Light Yagami Edit
Light Yagami is an "average" high school student with outstanding academic performance in all fields.
At the beginning of the Anime series, it is seen that Light has excellent skills in translation from English to Japanese and has an intelligent way of thinking.
He spends most of his time at home studying and preparing for college/university applications and continues to do so even when he comes across the Death Note.
The Death NoteEdit
The Death Note is an all black, leather cased notebook but holds a secret power.
Light comes across the Death Note and thinks that someone is trying to play a prank, saying that "Whoever made it put in a lot of thought," after reading the first page that describes how to use the Death Note. The Death Note describes that when you write a name on one of the pages and think of a face, that person will die within 40 seconds of a heart attack.
It goes into detail about extended times, like if you write the cause of death, then you will have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to do so and once you do, that person will die 40 seconds after the cause of death is written unless you specify the date of death; if you plan for the person to die after their original death date, then they'll simply die on their original death date because you cannot lengthen their lifespan.