How to Use It I
The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject's name, it will happen.
If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack.
After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
How to Use It II
This note shall become the property of the human world, once it touches the ground of (arrives in) the human world.
The owner of the note can recognize the image and voice of its origianl owner, i.e. a god of death.
The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell.
How to Use It III
If the time of death is written within 40 seconds after writing the cause of death as a heart attack, the time of death can be manipulated, and the time can go into effect within 40 seconds after writing the name.
The human who touches the Death Note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner, a god of death, even if the human is not the owner of the note.
How to Use It IV
The person in possession of the Death Note is possessed by a god of death, its original owner, until they die.
If a human uses the note, a god of death usually appears in front of him/her within 39 days after he/she uses the note.
Gods of death, the original owners of the Death Note, do not do, in principle, anything which will help of prevent the deaths in the note.
A god of death has no obligation to completely explain how to use the note or rules which will apply to the human who owns it.
How to Use It V
A god of death can extend his life by putting human names on the note, but humans cannot.
A person can shorten his or her own life by using the note.
The human who becomes the owner of the Death Note can, in exchance of half of his/her remaining life, get the eyeballs of the god of death which will enable him/her to see a human's name and remaining lifetime when looking through them.
A god of death cannot be killed even if stabbed in his heart with a knife or shot in the head with a gun. However, there are ways to kill a god of death, which are not generally known to the gods of death.
How to Use It VI
The conditions for death will not be realied unless it is physically possible for that human or it is reasonably assumed to be carried out by that human.
The specific scope of the condition for death is not known to the gods of death, either. So, you must examine and find out.
How to Use It VII
One page taken from the Death Note, or even a fragment of the page, contains the full effects of the note.
The instrument to write with can be anything. (e.g. cosmetics, blood, etc) as long as it can write directly onto the note and remains as legible letters.
Even the original owners of Death note, gods of death, do not know much about the note.
How to Use It VIII
You may also write the cause and/or details of death prior to fillng in the name of the individual. Be sure to insert the name in front of the written cause of death. You have about 19 days (according to the human calendar) in order to fill in a name.
Even if you do not actually possess the Death Note, the effect will be the same if you can recognize the person and his/her name to place in the blank.
How to Use It IX
The Death Note will not affect those under 780 days old.
The Death Note will be rendered useless if the victims name is misspelled four times.
How to Use It X
"Suicide" is a valid cause of death. Basically all humans are thought to possess the possibility to commit suicide. It is, therefore, not something "unbelieable to think of".
Whether the cause of the individual's death is either a suicide or accident, If the death leads to the death of more than the intended, the person will simply die of a heart attack. This is to ensure that other lives are not influenced.
How to Use It XI
Even after the individual's name, the time of death, and death condition on the Death Note were filled out, the time and condition of death can be altered as many times as you want, as long as it is changed within 6 minutes and 40 seconds from the time it was filled it. But, of course, this is only possible before the victims dies.
Whenever you want to change anything written on the Death Note within 6 minutes and 40 seconds after you wrote, you must first rule out the characters you want to erase with two straight lines.
As you see above, the time and condition of death can be changed, but once the victim's name has been written, the individual's death can never be avoided.
How to Use It XII
If you lose the Death Note or have it stolen, you will lose its ownership unless you retrieve it within 490 days.
If you have traded the eye power of a god of death, you will lose the eye power as well as the memory of the Death Note, once you lose its ownership. At the same time, the remaining half of your life will not be restored.
How to Use It XIII
You may lend the Death Note to another person while maintaining its ownership.
The borrower of the Death Note will not be followed by a god of death.
The god of death always remains with the owner of the Death Note.
Also, the borrower cannot trade the eyesight of the god of death.
How to Use It XIV
When the owner of the Death Note dies while the Note is being lent, its ownership will be transfered to the person who is holding it at that time.
If the Death Note is stolen and the owner is killed by the thier, its ownership will automatically be transferred to the thief.
How to Use It XV
When the same name is written on more than two Death Notes, the Note which was first filled in will take effect, regardless of the time of death.
If writing the same name on more than two Death Notes is completed within a 0.06-second difference, it is regarded as simultaneous; the Death Note will not take effect and the individual written will not die.
How to Use It XVI
The god of death must at least own one Death Note. That Death Note must never be lent to or written on by a human.
Exchanging and writing on the Death Note between the gods of death is no problem.
How to Use It XVII
If the god of death decides to use the Death Note to kill the assassin of an individual he favors, the individual's life will be extended, but the god of death will die.
The dead god of death will desappear, but the Death Note will remain. The ownership of this Death Note is usually carried over to the next god of dath that touches it, but it is common sense that it is returned to the Great god of death.
How to Use It XVIII
Only by touching each other's Death Note can human individuals who own the Death Note in the human world recognize the appearance or voice of each other's god of death.
An individual with the eye power of a god of death can tell the name and life span of other humans by looking at that person's face.
By possessing the Death Note, an individual gains the ability to kill and stops being a victim. From this point, a person with the Death Note cannot see the life span of other Death Note owners, including him/herself. But, it is not really necessary for the individual to view the life span of him/herself nor other Death Note owners.
The god of death must not tell humans the names of lifespans on individuals he sees. This is to avoid confusion in the human world.