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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 in Niigata, 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"` award 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 Weekly Shonen Jump.
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Product Details

  • Series: DEATH NOTE BLACK (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421539659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421539652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,077 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omnizoa on February 13, 2014
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The manga is excellent, no question, however this review is regarding the quality of the book itself.

I've taken parts from my review of the first volume and compared them here (1st Volume review is in quotes "").

"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."

The second volume breaks the no-ads mold by squeezing in a much unneeded page advertising the 12-volume boxset and dvd collection. Beyond that the design is unchanged.

"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Born on March 20, 2011
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For those of you who didn't read Death Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 , Death Note follows the life of Light Yagami after he finds a "Death Note", which enables him to kill anyone, anytime, anywhere, anyhow... under two conditions. First he must know their name (Their real one) and know what their face looks like. And a Shinigami (Japanese God of Death) named Ryuk, who dropped the Death Note into the "Earth world" follows Light everywhere since it's his Death Note.
In the previous volume, Light decided to use the Death Note to kill of the worlds top criminals along and many of Japan's criminals, even the minor ones. He does this by giving them a heart attack. This earns him the attention of L, a super slueth detective who can solve any case. L puts together a Task Force, which includes Light's father, coincidentally a top cop in the NPA. This task force has pledged to bring "Kira" to justice.
In this volume, L and Light come face to face! Although neither one knows who the other one really is at first. This leads to an astonishingly fun war of words between the two. Of course this war is interrupted as L and Light discover that someone they both know has suffered a heart attack... Then a Kira holds a news station hostage by the most unconventional means unless they air threatening tapes about "Kira's" plans for the world. It turns out this is the work of a second Kira named Misa, who has the Shinigami eyes. Light joins the task force to help track down this apparent second Kira which leads to Light and L playing a game of Cat and Mouse with the killer.
The art in this book is great. The artist really knows his facial expressions. The dialogue is absolute genius. The best thing about this is that it's oversized. Overall, I cannot recommend this volume enough! That is if you've read the first one.
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Death Note is without a doubt one of those mangas that practically everyone has at least heard about. No wonder too, the story is interesting and attention-catching. The plot is centered on Light Yagami, who finds a notebook with which he can kill people by writing their names on it, and the police investigation that attempts to put an end to his criminal killing and bring him to justice. It is deep, interesting, with a well-developed plot, and absolutely memorable. This manga is, story-wise and art-wise, fantastic. There is no question about it, and a review based purely on the story would be pointless considering the sheer amount of great existing ones already. I definitely recommend a fan of manga or just purely great works to read this comic. Because of this, this review will be about the quality of the Black Edition book itself and how it compares to the physical tomes. I will note here that I have both the hardback and paperback editions of the black edition, as well as some older volumes of the normal version of the comic.

The design of the Black Editions is just as they should, and feature a basic cover with a headshot of each of the major characters (Light, Ryuk, L, Misa, Mello, and Near). The spine, unlike the normal volumes, doesn’t feature a different shinigami in each volume, but a simpler and neater and simpler design. It seems, in a visual way, to be more reminiscent in this sense of the Death Note itself: formal, elegant, and with a somewhat ominous tone that goes along with the story itself. This extends to the visual look of the pages of the book, which from the outside are completely black.

The main feature of the Black Edition is that in each volume it serves as a two-pack, and in the six published volumes it contains the original 12 books of contents.
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