Death Note How to Read 13, Hardback Book
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The Ultimate Death Note Encyclopedia! Here, in one authoritative volume: everything you need to know about Death Note, the best-selling manga series.

Featuring complete character biographies, detailed story-line summaries, production notes, and behind-the-scenes commentaries.

Death Note 13: How to Readalso includes exclusive interviews with creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and a bonus manga chapter of never-before-translated material.

Unless you own your very own death note, it doesn't get any better than this!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
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  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421518886



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For a series as complex as Death Note, Ohba-san and Obata-san here clarify it all with the help from eager editors.From detailed descriptions of the plot to minutiae such as breaking down the titles for all 108 chapters, this book reveals all but does not philosophise on the choices the characters make.Open-hearted interviews with the creators reveal how they were affected by each-other’s art and how Death Note unravelled, especially as the series quickly became a million-selling weekly series, and later a massive franchise with merchandise, anime and films to follow.The comedic four-panel specials that aren’t found in the collected volumes are here, as is the pilot chapter.I disliked the seemingly haphazardly thrown-together character profiles, which just show very shallow info that nearly anybody could guess. I loved the interviews with the creators and their analyses, not to mention the editorial humor strewn across the latter part of the book, and the extra art.One of the best retrospective books of a phenomenon that I have read. Strongly recommendable if you’ve read the series.