Death Note Volume 1 Review.

Death Note Volume 1 cover.

Image courtesy of Viz Media.


  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: October 10th, 2005.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 200.

A “Death Note” a notebook that has power to take the lives of the people who’s names are written within it. This book has fallen into the hands of Light Yagami, a bored school student. How will Light shoulder this responsibility, will he use it for good or his own purposes?

Light is only a teenager yet he takes people lives with ease. He’s relatable in the sense that I’m certain that most people would like to rid the world of “evil” but Light seems to have separated himself entirely from society, he even appears to place himself on a higher pedestal than everyone else. This aspect alone makes it difficult to relate to him. Light holds fast to his ideals and finds himself to be righteous in his pursuits of a utopia. He isn’t unlikable, just set in his ways of wanting a perfect world.

The characters introduced so far are intriguing to say the least. Light is already being met with adversity from the police, Interpol, a investigator named L and even his own father. Light has the resources he needs to stay ahead of the police because his father is the Detective Superintendent of the NPA. Light uses information from his father to stay one step ahead. Light may actually be able to do some good for the world if L doesn’t get to him first.

Death Note is certainly different than your run of the mill manga. The story is the best part. Not so much flare on the art, not a lot of action, but the story is superb. A book that can take the lives of people just by writing their name in it is a different concept. The characters are also a great component to the story. On one end we have Light who wants to rid the world of evil, on the other end we have L who wants true justice. I would read the story if it were just these two characters alone. I am excited to see how far Light goes. Definitely worth a read.


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