Death Note: Black Edition Vol.1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #1 and #2
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
First published 2003
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
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Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for audiences T+. Contains Volumes 1 and 2 of Death Note!
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. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
Death Note is an amazing manga series that I’ve read previously online. I loved it so much that I decided to get the books and make my boyfriend read it too because, to be honest, this is quite a guy-ish type of manga. All the characters are guys with some occasional appearances of girl characters here and there, but I feel that they don’t have that big of a roll. Anyway, that is not for this volume.
This story is passed in Japan. Our main character is called Light Yagami and he is a Top Student, who after finding a death note that a shinigami lost in the human world, decided to make the world a better place. He is studying to be a policeman so he couldn’t possibly resist it. He feels that the world is full of criminals and he hates it! After trying it out and seeing that it actually works, things start progressing more and more.
It’s really difficult to find him a bad or a good person in the beginning. Or even at the end of the volume. Because even tho he is killing people, he has the best intentions in mind. But does that serve as an excuse? If there’s something I like is that the book doesn’t give you an answer to that. There’s mixed feeling from other characters in the novel and we will all have different views too. After all, the world would definitely be better without criminals… But a person that kills others is himself a criminal, is he not? Is he going against any moral rules? Acting like a God? Or is he just doing his part for society’s sake?
The best thing about the death note is how it works. How much power it gives Light and how little it takes in return. But of course, it comes with consequences, not only the heaviness of knowing you killed people… But also the police that will be after you.
I’m trying not to give too much away in this review, especially on how the death note works. As for the characters, this has amazing ones! Light is intelligent, calculative and really peculiar – because I don’t think many would be able to use the death note and not break their soul. I know I wouldn’t…
We also have Ryuk, the Shinigami/death god whom the death note belonged to. He is extremely fun and creepy and definitely an amazing addition to such a serious manga. He’s not good nor bad. He is but a watcher and that’s what is interesting about him. Because for him all those deaths are meaningless. He is just having fun.
And finally, we have L. He is kind of an investigator and he is going to help the police trying to catch Light. I really like him. He is a bit like Light actually, only with a childlike part to him.
This book will challenge the way you see right and wrong. It’s incredible, powerful and extremely fun and dark. I would definitely recommend it, plus these black editions are gorgeous! I also previously saw the anime and loved it so I would for sure recommend that too!
Have you read these yet or any of the original classics? What’s your favorite story? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!