Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Published by Viz
What is the most dangerous weapon ever created?
Some would say the atomic bomb, because of its destructive power.
Some would say guns, because they’re easily available to the public.
Some would say alcohol, because of the many deaths it has caused.
Some would say the Notebook. The Death Note.
Imagine killing anybody in the world just by writing his or her name down in a notebook with that person’s face in mind. That is the power of the Death Note. Death Note is a manga series of twelve volumes created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It begins with a high school genius named Light seeing a black notebook float down from the sky and hit the floor of his school’s yard.
He believes it to be a joke at first. Wouldn’t you, dear reader?
But once he tests it out, there is no turning back. Once he writes that first name, he couldn’t stop. He continues to write the names of criminals, who he believes to be evil and not deserving the right to live. His goal is to become the God of a new, clean world. Soon, the whole world is in chaos about the killings of criminals by heart attacks. Yes, heart attacks. If you write a name in the Notebook with the person’s face in mind without any specific thing about the death, the person simply dies of a heart attack. Light can even specifically choose what type of death a victim can have: run over by a car, murdered, cardiac arrest, or even suicide.
How does Light know how to use it? The Death Note comes with a set of rules. Light learns that there are several rules written down in the Notebook, but dozens of unwritten rules, too.
Where did the notebook come from?
It came from another world. A world of shinigami, death gods, or known to us in
All of this so far only happens in the first few pages.
The world of Death Note is a very intricate one, full of twists and turns, but also full of literary value.
Is it okay to kill someone who murdered a family?
Is what Light doing right or wrong?
Is it wrong to use the Death Note?
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an adventure and go through the ideas of good and evil. For once, a book takes the view from an anti-hero perspective, which is very “out of the box” and creative.
If you want to check out Death Note, there is an animated version of the manga that you can probably find streaming online or in stores. If you want to dive deeper into the realm of Death Note, I recommend getting the manga first and then watching the animated series.
Here’s a trailer of the animated version of Death Note for those of you who are interested.
Now, here are some questions to you, dear readers:
If you had the Death Note would you use it? What did you think of this review?