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?
The Complete Box Set
Story by Tsugumi Ohba
Art by Takeshi Obata
Manga Volumes 1–12
Death Note 13: How to Read
A "How to Use It" fold-out
About the Author
Best Manga series, for the Best Value!
I watched the anime first, and (surprisingly) it was my first anime ever seen. I knew immediately after watching I'd need to read the manga.I should first state, when I said "Best Value" I meant IF you want all of the Manga's individually. Bolo has the "Complete - All in One" book for $22 right now, which technically would be a better deal. But, I like the individuals better. However I am going to pick up the All in One edition eventually.As far as the product goes, it's all 12 of the originally sold-separately manga series, including the extra Volume 13 - How to Read and also a "How to Use It" booklet that contain's ALL of the Death Note's rules in one little handy booklet.I take it if you're here, you already know what Death Note is. So I don't really need to explain, but i'll give a brief summary.Death Note takes place with possibly the world's smartest student getting his hands on a book that allows him to kill anyone by simply writing their name down. But that's not what the show is about, the show is about L (the detective) vs Light (the student), possibly the world's two (2) smartest minds! The psychological mind battles that go on between the two are by far the most interesting thing I've ever seen in any movie/show/anime.I 100% recommend both reading the Manga, and watching the Anime. Personally, I've been enjoying the Manga just as much as the Anime so I can't pick a favorite, but the Manga DOES explain a little bit more than the Anime does. So, I'd say which ever you prefer first. Reading? or Watching? Personally, I hated reading. I'd never bought a book before, at least not one that i'd actually read. This is the first time I've actually been drawn into a book, but I guess it's more of a graphic novel than a book. But still, I think it's pretty amazing that a simple anime could be so intriguing that it could make a non-reader finally sit down, and read a book.10/10 Anime/Manga, definitely a must have if you've already seen the anime!
Ask permission before buying!!!
I really liked the way the books came into the colorful book box.I didn't check with my son first before purchasing them for my granddaughter's 14th birthday! Be sure to get permission first! The books talk about murder and deathand don't exactly lift a person up! These books seem to be very dark in it's content and my son was very upset that I would buy them for his daughter for whom I had given her the books for her 14th birthday! The birthday was ruined! I had to send them back! I had read 5 Star reviews but I didn't know what the actual contents were like. Boy did I goof!
L, do you know gods of death love apples?
This is one box set you NEED to own if you're going to collect manga. The Death Note series is among the best out there, and this collects the whole series in an attractive, compact box. For those of you who have already read through the series and are looking to buy, go ahead and buy it. You won't be disappointed. For those who haven't read through this series yet, I'll let you know why you should.Death Note is about a role model high school student named Light Yagami, who is tired of living in a world filled with evil. Being the son of someone in the police force, he sees the failures of the justice system daily. Criminals fall through the cracks of the system, leaving them free to commit more crimes or to escape punishment for previous ones. During school one day, while going through all of this in his head, he notices a notebook outside of the classroom window. After picking it up and taking it home, he learns that it is a Death Note, a notebook that will kill someone if their name is written on its pages. He passes it off as a joke at first, but when the person whose name he writes in the notebook dies, he starts to use the notebook to further his goals of ridding the world of evil. Criminals start to die off one by one, all by heart attacks. The public is divided in their stance on the killings. Some people revere the killer as a hero, while others say the killer is nothing but a mass murderer. The killer comes to be known as "Kira". Law enforcement agencies scramble to find Kira, and when a genius detective, L, shows up on the scene, Light's wits are put to the test. How can someone prove he is a killer when all he uses is a notebook? How will he outwit L? It is here that the series turns into a clever game of cat and mouse.Without spoiling anything, the series does have its flaws. The series takes a massive turn for the worse at the halfway point, but still manages to build up to a satisfying conclusion. Some of the characters could have used more dialogue, as the series is more about pushing the plot forward than building characters up (though it still does a good job). Some of the twists in the later half fall a bit flat, and the stakes are raised a bit too high too soon. Overall, though, these problems are far outshined by the positives. Death Note is a great thriller, with good characters, surprisingly good humor (given the dark tone of the story), and it even manages to address some real-world issues. What is justice? is it the laws we have in place now, or is it killing off all evildoers? What is considered a sin worth dying over? It manages to tackle these subject matters without getting preachy, and all the while keeping you interested past religious/political undertones. Honestly, this series is the definition of an instant classic, only bettered by the live action movies. $60-70 for this series is a steal. Why don't you own it yet?
