Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

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...

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Author:Takeshi Obata
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Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom Reviews

  • Emily May

    When I wrote in my review of

    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.

    was a complete accident which I found one day whilst browsing youtube. I ra

    When I wrote in my review of

    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.

    was a complete accident which I found one day whilst browsing youtube. I ran into the first episode and watched out of curiosity, then I watched the next and the next until I'd seen the whole thing and knew I had to read the novels too.

    . The whole series has only one flaw for me and that's why I deducted half a star from the rating. I will talk about this issue later on.

    Just so you know, this is going to be a review of the series as a whole because I'm not going to review every single volume, but I promise to leave out any spoilers.

    Here goes:

    . It's incredibly clever and will challenge your views on justice and power, but the challenges it puts your way are far from simple. I guarantee that you will change your mind multiple times during each volume; you will switch sides constantly; you will one minute think Light Yagami is evil and the next you'll think him a hero. This is a very complex moral story about right and wrong, about how power corrupts, and about what is a just punishment for the wicked.

    Light Yagami is an over-achieving student who is fed up with the world around him - day by day he hears the news report listing murders and rapes and other atrocities committed by human scum. When one day a Shinigami (Japanese death god) drops his death note into the human realm, Light Yagami picks it up and holds in his hands the power to kill people just by writing their names and picturing their faces whilst doing so. He starts out with the most noble intentions - rid the earth of the foulest criminals - but there's a price to pay for playing god. As people start to realise that somehow someone is murdering criminals and disregarding Japan's law methods, questions about justice begin to arise -

    When more people begin to stand in Light's way, he is forced to write the names of more and more individuals - some criminals, some not. The power granted to him begins to change him, force him deeper into his obsession with this god-like role. All the while, Ohba maintains a brilliant pace and throws up many obstacles and challenges. This story will really appeal to people who want something to think about and are sick of reading novels with the same old pattern.

    On top of all this,

    has possibly my favourite detective of all time. When the Japanese police force realise that they are unqualified to catch the killer, they appeal to L Lawliet for help. Now, I don't want to say too much about L because I could spoil it, but he's intelligent, lovable, brilliant... I doubt you'll be able to resist loving L Lawliet. And this is one of the things I love most about the series:

    . The novel pits Light and L against one another, they have very different ideas about justice and right and wrong, but the brilliance of it is that you can see it from both points of view, in a way you find yourself on both of their sides.

    So why did I knock off half a star? Because I dislike the way women are portrayed in

    . At the end of the day, this series was made to mainly appeal to young adult males. There's no heroine and very few main female characters appear throughout the whole thing. Also, the most central female character is Misa Amane and she is beautiful but useless. She is silly and fickle, and she is mostly regarded with contempt from the other characters. This would probably annoy me more if the rest of the story wasn't so excellent, but it is, it really is.

    You should read it. Or watch it. Each episode is only 20 minutes long, why not try out the first and see if it's something you could like:

  • Kiki

    There is no effing way I am spending six hundred hours reviewing every single volume, so I'll be brief:

    is awesome.

    Honestly, I absolutely loved it. Okay, it got so much shittier after Near showed up holding up a big sign shaped like an arrow that read "DEUS EX MACHINA" in sparkly gold lettering, but even then the art was still great, the protagonist/antagonist (which is Light? It's pretty subjective) still had me on moral tenterhooks, and the plot still had me guessing.

    Oh, and it als

    There is no effing way I am spending six hundred hours reviewing every single volume, so I'll be brief:

    is awesome.

    Honestly, I absolutely loved it. Okay, it got so much shittier after Near showed up holding up a big sign shaped like an arrow that read "DEUS EX MACHINA" in sparkly gold lettering, but even then the art was still great, the protagonist/antagonist (which is Light? It's pretty subjective) still had me on moral tenterhooks, and the plot still had me guessing.

    Oh, and it also brought us

    This one is big, folks. It's a phenomenon. Few people are oblivious to it. I'll admit that the fanbase takes some getting used to (okay, a lot of getting used to) but at it's core, it's a fascinating manga. The themes and morals are designed to confuse and conflict the reader. They're designed to keep you switching from side to side, and to force you to constantly reconsider your stance on the whole question of who deserves to live, and who doesn't. It's parallel to the age-old question of capital punishment.

    Why not kill those who've kill others? A life for a life, no? Or does that make the punisher just as guilty? What is justice, and what is murder?

    [Death] Note: I wonder how long it will be until a western YA author steals the premise?

    So everybody always wants to know who everyone else loved and hated in this series. I'll tell you exactly who I hated, and that was Rem. REM.

    I think we all know why.

    Throughout the series, it was a hard toss-up between L and Light. I mean, there were times when I thought,

    but then it'd switch and I'd want to take that fucking biro and jam it through Light's greedy little eye socket.

