Deathnote by Tusugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (illustrator) is a very intelligent graphic novel. One that makes you….uh…think. It’s about two people who match wits with each other. It’s also a morality tale. It demands that you pay attention. The story is thus:
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?
I kinda got behind in this series and I just purchased the latest one. I had to reread this one and I may have reviewed this one when I had my other blog but to make this short and sweet: Deathnote is entertaining. Reading about two kids who match wits with each other. Light Yagami is a brilliant yet arrogant kid who should have been the last person on earth to receive the Deathnote. The deathnote is a notebook where a human name which is entered into it dies when certain conditions are met. The owner of the notebook can decide the manner of death and it would come true.
Where did the notebook come from? The Deathnote was dropped by a rogue shinigami death god who finds humor and enjoyment in human behavior. Light Yagami gets out of control with the deathnote and soon he becomes so notorious that they’ve assigned and investigative team led by L to fish him out and reveal his identity. L is a equally smart kid who is good at figuring stuff out. I’d read two of the books in this series and had stopped around volume (3). I’ll catch up but meanwhile, check out Deathnote! A great manga with a great story. Highly recommend this one. My grade, B+. Here is a wiki entry for Deathnote but it does contain spoilerish information on the series.
[tags]Deathnote, Vol.1, Manga Review, Graphic Novel Review[/tags]