Death Note: What Happened To Misa (Does She Die?) Misa was a major character on classic anime series Death Note, but she ends the show on an ambiguous note. What happened to her after it ended?



Misa played a major role in the Death Note manga and anime series, but what happened to her when the show ended? The Death Note manga was created by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata. The story involves a hyper-intelligent teenager named Light, who also has something of a God complex. This is amplified greatly when he comes into possession of a "Death Note," which gives users the power to kill anybody by writing down their name and manner of demise. Light is given the book by a death god named Ryuk, and Light wants to use the book to create his image of a perfect world.

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His plan is interrupted by L, a nameless teenage investigator who suspects Light of being involved with the unexplained deaths. The Death Note anime debuted in 2006 and became an instant classic, thanks to its cat and mouse games, bizarre but well-drawn characters and its exploration of complex themes. The show ran for one season but was later adapted into various movies and TV series in Japan.


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Death Note also received a 2017 Netflix exclusive, American-produced adaptation starring Nat Wolff as Light. While the movie appears to have been a success for the platform, it was met with accusations of whitewashing and fans didn"t like the many alterations it made to the source material. The movie also featured a version of Misa Amane from the manga and anime, though Margaret Qualley"s Mia had a much different personality. In the anime, Misa was a model who became obsessed with and later fell in love with Light Yagami after she also acquired a Death Note. The anime didn"t end well for Light, while a heartbroken Misa is later seen standing on the balcony of a tall building as the credits roll.


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Backing up slightly, Death Note ends with the SPK - led by L"s successor Near - finally outsmarting Light and cornering him. He"s later shot and fatally wounded, and while trying to flee, Ryuk writes his name down in the Death Note, sealing his fate; he dies shortly after. Misa is then seen traveling on a train, seemingly aware of his death, and is then shown on the edge of a building. While it"s not shown, it"s heavily implied she jumped off as she didn"t want to live in a world without Light.

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While Misa"s death isn"t confirmed in the Death Note anime, even if it"s strongly implied, it was later confirmed in the manga that she did take her own life. There"s unlikely to be a sequel anime series that confirms this, however, so fans can make up their own minds about her fate.