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"the WORLD", spelled sometimes as "The WORLD", is a song written and performed by Japanese rock band Nightmare. The song was featured with the song Alumina on the single album The WORLD/Alumina, and was used as the first opening theme for the acclaimed anime series Death Note, based off of the manga of the same name. It reflects the views and ideas of the show's villain protagonist Light Yagami, as he believes in the rebirth of the world and his accession into a messiah.

Lyrics

Hirogaru yami no naka kawashiatta kakumei no chigiri
Aishita yue ni mebaeta aku no hana
Kore kara saki otozureru de arou subete wo
Dare ni mo jama saseru wake ni wa ikanai kara

Kajitsu ga tsugeta mirai
Risei wo wasureta machi
Kuroku yuganda ima wo
Yume, risou ni kaeru

Doushite? Boku wa kowareta Messiah?
Dare mo ga nozonda "owari" wo...

Hirogaru yami no naka kawashiatta kakumei no chigiri
Aishita yue ni mebaeta aku no hana
Kore kara saki otozureru de arou subete wo
Dare ni mo jama saseru wake ni wa ikanai

Itsuka boku ga misete ageru
Hikari kagayaku sora wo

Doushite? Boku wa kowareta Messiah?
Dare mo ga yume mita "rakuen" wo...

Hirogaru yami no naka kawashiatta kakumei no chigiri
Aishita yue ni mebaeta aku no hana
Kore kara saki otozureru de arou subete wo
Dare ni mo jama saseru wake ni wa ikanai

Itsuka boku ga misete ageru
Hikari kagayaku sekai wo

We exchanged promises of revolution in the expanding darkness
I loved you, so the flower of evil sprouted
I won't let anyone interfere with
Everything that is to come in the future

A fruit has told me of the future
This city has forgotten reason
These distorted and black times will
Change into ideals, into dreams

Why? Am I a broken messiah?
The "end" that everyone has wished for...

We exchanged promises of revolution in the expanding darkness
I loved you, so the flower of evil sprouted
I won't let anyone interfere with
Everything that is to come in the future

One day I will show you
The sky that shines with light

Why? Am I a broken messiah?
The "paradise" that everyone dreamed of...

We exchanged promises of revolution in the expanding darkness
I loved you, so the flower of evil sprouted
I won't let anyone interfere with
Everything that is to come in the future

One day I will show you
The world that shines with light

Hirogaru yami no naka kawashiatta kakumei no chigiri
Dare ni mo jama saseru wake ni wa ikanai kara

Kajitsu ga tsugeta mirai
Yume, risou ni kaeru

Dare mo ga nozonda "owari" wo...

Hirogaru yami no naka kawashiatta kakumei no chigiri
Dare ni mo jama saseru wake ni wa ikanai

Itsuka boku ga misete ageru
Hikari kagayaku sekai wo

We exchanged promises of revolution in the expanding darkness
Everything that is to come in the future

A fruit has told me of the future
Change into ideals, into dreams

The "end" that everyone has wished for...

We exchanged promises of revolution in the expanding darkness
Everything that is to come in the future

One day I will show you
The world that shines with light

Other Appearances

  • On top of the single album where it originated, the song was also featured on the album the WORLD Ruler.
  • The TV size version of the song was featured on the Death Note Original Soundtrack.
  • The Japanese original was used as the opening for all released and dubs of the show except for the Cantonese version, which had Juno Mak cover the song in Cantonese for the opening.

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Trivia

  • The first opening theme makes reference to several famous pieces of artwork with Light, including "The Creation of Adam", Light being in the place of Adam, and Ryuk being in the place of the Christian God.
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