“Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger, scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates and hearing all manner of reason? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.” -- John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom - Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
Death Note デスノート transcends the manga medium. The graphics are gorgeously drawn, and the story is powerful, climactic and maddening. It's the definitive hard-boiled mystery and a true classic of the century.


I first read this awesome デスノート manga series over 10 years ago I was still in my teens. I greedily absorbed myself in the vivid, suspenseful story over the next few years and even dreamed about being L エル a few times. I could never forget the excitement I felt when I lined up to see the Tokyo premiere of the film adaption in the summer of 2006.


Re-reading them recently opened a floodgate of memories and nostalgia... Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. デスノート drew me in years ago, and it still does.

For me, these manga novels are part of my adolescence and my coming-of-age. They are part of me.


デスノート will always be my favourite manga of all time, and エル will always be my favorite detective. It's one of those books that once you've read you will never forget and your life will never be the same.


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