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QBD Reviews: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Taskeshi Obata

Death Note is a manga that is full of suspense, action, intelligence and wit. It follows the story of university student, Light Yagami, a brilliant boy who is well on his way to becoming very successful when he finds a note book, called a Death Note. A Death Note is a book owned by a Shinigami, or God of Death, and it has the power to kill anyone whose name is written inside. Struck with a vision of the perfect future, Light believes he can make the world a better place. A place where those who do wrong are punished. However, that is not as easy and simple as it sounds and Light soon becomes power hungry and ambitious enough to try and make himself a God. Every God needs an enemy and, in Death Note, the role falls to the brilliant, incredible and slightly insane, L.

I absolutely love Death Note. It held so much suspense, action, intelligence and wit. The plot was really well thought out, really intricate. My favourite character is L, purely because he is so smart, yet so insane. I definitely recommend Death Note to anyone who wants a fast paced, engaging and absolutely suspenseful read.

- Stephanie, Strathpine QBD

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QBD Reviews: Death Note Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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I loved this story, it's so far beyond unique. I've not read anything like it and I need to know what happens next.

The artwork is amazing with a distinct style that hovers between gothic and gritty but with superb attention to detail and amazing line work. The writing style was entertaining with a voice that clearly belonged to Light, the main character. He is a very different character than I've ever read before and I don't think I've come across a character like him yet. He struck me as a little bit of a sociopath because for someone so young he seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do with the Death Note.

If you love any kind of mythology, definitely give this a go. Shinigami, the Japanese mythological (or are they?) Gods of Death play a huge role in the story and are the catalysts for Light's journey into the realms of possibility the Death Note brings him.

I was travelling through Japan whilst reading this so I feel like it had even more impact on me, and staying in the Shinjuku area in which the story takes place made it even more real as I could walk outside my hotel and see the intersections and buildings used in the illustrations. However, don't let that put you off reading this if you don't have the opportunity to read this in the place it's set, Death Note is amazing no matter where you read it!

Neeeeeeed volume 2! Take my money!