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Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note #1)

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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 April 2nd 2004)
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Emily May
Jun 28, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars
When I wrote in my review of Battle Royale that there were only two manga series I really enjoyed, 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 come to appreciate these graphic novels. Death Note was a complete accident which I found one day whilst browsing youtube. I ra
Lola  Reviewer
Feb 05, 2015 Lola Reviewer rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it
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
Mohammed Arabey
My very first read of Manga.. and it just blow my mind

I mean what if you have A Death Note...,A note that belong to one of the gods of Death..
Just write a name in it...with the person's face in your mind...and BAM .. Dies..

It's a 'hard to pick a side' story..

I mean, I would do just as Light did, try to get rid of those who make life hell...Killers, torturer, rapers, sadist and child abusers.
Damn them all ,you know , specially in here in Egypt...The law is way slow and ,mostly, not that
Seth T.
Nov 01, 2007 Seth T. rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2011 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bitchin' peeps
Recommended to Kiki by: my bitchin' peeps
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Nov 26, 2015 Merna rated it it was amazing
This is more of my opinion on the whole series instead of the first volume.

Death note is a highly addictive read. I would say it’s the best manga I’ve ever read. It’s one of those stories which leaves you desperate for the ending, but at the same time upset because it all ended. Everything in Death note was planned out perfectly and it was very fast-paced so I was never fed up.

However, I do have a problem with the protagonist. Light’s character was never developed well. He suddenly just turns ev
Norah Una Sumner
Come on,it doesn't get more original than this.

I've already watched "Death Note" so the story is not shocking for me,but it's as interesting as it was last summer.The characters are amazing and I can't wait to see how they develop throughout the series.Light VS L is probably one of the most epic "battles" I've ever had a chance of reading/watching.Apart from the obviously intelligent characters and an unique and captivating story,I really love the fact that this series questions our morality and
Jul 09, 2015 Joca rated it really liked it
Light encontra um caderno que parece ser igual a tantos outros, mas não podia estar mais enganado. Aquele caderno, deixado para trás no mundo dos humanos por um Deus da Morte (Shinigami), permite que ele consiga matar qualquer pessoa cujo nome nele seja escrito tendo em conta algumas regras que o rapaz vai descobrindo aos poucos.

Ele decide então que quer tornar o mundo melhor matando criminosos em massa. E isto chama a atenção do mundo inteiro que começa a tentar perceber quem está por detrás de
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
Apr 10, 2011 Caris rated it it was ok
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
Feb 19, 2015 Lucie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Můj první manga komiks. Asi jsem se zamilovala! Je to geniální.
Sheila Ruth
Jun 09, 2008 Sheila Ruth rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I think this set up a whole lot of interesting things that can happen throughout the series. It took me a little while to wrap my brain around how many people he was killing, but I think I'm really starting to get into it now!
May 27, 2013 Saniya rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Tolik vražd.
Skvělé to je!
Fakt že jo.

Taky chci Death Note.
Taky chci za komplice Smrtonoše.

btw.. Moje první manga! Skvělá volba.
Jan 11, 2015 Shinjini rated it it was amazing
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
juan carlos
Apr 03, 2016 juan carlos rated it it was amazing
Suspenso, muerte, y debilidad humna, el libro de la muerte esta a tu alcance.

¿Para qué leer death note?

1. El arte de este tomo, es perfecto.
2. La manera en que explican que es la death note, no deja ningún cabo suelto, pero sin dejar el misterio de lado.
3. El personaje protagonico, es intenso, deductivo, frío, cruel, inteligente listo. Gran personaje.
4. El mundo de los Shinigamis es oscuro y muy bien creado, además Ryuk es un personaje que me causa muchos escalofrios y risa macabras.
5. La part
Feb 24, 2016 Imane rated it liked it

لا اصدق هل اعجبني هذا انا من كنت دائما استهزئ باخي لانه يتفرج في الانمي ليس سيئا كما توقعت متى ساتعلم ان لا احكم على الاشياء قبل قراءتها لدي ملاحظة صغيرة فقط يجب ان تنوع ما تقرا او ما تشاهد لانك بدون وعي تصبح مجرد وعاء لافكار الاخرين لنكن موضوعيين انت لست مختلفا او متميزا كما تظن انت فقط تتعرض لغسيل دماغ و تتاثر باي شيء تقراه او تشاهده لذا عندما كنت اقرا الانمي تذكرت اشخاصا يقلدون شخصيات الانمي بدون وعي
Oct 06, 2013 Beth added it
This series has read like a supernatural Sherlock told from Moriarity's POV. ...more
Veronica Morfi
Aug 14, 2014 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
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
Wow i last read this series when I was 13, the nostalgia is REAL re-reading this. ITS JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND.

Thanks to M for recommending this to me.
Jun 30, 2015 Joanaf rated it it was amazing
Adorei simplesmente e mal posso esperar pelos próximos volumes! Com um humor mórbido e uma história muito peculiar, que me deixou completamente viciada, este foi o melhor manga que li até agora!
Mar 17, 2016 Nərmin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one!
Recommended to Nərmin by: Argona
My first manga! And it was strange to read it from right to left :) But the idea and the storyline are quite interesting. Going to read more))
Caro M.
Feb 08, 2016 Caro M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
My only comment on the Death Note - don't you ever give one to G.R.R.Martin...
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
Sam Quixote
Nov 20, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
Fuzzy Gerdes
Dec 23, 2007 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it it was ok
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
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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.

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“Start looking around you... and all you see are people the world would be better off without.” 167 likes
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