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Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

(Death Note #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  167,039 ratings  ·  3,075 reviews
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 2003)
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Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 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
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
Dec 28, 2014 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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, manga, death, crime
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Trah la la, I have me a manga that I'm in love with and I need the rest of them now and I might have to get them because I want them now and I pre-ordered the freaking funko of L because I'm in love with L and unfortunately I didn't like the Funko's of Ryuk or Light. I was really hoping for Ryuk but he doesn't look cool at all, and I'm babbling!


Thank you to all of my GR friends that pushed me onto this manga!!!!!!! Actually it was sweet Ashley my hufflepuff that sold me on it first. =) ♥

This is
Always so much fun to re-read a beloved series only to find out that I still love it. Or maybe even more.


Oh, and I don't think that I even need to say that I'm team Kira. Who would be surprised by that?

“I am justice!”
C.G. Drews
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my very FIRST expedition into magna and ahhh I so loved it!! I mean, once I started reading the book in the right direction. Ahem. And I only got mixed up like 859 while reading it...BUT HEY. I'M SURE I'LL GET BETTER WITH TIME. I'm also really annoyed I only got the first book from the library because a) cliffhanger and b) I WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND I ONLY GO TO THE LIBRARY ON THURSDAYS. *hyperventilates*

Least to say, I obviously am a fan.

I loved the story! Like the mixture of d
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I finally borrowed "Death Note" from the library and I think I might be in love! <3

This is soo damn good!!! I really didn't expect it to be so good!
I don't know what I expected but damn it's definitely better than I thought it would be!

And haha I'm having trouble to decide which side I'm on. I mean it's obvious Light is misguided and that his actions are wrong, this however still didn't stop me from liking him and Ryuk though. *lol*

Also, I love L! Gosh they are like cat and mouse and it'
Seth T.
Nov 01, 2007 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
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
yayyy for buddy reads and amazing manga
Ahmad Sharabiani
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1), Tsugumi Ohba
Centers around high school student Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name (and knowing their face). The plot follows his attempt to create and lead a world "cleansed of evil" which he will rule as "God" using the notebook, and the conflicts between himself and anyone he sees as an obstacle, from law enforcement to the mafia to the greatest detective in the world.
Archit Ojha
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Not Stopping Until I Hit The Finale.

My wife was hunting me down to read this manga and until I do that, she won't let me breath.

Well, well!
I'm glad that she has tremendously fantastic choices in everything. And so she proved it in this case too.

A thrilling ride Death Note is!

If you haven't still encountered with it yet, I urge that you should!
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first toe dip into the world of Manga, this was enjoyable and packed full of surprises and colourful characters.

What would you do if you had the ability to kill anyone in the world just by writing their name and picturing their face, in a book? That's the situation Light finds himself in when he comes across the Deathnote. Soon he finds himself persued by the police, and the mysterious 'L', as he tries to complete his dream of creating a utopia free of violence by killing the worlds criminal
Nov 14, 2015 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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I recently watched the trailer for the american film from Netflix and as a person who respects herself and appreciates quality and authenticity I decided to read the manga. Dear Americans stop ruining epic things.

God I've missed Light and L and I was smiling like a fool. DEATH NOTE IS EVERYTHING. The art is great the characters are oh well AWESOME! You have the antihero Light, whom you love to hate and vice versa and the badass L. Everyone knows the plot so it's stupid just to even try saying s
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Every one on social media was getting freak about Death Note. I just couldn't understand why.

Until the day, after whole two years dive of this ignorance, I finally got to read the manga that totally blowed my mind, that got me hooked since the first lines.

To tell you the truth, I never paid attention to it's title. Never cared, not at all.

So when I read this manga, I was surely to stay amazed until and unless I reached to the end.

All pieces started to connect. The truth was before me, the fa
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
My friends were always going on at me to try readi manga. I am sorry I waited this long.
This year and this one is my first and I loved it.
The idea is so original - a book that a god dropped that if a name is written in - that person will be killed.
The way it is already affected our main character is so interesting.
I’m already hooked.
Dannii Elle
My first graphic novel and manga experience was definitely a good one and I might already be hooked!

I didn't know how I would get on with the format but I found myself just as immersed in the story, after a few pages, as I would an ordinary novel. This managed to pack in so much in such little text and I was consistently guessing where the plot would take me next. It also managed to transgress into so many genres that I find it hard that there would be a reader who would not like this!

The story
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one!
Recommended to Nərmin by: Argona
First review:
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))
Final review :
So, great manga ended... I loved ending, though so many people despised it. It was logical and Light deserved it. (view spoiler)
Paul Bryant
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I think if a Shinigami gave you a death note – oh, I should say a Shinigami is a like god or spirit who controls the way HUMANS (meaning YOU) DIE (meaning DIE!) and also WHEN just by writing it down, and also this death NOTE is not a note, it’s a NOTEBOOK, just to be crystal clear – but anyway, why this becomes an issue is that this particular shinagami is really bored in the realm where he & his other death gods live – they always live in a REALM, have you noticed, never in a house or an ap ...more
Feb 09, 2016 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 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
Oct 16, 2017 added it
Update 14.01.18
I’ve got to remove my rating from here. I wasn’t a fan of this manga but I’ve come to realize that I might just not be a fan of manga as a genre, period. HOWEVER, having just finished the entirety of death note in the form of an anime, I’d like to come to my knees and admit that I was WRONG. like, seriously. I’m so shook.

This was just. weird. Also, no offense, but the graphics were quite ugly. Should I even bother with the next volume? Does it get any better? Idk, man.
Oct 05, 2013 added it
This series has read like a supernatural Sherlock told from Moriarity's POV. 
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Karl Marberger
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Wow! This manga is very cool!

Great opening volume for a series. The pace is snappy and the tone is dark. Great fun!
Let me start this way - this has to be one of the best stories of my life. A friend of mine told me about the anime when we were still in high school and I remember vividly how reticent I was going into this. Yes, I am guilty of watching the anime first, but, what can I say in my defense? I was younger and stupid, and in my immediate circle of acquaintances I am still the only one who's reading... So... Not feeling so guilty really.

Back on track. I remember how the first few episodes went by, m
2nd read- Had read this on iPad a couple of years ago..and stopped the series somewhere one fourth through. Recently happened to purchase the beautiful box set for my son, who has read it already 4 or 5 times on iPad and wanted to own the physical copy. He was highly impressed by the books and urged me ( nay, compelled me) to attempt it again.
I agree reading the physical book is a higher level of experience. The slightly rough and gritty feel, the faint smell of raw paper and ink, the physical
Sheila Ruth
Apr 11, 2008 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
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Tsugumi Ōba (Profile in Japanese: 大場 つぐみ), born in Tokyo, Japan, is a writer best known for the manga Death Note. His/her real identity is a closely guarded secret. As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ōba 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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