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The entire Death Note manga story arc is now available in a box set for the first time! This custom box set includes all 12 books from the Death Note series, the information How To Read "Death Note 13" and exclusive Death Note premium gifts! The high gloss printed box set also comes with a recessed handle and velcro closure. The box set is 10% off the total retai...more
Paperback, 2424 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC
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Steve Giordano
Instead of reviewing all the individual separately, I figured it was easier to write one big review on all the volumes of the series.

What can I say about Death Note, the story of Light Yagami and his quest to change the world "for the better" through the use of the Death Note, a powerful, mystical object that allows him to kill anyone by writing down their name? I can start by saying that it absolutely floored me like no other story has done in a long while.

Death Note, a twelve-volume series wri...more
John Egbert
Don't get me wrong, I like Death Note, but I hated the second half. It could have been 3.5, or even four, but just for the existence of Near....*seethes*
Aaron
Shakespearean. Death Note the anime stands out as perhaps the single best anime adaptation of manga, which itself is perhaps the best manga of all time.

On the surface Death Note is a fairly straightforward story of cat and mouse, with the best detectives in the world trying to catch the mysterious Kira ("killer"), the alter ego of high school student Light Yagumi. Yagami gains the mysterious death note by accident (dropped in the human world by a shinigami - literally Death God - for amusement)...more
Chris Merritt
Not everyone is a fan of manga. Some people can't get past the idea of comics being used to tell a serious story, other people just don't like the style of art in manga with over-exagerrated expressions, large eyes, etc. However, the unique nature of this one should be worth looking into. In the Shinigami (Death God) realm, the Shinigami have forgotten their purpose and spend their time gambling away years of their lives. However, each has a Death Note, and by writing the name of a human into it...more
Michelle
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Natalie
I absolutely LOVE Death Note. The way the story flows and the character development is phenomenal. Why is it good? Because everything in this series is done perfectly. The main characters are perfect. The story is perfect. The character designs are perfect. The tension and drama is perfect. Even the side characters are perfect. This manga is just too awesome and wonderful to love.

The story is basically a cat and mouse chase between the criminal killer Kira, and the best detective in the world L....more
Zuleeza
I don't know why I kept postponing writing this review but kyaaaaaaaaa, I feel like nothing I wrote can reflect how badass this manga is so you have to read it yourself!!! Before you start questioning my decision-making skills, yes, I loathed the second part of the series (after the departure of a certain character) but the whole manga deserved nothing less than a 5-star.

It's such a shame because it's only recently that I decided to give Death Note a chance. I was so spooked by Ryuk before this...more
Sursi
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12peppermint
I just put this box set cause' I read all the Death Note manga... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LUV IT SO FRIKIN MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! GO L!!!!!! GO MELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Samuel Miravet Verde
4,7

El primer manga que leí. Me gustó porque de manga sólo tiene el tipo de dibujo...la historia es adulta y compleja, sin japonesadas chorras del amor, la amistad y sangre por la nariz al ver a una chica.

Se disfruta mucho la inteligencia de la trama, con muchísimos giros de argumento complejos e impactantes. Los personajes están genialmente perfilados y de cada uno amas unas cosas y desprecias otras. Los dos protagonistas son redondos y dignos de cualquier thriller. Para acabar, el toque paranor...more
Jennifer
I feel like this series should get a 3.8 because it was definitely close to being really good, but missed that with the ending. That being said, I did like the ending much better in the manga than the anime.

DN starts off strong with a battle of wits between Kira and L, but then gets a wrench thrown into the consistency when Misa arrives on the scene. Having a character bring some sort of emotional weirdness to the dry yet mesmerizing back and forth between Kira and L was interesting, but ultima...more
Brittany
Jan 29, 2013 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People that like to think and be challenged
Recommended to Brittany by: High schoool friends
Shelves: manga-or-manhwa
4/5 stars. Dark, complex, intense, unpredictable and thought-provoking. The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. What I enjoyed the most were the cat and mouse games Light played with L and his successors. They were constantly trying to one-up each other. Just when you thought Light was in the lead, it would be revealed that L was two steps ahead of him. It was hard to tell how the series was going to play out. The line between right and wrong was blurry. Both L and Light had a strong backi...more
oxana
Dec 17, 2010 oxana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of supernatural crime and manga
Shelves: fiction, manga, own
The box:
The box is beautiful. Nice colors, effects, and good design. It has all the 12 volumes of manga, plus the "How to read" -book and a little book with all the Death Note rules in it (in two languages like in the manga itself).

The series:
When I began to read Death Note, I was thrilled. The plot and idea pulled me in, it was interesting, and I just loved it. The (occasional) slow pace wasn't that bad then.

At some point, though, the pace of the story started to bug me a little. With both our...more
Andor
I'm not into anime/manga (or even comic book) culture at all. But I'd seen the Death Note movie(s) some years ago and liked them a lot. Surfing a bit, I then realized Death Note was a manga originally, with a famous anime adaptation, too. And so I bought my very first manga. After I got used to reading bubbles and turning pages backwards Japanese-style, I got seriously hooked. For some reason I can't remember, however, I only read the first 2 volumes back then, and kinda forgot it afterwards.
A c...more
Mansi Sharma
Death Note has the most intelligent characters I have ever come across. Reading the manga took almost a week but I can't say I regret it. I had liked the anime too, but it was a long time back and when you get your hands on the actual thing, you simply can't resist. And I'm not rooting for Kira's Death Note here :P I am rooting for Tsugumi Ohba's.
As much as I liked the character of Near (and Mello too, for that matter) I really missed the real L. Though Near was the rightful successor of L and t...more
Kyle Webster
i never actually owned the box set, but instead decided to review this instead of going through every book (which im assuming most people did as well). i have always liked the manga art style, whether it was just in drawings , or in an anime, or in graphic novel form. i had only read a little bit of some other graphic novel series before this, never really dedicating myself to hard into them. when i first picked up the death note series and finished the first book i was already sucked in and int...more
Tom
I never actually owned this box set. In fact, I do not remember ever owning a box set of any kind - it just seemed more economical to review this Death Note collection in stead of reviewing each comic individually.

