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Death Note (Volume 1) Manga | My Reviews 17 FEB 2008

Death NoteLight 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?

Boredom: 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?

The Death Note anime that concluded its run on television proved to be one of the best anime series ever shown, running deep with intrigue, mystery and suspense. It was an absolutely clever and fantastical piece of writing, all springing from the twisted mind of Tsugumi Ohba.

Of course, as is the case with most anime shows, Death Note is indeed a direct adaptation of the manga, all which starts with Death Note volume 1, first released in 2003 in Japan and then 2005 in America.

The story tells of Light Yagami, a brilliant but arrogant student that stumbles upon a lost Shinigami notebook. Reading the rules inside, Light learns that the book holds the power of death and soon embarks on his holy quest to rid the world of all evil. Of course, so many unexplained deaths in such a short space of time cannot simply be ignored and Interpol mobilizes the world’s most successful and mysterious detective on the case. Thus begins the extreme battle of wits as Light and L battle for supremacy – with death being the only prize for the loser.

Volume 1 introduces us to all the main characters of Death note, most specifically Light, L and the shinigami Ryuk. It takes us on the beginning of Light’s journey as he discovers the book and starts out on his quest, slowly learning the various rules governing the notebook as he goes along. L is introduced and soon the extreme battle of wits rages on in full force, leading to some of the most suspenseful and clever writing you will ever see in quite some time.

Tsugumi Ohba writes a compelling story which is fast paced and extremely clever. It hides just enough details to always keep you on your toes, but at the same time reveals enough for everything to make sense. It is suspenseful, intriguing and dashed with mystery, but at the same time makes a lot of social commentaries as it examines the motivations and goals of the two antagonists, forcing you to choose just whose side of the story you want to support.

It is extremely clever and disturbing at the same time, and Ohba will keep you guessing right up to the very last page.

Takeshi Obata, most famous as the artist behind the hugely popular Hikaru no Go!, handles the artistic duties on this manga, providing us with some very detailed, dark and stylish visuals. His lines are very clean and his people and backgrounds are all beautifully detailed and proportioned. The only slight niggle I have is that Light’s eyes are sometimes too boyish, but other than that Obata does an absolutely fantastic job in conveying the tone of Ohba’s story to us.

Death Note is one of those mature, thought-provoking stories that you should not miss out on and it would be a crime if you passed this one by. Do yourself a favour and pick up Death Note ASAP for what is guaranteed to be a thoroughly enjoyable and dark ride.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_note

Death Note 36 Anime 22 JUN 2007

I’m smiling because I’m busy downloading Death Note 36. It would seem that even though all the main fansub groups subbing Death Note received Cease & Desist orders from Viz in order to stop their activities, some a few underground groups have continued to release the last episodes. The one I’m currently grabbing is from a group comically calling themselves C&D fansubs. :)

Should have known that the lawlessness of the Internet always bites back harder in the end…

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Manga at last! Manga | My Life 21 JUN 2007

At the beginning of this month Merkaba alerted me to the fact that he purchased a bunch of Naruto manga from Take 2 at R56 a graphic novel. Now for a graphic novel that is hardly a price you can refuse. So I quickly followed suit and discovered that it wasn’t just Naruto at that price. As hard as it was to limit myself, I settled on ordering Naruto #1, Death Note #1, Bleach #1 and Eyeshield 21 #1.

Now I’ve been tracking the progress of my order for a while now using Take 2s site. 3 items of my order arrived a week into placing the order, but the last one stubbornly refused to arrive. Until today :) I’ve just seen that it has finally got the Ready to Ship tag, meaning my order should be whisking over to my brothers place for delivery any minute now.

Ooh I’m looking forward to this one. Haven’t read any decent manga in ages and haven’t bought any new manga since Terrance gave me Akira #1 quite a couple of years back!

The other good news is that it looks like my super duper cheap PC is finally back on the cards (see post {0030}. The DFRU Research Centers new machines have arrived and the date has been set for their installation. So now I can finally say it is not going to be too long a wait before I finally upgrade my old 756 mhz machine back at home :)

I want to cry Anime 14 JUN 2007

For 35 weeks I have been following, without fail, one of the best anime series to ever come out in recent times: Death Note (I’ll blog more about the series in an upcoming entry). The show is slated for 37 episodes, with the 35th episode being released this morning by the speed-fansub group Kurohana. Unfortunately this latest release was followed up almost immediately by a Cease and Desist order from Viz Media, the new American licence holders for the Death Note property. Apparently Animanda, the other group subbing Death Note, received this order as well.

So it would seem that with two episodes remaining, the fansub groups are going to drop the project, meaning I’ll never get to finish the most enjoyable series I have watched in years! *sniff* – :_(

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