When Light Yagami finds a notebook giving him power over death, will he use it for good—or evil?
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?
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About the Author
Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and first achieved international recognition as the artist of the wildly popular Shonen Jump title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei “New Hope” Award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga Award. He went on to illustrate the smash hit Death Note as well as the hugely successful manga Bakuman, All You Need Is Kill, and Platinum End.
Definitely a good read
A really good read. It's probably one of the few manga I'd recommend to anyone(or the show if they're not the reading type). The whole series is pretty amazing up until the half way mark. But, it's still great past that and definitely worth finishing. But this first volume is great.The series does have it's flaws. The story can be kinda convoluted at points, and explains the rules of it's world in almost too much detail. There can also be way too much text over explaining the plot where the visuals already sufficed(I.e. it should show, not tell). But the flaws are very minor in this first volume, and only a minor complaint of mine for the whole series.Give this one a read if you can, it's worth it.
I watched the cartoon series first. I like to draw Manga. I really liked the look of the series, and I bought the book to get a closer look at the characters and how the art moved in sequence across the pages. The book was as good if not better than the Anime. There is a true art of telling a story though angle, perspective, and it is such a marvelous thing when all these come together. So, for me, this is a valuable study book that I will refer to often when practicing my own cartooning. I recommend, for this reason, and also if you want a good read.
Absolute must-read manga
When I first received a copy of volume 1 from the library (after reading reviews on [...]), I was hesitant to read it, because I thought Ryuku (on cover) looked so disturbing. I flipped through and thought, 'no way will I enjoy this -- he's too creepy and the art is not he typical "anime style" that I am used to.' So I decided to give it 3 chapters -- could not put it down. Was so engrossed I just kept going. Bypassed the library entirely and ordered the first four volumes on Bolo.com.I have been trying for years to get my husband as into anime as I am. I'm an old-school anime/manga fan, and am now absolutely thrilled to pass my love for it onto my kids. Anyway, I told him, "Honey, you HAVE to read this." He looked at it, thought it looked bizarre and started to hand it back to me. "No, you HAVE to read it. Just give it 3 chapters, and I guarantee you'll be hooked." He was. We're now toting the tankoban all over with us...while we're waiting during kids' dance or martial arts lessons. I am a firm believer in: if you love something as a kid (manga, video games, whatever), there's absolutely no reason you should give it up as an adult.I am amazed at the unique quality of both the story and the illustrations. It is such a thrilling book of cat and mouse and one-upmanship. I have rarely been so engrossed. The Shinigami are a tad disturbing-looking, but they have a friendly sort of quality about them that makes them almost sweet.I am actually going to pass these books onto my parents and let them read. I've let my father-in-law read "Maus" and he really enjoyed it...so now I think the family is ready for manga. Back in the early 90s, there was so little translated manga/anime out there. Today, there is just a plethora of titles available, and I'm thrilled.If you have any doubts, or you're curious, give this title a read. It's really stellar.
great quality, great story
the quality of the book is really nice, with no tears or scratches on the front or back, i haven't read it yet but i flipped through it a bit and nothing seems to be wrong with it, however it is like reading a book backwards but i think its supposed to be like that so its not a problem, i recommend this 100% unless you're not comfortable with reading it the other way.
VOL 1 REVIEW
DRAWING TECHNIQUE 6/10STORY 8/10ART DESIGN 5/10CHARACTERS 7/10OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10Total: 33/50 👍P.S. Look out for me ;) 🤓MP 👻
This Manga is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
My son's review: I liked the fact that Ryuk and Light are basically against the world, but Ryuks more of a spectator. (L) is very smart almost a counterpart to Light. It may take a bit to get used to reading, but once you start you can't stop !!!
