Release Date: October 10, 2005
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Age Group: 16+
Pages: 200 (Paperback)
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and bored out of his mind! But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, and 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?
This book was...intriguing. It wasn't what I expected, really.
The plot immediately jumped out at me and said "READ ME OR DIE." Unfortunately I don't think I would've died without reading it. There wasn't anything wrong with the plot- like I said, it was intriguing, it just didn't hold my attention for as long as I would've liked it to. It a seemed to drag a little for me, but the ending was pretty cool.
Light was annoying. It wasn't necessarily the killing people with the Death Note thing, he just seemed very arrogant and obnoxious. Ryub was...OK, I guess. He never really showed any personality, and barely even talked until the end. He definitely was a needed character, but not a very active character.
The animation was good. No complaints there. And the storyline was pretty good. The dialogue...eh. It was OK, nothing great. Maybe I had problems with it because usually it was Light talking....
Overall, an interesting premise with a good plot and a bad main character. I'm on the fence about reading the rest of the series, but I may read at least the next one or two because I've heard nothing but praise about the series and am curious to see where it will go. I would recommend the first volume of Death Note to any manga fans looking for a new, edgy take on death.