Death Note

Death Note

Vol. 1, Boredom

Book - 2007
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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?
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2007]
Edition: Shonen Jump advanced graphic novel ed
Description: 191 p. : chiefly ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781421501680
Branch Call Number: TEEN Oba


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Nov 25, 2017

This is a review for an anime (manga) called Death Note written by Tsugumi Ohba. The story follows a genius high school student named Light Yagami. Light discovers a supernatural Notebook which kills any person whose name is written in it. The notebook falls from a shinigami, which is a death god, called Ryuk. This notebook called "death note" is able to kill anyone with knowing the face of the person. Light decides to create a new world, killing all criminals and evils. He wants to become a new god of the new world he creates. Light makes a nickname for himself. His nickname is Kira. Meanwhile, a new genius detective named L is attempting to discover Kira's identity. That's how the conflict starts between 2 super genius characters in the anime (manga).
In my opinion Light is one of the most evil main characters in anime history. He kills his closest people and becomes super evil in the end. Meanwhile L is a very mysterious character and my most favourite character in the whole anime. The most annoying and hateful character is Misa. She's basically nothing but a useless character. She's added for no reason in the story. The anime ending was very sad, just and fair and my top most emotional ending ever. Also, I really liked the comedy in this anime. It wasn't all dark and bloody like some other anime shows used to be. I found most scenes were very funny. This anime can get very serious when it needed. And very funny when it need to be as well. That's why it's my most favourite mystery Anime.
Ratting 7/10
Genre: mystery supernatural thriller
- @animelover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Scythers Sep 14, 2017

I read this manga a while back, so it might be slightly less sophisticated than it seems to be, but I found it very well done! There is excellent character development, especially in Light Yagami, the main character. The private investigator (and classmate to Light) going by the name of L was by far my favorite character of of the lot. The story does NOT have a feel-good vibe to it, and could more likely be considered a thriller. A great read, a little much for most younger teens though.

Feb 15, 2017

An interesting read; I highly recommend it.
This is essentially my gateway into manga but not necessarily comics.

The concept is novel and surprisingly smart.
Just when I think the story is going to coast, a new element is introduced and entices me to read further.

The only complaint I have is that I can tell this is for an adolescent or young-adult audience only by the pacing of some of the storytelling elements.

I'm looking forward to reading the next volumes.

Aug 22, 2016

In my opinion, this wasn't the best manga I have ever read. It's just not my type. I mean, I guess the plot was O.K., but I really don't see what's so interesting about the story. If you don't want to read about a man who murders people of his own will, I suggest you look somewhere else

Jun 15, 2015

This manga series is crazily good, wow. It is absolutely thrilling, well-drawn, definitely worth a read.

KateHillier May 07, 2014

I will admit that it's been awhile since I've read any manga and I almost quit this one. Glad I stuck around and I am curious see where this battle of geniuses goes. The author has been really careful and thorough with the rules of the Death Note and how it functions in the hands of a human. I am certainly game for more. I'm also really getting a kick out of this roommate esque relationship with the Shinigami.

Mark_Daly Apr 17, 2014

Comics readers who enjoyed Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA may also appreciate this tightly plotted thriller. So might adolescents of all stripes, since it offers one of the all-time power fantasies: a high school student gains the supernatural power to kill virtually anyone in the world, at a distance and anonymously, with almost no risk of discovery. The rules governing the use of the Death Note are arbitrary and absurd, but the author consistently generates momentum and narrative tension from these self-imposed constraints. Be forewarned that this is a dark journey, as readers are invited to sympathize with the megalomaniacal thinking (and, let's face it, misogyny) of a cold-blooded killer.

Jul 13, 2013

I give it high praise! Very enjoyable...

forbesrachel Aug 12, 2012

This series has a fascinating look at the idea of justice....and the strategies that are employed by two geniuses are gripping!

Ólive Jul 24, 2012

this is THE BEST manga i have ever read! i might even go as far as saying this is the best thing i have EVER read. If you are looking for a good manga then this is EXACTLY what you're looking for! it doesnt get any better then this. Everything about this book is just AMAZING!!!!! I could spend forever writing all the amazing things about this manga series but instead i'll just say this: READ IT! It will not let you down! (but i can almost guarantee that you're favorite charecter will die, just a warning since in the end there are very few charecters that live)

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Ólive Jul 24, 2012

“For me… apples are like cigarettes and liquor for humans. If I’m deprived I go into withdrawals.” ~ Ryu

darkph0enix13 Jul 23, 2012

“For me… apples are like cigarettes and liquor for humans. If I’m deprived I go into withdrawals.”
~ Ryuk

Apr 23, 2012

Why did I drop it? Because I was bored, that's why.
- Ryuk the Shinigami


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Ólive Jul 24, 2012

Author Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata join forces in Death Note, in which a klutzy Shinigami demon drops his "death notebook" in the human world and has to go fetch it, causing unimaginable chaos. Helping restore the balance (well, eventually) is a bored 17-year-old boy called Light, who picks up the lost notebook and finds himself permanently bound to the demon. It's a highly entertaining, teenage take on the desire to control—or at least understand—life and death

Jul 13, 2009

Light Yagumi is a bored student who comes across a Death Note dropped by a Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Light vows to use this power to rid the world of evil, but when criminals start dropping dead, the great detective L is sent to track down the killer.


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Dec 29, 2008

Coarse Language: very minor corse language

Jul 24, 2008

Coarse Language: Expresses anger through swears and sometimes it is commonly used by people as a description.

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