Death Note : Volumes 1 - 13 Paperback
by Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Part of the Death Note series
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 Noteto 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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 2496 pages, chiefly ill
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 04/10/2008
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421525815
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Review by Yoshikawa
Very complicated and intriguing!
Review by PhantomoftheLibrary
Death Note. Either you've heard raving reviews from friends and acquaintances about this series or you haven't heard about it at all. It's a series that could easily fit into several different categories such as crime, horror, thriller/suspense, supernatural, but I like to think that it's a successful combination of many different genres.Out of all the things said and unsaid about this series, perhaps one of the most interesting facts is one that is described on Wikipedia. According to the Wiki-article, the Death Note series was banned in China, which in itself isn't surprising because China seems to be in favor of banning anything that they consider "bannable". The reason for the ban? Chinese children were changing their notebooks in order to make them more like the Death Note. I imagine that the official in charge of banning Death Note had his/her own name written in quite a few DN-wannabes!The premise begins with Japanese mythology. A "shinigami" or "death spirit" possesses the item known as the Death Note. Any human with their name written in it dies (for more details, look at the books), and the remaining lifespan that the human had is given to the shinigami. The action starts when a shinigami named Ryuk decides to "drop" his Death Note in the human world and see what happens. The human that retrieves it, Light Yagami, (whose father just happens to be the Head of the Japanese National Police Agency) initially dismisses it as a hoax, but when the criminal whose name Light writes in the Death Note dies, Light's world changes forever.The entire story spans over 12 volumes. Several live-action movies have been made, as well as video games, and a highly successful 37-episode anime series.Awards/ReviewsNominated for Best Manga (2006 American Anime Awards)[purportedly has received other awards, but reviewer was not able to locate any at time of review publication]