I. FREAKING. LOVE. ANIME.
This is the coolest manga set I have purchased thus far. My box set arrived in two days and in excellent condition. The box is just beautiful covered in all the Deathnote art. Just amazing. A must have for any Deathnote fan or just an anime/manga fan in general. I was so happy to find this set finally go on sale. As soon as it hit below $100, I bought it so fast. And I couldn't be happier with my purchase.Came with all 12 manga books. Along with the how to read book. Before I was just all about anime shows and movies. So the instruction book is pretty cool to be honest because I am a new manga reader and having an instruction book is very convenient.Now while I already have an actual replica of a Deathnote, which if you have one you know it has all the rules listed in the very front. But the little rule book this set comes with is just so cute. Its just the rules on how to use the Deathnote but its still a cool free gift.All in all I am glad I finally bought this and I am one very satisfied customer.
This box set arrived in perfect condition AND A WEEK EARLY!! I bought the 'Ouran High School Host Club' box Set with this one and I must say I am ecstatic with the condition and delivery rate. This is, by far my best experience with an Bolo order! I completely recomend this to any Death Note fan out there! Definitely worth it!!
"The Definitive Death Note Collection"
A brilliant collection, this set includes all twelve volumes of the Death Note Series, as well as Volume 13: How to Read. Slightly larger than the other twelve volumes, How To Read proclaims itself to be "The Ultimate Death Note Encyclopedia", and contains plot summaries and character biographies, among other interesting features. In this respect, How to Read should probably be avoided until after finishing the first twelve books.Alongside the books, this set also provides a thick booklet, a How to Use guide for the Death Note itself comprising all of the How to Use pages from the beginning of each chapter of the books.This is all contained in a sturdy and beautifully illustrated wrap-around cardboard carry-case (pictured); with a plastic handle and Velcro fastenings.Very much the definitive collection of Death Note books, would highly recommend for both the avid collector and the interested passer-by. This set would make a fabulous gift (for others, or just yourself).
A brilliant series that I have already watched [the anime] twice before buying this box set! I would say that it's my favourite series. As for the actual box set itself: it is also very good. It comes with the 12 volumes that make up the story as well as a 13th volume which is like a behind the scenes book sort of like what the authors were thinking etc which has L's true name as well as a booklet of all of the Death Note rules which I think are collected from the pages between chapters in some of the volumes. There is a fantastic artwork on the side of the box that is making it difficult for me to decide which side to have facing the front. It's way cheaper than buying all of the volumes and you get the How To Use booklet I already described that I couldn't find anywhere else on it's own. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Excellent Collection and a must buy for Death Note fans
I had already watched the anime but I wanted to get the manga as well. This collection is really nice. Beautiful artwork and each book feels very well made. It does not feel cheaply made but actually feels strong and something that will not crumble in your hands. The packaging is excellent as well. It has really nice art on the box and the volumes nicely fit into it. It looks exactly like the pictures on Bolo.
L, Did you know Shingami love apples?
Absolutely <3 Deathnote, it is one of the best manga comic book series (in my opinion). This box set is fantastic and of a much cheaper price than others. The box it comes in is thin but to be honest it looks like the one in the picture so i wasn't particularly bothered by this. All volumes are there including an extra how to use the Deathnote booklet. Very pleased with this, if you haven't read these it is the perfect set to buy. I did initially buy them individually years ago but this i prefer definitely.
Amazing version, a must buy
Watched the anime, and I think this manga is a must for others that did. There are little details that don't get put into the anime, and the fact that you can read these at your own pace is bliss. I read these whilst on the toilet. P.S. The how to read book is phenomenal and full of interesting facts that every fan would enjoy.