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High school student Yagami Light finds a mysterious notebook labeled "DEATH NOTE", which feel from the sky. After reading the instructions for the book, he believes it to only be a chain note, but his curiosity gets the best of him and he learns the secret powers the book contains.
Light: (translating a passage in school) Follow the voice of God and he shall calm the waves and protect us from storms.
Light: (thinking to himself) Jeez...thinking about this really makes you realize just how many people the world would actually be better off without.
Light: So you're telling me that there's really no trade-off for using the Death Note?
Ryuk: Since you insist on knowing, there is the fear and suffering that is faced only by those humans that use Death Notes. And finally, when you die it falls on me to write your name in my Death Note. Don't assume that someone who's used the Death Note will be allowed to go to Heaven or Hell.
Light: This world is rotting. Those who are rotting deserve to die.
Ryuk: I knew it. Humans are....so much fun.
A large television on the side of a building in this episode has the brand name "Fanasonic" on it. This bears a striking resemblance to the brand "Panasonic".
A student in Light's class can be seen playing a portable video game device that looks very much like a Nintendo DS.