Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom

Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom

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ISBN-13: 9781421501680
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 10/10/2005
Series: Death Note Series , #1
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 194,747
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Artist, Takeshi Obata made his debut in 1989 with Cyborg Ji-Chan
G
. The runner-up recipient of the 30th Annual Tezuka Award, Obata's major
works include Chikarabito Densetsu and Mashin Boukentan Lamp-Lamp.

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Death Note Volume 1 (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
Fraxer More than 1 year ago
Another popular Manga that nobody should pass up the chance to read. The story in incredible! The amount of twists and turns this manga takes keeps you reading until the end. You can not keep yourself from getting the next one once you put down the first volume, your hooked! The writing is superb and the artwork is beautiful. This Manga is zero action but a thrilling plot and great characters makes up for that. Right when you start to get comfortable with the story and understand what is going on... it always takes a sudden unexpected turn! Death note is the best manga out there when it comes to plot. Shounen manga is sometimes very generic (crammed with action, good guy bad guy situations, and girls with large breasts.) But Death Note has the most intricate story I think I have ever had the pleasure to read in a manga. Bravo! Shounen Jump! For picking such a cutting-edge manga as one of your titles. Do not pass up the chance to read this manga!

- Fraxer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This goes for the whole series: Death Note is one of the best Mangas ever written. It has a good storyline and the characters are great. It will make you want more, even when it's over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friends are all about Death Note so I started to read it, only because I have the same name as Light Yagami. It DIDNT disappoint me. Its amazing! -- Light Laviana (Same name as Light :D)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a manga that you won't easily let of- even if you are not a manga fan. Pracrically from the very begining, it astounds you with its brilliance. Not only that, it makes you question human nature, and what is really justice. This is full of suspense, right and wrong, and unique characters- you yourself can pick who the bad guy is. The anime is almost as good, and the light novels (the los angeles bb murder cases and L change the world) are fabulous. Obviously, it's going to be a bit morbid and dark- but it only adds to the story. Amazing!
AnakinFanatic More than 1 year ago
I never read manga before and thought that I would never like it, however, Death Note is different than most manga because it engages in a cat-and-mouse plot rather than constant fighting. It takes unexpecting turns and has exciting characters. If you love manga or a good detective-like story than you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've seen the show or not, this is an amazing book. The drawing are slightly different, some parts a switched around, and parts are more detailed or less from the show. It's easy to follow and leaves you constantly wanting more. I've been a fan of Death Note and if you are too I recommend reading this manga too!
SofiaDragon More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's dark and makes the reader think about all manner of philosophical questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Death Note is an aaaamazing series and the first volume is one of my favorites. Seeing how Light's mind corrodes and how the battle between he and L intensifies is a wonder to behold. Truly the best Manga out there. And the anime is amazing, too!!
sammy0chan More than 1 year ago
If you are into manga, they I highly recommend this series for you. Light finds a pretty cool notebook that when a person's name is written down, they die. (read book for specifics) This manga is filled with adventure. The whole topic of the series is simply unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the artwork in this series! I also enjoyed reading it. It is very dark in nature. Light, a teen, finds a notebook that by writing the name, and knowing the face of any person he can kill them. He starts using it to kill off criminals. And the question is formed about if it is right to kill anyone at all, even if they are a criminal. And with the high levels of death, the police and others begin to track light down. The series soon develops into a battle of brains between the genius Light and other geniuses. In battles that mean life or death.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Light Yagami, ace student and top of national charts with his test scores, is bored with everything, but that changes one day when he discovers the Death Note of the shinigami (death god) Ryuk, who is equally bored with his existence and dropped his Death Note on purpose in the human world, just to entertain himself. When Light discovers the purpose of the Death Note, that by writing a person's name, the way they die and the time that they will die in the Death Note and that person will die in that manner, he decides to take it upon himself to rid the world of its criminals and force the world to be a better place. However, he quickly becomes deluded into thinking that he will be able to rule the world as Kira, the Savior; that he will be able to exact judgment on whomever he feels is unworthy of living.Obviously, the world's police forces take notice of the growing number of deaths of the criminals, both imprisoned and free, and decide that Kira needs to be held responsible for the deaths of so many, even if they are criminals. The mysterious super-sleuth L, who has never shown his face to anyone, decides that he need to team up with the police to help them track down this killer. A fast-paced game of cat and mouse ensues as Kira and L try to discover more about each other, as neither have shown their faces, while Ryuk sits on the sidelines, enjoying his entertainment.I find the story intriguing and the plot is original. This first installment moves along rather quickly, setting up the key characters and plot points, but given that the series is 13 volumes long, there will still be plenty of story to be told, so I don't feel that it was rushed for no reason; I think Tsugumi Ohba simply didn't want to waste a lot of time introducing the main characters. This is my first real experience with Manga in general, so for all I know all series are started like this.The art is fresh and crisp, and it is not hard to follow at all, even with the story running backwards to Western eyes (the story reads from right to left). Printed entirely in black and white line art with some shading, Takeshi Obata's style lends itself perfectly to the pacing of the story. I'd be interested to see some more of his work sometime.An intriguing and unique story told in a nice, clean presentation, I'm really interested to see where the story of Death Note goes from here.
theforestofbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My first attempt at reading manga and from an interest point of view, a successful first effort. Starting from the rear of the book and reading right to left took a little getting used to, but it was surprising how quickly you adapt. The story itself follows Light Yagami as he finds the Death Note - a notebook dropped by a death god. The book allows the owner to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages. Light, feeling this is his opportunity to rid the world of criminals and bullies fully embraces the idea of the Death Note. That is until his actions come to the attention of the mysterious figure of L, the legendary and unknown detective. This brief synopsis hardly does the story justice. What you think is a book solely based on horror becomes a subtle complex battle of wills and a debate between right and wrong. Enjoyed this alot more than I thought I would. The opening half a dozen pages I really wasnt sure, but the rather simple plot frays off into new areas which I never imagined at the start. The facets of the Death Note are revealed slowly through the book as opposed to a mass download of information and just enhances the delicate storytelling. Intriguing and enjoyable.
fuzzydeadthing on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A mind blowing psychological thriller. Light is a young honor student about to get into college. One day he finds a notebook which allows him to kill anyone, just by knowing their real name and what they look like, and writing it down. He decides to use it to kill criminals, and make the world a better place. L is the brilliant detective trying to ferret him out, a difficult task since he can kill from across the globe. Together, the two engage in a an epic battle of wits, using celebrities, the media, the police, major cooperations and even the government as chess pieces in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Will Light discover L's true identity before L can figure out who Kira (Light's alias) is for sure, or will it be the other way around?So far, this series is incredible(I'm on volume seven). The strategies involved are complex and impressive. The main characters are both so likable it's hard to say who I'm really rooting for! Everything has a reason and plays a role in this thriller, and the rules become crucial elements in the deadly game. It's not at all as stupid or gimmicky as I imagined. This is one of the most original and impressive titles I've read! Go out and read it NOW!
Daedalus18 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really liked Death Note, Vol. 1 - and will continue with the series. The surprises were genuinely good (except for those blown by the copy on the back cover, wtf?) and I have a hard time thinking of anything I could compare the book to. Maybe a young John Constantine who is more into his SATs than cigarettes.Light, the protagonist, is a brilliant young guy who has taken upon himself to create a utopian society by picking off the worst of the criminals, thereby putting would-be criminals on notice and edging the culture into one of lawfulness and reason. That nobody enlisted or entrusted him to do this is the downside of his predicament - and he finds himself pursued as the worst criminal of all. All a pretty brilliant set-up, and it doesn't even address the fun of having a death god following you around and staring ahead with fishy eyes at everything you do.There are some faults to be found in the premise, namely that there are some 'instructions' in the death note book that allows Light his power to kill - and these instructions are rolled out very slowly and in a not-always-logical-but-always-convenient-for-the-story way. Shouldn't complain, though - because it is quite enjoyable.The use of monsters, demons and supernatural elements is gratifyingly played down - which wouldn't be my assumption upon seeing the cover art and promotional materials. Most of my Manga experience involves robots and future tech - I'm digging this first venture into a different sub-genre.
imayb1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Death Note is like a mystery story told from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes arch-rival, Moriarty. Interestingly, the "evil" perpetrated by the main character, is in kind of a grey area in the beginning. As the series progresses, he becomes more willing to commit true evil. It's a story full of psychological mind games and supernatural, thus, very enjoyable.
pivic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Brilliant manga; terrific read, filled with very dark humor, an intricate, philosophical plot which could be simple but is complicated and yet simple at the same time. I follow Light with a tad of admiration and Ryuk with love.
