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in Country of Origin
12 Volumes + 1 Extra Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 12, Chap 108 (The ending is condensed and has differences)

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Viz (12 Volumes - Complete; Vol 13 only print)

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Keikaku on keikaku  
by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 5:05pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Love the battle of wits. Only gripe was I felt it started to drag a tiny bit when they introduced M and N
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Death Note  
by Anonymous
June 28th, 2020, 7:05am
Rating: N/A
Story: 9/10
Art: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Quality Polish Edition: 7/10
Enjoyment: 6/10
Overall: 8.2/10
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The anime is inferior to the manga, it doesn't emphasize the good points and blur out the intelligence of the characters  
by yntn0706
March 15th, 2020, 8:29am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Btw, second reading and it's still awesome.
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Very good art  
by Akira Ryuji
January 16th, 2020, 7:23pm
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
Very good art
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My first love  
by antid0te
November 8th, 2019, 7:22pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I love that serie, if you look around to mind games or clever mc. You should read that.
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Waste of a great potential  
by Acradnxy
November 7th, 2019, 7:45am
Rating: N/A
I have mix feeling about this manga. When it came out for the first time, I love it. Why? Because I know it will become some crazy psychological story on it and I love psychological stuff. I love Raito's and Ryukk's interaction and L. OMG! L is the best. He's so sharp, but Raito is no stupid either and they battling each other with brains instead of sword fight or gun fight.

Everything seems good, then what I feared is coming: Misa. Dear Lord. she's so noisy!!!!! Why every serious and good series always get ruined by STUPID NOISY USELESS brat?? How can she be SOOO idiotic?? It's clear that Raito didn't like her and only use her, yet she served him delightfully. How can a woman be so stupid?? It makes me SO angry! It feels like Misa was there just to be a fanservice, see how she dressed??

Misa is not only one who is stupid, that woman whom I forget her name is because she's the stupidest and be there just only for the manga ran longer. Well, but at least that woman didn't wear such a fanservice clothes.
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The woman died anyway since she's an unimportant character

L is beloved by many many people including me.
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but when he died, I feel OK. Sad and hatred, but OK. By I mean is: it's for a better story. And what do I get? A mess up story without any direction and new characters introduction with something similar to L. I really don't mind L died, even though L and Raito's rivalry is what makes Death Note great. But to introduce new characters like L's duplicate, it's insulting, man... Let's be honest, L is what makes Death Note good. Maybe Raito and Ryukk were the one we root before, but after we know that Raito became cray cray, we started to question ourselves, which side we should choose? Many chose L's side (beside because how adorable he was) as we believe he's the GOOD side.

The (early) story is the charm point of this series. The story feels like it interact with us. The art is another charm that makes people love it. The character development was good, only for the main characters, like THE MAIN characters. The story goes from great to a great downhill and disappointment. Especially with the ending

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Raito died after so many battles. That's great. I don't hate him or dislike him, this is what makes him so great as a character, he has the most character development in this manga. From nice and naive young man to a crazy soul with the ambition of more power. He's a great character, but I keep wondering, who is the MC right now? This man absolutely a villain now. So we are following a crazy villain now? Ok then!

I eventually drop the manga for some reasons, but I can't help to say this: this manga is TOO long. For a battle between minds, it is too long. We know what direction the mangaka wants to give us, but crumbling several times after the mangaka wanted to make it longer (maybe for the sake of money, Death Note was such a hype back then.) Again, great manga ruined by the creator itself just because the creator didn't have a firm direction.
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Too glorified  
by Seregosa
August 20th, 2017, 6:35pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
Gave it a 1 because it's got too many 10's. Seriously, this might be worth a 5, 6 or even 7, for some people it could be worth a 8... but 9 or 10? It's just a bunch of fans that are too blinded to actually evaluate this thing for what it is. For me, it's a 5, perhaps a 6. It's around average to slightly above average. It's not great(7), it's not amazing(8), it's not not unbelievably amazing(9) and it sure as hell isn't a flawless 10, for more reasons than I can remember.

It was somewhat interesting at first, but it quickly got boring, started to get into repetitive storytelling and got plagued with bad decisions regarding the plot, one such example would be killing off L and then starting over again with replacement characters, but there's many other things too, such as the book being possible to pass around. Then there's the character cast, none of which is particularly interesting or likable. Just take that light guy for example, he's hardly anything but a douche with mental issues and a general hate for the world, swinging his big d*ck(book) around and saying that he has a responsibility to cull everyone he doesn't find pleasing to the eye with petty excuses such as making the world a better place. Well, that sounds all well and good if we exclude the part about him trying to make the ideal world FOR HIMSELF, meaning that anyone who doesn't agree with his views would be fcked, kinda like when you have an argument with someone over the internet and yell at each other a bit for differing opinions, both gets aggravated and annoyed, but this guy would kill you because you didn't agree with him. He's pretty much a child throwing a tantrum about life and how horrible the world is to him, only that this guy has a cheat that can kill everyone he looks at and writes down. Boring, really.