Awesome story, great art
This is the best and most original mangas I have ever read. It takes the mystery murder genre to the next level.It's very interesting to read on a psychological level, where we see a young, bright, up-and-coming college student (Light Yagami) who has discovered a deathly power (the Death Notebook). With it, he thinks he can change the world for the better by making it completely crime-free, and rule the world himself; becoming like a god. Using the Death Note, Light begins killing the world's worst criminals simply by writing down their names.His plans go awry when the INTERPOL (the international police orginization)--which finally realizes that all these criminals dying of heart attacks can't be a coincidence--sets the greatest detective in the world on his case--a detective whose identity is a complete mystery. He only goes by the alias "L".Light Yagami gets desperate, and instead of using what he thinks are "just" means to accomplish his "righteous" intentions, he becomes ruthless and amoral, until he is no longer fighting for his ideal world, but only fighting to keep himself from falling into the hands of the law.This is what happens when simple men take on too much power, and think they can handle it best.It's full of mystery, suspense, a bit of the supernatural, and sometimes humor (Ryuuk, ftw!). The art is very well done.I highly recommend it.
I started with the anime, and it's basically word for word perfection. I really just bought this for pics of ryuk <3 hahaha
Bought 10 years ago, still holds up
Re-reading some manga due to staying indoors all day. This is a great beginner friendly manga, that will slowly suck you in. The story starts out not too intimidation, but develops nicely. I liked the characters, and the main character develops nicely. The art style is really nice and sharp, a good bit different than most manga's, this mangaka definitely has his own unique style.Superficially these covers are great too, and the set would look great on any bookshelf!
I absolutely loved it!
I am new to mangas and this one is one the series i decided to start from.I absolutely loved it !!! Is fantastic. The art and the story will keep you completely enthralled.I ordered the number 2 even before finishing this book.But it , read it and you won't regret it.
Simple Premise: Perfect Execution
I have recently discovered Manga and having recently completed Osama Tezuka's incomparable Buddha series Buddha: Kapilavastu (Buddha) , thought I'd look for something a little more contemporary. Intrigued by it's premise, I had picked up the Deathnote novel Death Note: A Novel: Another Note (Death Note): A Novel: Another Note (Death Note) , without initially realising that it had been inspired by an existing Manga series, so this seemed like the ideal place to start.It's fair to say, I was blown away. The premise is elegantly simple; A teenage prodigy finds a notebook belonging to a Death God. The book enables him to kill anybody he chooses, anywhere in the world. This single idea spawns a complex morality tale, about justice, punishment and how to build a better society.Once the world's most heinous criminals start dying en masse, the world's most successful criminologist, the mysterious 'L', is called in to track the perpetrator. What follows is a fascinating came of cat-and-mouse as the two towering intellects attempt to out do each other.Deathnote, reminded me of 'Battle Royale' Battle Royale (Gollancz S.F.) (the novel, I havent read any of the Manga books) which also has a single, violent premise at its centre, but engages the reader, forcing them to consider the world around them. Both novels are horrifying in their detail but at their core, the events and motives of the characters, although exaggerated, are believable. Deathnote is an extremely enjoyable read. If you have never read any Manga or fancy exploring the genre's darker recesses, then you could do a lot worse than starting here.
Who's side are you on?
Two men, equally mentally matched are locked in a fight against each other for justice. The mysterious genius L works for the police as an independant investigator trying to get to the bottom of the apparently natural heart attacks affecting the world's worst criminals. Light is the student with the Death Note book writing the names of the criminals on the pages making them die. He alone is deciding who will live or die in a harsh world that he wants to protect, while L is hot on his trail to stop him. The mind games played out between the two men will have you on the edge of your seat and Ryuk, the shinigami (death god) provides a great deal of comic relief to relax you in tense moments. It's a slick story with twists and turns that leave you wondering who's side you're on. Not your typical martial arts/sword fighting Manga but I urge you to try this one, I guarantee you'll be hooked if you do.This is my first Manga novel but I have tried others since picking up Death Note 1 and they just don't have the pace of this story. Death Note starts with a bang and continues that way, like a literary fireworks night. I am now on volume 5 and have not been disappointed yet. There are no slow moving sections in the story, only parts that make you wonder... "What's he up to now?"
Amazing It is just amazing XD
I love it so much I have had it for a day and I'm already half way through it! For anyone who doesn't know what Death Note this is a brief summary of the first manga : A High School student called Light Yagami finds a book called Death Note and basically if you write a persons name down while thinking of their face they will die and btw there is many other rules for the Death Note and so Light starts to kill criminals while a detective called L tries to find out who is doing the killings.