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Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom (2003)

by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

Series: Death Note (1)

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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?… (more)
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Well, it was ok and left me intrigued about what will happen ti Light and L. I don't think I'll carry on reading the series anytime soon, though. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
I got this as a gift and it is the first actual manga I have ever read. I'm a fan of anime, but I had never delved into the printed version of it before. I like the story idea in this very much, but the dialogue is a bit tacky. There is very little, if any, subtext in the way the characters talk, but I'm not quite sure yet whether that is just the style of how manga is written. It interested me enough to want to read the next chapters of the series. ( )
  LukeGoldstein | Aug 10, 2021 |
My sister and I watched part of the Death Note movie, which I enjoyed (though now I can’t stand it). We decided to watch the anime, and it was far better and much more accurate than the film adaptation based off the anime. All I had left to do was read the manga, but I never got around to it until recently. wow do I wish I read it sooner...it is AMAZING. As a more morbid person, the concept of the Death Note and learning about the Shinigami was so fascinating, as well as Light Yagami and L's characters. They are foils in some ways, yet the same in others. Since I already watched the anime I knew exactly how the story ends, but I think I may just have to read every volume of the manga, because it is told so wonderfully. I liked having to read from right to left like they do in Japan. The illustrations were so detailed and really helped tell the story. If you're taking your first step into graphic novels/manga, Death Note is the best place to begin. I never gave manga's a chance because they were so far outside of my comfort zone, and a lot of kids got made fun of for reading them when I was younger, so I stayed away. Now, however, I am so glad I finally read it.

Genre: Graphic Novel (Manga) ( )
  briana_gagnon | Jun 18, 2021 |
Damn...
Start looking around you...
And all you see are people the world would be better off without.


Well, that escalated quickly, didn't it?

I have been wanting to read this for a while, so when I happened across it on my library's shelves yesterday, I picked it up instantly. This was a good choice. This nicely packed little examination of what might happen if a bored, idealistic teen (Light Yagami) suddenly had the ability to eliminate anyone whose name and face are known to him gets right down to business, and the race is on between the now serial killer teen and the as yet mysterious detective the world's police agencies bring in to stop him (L).

In addition to the nice in medias res pacing, I loved the complex characterizations at work in both Light and L, and the room left around Ryuk (the god of death who kicks this whole confrontation off). His motives are explained so far as needed and no further, and that is a very good thing. The tension in the story comes not so much from whether L will catch Light, but from the tragic setup inherent in the nature of the Death Note itself. Light's downfall is already set in the rules surrounding the power he is using, but the open questions left around Ryuk allow, for now, some degree of uncertainty. Is this truly a tragedy in the classic sense? Or is it a classic romance, with the hero destined to escape his certain destruction? I for one am very eager to find out. Unfortunately, volume 2 seems to have disappeared off my library's shelves since yesterday, so it seems I may need to make a trip to the bookstore...

Update January 27, 2019: Book holds up, review holds up. I love it when that happens! ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I completely forgot about Death Note!
I read it about five years ago. Bought the first two volumes, but was only able to finish the first one. Too YA maybe? ( )
  Mrella | Mar 8, 2021 |
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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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