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Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
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Feb 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended
Read in February, 2009

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 under chin, eyes glazed with depressed boredom, mouth weary, thinking, The world is rotting . His father is the vice-director of the National Police Department of Tokyo, Japan and constantly busy. His younger sister Sayu is less than half his level of intellect. His mother cares more about his grades than his happiness. He has no social life, no vibrant vitality, no love. The only prospects for him are empty shells.

Now take this world-weary idealistic mess of a person and imagine placing the perfect murder weapon in their hands with minimal chance of being caught. Who will he kill first?
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