Sunday, November 25, 2007

Real-Life "Death Note" Book Gets Student Suspended

For those who haven't been watching Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Saturdays lately, Death Note is an an anime series which centers around high school student Light Yagami, who finds a discarded notebook labeled "Death Note," lying on the ground (as with most anime, Death Note was previously a manga series).

The Death Note's instructions claim that if a human's name is written within it, that person shall die. The writer must know both the face and name of the "victim," to prevent mistakes. Yagami tries it on a couple of criminals first, and discovers it works.

As he continues to rid the world of criminals, he attracts the attention of the police. To protect himself, he begins killing innocents as well as the guilty.

In Richmond, Virginia at the Franklin Military Academy, a student was caught writing names in a Death Note notebook (reproductions are readily available). Naturally, this caught the attention of school authorities, who suspended him and sent a letter home to parents about it.

The letter also indicated that parents should go to the official website, to get more information on the series, and to be able to understand the context of the Death Note.

Update: an alert reader noticed that the website indicated in the school's note is not the official site at all, but a fan site. I hadn't noticed that in the video. Make sense, as Viz wouldn't place a simulation to put entries in a Death Note on their site.

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8 comments:

gia said...

That's....not the official website ;) The official website is http://deathnote.viz.com, and it most decidedly does NOT have a place for kids to type in the names of people they want to die. http://deathnoteonline.com is a fan site, and a poor choice for parents.

Brittney Ann Adams said...

i think that this whole incident was taken WAY OUT OF HAND nad the student was wrongly prosicuted!!!first off its just a show and ever one knows that none of the stuff that happens in the show can actually happen in real life!!!its just people enjoying what they love,being fans of anime!!!after all billions of people all over the world obsess over super-stars like Beyonce and chris brown!GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!!NONE OF THAT STUFF CAN HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE!!!ITS JUST PEOPLE ENJOYING WHAT THEY LOVE!!!AND BESIDES I LOVE DEATH NOTE AND IM TIRED OF PEOPLE TRYING TO CANCEL/BAN/GET RID OF IT SO OTHER OTAKU LIKE US CANT ENJOY IT!SO STOP BEING STUPID AND GET OVER IT!!!!!

claireison said...

woooooooooooooo thats way outa hand shish i love death note and bleach woo hoo n its not like its going to happen in real life ive been watching death note only 2 days n i have seen 18 episodes hehe i love it light yagami is such a brillant character and so is L Lawlie even tho i think ryuk is creepy lookin but how can u not hehe im out any one who loves death note and has bebo fell free to add me on claireisonbebo.bebo.com xxx mwah

RJ said...

... will they want him to write the names in the 'Death Note', or want him to carry a gun, walk into school and spray at anyone he sees?

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The letter stated that parents should go to the official website to learn more about the series, and to be able to understand the context of Death Note.

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I love the series Death Note, its content is very strong, so I understand correctly that the attitude of this young man is worrying!

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this a really bad that a young men can be obsesses by a cartoon, no matter how you want to watch is only a cartoon, nothing that can be happen in the cartoon can happen in the real world.