Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

August 18, 2013 Review 8 ★★★★

Death Note, Vol. 1: BoredomDeath Note, Vol. 1: Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #1
on October 10, 2005
Genres: Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Pages: 195
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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?

What would you do if you had the power to kill any human you wish? This is the main question asked in Death Note, where the main character has a notebook called the Death Note, which has the powers to kill anybody whose name is written in the notebook. Now, let’s get to the review!

The Story

The story starts off in the Realm of the Shinigami, focusing on a certain Shinigami named Ryuk, who is revealed to have dropped his ‘Death Note’ in the Human World. Shortly afterwards, Light discovers it and picks it up. All I can really say about the plot is that it could stop on a dime and change directions quickly, sometimes leaving me a bit confused, which is one of the reasons this manga did not get five stars.

The Characters

Meet Light Yagami, your stereotypical ‘goody-two-shoes’ teenager, with perfect grades and a large popularity of friends. I don’t really like him as much as some of the other characters for some reason. Next, we have Ryuk, with his twisted sense of humor. He’s one of my favorite’s in the manga so far. I personally like his little laugh, and the fact that he always seems to surprise me. Now, the major antagonist in Death Note……. L. He acts very mysterious in this volume, and not much is revealed about him, but he seems like a pretty cool character.

The Art

I have to admit, the art for Death Note is kind of amazing. It has some of the most detailed and nicely shaded pages that I have seen in manga so far, and always manages to capture the mood of whatever is happening at the moment. The only thing that slightly irritates me is the fact that L’s hairstyle seemed to change almost every other panel.

All in all, this manga was really fun to read, and I highly suggest you check it out yourself.


8 Responses to “Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom”

  1. Aylee

    Laureen, I’m sorry I won’t get the chance to meet you, but I can almost guarantee you’ll have a good time with the other Edmonton Book Blogger ladies! And in the meantime, we can always chat on Goodreads or Twitter 🙂

    Glad you liked this one. I’m a manga virgin actually, but I’ve always wanted to try it! I mean, I love anime and I love books, so why not combine the two? I really like the sound of this one, so I would like to try it sometime.

    • Laureen

      Well I’m glad that there is always the Internet, at least. You seem like an awesome person, and any recovering potter addict is awesome in my books!

      I’m a huge fan of books and anime, and I do enjoy my manga. I’m surprised you haven’t read any! I still haven’t read Death Note (my daughter reviewed it) but it sounds interesting. I may need to borrow her copy…

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Kritika

    I have a few friends who are obsessed with this show. One time they were watching in one of their dorm rooms and I knocked on the door, and one of them shrieked like I was a serial killer haha
    I’ve never read any manga, but this one seems interesting. I might give it try!

    • Laureen

      Not gonna lie, I laughed! I’ve had a few friends obsessed with shows (and, okay, I may be one of those people) and it’s always fun to see their reactions to ordinary things. Like someone knocking on the door. Or stone angels. Death Note has a really interesting premise! I hope you like it if you give it a shot!

  3. Cayce

    I LOVED Death Note! I’ve read the manga, watched the anime and even watched those (quite awful) movies. Light is one of my favorite antiheroes, and I just <3 Ryuk. He was my favorite too 🙂 Great review!

    • Laureen

      I haven’t seen any of the anime yet! I will eventually though, I mean, it’s really popular. Thanks for commenting!

    • Laureen

      I don’t think I would, either. Way too much responsibility involved there, plus the morality issues… no thanks! (But thank you for commenting!)

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