This is one box set you NEED to own if you're going to collect manga. The Death Note series is among the best out there, and this collects the whole series in an attractive, compact box. For those of you who have already read through the series and are looking to buy, go ahead and buy it. You won't be disappointed. For those who haven't read through this series yet, I'll let you know why you should.
Death Note is about a role model high school student named Light Yagami, who is tired of living in a world filled with evil. Being the son of someone in the police force, he sees the failures of the justice system daily. Criminals fall through the cracks of the system, leaving them free to commit more crimes or to escape punishment for previous ones. During school one day, while going through all of this in his head, he notices a notebook outside of the classroom window. After picking it up and taking it home, he learns that it is a Death Note, a notebook that will kill someone if their name is written on its pages. He passes it off as a joke at first, but when the person whose name he writes in the notebook dies, he starts to use the notebook to further his goals of ridding the world of evil. Criminals start to die off one by one, all by heart attacks. The public is divided in their stance on the killings. Some people revere the killer as a hero, while others say the killer is nothing but a mass murderer. The killer comes to be known as "Kira". Law enforcement agencies scramble to find Kira, and when a genius detective, L, shows up on the scene, Light's wits are put to the test. How can someone prove he is a killer when all he uses is a notebook? How will he outwit L? It is here that the series turns into a clever game of cat and mouse.
Without spoiling anything, the series does have its flaws. The series takes a massive turn for the worse at the halfway point, but still manages to build up to a satisfying conclusion. Some of the characters could have used more dialogue, as the series is more about pushing the plot forward than building characters up (though it still does a good job). Some of the twists in the later half fall a bit flat, and the stakes are raised a bit too high too soon. Overall, though, these problems are far outshined by the positives. Death Note is a great thriller, with good characters, surprisingly good humor (given the dark tone of the story), and it even manages to address some real-world issues. What is justice? is it the laws we have in place now, or is it killing off all evildoers? What is considered a sin worth dying over? It manages to tackle these subject matters without getting preachy, and all the while keeping you interested past religious/political undertones. Honestly, this series is the definition of an instant classic, only bettered by the live action movies. $60-70 for this series is a steal. Why don't you own it yet?
- Paperback: 2496 pages
- Publisher: SHONEN JUMP ADVANCED; Original edition (7 October 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781421525815
- ISBN-13: 978-1421525815
- ASIN: 142152581X
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.2 x 19 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 3.3 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)