CBJames on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba is not the first manga novel one should read. At least that's what my students told me. They all think it's too intense, too weird, too dark for adults to read. But when I heard a review of the animated series on NPR's Fresh Air I found it's concept just too intriguing to pass by. Japan's top high school student, 17-year-old Light, finds a notebook outside his classroom. On the cover are the words Death Note. Inside are the rules: write someone's name inside the note book and in six minutes and forty seconds that person will die. Light doesn't believe the notebook is real, of course, but he decides to test it by writing the name of a well known murderer in it. When the murderer dies, Light decides to continue testing the notebook, and then to use it to rid the world of evil by killing all evil people. Eventually the police figure out that something is going on and call on the services of the mysterious L, a genius detective whom no one has ever seen. L quickly figures out that the killer is probably a student living in Japan and continues to close in on Light as the story progresses.Death Note is an entertaining read. The story and its characters are certainly compelling. What would you do with such a notebook? What would you have done if you found it while still in high school? Light's actions are understandable, even if disagreeable, and L makes an interesting opponent. But, in the end, I have to recommend the television version over the book. It treats the book as a script, more or less. Manga is such a visual medium, that the leap from the page to the small screen is basically a natural progression; there's no reason to cut anything out of the book just make it into four episodes. Book one makes up season one, and etc.While on the page, I found the visuals did not add much to the story at all, not when compared to a book like The Invention of Hugo Cabret where the images are indispensable. The actual writing in Death Note consists almost entirely of dialogue, none of it very good. This may be a problem with translation, but it sounds much better when spoken by voice actors in the animated version; there it sounds almost realistic. The animation matches the artwork in the book exactly. Seeing the artwork move, though often the movement is hard to detect, makes what struck me as repetitive, unimaginative images visually interesting even exciting at times. In the end I'm giving Death Note the book by Tsugumi Ohba three out of five stars. However, I'm giving Death Note the animated series four. My advice; watch it, don't read it.
rdwhitenack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've had a hard time keeping this series on my shelf in the library, so was interested in what they have. Just read the first in this series, and will continue to read as long as it's intriguing. The ideas in this series will really appeal to many teen readers as they search for their identity and struggle with their place/position/power in their environment."Light" is a 17 year old high school student in Japan with nationally recognized academic performance. One day he discovers a book called the Death Note which affords him to cause the death of anyone he so chooses. There are many rules and stipulations for possessing this book, but one is that a god of death, aka a Shinigami, follows him around everywhere. The art of the Shinigami is where this book excels--freaky looking art. Light begins to use the Death Note to rid the world of its' worst criminals, yet struggles to maintain a secret identity. Light acts out of (as he calls it) righteousness, but the reader can see him potentially taking several routes that are anything but righteous.A good graphic novel, that took this slow reader about 1.5hrs to read 195 pages, so probably worth the time of exploring if able to tolerate the notion of violence.
mattsya on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This review refers to the entire Death Note series.Easily one of the most entertaining reading experiences of my lifetime--and I say that without reservation. The entire 12 volume series is non-stop fun and intrigue. For those unfamiliar with manga, the pacing is more along the lines of American comics. The text is very wordy and the narrative is especially plot-driven. There are some lofty themes here of power and responsibility and the nature of evil, but the true attraction here is the ever-intensifying cat-and-mouse game between Light and L. Often the exchanges of "I knew you would know that I would do that, so I did this" and "Ah-ha! I knew that you would know that I would know that you would do that, so I did this!" flirts with the ridiculous, but never quites go over the edge. Well-crafted and fun, this is a must-read for any comics fan.
darlingtrk on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not being a dedicated fan of Manga, it is hard to judge this book. I can only judge it by the artistic and literary standards I am familiar with. In which case, I thought it was average. I can see how it would be adictive, because the story does leave cliff hangers in every chapter. However, it won't take long for me to forget this story line. It is too expensive to be a habit.All that said, I am glad I read it. Death Note is inventive and not as cryptic as some Manga materials I have seen. The concept is good, though the protagonists mixed motivations of moral cleansing and personal power do not seem to me to be compatible. This mix should make him more of a fascist and less of a hero than the characterization of the book. His personal power trip is underplayed, presumably to keep him palatable. But as a true fascist, his cooperation with a veritable demon seems appropriate. One finds himself wishing that he would succeed with his moral cleansing, but his megalomania holds the reader back from truly wishing him well.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wow! This is great. I couldn't put it down. A genius teenager find a "death note," the notebook of a Japanese Death God. It allows him to kill instantly anyone whose name and face he knows. He decides to rid the world of evil by killing all criminals. But, in exercising so much power, does he begin to slide into evil himself? Mesmerizing.
