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Death Note Box Set (Death Note #1-13)

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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 r ...more
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Published October 7th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC
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Oct 12, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing
REFLECTING on the series, I figured it was easier to write a review that addressed Death Note as a whole rather than having individual reviews so here goes. I'd wanted to read this series for quite some time so when I saw it for sale I just couldn't resist. After my boyfriend read it, I powered through it.

From the beginning this series is so clever, the entire ideology behind it is captivating. It addresses ethics, the question of righteousness and the human mind in depth, without forcing philos
John Egbert
Jun 27, 2011 John Egbert rated it it was ok
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*
Steve Giordano
Feb 02, 2011 Steve Giordano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
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
May 01, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Note: No major spoilers

Death Note is an intelligent and meticulously illustrated rollercoaster ride. With hardly a dull moment, it will keep you turning pages hours after you thought you would be doing something else. The artwork is superb, and while the author of the story, Ohba Tsugumi, is sometimes thought to be a bit too wordy, the story is complex enough to need all those words, even if you are in a bit of a hurry to turn the next page and find out what will happen. Suspenseful is the best
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)
Chris Merritt
Dec 07, 2010 Chris Merritt rated it really liked it
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
Tzu-Mainn Chen
Aug 05, 2015 Tzu-Mainn Chen rated it really liked it
Note: I'm reviewing the entire 'Death Note' storyline, and not the actual box set.

I had heard about 'Death Note' long before I picked it up in a moment of vacation boredom. The reason I hadn't tried it out before was because it sounded like a kind of manga that I typically disdain: high-concept mixed with slapdash execution.

That's why I was surprised when I was immediately drawn into the story of Light Yagami and his desire to use the Death Note - a notebook that can be used to kill any person o
Oct 08, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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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.
Jul 20, 2015 Noemi rated it liked it
Recommended to Noemi by: Shannon Sestak
Addictive read. Does not pass the Bechdel Test. Like, at all. But it was still really fun to read, even I kept feeling like "why isn't anyone talking about identity and privilege intersectionality?"

Also, I found some of the idiosyncratic mannerisms (sudden obsession with sweets, penchant for chocolate bars, obliviousness to a boyfriend's indifference) a little distracting, although I found Matsuda pretty endearing. I would totally watch a buddy cop movie with Matsuda and Aizawa.
Mar 21, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing
With no preconceptions of what depth and quality the Death Note series could possibly contain, I received the first Black Edition for Christmas and was thus introduced to a brilliantly entertaining work of fiction. Deciding to hold off writing a review until I finished all the books, I arrive at this review in a way emotionally exhausted. The reader is whisked onto a rollercoaster of inner turmoil, brought about by the thrillingly intricate mind games played out by a superb cast of main characte ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing
With no preconceptions of what depth and quality the Death Note series could possibly contain, I received the first Black Edition for Christmas and was thus introduced to a brilliantly entertaining work of fiction. Deciding to hold off writing a review until I finished all the books, I arrive at this review in a way emotionally exhausted. The reader is whisked onto a rollercoaster of inner turmoil, brought about by the thrillingly intricate mind games played out by a superb cast of main characte ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
With no preconceptions of what depth and quality the Death Note series could possibly contain, I received the first Black Edition for Christmas and was thus introduced to a brilliantly entertaining work of fiction. Deciding to hold off writing a review until I finished all the books, I arrive at this review in a way emotionally exhausted. The reader is whisked onto a rollercoaster of inner turmoil, brought about by the thrillingly intricate mind games played out by a superb cast of main characte ...more
Damien Martinez
Sep 16, 2015 Damien Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading

Death Note:

The first book I’ve read is Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. The main character is Light Yagami, a genius high school student with a god complex. The story takes place in Japan, when Light Yagami finds a notebook that’s able to kill anyone just by writing a person’s name down. His god complex kicks in and he vows to kill every criminal so only good people will live. But he’s at conflict with a man named “L”, whose one of the best detectives in the world that’s trying to stop the person tha
Feb 06, 2014 Zuleeza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
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
Caecil Chen
Feb 26, 2014 Caecil Chen rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2016 Andrijana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I love love love this!

From time to time, I become obsessed with a book, and I go on a rampage. This means reading/watching everything even remotely related to the original piece and then proceeding to look for anything similar to it.
With Death Note, I reached a dead end pretty quickly. In my knowledge, there is no manga (or anything else for that matter) even remotely similar to it.
Which left me pretty sad, even though the rational part of me knows that postponing the end of a series just becau
Charon Lloyd-Roberts
Jan 16, 2016 Charon Lloyd-Roberts rated it did not like it
I read these books in 2010 I was obsessed with these books when I was very young and stupid now that having looked back on reading these books well I wasted my life and time on them they are over hyped and the characters are just too smart for their own good also yes the story sounded okay but in the end it just a mess basically the whole idea is just contrived and the characters never develop at all and also pointless Misa is in love with Light for the stupidest reasons and basically has no rea ...more
Jul 16, 2009 12peppermint rated it it was amazing
I just put this box set cause' I read all the Death Note manga... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LUV IT SO FRIKIN MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! GO L!!!!!! GO MELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 29, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2010 oxana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of supernatural crime and manga
Shelves: manga, fiction, 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
Feb 28, 2013 Andor rated it really liked it
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
Mansi Sharma
Mar 16, 2013 Mansi Sharma rated it it was amazing
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
Kyle Webster
Apr 07, 2013 Kyle Webster rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
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
Eduardo Cervantes
May 31, 2013 Eduardo Cervantes rated it it was amazing
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
Dulce L
May 10, 2012 Dulce L rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2016 Afa rated it really liked it
Manga ini bermula dengan premis yang menarik dan di pertengahan jalan ia cuba menjadi lebih kompleks. Saya tidak dapat tidak, mengatakan ini adalah risiko yang saya ambil hanya kerana watak utamanya yang sangat menarik iaitu Raito Yagami. Adegan cat and mouse di antara penyiasat tersohor menyelesaikan kes pembunuhan terancang cukup banyak twist dan kantoi disengajakan. Saya cuma ada sedikit kecewa kerana penamatnya ialah setiap kejahatan (Kira) akan mendapat pembalasan.
Jun 06, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing
A few of my friend are huge "Deathnote" fans. I hadn't read past book 1, and I just kept re-reading it because I didn't want to contiune on and forget. I was at FYE and they were having a speical sale on the set, so I just picked up then and there. It was a good choice. It's easier to read the series as a whole versus waiting for each book. You can see all the changes in each book faster if you read them back to back versus having to wait for each book.
Nov 28, 2010 Ash rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-manga
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Death Note (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • 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)
  • Death Note, Vol. 6: Give-and-Take (Death Note, #6)
  • Death Note, Vol. 7: Zero (Death Note, #7)
  • Death Note, Vol. 8: Target (Death Note, #8)
  • Death Note, Vol. 9: Contact (Death Note, #9)
  • Death Note, Vol. 10: Deletion (Death Note, #10)

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