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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, a 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 a ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published October 10th 2005 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2001)
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Lola
Death Note vol. 1 shows well drawn graphics, an anti-hero as main character that surprises/shocks, a *monster* that becomes actually…endearing, controversial themes that will provoke raw emotions along with deep thoughts and a writing and dialogs that make the characters look real and three dimensional without a doubt.

I think the plot could have been more developed, though. The Shinigami world better seen and much more exploited and maybe even contain a notable amount of interesting descriptions
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Patrick
I don't read very much manga. But I picked the first few books of this series up on a whim, then quickly bought all the rest so I could finish the series.

Short version? I really enjoyed it.

Longer version: Here's some thoughts in no particular order....

~ Great example of how you don't need a bunch of crazy fantastic things happening to make something a gripping piece of Speculative Fiction. In this series, you've got a notebook, and if someone writes your name in it, you die. It doesn't seem l
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Kira
Sep 04, 2011 Kira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bitchin' peeps
Recommended to Kira by: my bitchin' peeps
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Seth Hahne
Nov 01, 2007 Seth Hahne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
Shelves: comics
Over the past three weeks I've been burning through one of the most exciting reads I've come across in a while. Death Note is a seat-edged battle of wits that left me exhausted by the end. Heck, I was exhausted by the halfway mark.

Let me start over. Death Note is a Japanese comic that tells it's story over the course of twelve volumes (on display now at your local Borders). If what I'm about to say sounds good but you don't feel like spending the eight dollars per volume, head to your local libr
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Emily May
4.5
When I wrote in my review of Battle Royale that there were only two manga series I would recommend, it made me realise just how much in need of a review this was. I am not a manga fan, I know some people love it like crazy, but I've tried starting the most commonly loved - Naruto, InuYasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, etc. - and been left believing that I would never appreciate these Japanese graphic novels. Death Note was a complete accident which I found one day whilst browsing youtube. I ran into
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Merary
Once upon a time, there was a young, intelligent man who had it all: Excellent grades (in fact, he was number one in all of Japan), a loving family, popularity, friends, good looks (really good looks! That boy is just too pretty!), a great body, and girls wanting to fu—um, I mean—date him.
But, there was only one teensy, tiny problem:
He was so fucking bored, y’all!

But, everything changed when a mysterious notebook dropped from the sky (Whoosh!) and landed outside his school. The young man notice
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Caris
Manga. It’s weird.

First off, you have to read the book backwards. I thought this was going to be difficult, but, barring a couple of confusing missteps, it wasn’t too bad. You eventually fall into a rhythm and know where to read. As a result of this experience, I feel confident that I can read Hebrew.

I’ve never been a fan of the manga/anime art style. And I’m still not. For me, it’s visually uninteresting. That makes it kind of difficult to stay engaged.

And then there were those parts that I kn
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Sheila Ruth
Death Note was my first manga, and I enjoyed it rather more than I thought I would. Although the premise sounds quite macabre, this isn't a book about "killing people," as would seem from the description. The pleasure in reading Death Note comes from watching the battle of wits between two brilliant minds, Light and L, as each tries to find out the identity of the other. The book also raises interesting philosophical questions, such as, is it wrong to kill criminals who have committed horrible c ...more
Lucie
Můj první manga komiks. Asi jsem se zamilovala! Je to geniální.
Saniya
May 27, 2013 Saniya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Great people who want to be mind fucked.
Shelves: favorites
This is mind fucking, but still.

I, I just love Death Note. So, so much.

I must be cray cray, but I love Light Yagami more than L, even though I know L is correct and there should be justice. But I feel for Light. Even though he would kill and use me too in an instance. (Gosh, I am crazy.) But I believe that Light was a good guy and if he haven't gotten that Death Note in the first place, he would have been the most kick-ass Detective ever. :'(
I loved the anime. And the Manga didn't disappoint me
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Shinjini
It’s funny how I started reading this book due to immense boredom. I wanted to experiment with the manga genre and so I got on the internet to look for some good mangas. Then I found this. I’d already heard a bit about Death Note, thanks to a few of my anime-crazy friends. The anime series is immensely popular and most people who have never watched an anime before are acting like anime experts because they've seen this particular one. I haven’t seen a single episode so I decided I’ll start readi ...more
Katherine
JOHOHOHOHOHO!!!!!

