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【Death Note】What is the Grim Reaper like? Here’s a summary of the Reaper setting and the major reapers

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The Grim Reaper, who gave humans the Death Note and enjoyed the conflict. The existence of the Reaper is rarely mentioned in the story, and it is often shrouded in mystery.
The Shinigami is such a mysterious figure, but regardless of whether he is involved in the story or not, he has been carefully designed to be a part of the story.
In this article, we have compiled the following information about the Shinigami in “Death Note”.

・The Grim Reaper setting
・The relationship between the Grim Reaper and humans
・Major Reapers in the play

Please refer to this book for a better understanding of the Grim Reaper and more fun to re-read

The Grim Reaper setting

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The Reaper in the play is mostly responsible for monitoring and supporting the humans. They don’t take the initiative in taking the lead, and often sit on the sidelines and watch humans’ actions.
The following are some of the things that are not mentioned in the play about the Shinigami.

The Purpose of the Reaper

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The purpose of the Grim Reaper is to “get the life span of a human”. He survives by killing humans and taking away their life span. Killing humans is the same as the image that generally comes to mind when one hears the word “Shinigami”.
The principle of the grim reaper’s action is “kill to live. It is rare for them to descend into the human world, and they basically use the Death Note from the Reaper world to take away the life span of humans.

Three Conditions of Death

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  1. 寿命が尽きる
  2. 死神界の掟を破り、3級以上の罰を受ける
  3. 人間の延命するためにデスノートを使用する



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A setting is also provided for the physical structure of the Grim Reaper. The main difference between them and humans is that they do not need to eat or sleep. They do not need to eat or sleep to live.
In the play, Ryuk likes to eat apples from the human world, but eating is not inherently necessary. He may enjoy it as a form of indulgence rather than to fill his stomach.

Another feature is their ability to slip through walls and ceilings. Not only can they touch objects in the human world, but they can also slip through them at will.
In the play, you used this feature of being able to slip through to find the surveillance cameras hidden in the room. There doesn’t seem to be any penalties for cooperating with humans without using the Death Note.

Rank of the Reaper

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There is a rank system for the Grim Reaper, and the Reapers in the Grim Reaper Realm are assigned one of the ranks from 1 to 13.
The smaller the number, the higher the rank, and the greater the rank, and the one who stands at the top of the rank system is the Great Reaper. The higher the rank, the more familiar he is with the rules of the Reaper Realm and Death Note.
The conditions for rising in rank are not clear. There are no diligent Reapers who try their best to raise their rank in the first place, and the rank system itself doesn’t seem to make sense.
It doesn’t matter how hard they try, the Great Reaper reigns at the top, no matter how hard they try.

The relationship between the Grim Reaper and humans

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The Grim Reaper and humans are not supposed to cross paths. In order to make contact with them, the Reaper needs to drop the Death Note on the human world.
The relationship between the Grim Reaper and humans is set up as follows.

They are feared to bring misfortune to mankind

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The existence of the Grim Reaper is not welcome in the human world. It’s no surprise that they are hated by humans because they are the beings that bring death.
They are feared by humans because they are considered “unhappy beings” and are feared by humans. In the play, all users of the Death Note die and meet an unhappy end. No character has ever been possessed by the Grim Reaper and become happy, because no character has ever been happy.

Rules for Interfering with Humans

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The following two rules are provided when the Reaper interferes with humans. All of the Reapers in the play followed these two rules, so it can be considered absolute for the Reaper.

-To see the end of their lives.
You cannot return to the Reaper Realm until you have seen the end of either the human who picked up the Death Note or the Death Note itself. Because of this rule, Ryuk had to stay in the human world until he witnessed the end of Light Yagami Light.

Explanation about the Death Note
In the play, Ryuk carefully explained his questions about the Death Note to the audience.
This was courtesy of Ryuk. Just because the Death Note was picked up doesn’t mean that he is obligated to explain how to use it, and it is up to the Reaper to explain it or not.



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