    [Death] Note: Read my last review to see who finally won my heart.

    SNARL!

    That's another absolutely brilliant thing about this series. All of the characters are so real. None of them are clichés. They're vibrant and clever, and they're many-dimensional, down to the finest detail. Unlike a lot of people, I love Misa. How can you not empathize with her? She's not stupid, which is what a lot of people assume about her. She really isn't. She's just a naïve girl who wants a knight in shining armor. She wants her life to be a fairy-tale, where she can fall madly in love with a gorgeous guy and live a life of glamour and expensive jewelry. The life that Light promised her, before he started cheating on her and treating her like trash.

    Sad, ain't it?

    At least she out-lives him. Burn, Lighto!

    So, my very brief thoughts on this entire series? Well, it's a testament to how cracktacular it is that I'm a fan, being a die-hard hater of anything detective related (with the exception of

    , because of Matthew Gray Gubler. Matt, if you're reading this now, I love you!) and being kind of a limpet to J.C. Staff-produced anime, because it always looks so beautiful. It's TRUE and you know it.

    I watched the anime first, then read the manga, if you're wondering. It only made the experience more fulfilling. And really, twice can never hurt.

    So, five stars from me. Yeah, the five-star ratings are limited to the early volumes, because as the series progresses it doesn't retain it's shiny manic goodness. Ohba's attitude toward women concerns me, and I'm not alone. There's clearly a lax in equality here, with secondary women being portrayed as dependent idiots and up-fronters being firm pawns of Light. Granted, all those who objectify and oppress said women die horrible deaths, and Takada is considerably stronger and more intelligent than previous females, but still - there's a strong sense of male power, and it irks me now like it didn't irk me at fourteen. I also hate Near with the fire of a thousand suns, and would like nothing more than to see a pack of angry tigers slowly tear off his limbs while zombies chew on his brains, but that's for another day.

    Overall, this manga is excellent. It was one of the first I read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me into the genre, and kept me rapt. Once a fan, always a fan.

    Apple, anyone?

    Good places to practice The Kira Laugh:

    a) On the bus

    b) In the library

    c) In a museum

    d) During the eleven o'clock screening of

    e) In the doctor's office

    f) Kindergarten

    g) The the supermarket freezer section

    h) Your sister's closet

    Peace and love.

  • Mohammed Arabey

    My very first read of Manga.. and it just blow my mind

    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 fair...at

    My very first read of Manga.. and it just blow my mind

    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 fair...at the same time...is that would be fair?

    Oh and I may go BIGGER but, not now,

    a prodigy student, as an answer to his prayer to get off his

    , finds a Black Note...

    , complete with its instructions.

    and as a Good person , he know how to use it as best as it gets

    ..

    The Death Note originally belong to

    a Shigami, a god of Death -may be in Japanese myth, I don't know.- He deliberately lost his Death Note into the human world ...ALSO because he felt a strong

    ... he wanted to leave the Land where the gods of Death hanging around.

    as hundreds of criminal and convicted murderers, The Police of Japan

    start searching for who is reasonable for this weird phenomenon..and for this mystery they can't look without a genius detective ..

    And here's

    , a anonymous detective who's super smart and really effective in solving mysterious cases...

    Now they together will do all their best to catch this one they call "Murderer" ,But will they?

    Mohammed Arabey

    from 9 February 2016

    to 11 February 2016

  • 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

    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 so freaking cool. So, Ryuk is a Shinigani <-- did I spell that right? which means he's A Death God. He just happened to drop his Death Notebook in the human world because he was bored. Ha

    Then this smart as a whiz kid named Light finds it and takes it home. Then Ryuk shows up. Apparently whoever possesses the notebook can write in the names of people that they want to die and they can see Ryuk when no one else can. Oh happy day!

    Light decides to do the good think and kill off evil people, mostly the ones that are already in jail. I don't see anything wrong with that but the cops think it's murder even though he's doing it for the greater good. Although, he wants to be on top of the world and be his own god so yeah...

    Then the cops call in L <---screee . . . and he is going to hunt Light down and put a stop to it.

    I can't even imagine what is going to happen in the next several books! I hope nothing bad happens to L and no one better tell me. I like Ryuk too. Anyway, I can't wait to read them all!

  • Seth T.

    Over the past three weeks I've been burning through one of the most exciting reads I've come across in a while.

    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.

    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

    Over the past three weeks I've been burning through one of the most exciting reads I've come across in a while.

    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.

    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 library - they almost certainly carry the books in the Young Adults section. In any case, it's worth your time. Here's why.

