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The two boys, who have been suspended from school, explained that the got the idea from Viz Media's Death Note anime series, which is running on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The anime is based on the manga series, written by Tsugumi Ohba, about a precocious teenager who discovers a shinigami's (Japanese "death" figure's) notebook. If a person's name is written in the notebook, that person will die. Exposure of the Death Note anime series on Adult Swim has made the Death Note manga the #2 manga property in North America according to the upcoming ICv2 Guide#54: Anime/Manga -- and three volumes in the Death Note series made the "BookScan Graphic Novel Top 20 for March."
Two other incidents involving students creating their own Death Note notebooks, one in