Death Note Logo

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The Death Note logo is mysterious and ominous. It tells a dreadful story of a game with life and death, which an evil Shinigami has lured people into. The emblem is the connection between the real world and the afterlife, where supernatural forces are observing us.

Death Note: Brand overview

Founder:Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note is a Japanese manga about a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it. The author of the idea is Tsugumi Ohba. The artist is Takeshi Obata. It was published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The story has grown into a franchise that includes: manga, two TV series of 37 episodes each, a book, and four feature films.

Meaning and History

Death Note Logo History

The logo belongs to a drawn story – a manga, the Japanese equivalent of comics, which tells about a genius who found a notebook that kills anyone whose face and name the owner knows and writes on its pages. The emblem reflects the essence of the story by transforming its name. After the original comic, films followed for which a separate logo was designed. However, each symbol is closely intertwined with the theme of death.

What is Death Note?

It’s a franchise about a magical notebook, which belonged to an evil death demon and which a brilliant guy used to cleanse the planet of criminals. The attempt to play God turned into a problem and triggered persecution by the authorities. It ranks 10th among the world’s best manga.

2003 – 2006

Death Note Logo 2003

The original manga emblem, which was published from 2003 to 2006, consists of inscriptions in English and Japanese. The latter is placed on a thin black double-edged line.

The black line points to the stylus – a writing stick. That’s exactly what Light Yagami holds on the cover of the manga. The stick is associated with the need to write the name of the person who is to die.

The logo is made in an unusual style, which resonates with the idea of the afterlife and death. Individual letters of the inscription, executed in black color, lie down, depicting those who have left this world, and some are flipped to the opposite side from the normal one, symbolizing the afterlife.

2006 – today

Death Note Logo

In 2006, various continuations of the franchise were released: an anime series, a print novel, and three feature films from 2006 to 2015. The aforementioned logo was used as a sign of the film adaptations: Death Note, Death Note 2: The Last Name, Death Note: New Generation, and Death Note: Light Up the New World.

The title seems to be laid out with wooden staffs or bones. The letters t are stylized as cemetery crosses, and inside “D” and “o,” there is a dot that turns the inner part of the letters into eyes, which watch the viewer from the afterlife.

Overall, the logo looks ominous, and the black color of the letters enhances this impression.

Font and Colors

The black color in the logo has multiple meanings.

  • First and foremost, it is the color of death, which the main character tries to control.
  • Secondly, it is the ink color with which Light wrote the person’s name to be eliminated.
  • It indicates the color and the surname Yagami (god of the night), which the main character bore. His plans included controlling a better world of people. But before that, he was destroying the unworthy as the vigilante Kira (from killer).
  • The shade also hints at Shinigami Ryuk – a death monster (a prototype of the Slavic demon) to whom the notebook belonged.

The font of the inscription is original, created specifically for the franchise, and resembles wooden sticks, styluses, or bones.

Death Note color codes

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