    The story begins when Ryuk, a death god (known in the story's mythology as

    ), drops a death note into the human world in order to alleviate the boredom that oppresses his everlasting life. A death note is a special notebook possessed by shinigami that allow them to take the lives of humans whose names they write into the notebook. Ryuk's dropped notebook "happens" to fall into the path of Japan's top high school student, son of the chief of police, and all around genius, Light Yagami.

    After a couple tests of the book's authenticity and the boundaries of some of its rules (e.g., one must visualize the face of the person whose name he is writing for that person to die), Light decides that he will forge a new world, a utopia in which all criminals (those would would take advantage of the weakness of others) simply die. Rather quickly, the police around the world begin taking notice of the staggering number of criminals who have suddenly dropped dead of heart attacks. Suspecting foul play, they want to find the perpetrator because law-and-order and vigilantism have never been the best bed-fellows. And it doesn't help that Light has gained a popular following amongst the masses who dub him Kira (which sounds remarkably similar to the Japanese pronunciation of the English word, "killer"). So the authorities enlist the assistance of the world's greatest detective (an anonymous man known only as L) and he quickly narrows the range of suspects dramatically, instigating a pulse-pounding game of of cat-and-mouse between the figures - L vs. Kira.

    Initially, as exciting as the first couple volumes were, I had a hard time seeing how the story could sustain itself across twelve volumes. The key to Death Note's happy success is the absence of anything really resembling a status quo. The story and its elements are continually in flux. If things remained simple, I could see the book resolving in four or five volumes but everything is constantly moving, constantly changing. It was a fantastic read.

    And smart. The fact that you're reading about these very intelligent characters who think things through to incredible lengths only adds to the excitement. There were moments of revelation and counter-revelation that simply blew my mind. And then there are moments when you think the jig is up for one or more of the characters and then a flashback will reveal the would-be victims plan from the start and you get to see tables turn and over turn as these characters fight for their lives.

    And even after that, the moral question that is explored by the book's author and artist really goes to lengths to get the reader thinking about means and ends and it's not at all clear who one should root for. It helps that Light, despite having an ego that won't quit, is entirely unselfish in his motivation.

    is almost a distillation of an important moral question.

    In short, I highly recommend this series to just about anyone.

  • Patrick

    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

    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 like that should be enough to carry twelve graphic novels worth of story, but it absolutely does.

    ~ These books break a lot of my rules-of-thumb in terms of what makes a good story. The vast majority of the action is people thinking about things. That's a definite "no" in terms of storytelling, and I'd think it would be a double "no" in a visual medium like this. But it works. You can't argue with that.

    ~ I think the series took a definite dip 2/3rds of the way through. It felt to me like the story reached a natural ending point, then just kept on bulling ahead, ignoring it.

    I've seen this happen before with a fair number of successful US comics (And a few series of novels). And while it's nice to see that this isn't not a problem unique to US publishing, I still have a severe distaste for stories that don't end properly. Doubly so if they feel like they're being infinitely extended just because the author won't let go, or because the publisher wants to keep selling more books.

  • Lola

    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

    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 for the creatures inside it, because it lacked of it. Badly.

    Nonetheless, one of the most original manga volumes I’ve had the chance to read in months!

  • C.G. Drews

    This was my very FIRST expedition into magna and

    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

    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.

    Like the mixture of d

    This was my very FIRST expedition into magna and

    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

    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.

    Like the mixture of death gods and an overachieving super smart highschooler. Duuuuude, Light was a GENIUS. I mean, apart from the part where he was really stupid and has this "I wanna be god" complex. But he was really smart and laid detailed traps and tricked the police and I'm just impressed.

    But his name is

    ??? Ah-huh.

    I mean, Light is killing people in order to make a utopia. BUT HE'S STILL KILLING THEM. THE DUDE IS MESSED UP.

    Also did I mention I was addicted and read the whole thing in one sitting? THERE'S THAT.

    I also

    . (Although I'm a bit confused as to the dude who's name starts with W [I seriously can't remember] and if he's working for L or

    L or...what. Hrughugh?) And I think Light was kinda adorable. Also the death god creature/monster, Ryuk? HE WAS FUNNY SOMETIMES. Between being kind of creepy and all that. Ahem.

    (I also fully admit this is "research" for my writing because I'm setting a book in Japan. ahem. Totally legit.) I love paranormals and mysteries and I LOVE battle-of-wits and antiheroes. sO. MUCH. WIN. HERE.

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    I finally borrowed "Death Note" from the library and I think I might be in love! <3

    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'

    I finally borrowed "Death Note" from the library and I think I might be in love! <3

    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's nothing but amazing! I live for their "chess game" and how they try to lure each other out! ;-P This is exactly the kind of story I love!

    I hope I'll be able to borrow Vol.2 from the library soon! XD

    Wish me luck! *crosses fingers*

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