Death Note Manga Review

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Death Note

Post by Zak

If you were given the power to kill anyone without consequences what would you do?

Few Anime ever become an international hit, and even fewer reached the same level of worldwide success as Death Note. This was the first Seinin Anime series to become such a massive mainstream success and paved the way for Tetsuro Araki’s career and the success of Attack on Titan. But, with great success also came great controversy and the numerous copycat crimes and suspensions has left quite an impression on many people the world over. Despite this Death Note still remains an amazing series which is both entertaining to read and watch; however they have their differences. The Anime made several minor altercations to the manga that helped it suit the TV series format. The differences doesn’t change the plot but it does hide away some conversations and changes meetings between characters to provide a slightly different take on certain events. This all accumulates into a slightly different ending which is a treat to discover for old and new readers alike, so if you’ve seen the series this might be time to check out the manga and discover something new. Feel free to check out the first Four volumes in the club room in our two Black Edition Books. If you wish to purchase your own copies of this fantastic manga make sure to check out Viz Media’s website for more details

Highschool Student and detective prodigy, Light Yagami finds a black book that fell out of the sky. Written on the front are the English words Death Note and when he looks inside he discovers a set of rules:

  1. The human whose name is written in this note shall die
  2. This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected
  3. If the cause of death is written within the next 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen
  4. If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.

Realising the divine power that has just been placed in his hands, Light sets upon himself the task of creating his own utopia, rid of criminals and undesirables. Only a few questions remains: will Light succeed in his plans, if not then who will bring him to justice and how many will die along the way.

Death Note as a series is one of the most trilling and chilling detective dramas ever put to paper, and whether you’ve read it before or seeing it for the first time it becomes very easy to get wrapped up into this high-stakes intellect battle between detective and criminal genius’. Death Note is very accessible for first time manga readers as the fantastic plot does a great job of sucking you into its world and the dialogue is dynamically brilliant. The dialogue of Death Note leaves nothing lost in translation and remains simple enough to give the reader a glimpse into the characters mind while still leaving suspense and hidden elements for the reader to discover on their own. Reading the dialogue and progressing through the panels is a remarkably drama filled experience, as the panels manga are set out like a movie with cinematography used to draw in the reader to feel the drama in each scene. Reading Death Note is very enjoyable with a pace that nicely wavers between tense and relaxed, which only makes the drama better in its climactic scenes which are truly memorable. The artwork in Death Note also is top notch with an art style that does a fantastic job of zooming in and out of the scene. This smooth transition between a close ups, mid shots and the like only add to the cinematic experience that this manga provides and the cleanness of the line work is appreciated when comparing the manga to the 2006 anime; which has aged poorly over the years.

Death Note is by far one of the most accessible manga for first time readers. The cinematic experience you get is unmatched, coming from the great plot, panel work and simple but tense dialogue. It remains a topic of discussion within the Anime community even today. A decade after the release of the anime, Death Note still remains relevant with a new Netflix adaptation on the horizon and a new wave of Anime fans to educate in the classics. Make sure to check out this Seinin Detective masterpiece in the club and we’ll be resuming the Manga reviews after the study break with Initial D.

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