Thursday, 8 May 2014

Manga Book Review: Death Note Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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Volume 1: Boredom
Pages: 195
Published: Jan 2001
Genres: Manga, Ya, Fantasy 

Goodreads Synopsis... 
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 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 authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?


I had very high expectations for Death Note, and they were all met! It was such a great book, and Im so glad it was my first manga.

The best thing about this book is its storyline and plot. At first glance it seems like it would be simple, but it is definitely not. There are so many layers to this story, which are only really touched on in this first volume. Also I loved the way in which the themes of death, power, and what is good and bad were addressed in this. And I cant wait to see them explored more through this unique story.

The characters were another thing I loved about this book. Light particularly surprised me in the ways he reacted to situations. He's so devious and convincing in the things that he does. The detective L, was very smart and I cant wait to see how he develops. And Ryuk the death god was very mysterious. Also his interactions with Light were awkwardly funny, which I really liked.

My only complaint is that sometimes I felt the illustrations were to packed together. Especially when showing the death god world. I would have loved to see this book in colour. I think it would make it even better. But overall I did enjoy the illustrations.

Cant wait to jump into volume 2, and see what happens next with Light and Ryuk!


  1. I want to get into manga and I have no idea where to begin with. This seems like a good choice. Thanks! :)

    1. It was definitely a great first manga! Hope you like it :)