Title: Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrator: Takeshi Obata
Published: October 10th 2005
Genres: Young Adult, Manga, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A Shinigami, or death god, named Ryuk is bored so he drops a Death Note into the human world to see what will happen. The Death Note is picked up by Light Yagami, a Japanese teenager. After discovering the Death Note is real Light plans to use it to help make the world a better place by ridding the world of evil.
Some of the rules of the Death Note are:
- The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
- This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
- If the cause of death is written within the next 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen.
- If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.
- After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
After criminals all over the world randomly start dying, the authorities start to investigate and involve L to help track down who is responsible. No one knows L’s real name or what he looks like, but he is very intelligent.
The people working the case notice all the killings take place after school hours so they believe the murderer, or Kira as people call him, is a student. Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and talks to Light about the case. After being told Kira might be a student, Light writes out details and times so people die when he’s at school. Light accesses his father’s files so he’s always in the know.
This volume ends with Light meeting Raye Penber, an American FBI agent who is on the case and has been investigating Light. Light tricks him into revealing his name…
I watched the anime and have been wanting to read the manga for a while. I think I like the manga more than the anime series, but it may be too soon to tell. It’s a very interesting story, I highly recommend it.