Death Note, Vol. 1 (Death Note, #1) by Takeshi Obata

Death Note, Vol. 1 (Death Note, #1)

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 ...

Details Death Note, Vol. 1 (Death Note, #1)

TitleDeath Note, Vol. 1 (Death Note, #1)
Release DateOct 10th, 2005
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction

Reviews Death Note, Vol. 1 (Death Note, #1)

  • Emily May
    4 1/2 starsWhen I wrote in my review of Battle Royale 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. Death Note was a complete accident w...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    My very first read of Manga.. and it just blow my mindI mean what if you have A Death Note...,A note that belong to one of the gods of Death..Just write a name in it...with the person's face in your mind...and BAM .. Dies..It's a 'hard to pick a side' story..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...T...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 m...
  • Kiki
    There is no effing way I am spending six hundred hours reviewing every single volume, so I'll be brief: Death Note 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,...
  • C.G. Drews
    This was my very FIRST expedition into magna and ahhh I so loved it!! 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 really 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...
  • 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. Death Note 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. Death Note 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...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    I finally borrowed "Death Note" from the library and I think I might be in love!
  • Emma
    yayyy for buddy reads and amazing manga
  • Archit Ojha
    Not Stopping Until I Hit The Finale.My wife was hunting me down to read this manga and until I do that, she won't let me breath.Well, well! I'm glad that she has tremendously fantastic choices in everything. And so she proved it in this case too.A thrilling ride Death Note is!If you haven't still encountered with it yet, I urge that you should!
  • Sara
    My first toe dip into the world of Manga, this was enjoyable and packed full of surprises and colourful characters. What would you do if you had the ability to kill anyone in the world just by writing their name and picturing their face, in a book? That's the situation Light finds himself in when he comes across the Deathnote. Soon he finds himself persued by the police, and the mysterious 'L', as he tries to complete his dream of creating a utop...
  • Beatriz
    Aclaro que es mi primera experiencia con manga. Desde hace mucho tiempo quería probar y cuando Death Note fue elegido en un grupo de lectura ni lo dudé, ya que había escuchado buenísimos comentarios de esta historia. Y la verdad, concuerdo, la historia es muy original y bien elaborada… peeero, no es mi tipo de lectura, definitivamente soy más de descripciones escritas que gráficas. No creo que lo continúe.
  • Merna
    This is more of my opinion on the whole series instead of the first volume.Death note is a highly addictive read. I would say it’s the best manga I’ve ever read. It’s one of those stories which leaves you desperate for the ending, but at the same time upset because it all ended. Everything in Death note was planned out perfectly and it was very fast-paced so I was never fed up.However, I do have a problem with the protagonist. Light’s cha...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    Come on,it doesn't get more original than this.I've already watched "Death Note" so the story is not shocking for me,but it's as interesting as it was last summer.The characters are amazing and I can't wait to see how they develop throughout the series.Light VS L is probably one of the most epic "battles" I've ever had a chance of reading/watching.Apart from the obviously intelligent characters and an unique and captivating story,I really love th...
  • Magdalen
    I recently watched the trailer for the american film from Netflix and as a person who respects herself and appreciates quality and authenticity I decided to read the manga. Dear Americans stop ruining epic things. God I've missed Light and L and I was smiling like a fool. DEATH NOTE IS EVERYTHING. The art is great the characters are oh well AWESOME! You have the antihero Light, whom you love to hate and vice versa and the badass L. Everyone knows...
  • Nərmin
    First review: My first manga! And it was strange to read it from right to left :) But the idea and the storyline are quite interesting. Going to read more)) Final review : 3.83☆ So, great manga ended... I loved ending, though so many people despised it. It was logical and Light deserved it. (view spoiler)[ (I am only sad that one of the best and cleverest villain in the world died like that.. it was pathetic) And Matsuda! You kicked ass in this...
  • Dannii Elle
    My first graphic novel and manga experience was definitely a good one and I might already be hooked!I didn't know how I would get on with the format but I found myself just as immersed in the story, after a few pages, as I would an ordinary novel. This managed to pack in so much in such little text and I was consistently guessing where the plot would take me next. It also managed to transgress into so many genres that I find it hard that there wo...
  • Pooja
    Every one on social media was getting freak about Death Note. I just couldn't understand why. Until the day, after whole two years dive of this ignorance, I finally got to read the manga that totally blowed my mind, that got me hooked since the first lines. To tell you the truth, I never paid attention to it's title. Never cared, not at all. So when I read this manga, I was surely to stay amazed until and unless I reached to the end. All pieces s...
  • Connor
    I think this set up a whole lot of interesting things that can happen throughout the series. It took me a little while to wrap my brain around how many people he was killing, but I think I'm really starting to get into it now!
  • Julia
  • Saniya
    This is mind fucking, but still.I, I just love Death Note. So, so much.I must be cray cray, but I love Light Yagami more than L, even though I know L is correct and there should be justice. But I feel for Light. Even though he would kill and use me too in an instance. (Gosh, I am crazy.) But I believe that Light was a good guy and if he haven't gotten that Death Note in the first place, he would have been the most kick-ass Detective ever. :'(I lo...
  • Sheila Ruth
    Death Note was my first manga, and I enjoyed it rather more than I thought I would. Although the premise sounds quite macabre, this isn't a book about "killing people," as would seem from the description. The pleasure in reading Death Note comes from watching the battle of wits between two brilliant minds, Light and L, as each tries to find out the identity of the other. The book also raises interesting philosophical questions, such as, is it wro...
  • Smitha
    2nd read- Had read this on iPad a couple of years ago..and stopped the series somewhere one fourth through. Recently happened to purchase the beautiful box set for my son, who has read it already 4 or 5 times on iPad and wanted to own the physical copy. He was highly impressed by the books and urged me ( nay, compelled me) to attempt it again. I agree reading the physical book is a higher level of experience. The slightly rough and gritty feel, t...
  • Kelly
    Definitely 4.5 stars. This is my first manga and I'm hooked!! So interesting and intriguing with lots of information that just feeds your curiosity that little bit more but not too much to indulge you. Ryuk is a fantastic character although I think there's more to him than he's letting on and Light is clever and cunning although I feel it's going to be his downfall. Can't wait to pick up number 2.
  • L.
    Můj první manga komiks. Asi jsem se zamilovala! Je to geniální.
  • Frogy (Ivana)
    Moja prva Manga :)
  • Imane
    لا اصدق هل اعجبني هذا انا من كنت دائما استهزئ باخي لانه يتفرج في الانمي ليس سيئا كما توقعت متى ساتعلم ان لا احكم على الاشياء قبل قراءتها لدي ملاحظة صغيرة فقط يجب ان تنوع ما تقرا او ما تشاهد لانك بدون وعي تصبح مجرد وعاء لافكار الاخرين لنكن موضوعيين ان...