tiamatq on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Light Yagami is a serious straight-A student from Japan with great prospects. Ryuk is a shinigami, a death god, with nothing but time on his hands. Both Light and Ryuk are bored with their worlds. Then Light finds Ryuk's Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill anyone who's name is written within. Of course, there are rules that must be obeyed when using the Death Note. But Light sees it as a tool that he can use to create a utopia, ridding the world of criminal, and he can rule over it. Ryuk sees a chance to be entertained. When criminals begin to mysteriously die all over the world, the police and the enigmatic detective L begin searching for the killer, dubbed by the media as Kira.This is the first volume of Death Note, and it gets the ball rolling quickly. Light is a chilling character. He honestly believes that what he's doing will make the world a better place and, though he first struggles with the powers of the Death Note, he quickly becomes corrupted by its power. Light sees the world in terms of black and white. Ryuk provides commentary and reflection on Light's actions (an interesting role for a death god), acting as a sort of chorus. He sometimes fills in the gaps between Light's plots and how they play out in the manga. If there's anything I don't care for in Death Note, it's Light's incredible intellect. Yes, it's established that he's a genius and has amazing analytical skills. However, nothing seems to catch him off-guard. Even when Ryuk presents him with information he couldn't have possibly guessed about the Death Note, we only see Light briefly sweat it out and then just shrug the shock off. Light is still a teen and, even though he's confident and believe himself to be righteous, I'd think he'd be a little more flustered at times.However, the story line is very interesting, raising questions about abuse of power and right and wrong. The artwork is incredible. You become more comfortable looking at the shinigami, who are very open about what they are, instead of Light, who goes from sweet and optimistic to manic.
Kassilem on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm not sure what to make out of this book. Light seems contradictory. He says he is killing off violent criminals to make the world a better place and that it's right thing to do. That is a world where the wicked die, everyone will be good. But is murder the righteous thing to do? I think this series will be all about that. It's intriguing. I'm puzzled with Light at the moment. I don't particularly like him, but at the same time I want to know more. I'm not really sure who I'm rooting for yet, Detective L or Light. Weird, and a bit unnerving. I'll be reading more, simply for the sake of finding out more.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Light is an exceptional student and the perfect son. One day he finds the death note, a notebook belonging to the Shinigami (spirit of death), Ryuk, which he dropped in the human world. Both Light and Ryuk suffer from the affliction of boredom, but now in the possession of the death note Light has found a new hobby. Basically he wants to make people afraid to commit crimes by killing off all the criminals and ruling over his own worldwide Utopia. Light is determined nothing will get in the way, not the combined law forces of the world's nations or "L", the mysterious, intelligent "sleuth" brought in by Interpol to stop the most elusive and deadly criminals.Usually this manga is not one that I would pick up, but popular opinion made me extremely curious. I will say that it is interesting although pretty horrifying. To me Light seems absolutely the profile of serial killer. He has no compunction of killing anyone and everyone who might stop him in his quest for world domination, including the police and/or his family. Ryuk is a curious character and is pretty much content hanging around Light to see what he'll do next. Overall, I think L is the most likable character, but then again we haven't really seen much of him yet (except the back of his shaggy head LOL) I'm almost tempted to jump to the last book in the series just to see if the ending is such that I want to invest my time in reading the series. The only agreeable resolution I can see is if Light fails completely in his quest, but I've discovered that manga generally doesn't always follow the kind of storylines I'd like to see. Insofar as the artwork goes, I think it was very well done. No chibi images or cuteness is around to mar the serious horror component of the volume. Ryuk is rather shocking at first and took a bit of getting used to. I guess probably my main interest in reading the next volume is my curiosity about what "L" will look like :-)
polarbear123 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I am no Manga pro but I can say that of all the Manga I have read this is the best so far. Well drawn with a more adult theme than most, there is real tension in the storyline and I felt compelled to find out more. I will definitely be reading more from this series and it fully deserves to be in those top 10 lists on the net.