Death Note: Volumes III & IV

So, I was able to get a hold of a copy of the second volume of the Black Edition of Death Note. As you many know I thoroughly enjoyed the first two volumes, and let me tell you I was not disappointed by the next installments.

Death Note: Volumes III & IV


My Rating: 4/5 Sparkles

Light continues what he thinks is his noble mission in killing off criminals using the Death Note Ryuk had given him, but he still has the great detective “L” on his tail. L has few leads on who this Kira with special powers killing off people is, but he has a bit of suspicion on the police chief’s son, Light. Deciding to try a new tactic he reveals himself as the revealed L to Light directly, hoping the young man is indeed innocent and can simply help him on his case. Light has no idea how to respond and all their interactions soon become tests of the two’s reasoning capabilities and attempts to figure who the other really is. And then once you add another Death Note holder to the scene, things become a bit more complicated…

Honestly, Tsugumi Ohba is brilliant. The premise and story he created was intriguing in itself from the beginning, but I absolutely love Light and L’s battle of the brains. Both are extremely intelligent individuals so it’s suspenseful and thrilling for me to see how they will proceed, and I never have an idea of how things are going to play out. I was absolutely shocked when L revealed himself to Light. It’s also great to see the character’s thoughts before and after they make their plays. It’s like being in the minds of geniuses. Although the major characters are few, they are enough. All of them are well-developed and interesting. Also the art is still pretty good. I definitely recommend this manga series!

Death Note: Volumes I & II

Death Note is a manga that multiple people have highly recommended to me and after reading the first two volumes, I can definitely see why.

Deathnote: Volumes I & II


My Rating: 4/5 sparkles

A bored Shinigami, Ryuk, a god of death, decides to drop his deathnote into the human world. If someone can envision someone’s face and writes that person’s name into the deathnote, the unfortunate person will die. Seventeen-year-old Light Yagami, genius straight A student, finds the notebook dropped by Ryuk and realizes he can eliminate crime and create a beautiful world with the notebook, so he starts by dropping known criminals, but soon a squad of detectives led by the infamous super sleuth known simply as “L” begin to follow the trail of this murderer known to them as “Kira.” In order to prevent detection, Light begins to kill more than just criminals…

Deathnote has a very intriguing premise and the storyline is extremely engaging. Tsugumi Ohba’s clever idea brings way to philosophical questions and answers. Soon after Light begins killing criminals, the manga turns into the story of him trying to stay out of reach of L but find out who he is to ultimately destroy him, and L trying to catch the murderer known as Kira. Both characters are extremely intelligent so it’s interesting to watch their clever schemes play out. The characterization in this manga, which is especially seen through the thoughts of the main characters, is very well done. Even Ryuk is done well. He becomes part of Light’s life after Light touches the Deathnote, and he is quite a character. He finds how everything is playing out to be quite amusing and his little chatter and insights into his world of Shinigamis are quite interesting.

Takeshi Obata’s art is excellent. It’s a pleasure to read just to see his drawings. As it is a manga, Deathnote is a quick read, but very worth the small amount of time you will need to spend reading it. Deathnote’s plot is very well-developed.The story, as it is about death, is a bit dark, but it also explores morals and ethics. Deathnote truly shows how a good person can become evil when he is given the power he should not have. Humans should not have such a rule over death as Light does in this manga. I look forward to reading the rest of the series to see where Light and L will go, what they will do next, and how the story will play out.

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