese people are highstrung, much? (:
    Anyway, I think the anime’s great. Watched the first movie. Sucked. Bad.
    Have yet to see the second one. The L spinoff sounds deliciously… awesome.

    The “watashi wa kira des(u)” incidents are lame-er than anything. People are taking it too far O.o

  2. nana kitade

    q chidisisisisisima imagen esta muy suave lo admito esta chida

  3. I like this image a every lote….

  4. esta imagen me gusto muchoooo! por que mello es uno de mis presonajes favoritos de death note..

  5. MelloWonka

    Also the car Madonna uses in her music video for ‘Jump’ is the same exact car as Matt’s (Mail Jeevas- Mello’s best friend/lover/helper) but it is blue instead of red. Don’t forget the ‘SJ’ signs on the walls of the streets of Japan (SHONEN ‘JUMP’) Are you catching on? Do you get it?


  6. Fangirl

    Death Note is amazing. Some people just take it way too far, it doesn’t mean it should be banned or anything. It just means that some people need to stop reading too far into it. Obviously, it’s not real, and niether or the characters. And why would Madonna read Death Note?


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