Vrah s brilantním mozkem + detektiv s brilantním mozkem = velmi brilantní příběh.

Tolik vražd.
Jévanečky!
Skvělé to je!
Fakt že jo.

Taky chci Death Note.
Taky chci za komplice Smrtonoše.

btw.. Moje první manga! Skvělá volba.
Jonathan
The power of Death in your hands? What would you do with it? Would just ignore it or would you use it to rid the world of evil?
In this manga, Light Yagami is a regular high school student who stumbles upon a notebook. Not just any plain notebook but the Death Note. He then uses the Death Note to rid the world of all evil.
The story is one of the best I ever read. When you hold this manga and start reading it, you will start shaking in the suspense it has.
The characters in Death Note are very int
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Beth
Oct 06, 2013 Beth added it
This series has read like a supernatural Sherlock told from Moriarity's POV. ...more
Veronica Morfi
Rating: 5/5

It's been a long time since I watched half of the anime episodes of Death Note. Ever since then, I knew it'd come a time when I will pick up the manga and actually finish the story. I am so excited to get back into the Death Note world. Here is a quick intro to the story.

A Shinigami, or death god, drops his Death Note in the human world, mainly because he is bored, and a japanese teenager, Light, picks it up. Light is not your average kid, on the outside he is an exremely bright stude
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Anila
Cillian, Ryuk, don't hurt me please.


It's better than I expected. Even after hearing the above mentioned Goodreaders raving about it, I was wary. This is one of those series that is ridiculously effing famous and popular and from a distance, frankly, it doesn't look too good. (I still don't like the art, but I digress.) I guess this sounds hypocritical, after all my raving and ranting about Fullmetal Alchemist, doesn't it? But I had sworn never to touch InuYasha, One Piece, Naruto, or Death Note
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Sam Quixote
Death Note is trashy good fun. That’s basically all you need to know going in. The writing and plotting is borderline retarded though the concept is completely enthralling so while I couldn’t put the book down, I was constantly aware of how dumb things played out or were set up – and I loved it, this book is hilarious! Tsugumi Ohba is definitely an ideas man though - as a writer he’s mediocre at best, kind of like a manga Dan Brown.

But I’m jumping ahead of the gloriously high concept plot! Ligh
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Fuzzy Gerdes
I've been hearing a lot about this manga (which is also an anime and a live action movie, now) so I took the opportunity at Erica's cousins' to read Volume 1. So, yes, I can understand the appeal to high school misfits -- Japanese high schooler Light Yagami finds a "Death Note" dropped by a Shinigami ("death god") and decides to use the powers of the note to cleanse the earth of evil doers. Half the book reads like a late night 'philosophical' discussion as Light tests the increasingly detailed ...more
Caroline
There's a lot of hype surrounding the Death Note series, especially since Adult Swim started airing the anime adaptation of it. I'm always a bit reluctant to join in on the crazes like this, but figured I'd give it a shot when my husband was really enjoying the twists and turns of the anime.

I was really happy with how well-done the story is so far! It really sucked me right in and the protagonist, Light Yagami is pretty interesting to watch. Definitely enjoying this series.
Michael
I watched the film many years ago and loved it, the premise and the twists and turns. The book is fantastic and I couldn't stop reading it once I started, finishing the book and then buying the next two in the series. I love the attention to detail in manga and the quality of the writing also. A great concept.
Marija
5 DEADLY STARS

“Start looking around you... and all you see are people the world would be better off without.”

