Review: Death Note Vol 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

13615Synopsis: “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 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?”

Release date: October 10th 2005

Rating: 3 stars

This was only my second time reading manga and I liked it much more than the first. I’ve always kind of heard of Death Note without ever actually knowing what it was. Flash forward to me watching the Death Note Netflix movie last year as my first look at what it is. I completely agree with the rest of the world that the movie was garbage but knowing that everyone who loves the series hates the movie made me want to read it even more.


It is such a unique and interesting plot. I need more anti-heroes in my life and Light definite fits the bill. I can’t wait to see what he does next. I am actually really excited to keep going with the series. There are things I need to know.  I like the way morality is being discussed here. Is Light going to become consumed by darkness? I also am really hoping that we are going to get as much info as we can about the Death Gods.


The artwork is perfect. It is simple but I feel like that helps the story. Sometimes too much color and designs can be overwhelming to the reader and story but I think this fits. Maybe I’ll watch the anime after I finish them all to make up for Netflix. Anyways, I really liked it and will be continuing for sure.


What are your favorite manga??




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