Death Note (manga) Logo

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The Death Note logo is mystical. It embodies phantasmagoria, sacredness, emotionality, calmness, and the complexity and simplicity of the manga’s main character’s worldview. Just a few details convey the peak of tension, the confrontation, and the pursuit of justice, regardless of the means of achieving it.

Death Note: Brand overview

Death Note is primarily a 12-volume tankobon manga series that was published from 2003 to 2006, and only then, it is an animated television series of 37 episodes, a novel, feature films, video games, a TV drama, soundtracks, and mini-series. The Japanese comic was created by writer Tsugumi Ohba, with artist Takeshi Obata and publisher Shueisha. The anime was produced by director Madhouse and producer Tetsurō Araki for Nippon Television. Nisio Isin wrote the novel, and Konami developed the video game for the Nintendo DS console.

Meaning and History

Death Note Logo History

The events in the franchise unfold not only around a teenager and his mystical notebook. They also encompass the confrontation between Light Yagami and the detective trying to catch him – a mysterious member of an elite Japanese police task force. The logo reflects this struggle, shown in a double-edged stripe under the title. It illustrates how stark and rigid the opposition between the two key figures is. Moreover, whether each is a hero or antagonist is a philosophical question, with readers, viewers, and gamers making their individual choices.

What is Death Note?

Death Note is a Japanese media franchise that includes manga, anime, novels, feature films, mini-series, TV dramas, soundtracks, and video games. It tells the story of a high school teenager named Light Yagami who finds a strange notebook belonging to a shinigami. With its help, the main character gains the supernatural ability to kill people, thereby meting out retribution.

2003 – 2008

Death Note Logo

The Death Note logo features text in an unusual arrangement: the letters are not aligned straight but are placed sideways. They seem to levitate in the air, taking a horizontal position between vertical glyphs. This represents the teen’s irreconcilability, going against society, and the one who opposes him, trying to prevent another death. “DE,” “H NO,” and “E” stand upright, while “AT” and “T” are laid flat between them, acting as separators. Moreover, “N” is slightly shifted from “H,” indicating that they belong to different words.

The font used for the inscription is uppercase, bold, and antique, with a slight patina in the shabby chic style to emphasize the antiquity of the murderous notebook. The aged effect makes it even more mystical and mysterious. Below is a center-aligned highlighting stripe with both ends sharpened, and Japanese characters are distinctly visible on a black background.

Font and Colors

Death Note Emblem

The typeface used for the Death Note title is individualistic. It was specially designed for the project and bears the same name, which emerged later when the complete font set was released. The palette, befitting the theme, is dark, contrasting, and oppressive. It includes just two colors, white and black, often symbolizing death.

Death Note Symbol