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Death Note, Vol. 13: How to Read (Death Note #13)

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An encyclopedic guide to the Death Note manga series, including character bios, storyline summaries, interviews with creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, production notes and commentaries, and bonus manga pages.

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
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 19, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This is called volume 13, and an encyclopedia for the series. It isn't really either. It's more like a set of DVD special features. Worth reading? Actually... yes, at least in part. The character profiles that start the book have very little new information to add, but L.'s does include his real name. The creator interviews that take up much of the space are actually really informative. There's a detailed timeline, a complete set of all the Death Note rules, and answers to most of the questions ...more
Amber Hetchler
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Hetchler added it
Shelves: manga
Now I feel like I know everything there is to know about Death Note. My life is complete.
Mar 24, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Somewhat dry, but not exactly shocking considering that it's basically an encyclopedic overview of the series. The four panels were fun, and it was interesting to read the pilot version of Death Note. Worth paging through if you're a Death Note fan, but definitely not a sit down and read through type of book. Includes an illustrated card of L.
Jul 11, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I love Death Note - HUGE FAN! So it was great to learn all the behind the scenes and interviews and jump into this world again! =] There were some extra manga strips and such towards the back of the book which with both hilarious and amazing to read! As always Death Note rules!!
Sarah Harakeh
Oct 15, 2015 Sarah Harakeh rated it really liked it
The short story about the new Kira is pretty excellent and also moralistic like the previous one. I just have one thing to comment on the profiles of the characters: why on earth are all the characters so anorexic?!
Jul 11, 2008 Wee!wawaLAA!!! marked it as to-read
I want to find out L'S REAL NAME!~!!!!! :3
I wuv you, ryuk!! :]
Jul 12, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, mistery
I love death note....!
iT was aMazing...
Jan 10, 2009 Linz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really enjoyed this Death Note volume 13. Of course, you don't read this manga to get more Death Note story, but rather to get a deeper understanding of the manga. This manga is more like the behind the scenes on a DVD. The creators answer many questions about all sorts of different things, explain different events in the manga, and make it more clear. I enjoyed reading the interviews with the creators, and it made my day to discover that their favorite character L! Both of them! <3 I also ...more
Feb 18, 2010 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Death Note fans
Vol 13 claims to be "the ultimate Death Note encyclopedia" but it comes off more as a DVD Special Features section. It includes some filler profiles on the characters and timelines out the events of the story and the movements of the death notes themselves. Most of it is written in tiny print, yet in an oversized volume and an upcharged cover price. There are also some four panel comics from various magazines in the original printing which are cute but largely forgettable.

The real value comes fr
Aug 24, 2008 Hyalineaquas rated it really liked it
i absolutely loved this book! the only reason i didnt give it 5 stars was there was a lot of pages with pure boring filler to make the book longer i think. i just wanted to read things i didnt know about the series, but other than that it was really great. there were character descriptions for all the characters which im thankful for cuz there are so many that i forget names and its a good reference to match a name with a face. It also included the deathnote pilot comic and several 4 panel comic ...more
Min Yee
Dec 01, 2015 Min Yee rated it it was amazing

This book will come in handy if you are a hard-core fan of Death Note and this volume definitely provides some of the answers to your questions related to the story. To be honest, I wish I have more time to finish every part of this volume but I only read certain parts which capture my interest.
Feb 17, 2015 Yağmur rated it really liked it
Bu dünyayı çok özlemeseydim ve bazı yerleri keyifle okumasaydım 5 verebilirdim ama yazılar inanılmaz küçüktü ve son 50-100 sayfa asıl manganın bütün gizemini giderecek türdendi, sevemedim o kısımları ama çok fanıysanız serinin alın cjckcjvkv
Oct 07, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I read the anime many times.Im finish with my 5th anime already.But this one tops it.Its crazy that L died.Light Yagami is so cool.The part when Light dies is crazy.L won.When Light dies its so sad :c.Ruuk uses his Deathnote.I didnt want L to die.He was my favorite character.
Mar 05, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok
This book would only really be interesting to those who are huge fans of the deathnote manga series. I do like the manga, I've read them all, seen the films and that, and yet this book bored me. The endless character analysing, the never ending interviews, it all took up room that could have been filled with things that were much more fun to read.
The good parts of the book, in my opinion, were the 4 panels and the pilot manga right at the end.

Overall, it wasn't bad, but it could have been so muc
Animeseverlerin %90'ı Death Note izleyerek animesever haline geldiğini hepimiz biliyoruz. Animesini izledikten sonra 12 ciltlik mangasını da okumadan edememiştim. Aradan yıllar geçtikten sonra 13. cilt de çıktı. Aslında 13 ciltten ziyade özel koleksiyoncu cildi demek daha doğru olacaktır.
Hikaye açısından herhangi birşey yok. Karakter analizleri yapılmış. Olaylar hakkında konuşulmuş. Sonunda da Death Note kısaca özetlenmiş. Bence gereksiz bir cilt olmuş.
Mar 22, 2015 Andre rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, manga-comics
1) Deutsche Rezension
2) English Review

1) Deutsche Rezension
Müsste ich dieses Buch mit einem Satz beschreiben wäre es bestimmt:
"Es ist ein Fanbuch."

