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Born in Tokyo, Tsugumi Ohba is the author of the hit series Death Note. His current series Bakuman., is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 Nigata, Japan, and is the artist of the widly popular SHONEN JUMP title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei "New Hope" and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayasturi Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and the smash hit manga Death Note. His current series  Bakuman is serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump.

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Product Details

  • Series: DEATH NOTE BLACK (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421539640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421539645
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Tokyo, Tsugumi Ohba is the author of the hit series Death Note. His current series Bakuman is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Omnizoa on January 16, 2014
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The manga is excellent, no question, however this review is regarding the quality of the book itself.

Design:
The Black Editions appear just as they should, they feature a basic cover with a headshot of one of the major characters unique to each book (Light, Ryuk, L, Misa, Mello, and Near in that order), and eschew the original spine design which each featured a different shinigami that most often did not play a role in the story (exceptions being 1 Ryuk, 4 Gelus, 5 Rem, and 9 Sidoh). The books are stripped of their extraneous content including ads, Shonen Jump subscription cards, "Last Time on Death Note...", and "In The Next Volume..." pages leaving only Death Note to keep your attention. The overall design is nothing but appropriately ominous leaving sparce white text on a black field reminicent of the Death Notes themselves, even the edges of the pages are black, easily setting the books apart from anything else on your shelf.

Content:
The primary feature is that the Black Editions serve as two-packs, each of the 6 containing two of the original 12 books of content. The books are also about 1 inch taller and 3/4ths of an inch deeper, this means the original pages are printed larger and in higher quality. The opening pages that were inked in color for Shonen Jump are back in color now, having been grayscaled in the original release. A couple art pages have been added, however these come at the cost of the original books' front cover art which do not make reappearances, even as art pages. The art on the original back covers do make reappearances, having always been art pages to bookend each chapter, however these are not in color.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on February 14, 2011
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Reason for Reading: The plot line had me sold on this one right away.

Wow! Wow! Wow! I was expecting a good story but I got a heck of lot more than I was prepared for. First of all, I was expecting a horror story and I guess, because of the supernatural angle, one could loosely term it horror. But when you get down to it, this is a wicked serial killer thriller with a supernatural element on the side. The serial killer's character and the detecting are much more the driving force of the story than the paranormal setting in which the story is based.

A bored Shinigami, God of Death, leaves a Death Note on the ground for someone to pick up. Light Yagami, brilliant ace student, is the one who does so and the notebook contains information upon its use. When a person's name is written in the book they will die. The human owner of the notebook is also able to see the Shinigami owner and Light and Ryuk become constant companions, as Ryuk is here to watch what happens to brighten his otherwise boring existence.

Ryuk, a creepy looking guy to say the least, has no powers that he is willing to use. He is not on Light's side, nor anyone's for that matter. He's simply a bystander, though he does give Light information now and then, at his own convenience. As Ryuk watches Light become both a serial killer and a mass murderer, killing first only criminals "who deserve to die anyway" and then killing more methodically to keep those who seek to track him down from finding him out, we become attached to his character. Light on the other hand, we watch descend into a pit of psychosis as the power he wields proves too strong for his character to bear. And then there is "L". The mysterious detective who is called upon occasionally to solve the unsolvable cases the police just can't solve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marypinchotmeyer on June 4, 2012
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Death Note is a great series because it deals with important issues of right, wrong, the desire for power and control and death, in the context of a very intelligent boy and his demon attempting to outwit law enforcement. The books contain wonderful and well-plotted twists and turns and excellent graphics. Death Note became a popular television series in Japan and I wish a Joss Whedon type would address it for American television. For those not familiar with this form of book, it reads from back to front but that is not a problem. The books are also visually attractive with black and white covers and black edges. The best series since Lone Wolf and Cub. The same high praise applies to all of the volumes in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sin on March 14, 2013
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Product-wise, I have no complaints as this is a great book from an amazing series. If you're unsure about trying this series out, I can assure you that you won't have regrets if you're a fan of 'darker' genre in Manga. It's got a dark plot, but it's a mystery written with tact, and is as popular a series as it is for a reason ;D

If you're still on the fence though, I can tell you that Amazon has great customer service values. I had forgotten that I had purchased an EXACT copy last year and when I went to return the newly purchased one, I was given a message to simply keep the book and STILL get a refund. Can't say this will always be the case for everyone, but it does support their outstanding service values in my opinion. It's great to know I can shop easy and with peace of mind =D
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