So I heard about Death Note before and I knew what the concept was. But let me tell you this kept me turning the pages till the end. It was intense and full of anticipation. Yagami is an interesting character but you can't label him as the good guy because, in my opinion, he has some issues. Namely, he wants to create a world without criminals and be the god of that world.

One day Yag
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Ferdy
4.5 stars - Spoilers

This is the first manga I've ever read. I was reluctant to start Death Note because for some reason I didn't think it would entertain me. Thankfully, it was extremely enjoyable, it's probably one of the best things I've read in months. There are twelve volumes in total and I'm definitely going to try and get my hands on each of them.

I adored the concept, I've not read anything quite like it before. It begins when a Shinigami (a Japanese death god) called Ryuk drops his Death
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MischaS_
tak tohle bylo fakt kruty! zjistila jsem par veci: 1) zbožňuji mangy
2)nevim jestli jsem team Light/Kira nebo team L. prozatim budu oboje. necham je souperit o to, kdo bude vychytralejsi zmetek ^_^.
3)chci vlastni deadthnote!
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Joyzi
Nov 21, 2011 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Shonen
Recommended to Joyzi by: Crunchyroll
I read it in my nook. Isn't that sweet? I really like the manga but I like the anime better simply because the english translation sucks and there's a lot of similarities between the anime and the manga so I pretty much know what'll happen.

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This is my most favorite anime of all time. It even beat up Ouran High School Host Club, Code Geass, Ghost Hunt, RomeoxJuliet etc. This anime change my life...seriously. I even remember being
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S.
one of the known fault lines in human consciousness is that between idealism and realism, the abstract and the applied, the ideal and real. I'm a theoretician. I still read theoretical abstractions prseentened on GR, but my uncaring nondevotion to non-keyboardish stmashups of gibberish english are a major detraction to my non-fans. and this GR entry still diverges into nonsense territory. I can't be bothered to correct typos, and that is price of entry. that is price of entry.

sometimes you have
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Celine
In the first Death Note book, Boredom, we're introduced to super smart kid Light, who finds a notebook. The owner of the notebook sees a Shinigami death God, in this case Ryuk. When a name gets written inside the notebook, that person dies. Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of criminals, writing the names of the people he thinks deserves to die in the Death Note.

What I wasn't expecting was how gripping this book is. At first I was shaking my head at Light's actions, because boy, is h
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Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
"The human whose name is written in the Death Note shall die."

Death Note is perfect. It's intelligent, brilliant and simply the kind of book which requires you to put your copy down every once in a while and go-"Sheeet." And Death Note has plenty of those moments. Light and Lawliet(L the awesome detective, I'm currently X-ing with Light...) are the best in their fields, human geniuses who don't ever want to lose or be outspoken. The fact that they both want to seek out their targets, who are mys
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Mochacocafan
Few mangas are this complicated, philosophical or ruthlessly harsh. Light Yagami (Yagami Raito, GO [Generation Otaku:] freaks here :P) a high school valedictorian, finds a notebook dropped to the earth. He reads the instructions, all in English, and discovers he can kill anyone in the world just by knowing their name and face. What does he do now?

Instead of going into detail of the plot, let me just examine Light before the series begins. In the first manga page, he is sitting, hand folded unde
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Nancy
I heard about this from NPR and thought the premise sounded interesting. I don't normally read comics or graphic novels - I find it really hard to pay attention to pictures. I liked this book much more than I thought I would. The story is cool, and I was sorry not to have Book 2 when I finished the first one. But the writing is disappointing. It services the plot in the most minimal way possible. I guess that's the tradition of comics, though. Still, the characters could have had more distinct v ...more
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Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ Ōba Tsugumi?, born in Tokyo, Japan) is a writer best known for the manga Death Note. His real identity is a closely guarded secret. As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ohba collects teacups and develops manga plots while holding his knees on a chair, similar to a habit of L, one of the main characters of the series.

There is speculation th
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“Start looking around you... and all you see are people the world would be better off without.” 147 likes
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