Im Grunde läuft was man hier findet darauf hinaus. The Informationen zu den Figuren, der Entwicklungsprozess, die ganzen Fragen, der Persönlichkeitstest und sogar der Mini-Manga und Comics am Ende.
Sicher, ich mag Death Note aber nun auch nicht dermaßen, dass mich das hier interessieren würde. Tatsache ist, dass ich das meiste recht langweilig fand da
Aug 17, 2014 Assassin'sRead rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Death Note possibly one of the greatest things to be created! The movies, the books, the anime, everything... it's just badass! The story itself is amazing, alluring and real impressive stuff.

Light Yagami - good-looking in the movies played by Tatsuya Fujiwara and the manga. Even though you know deep inside that what he's doing is wrong, you're like who cares!

Personally, part of me wanted Light to continue doing it for ages, but I also wanted L to figure it all out.

Japanese novels even their
Nouha ShawQi
Nov 29, 2014 Nouha ShawQi rated it really liked it
ممكن تقرأها قبل ما تبدأ السلسله هي ملخص كامل عن كل الشخصيات وغني ودسم
وممكن تستغنى عنه لانك كدا كدا هتعرف كل الشخصيات مع سياق الاجزاء
اول تجربه ليا مع المانجا كانت ممتعه بس مرهقه ودسمه وبتاخد وقت طوييل وتركيز اكلت من وقتي كتير جدا لدرجه اني استغنيت عن باقي الكتب وانواعها عشان اقدر اركز فيها بس تستاهل ممتعه وتجربه رائعه هبدأ بسلسله جديده
Jul 23, 2008 Leah rated it liked it
I actually found Volume 13 to be far more enjoyable than the series itself, most likely for the fact that I loved getting a deeper look at the characters and discovered a numerous amount of little tidbits about the creation of the series & the aftermath.

I really liked Ryuk's comments.
Jun 06, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing
This was auctually really cool to read. There was more information then the series let on, and it was interesting to know the fates of characters that wern't explained in the last book. The chapter about Shinigamis had me a little confused, because I didn't remember seeing most of them, but I figured, like any other series, they were probably part of the background characters and were of no real relavance to the story, but yet somehow vital. If you read the Deathnote series, you can't NOT read t ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Louis rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Great encyclopedia on the world of Death Note with tons of background information (more than you'll ever need!) and a splendid reminder of why the series was so alluring.
Apr 01, 2008 Mikaa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
my friend aylli also has this book and i read it i was stuck on one page though the one with near ^//^
Apr 30, 2015 PJ rated it it was amazing
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M. A. P.
Nov 24, 2014 M. A. P. rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Make no mistake: I absolutely adore Death Note. It was the first popular manga series I ever read back in the day, and I fell in love with it from the get go - its interesting characters, complex plot twists, and sinister overall look.
But this, volume 13, I find a completely needless addition. The interviews were the only ok part of this volume for me, and even those managed to bore me.
I wish I had read this in the original Japanese - not because I believe something was lost in the English trans
da Hanci
Feb 03, 2016 da Hanci rated it it was amazing
[b][tws for book: death mention, suicide mention, ableism, some mild cissexism/heteronormativity and casual transphobia/homophobia?][/b]

This is actually a really cool companion to the series. We got to know both Obata and Ohba much better, see the pilot episode, and read a ton of cool stuff about the characters.
This encyclopedia isn't always extremely exciting (for example, the list of reasons behind every chapter name,) but I was grateful for every bit of info we got. I'd definitely recommend t
Saru (Queen of Bookland)
I can't believe it's really over. :(
Dec 12, 2008 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas
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Apr 11, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Volume 13 isn't really a continuation of Death Note's story per se, it's more of an 'added features'/encyclopedia of the franchise.

It is surprisingly stocky, with several sections: character fact files, author/artist interviews, comedic one shot stories, the original pilot chapter, and a few other slices n dices. For example, it'll tell you EXACTLY who touched each note book at what time. Which is stuff you'll eat up voraciously when you're in the throes of the agonising DN withdrawal symptoms.
Oct 22, 2013 Terrence rated it it was amazing
this book is about a teenager who's name is kura who finds a note book at the floor. inside the notebook is mysterious power. once you touch it, you are able to see a shinigami which is a death god. the death god told kura that whoevers name he writes will have a heart attack. he tries it to see if it is true. goes home and looks at his tv and writes down is name. he had a heart attack. no once knew how he died. police found out that kura was the one that did it but the =y have to find evidence ...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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