Death Note, Vol. 1

Paperback | October 10, 2005

IllustratorTakeshi ObatabyTsugumi Ohba

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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?

Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?

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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 c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 10, 2005Publisher:VIZ Media LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1421501686

ISBN - 13:9781421501680

Appropriate for ages: 16

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Customer Reviews of Death Note, Vol. 1


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece!! If you haven't read Death Note then you are missing out on the fun. Death Note is a book with dark themes, it's unpredictable and it's not cliche. It's one of those books that keep you at the edge of your seat, and one of the most enjoyable books out there. You won't regret reading this book. It has amazing art, an interesting story, and the characters felt very three dimensional. The pacing is perfect. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Very dark and edgy. but a great read for those who like anime or for those more hesitant of the genre
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lov it I thought it was a great comic for anime lovers. It was really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:^D
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yeah I love the TV show and the book series!!! I can't wait for the next one it's great!! I would rate it 5 stars, Death Note is awesome and I recommend it
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! First book of the genre to read & simply couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word: WOW! Deathnote was originally suggested to me by my partner. I was at first skeptical as I am not a huge Manga reader, and normally just read ones with Samurai in them. However after the first ten pages I was hooked. I'm now reading the 9th book in the series and it just keeps getting better. If you are looking for a good Manga series to get into or just want to try something new pick this up!
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HAVE TO READ! this is a must read! its really really good! There are 12 books in the series (all of which are really good!) You cant just read one and be like "ok moving on to another book series" because it really WONDERFUL!!! So its starts of with Light Yagami who finds a note book called a Death Note and started to kill all criminals with it. Then there is L who is a detective and want to Light, aka: kira. And you meet a few other character, who are equally as wonderful! (im on Kiras side) And once you read the series you might get obsessed and start cosplaying and buying other death note paraphernalia, because the books are THAT good!! GO KIRA!
Date published: 2010-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant. i love this volume particularly. a story and illustrations that pull you in and don't let go. just so you know, don't get to attached, because the volumes start to slow down at about volume 4. so if you read this, think of it as the only one.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I never read manga before so I really didn't know what to think of this when it was recommended to me, but I decided to give it a shot. Fantastic story about morality. The characters are complex and interesting. There is so much more to explore I can't wait to see what happens next,.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fandom is better than the series. I only like Death Note any more because of the epic amounts of lulz spawned by it's fan base. Swimming lessons, the POTATO CHIP, Lighto, Zac Effron, Mikami loving to eliminate. It's all so very, very funny. And it SO makes up for how insane the series is.
Date published: 2008-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BESTY MANGA EVER!!! up untill i read this book i wasn't a huge fan of manga's but once you start reading it u just get pulled into the book and just cant stop reading it. great series
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pwnz... his is one of the best Anime books i've ever read, i saw the dvd version, and had to go buy the rest of the series...
Date published: 2006-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something to Die for... The beginning of one of the greatest graphic novel series ever! With super natural notebooks from the world of the dead, you'll be amazed by how the characters use their intellect to battle their opponents: whether they are adults, teens, or even children!
Date published: 2006-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! Light Yagami is a brilliant, but bored, high school student who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the "Death Note", lying on the ground in the year 2003. The Death Note's instructions claim that, if a human's name is written within it, that person shall die. Light is initially skeptical of the Death Note's genuinity, believing it is just a prank. However, after experimenting with it and killing two criminals, Light is forced to admit the Death Note is real. After meeting with the true owner of the Death Note, a shinigami named Ryuk, Light seeks to become the "God of new world" by passing his judgment on criminals. Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization and a mysterious detective known only as "L". L quickly learns that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as "Kira", is located in Japan. L also concludes that Kira can kill a person just by knowing their face and name. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and a race to prove mental superiority between the two begins.
Date published: 2006-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best serious Manga of all time If you love the supernatural, mystery, and a clever plot, Death Note would be a great manga for you! You fall in love with the characters, and enjoy learning more and more about them and find out to what lengths they will go to acheive their goals. An awsome book!
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!!!!!!!! Light is the coolest!!!! Love him!!! Death note is the best Manga ever!!! Better then Bleach, Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, Kami Kaze, and a lot more...
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, I Love It! I just picked up Death Note the other day and i can't stop reading it. its great! i love the story and think it is very creative. I can't wait till more of the volumes come out, even though i've only read volume 1. I really do suggest this to anyone especially if your not a big fan of "girl" manga like chobits and things like that. The story is darker... as you can tell since there is a shinigami on the front page (shinigami is a japanese god of death) i really do love this series and will be sure to pick up the rest of the series! Props to chapters and indigo for caring manga.
Date published: 2006-05-05