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Artist, Takeshi Obata made his debut in 1989 with CYBORG JI-CHAN G. The runner-up recipient of the 30th Annual Tezuka Award, Obata's major works include CHIKARABITO DENSETSU and MASHIN BOUKENTAN LAMP-LAMP.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142150331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421503318
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,735 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antonio D. Paolucci on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Death Note's wont for adding suspense is one of the things that make this series so great. Just when you think it has to end, something new happens and the incoming disaster is averted, for a little bit, at least. In volume three, this came when Light met L in person for the first time, and they became friends.

In this volume, it comes with a girl who can use the same powers and some, but has such a fierce love for Light that she's unwilling to use it for anything but his bidding. Only, with her interference and L's continuing battle against Light, Light does not think this is such a good thing, and must think of new ways to cover up his Kira character now that there seems to be a second in the neighborhood. Luckily, he still has the task force on his side, and he's still a super genius capable of outsmarting even the world's greatest sleuth.

What's make this volume better than the others is the staggering ending. I won't spoil it here, but I will say I was thoroughly surprised by it, and I can't wait for the next volume to get released stateside. If you've been collecting the Death Note series, then pick this up. If you haven't and you're reading this, then I'm sorry for spoilers. Now go back and get the first volume.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on May 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Light Yagami has learned that he is not alone in holding the power of the Death Note. A second person is killing people and calling themselves Kira. The difference is that this second Kira does not care if the people he kills are innocents or criminals. The reason the second Kira is so sloppy and seemingly illogical is that "he" is a young girl named Misa who not only looks up to the real Kira for killing the criminal that killed her parents, but actually thinks she is in LOVE with Kira. Just like Light, she has her own Shinigami spirit named Rem, who has more of a personal loyalty to Misa than Ryuk to Light. L doesn't fall for the whole Kira act and instead of dropping his suspicions of Light, easily figures out that this is a second Kira, but he still enlists the aid of Light in the investigation, going on the premise that it's best to have your enemies close.

Just when this series was beginning to hit a deadend, the writer came up with some cool ideas. While some of these ideas, such as making Misa being such a hopeless romantic were a little jarring, but it worked out. I'm still also trying to figure out whether Light is evil or not, or is he just a stupid kid cloaking himself in what he believes to be wisdom? It seems like at times, he might snap out of his Godtrip, but I doubt that'll ever happen. He's already gone down a road he can't return from. The writing is still a little shaky at times, but the ideas themselves are good, which makes this an excellent if flawed series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yoake on May 13, 2006
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Light, a young man just entering college, is a brilliant but easily bored student. One day, he comes across the Death Note--dropped into the human world by a rogue shinigami, or death god.

I know that it says this in the editorial description.

The description fails to mention the depth of the story, however. Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by the same artist(Takeshi Obata)as the popular Hikaru no Go series, some may expect that this story follows a similar line of work. It doesn't. Death Note departs from the primarily innocent storyline which is prevalent in Hikaru no Go, and takes you into the world of Light, a seemingly kind but slightly twisted person.
Of course, this is "slightly" in the most gracious sense.

When you first pick up Death Note, you may be shocked by the storyline. Still, you must consider it a brilliant work. Treading a fine line between genius, savior, and demon, all you can do is watch Light as he comes to the decision that it's up to him to make the world a better place, whether or not it's by conventional means. He's not the normal "Hero," that much is obvious. He doesn't win free through villains, he isn't all-powerful... he does have problems. No matter what, he's willing to do what's necessary to obtain that which is his ideal. Even lie, cheat, and murder.

Even if it doesn't physically dirty his hands, Light is still changed by the things he has to do and the things he chooses to do. From the first volume onward, you can see the way that his character changes. The singular disregard he has for certain things is often disturbing, but still an excellent tool for holding the reader's interest.
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The last volume ended with a bit of a cliffhanger... someone besides Light possesses a Death Note and has made the deal for shinigami eyes. This second Kira is eager to meet the original, and L and the task force hope to intercept copycat before Kira can. Of course, Light is still active on the task force. When the second Kira reveals herself (gasp!) to Light, he must decide how best to use her and her shinigami.

Okay, so getting down to specifics, Misa (the second Kira) reveals herself to the police and then Light, confessing her love for him. She not quite what anyone expected. Compared to super geniuses (Wile E. Coyote-style) like Light and L, Misa isn't nearly as clever, but she's no dummy. She's unpredictable as well, being much more emotional than Light, and having the power of shinigami eyes. Her shinigami, Rem, is the complete opposite of Ryuk - forthcoming, patient, caring, and protective. Light isn't prepared to handle this curveball, and we see him acting more and more on the defensive.

Still, you can't help but feel that L is also struggling with the investigation. There's an interesting exchange between L and Light, where they talk about being friends. While you know that Light is just playing a part, you do feel for L, who seems lonely. He also contemplates his own mortality, knowing that he should concentrate on what he can do instead of letting the fear of death control him.

I think this volume's shift in focus - away from Light and Ryuk and on to L, Misa and Rem - was effective. While L has grown on me over the past three volumes, I liked Misa and Rem almost right away. Perhaps it's that they aren't as calculating as the other characters, but rather plain about their feelings. I'm looking forward to the next volume, especially after this new cliffhanger.
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