So yeah, manga. I know, right? It seems to do everything it possibly can to annoy you. Reading from right to left, starting at the bottom of the page and at the back of the book, it takes some getting used to. I never really liked manga much - it seemed strange, juvenile and over the t...more
Eduardo Cervantes
Death Note by Tsugumi Obha is a manga that is filled with mystery, suspense, and is really thrilling. It starts off with a character named Yagami Light finding a notebook on the street and taking it home. When Yagami gets home he finds out that this book has a set of instructions and starts to read them and finds out something really mysterious. The instructions were on how to kill people by writing their names on the Death Note. At first he doesnt believe that this is true he thinks that this...more
Leskisk
So I never actually had the box set, but I read all of these years ago and was just flipping through the first one again, and I thought I'd write a short review. I don't remember each of them individually, as it was a while ago and I read them one after the other.

The story as a whole has a fun premise, that there's a notebook one can use to kill anyone in any way imaginable just by writing down their name. It's largely just a fascinating study on power, and how power will be invariably abused,...more
Dulce L
Light Yagami, a typical 18 year old student finds a notebook on the ground, its themed “Death note”. He takes the notebook with him and reads the instructions inside the death note, the instructions says that if you write a person’s name in the death note that person will die. Light tests the death note by writing a criminals name, 60 seconds later the criminal dies. An idea comes to him, since he thinks the world is messed up, he will use the death note to kill all the criminals, and he could b...more
Ash
I bought the box set after seeing nothing but 4-5 stars reviews in MANY places. I finished the WHOLE box set in a month and a half, I tried MY BEST to read it slowly so I dont finish a BIIIG box set at once. But I couldn't.
The story is amazing (the art also), sometimes you wish for Light to be dead like NOW and sometimes you don't wish for him get caught.
This series taught me just to believe in what I believe, and it also taught me that some stuff may apear good from the outside but inside it...more
Amanda
Awesome series that forces readers to ask a few central questions about what is right and what is wrong. Full of twists and turns, Death Note takes readers to a new level of terror (What if you had the power to kill someone at any time by simply knowing their face and name? What if you could be killed at any moment by someone who only knew your face and name?) A definite psychological thriller that keeps readers on edge at all times.
Nawar
one of my favorite series for ever .... it was a TRAGEDY
ahhh in the end i just wanted ( wished ) if the end was for KIRA side i know it will not happen even in my dreams because he was evil the "bad guy" but i just sympathized with him , in the last chapter he deserved what he had most of the readers will think like this but for me i felt sad and confused to which side i should be on.
Koopa
Everyone who is viewing the box set page are people whom I assume have already read the manga itself, or at least know a great deal about it, so I would rather focus on the actual box set collection itself. That being said, this is an absolutely fucking fantastic set that is well worth your time and money. It's design is similar to a suitcase and I had always thought it looked really badass. Everything fits together nicely and it even features some very interesting author notes, facts, and comme...more
Rosamond
Loved this as a kid, still own the complete manga, including 13th volume, prequel and sequel. I was drawn to it because of the beautiful are, Takeshi Obata has talent, and has inspired me to learn how to draw pretty decently, using the series as a good reference for realistic-anime style. The story was addictive, I still laugh reading some parts back. I think I'll love this one even when I'm an adult, or even in a nursing home if I get that far.

Let's admit it, L is a lovable character, even if y...more
David
Tsugumi Ohba, author of the Death Note story, admits that he is no good at keeping plots going. Therefore, every time he has an idea for a new plot point, he immediately sticks it in. The upside to this strategy is that it gives Death Note a real sense of unpredictability; the raggedly constructed narrative arc will frequently surprise you. The downside is that the plot eventually feels arbitrary, sort of like a season of 24. Heroes and villains come and go, and sometimes it does feel that the a...more
Brian
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Kev
My introduction to Manga. What a start. What a fantastic series, dark, tense, and thought-provoking.

Death Note should be required reading.

Note: The TV-Series is also a really excellent adaption, every bit as good as the manga.
Peter
Definitely one of the best mangas out there. No question. The story, the characters, the plot; everything seems to fit the bill perfectly. This is not for the light-hearted. Just because it's a comic book does not decrease the quality of the work; in fact, I think it helps it. The medium that it is presented in is fantastic as well. The only thing I had a qualm about was the storyline after a certain character departs. The beginning of the Death Note story was much superior to the end; the middl...more
Melissa
First time reading a manga, so I guess I had to get used to the style! I was reading it from left to right at first, did that for about 20/109 chapters and just thought that the story was way too disjointed, then I re-read it from right to left like Asian stylez and it was much better!! It actually made sense hehe. I like how there is the mind games going on, though sometimes it got over my head. I'm not so sure I agreed with some of the deaths in the book and the way they were presented, but ov...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...more
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Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2) Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note, #3) Death Note, Vol. 4: Love (Death Note, #4) Death Note, Vol. 5: Whiteout (Death Note, #5)

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