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


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!

QBD Reviews: Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata


From the creators of the dark and twisted series Death Note comes a manga series about manga writers writing manga. Follow two friends as they chase down their dream to be professional mangakas (manga authors). This series is full of love and laughter; of good times and difficult times; of the joys of friends and the joys of rivals.

This series is a personal favourite. The artwork is nice, the story touching and full of life. It also does a good job of showing the creation process for a work of manga. Sometimes all the dialogue can be a slog to get through, explaining why certain things are occurring. The story continuously shows the joy of friendship in various ways. The rivalry between the two main characters and another upcoming mangaka is used as character motivation and it is used well. The budding and blooming friendship between those very characters too leads to some very emotional and at times hilarious moments. I could probably ramble on about this series for ages, so let's just leave it with "Bakuman is a beautiful and insightful series".