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Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?

Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?

About the Author

Artist, Takeshi Obata made his debut in 1989 with Cyborg Ji-Chan

G. The runner-up recipient of the 30th Annual Tezuka Award, Obata's major

works include Chikarabito Densetsu and Mashin Boukentan Lamp-Lamp.

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SnowRaven, October 15, 2014 (view all comments by SnowRaven)
I think this series is mind boggling, scary at times, and memorable. Ohba has a way to get into the readers' minds and scare them with the mentality of the main character, Light Yagami. It doesn't hurt that Obata's artwork is just stunning as well.
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emmejo, December 30, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
When Light finds a strange notebook called the Death Note that claims if you write someone's name in it they will die, he assumes it is a joke. He tests it out on a criminal who is holding hostages and 40 seconds later the man dies of a heart attack. When Light realizes that he has the power to kill anyone in the world he decides to start killing criminals to make the world safer, but there is a line between helping and using the power of the Death Note for his own purpose, which becomes to create a utopia-like world in which he is god.

I decided to give this book a go because it is so popular among Manga fans. I have to admit that although the premise is interesting, this is quite predictable, even dull. There is no real depth or interesting enigmas to the characters and the plot is very predictable with few interesting spots. The dialogue isn't interesting, it is flat and lacks any grace, wit or character. The art is static and although technically proficient, lacks life and an interesting layout. Perhaps the later books improve, but I doubt I will read them unless my sister checks them out from the library and I am very bored and have nothing else to read.
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crowyhead, August 27, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is an intriguing premise: a Death God has purposefully dropped his Death Note, a notebook that allows the bearer to sentence anyone to death simply by writing their name in the book. A young man named Light picks up the book, and after a few false starts, embarks on a mission to kill all of the world's most notorious criminals and create a utopia. Interpol, however, considers the deaths to be the act of a serial killer, and a mysterious supersleuth known only as "L" is brought onto the case.

I enjoyed the art, and like I said, the premise is intriguing, but I wasn't entirely satisfied with the overall execution. There is very little complexity to the plot thus far, and the way the author continues to add on additional rules regarding the use of Notebook feels like slapdash writing instead of trickiness on the part of the Death God. I think I'll give the next volume a chance, but I don't really anticipate getting super into this series.
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Product Details

Ohba, Tsugumi
Viz Media
Obata, Takeshi
Obata, Takeshi
Graphic Novels - Manga
Manga - General
Good and evil
United states
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Death Note
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Publication Date:
October 2005
Grade Level:
7.5 x 5 in 6.02 oz
Age Level:
16 and up

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