Death Note, Paperback

Death Note Paperback

Illustrated by Takeshi Obata

Part of the Death Note series

3.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


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?

Light thinks he's put an end to his troubles with the FBI - by using the Death Noteto kill off the FBI agents working the case in Japan!

But one of the agents has a fiancee who used to work in the Bureau, and now she's uncovered information that could lead to Light's capture.

To make matters worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force headed by Light's father.

With people pursuing him from every direction, will Light get caught in the conflux?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421501697



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DeathNote #2 The battle of wits between Kira and L heats up in the second volume. Light Yagami is a bright student with a secret, he possesses the death note. He has been using it to rid the world of criminals but now he is being tracked by the famous L. Through twists and turns this manga makes for a fun read and one i would recommend to anyone that isnt offended by a supernatural twist.

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Although this manga isn't what I would usually choose I can certainly see why it has been such an addiction for so many people. As Light's conscience and humanity seem to dwindle he becomes more obsessed and desperate to stay away from L. For his part L, who is drawn to look quite scary and paranoid himself (IMHO), starts to feel an affinity for the killer known as "Kira" that he hopes will aide in the investigation.An interesting psychological drama certainly which I'm now feeling invested enough in to read through to the end.

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In the second volume of Death Note, we get to see Light Yagami further experiment with the powers and capabilities of the Death Note. Raye Penber, the FBI agent assigned to investigate him, and his fiance, a former-FBI agent herself, become inextricably wrapped up in the Kira mystery. L, an enigmatic recluse pursuing Kira, reveals himself to the task force and begins closing in on Light as a suspect. Things progress nicely in the second volume of Death Note. We spend a bit more time with L, learning about his thought process, habits, and his theories about the Kira case. We also begin to see the lengths to which Light will go to follow his dream of a utopia, even if that means killing innocents. You still get that Encyclopedia Brown-vibe with L and Light (they figure things out with so little to go on and then have to explain to you, at length, how they did it). But Light is also able to play the charismatic teen who only wants to help, and it's disturbing how he can go from this to serial killer within a matter of seconds.This is a great manga... I can't wait to keep reading!

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Still impressive, although Ryuk isn't as much up in the spot in this one. It appears that Tsugumi has left the non-traditional way of writing a detective story in the second volume of the 12-volume set of the Death Note canon, and instead focuses on Light's way towards L, and vice versa. It would no doubt look good on paper, but Takeshi is such a great artist, and the illustrations do the story a world of good. I'm already deep into volume 3.

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Reading Volume 2, what struck me is that the only actually believable and interesting character was Ryuk, the Shinigami. Light and L are both just annoying twats and don't really carry the plot.Bechdel: Lights mother and sister talk about cleaning. I don't think that counts, particularly combines with the overall sexism of the writing and characters. Fail.

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