Well, there's a lot more that I can mention, but I don't care to spend more time on this. In my opinion you shouldn't read this manga if you've read a lot of novels+manga and watched a lot of anime before. Stuff like this tends to be great when you're newer to it all, just like generic crap such as bleach, dragon ball, one piece, naruto etc, you get my drift. When you're deep into this and has read thousands of manga+novels and watched a few hundred different anime, or at least a hundred or so, it's probably not going to be a good experience. This is not a great work, but I guess it could be a fairly good introduction to the somewhat darker side of manga/anime/novels. It tends to be nice to start out simple. Just keep in mind that few to none characters in this manga is likable and one of the least likable characters is the one introduced at the start as a mc, that light guy who got the death note. I do, however, applaud the creators for the "Just as planned" face that we tend to see here and there in other manga. The L sitting posture is also pretty nice.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2017, 6:38pm
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Man... Nostalgia  
by helblabla
September 3rd, 2016, 2:41am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I read it all when I was in middle school and back then I thought it was the greatest manga of all time. I rewatched the anime a few weeks ago and then went back to the manga and man... I've grown up and changed so much. The pacing is still suspenseful. The premise is still awesome. I will still think L is one of the coolest manga and anime characters. And I still love the art. But it's not as smart as I remember which of course was the main appeal. The thing is other than Light and L and later Mello and Near all the other characters were just there. Now, in 8th grade I thought that was part of the appeal, it was like L and Light playing chess with the people around them. But since then I've read plenty of stories where all the background characters have their own dreams and aspirations and Death Note just simply doesn't make sense in comparison.
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How was Raye Penbar's wife smart enough to pretty much crack the case but so careless in giving Light her info like that? It doesn't make any sense. And that's pretty much how so much of the series went especially with the female characters. They start off completely brilliant on their own. We think, oh, maybe they'll spice up this plot. But the second they meet Light they get completely brainwashed and their entire personalities change in ways thats inconsistent. They become total plot tools and it ruins the story. Lights dad was even worse than Misa imo. His choices kind of made sense but at a certain point he was making things too easy for Light.

I actually loved the ending though. Maybe not everything leading up to it, although I don't mind the end of the the first half as much as everyone else seems to mind it. I still think Mello and Near are cute although the reinforcements on Light's side seemed a bit more hackish. But I thought the last chapter was one of the best. The artwork was great too
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Ryuk writing Light into the deathnote. That panel can't be beat.

... Last updated on September 3rd, 2016, 2:46am
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Falls apart  
by PZcolo
October 20th, 2015, 8:10am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Read it a long time ago, I can only remember my disappointment in this series that started promising but ended up exaggerating absolutely everything, mainly the main char is blow to ridiculous proportions which is a lame of an excuse from the author in trying to make a char brighter than his story telling abilities allow him.
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Not According to Keikaku  
by crazyboutcute
March 2nd, 2015, 12:50am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
Edit: Removed and rewritten to a higher standard of quality!

If you’re looking to read a pulp-like detective thriller that’s only charm is that it will make you feel smarter by the end of it, look no further than Death Note. But if you're expecting a vivid social commentary with a complex plot and characters, then you'll be sorely disappointed.

I read the entire manga (a painstaking effort on my part), watched the anime, and even saw the three live action movies (the first two of which are, admittedly, the best this franchise has to offer). Still, I was unable to relieve the sensation of crushing disappointment this series left me with. The premise is great: Protagonist Light Yagami finds the eponymous Death Note, a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill any individual simply by picturing their face and writing their name within its pages. With this veritable artifact of doom, ol' Light intends to kill criminals and create a "perfect" world, and this inevitably leads to the start of a long game of cat-and-mouse with the mysterious detective known only by the letter L (for some reason). That all seems to check out for a great psych-thriller, right?

Well, maybe it would have been if the characters weren’t so utterly, detestably flat.

So our golden boy Light is introduced to us as a bored genius who really has no passion for life or anything in it. And… that’s it. This is honestly the only look at his initial personality we get before he discovers the Death Note about two pages in. I mention this because this kid legitimately does not receive any further development as a character beyond becoming (within chapters) a flat, black-and-white villain. No, that is not an exaggeration. He tests the Death Note because he’s bored, freaks out for about two panels when he realizes that it works and that he’s now effectively a murderer… and then he’s pretty okay with the whole "axing random criminals because screw the legal system" thing. (And yeah, I'd understand more if it were America, but this is coming out of Japan, which already has the notoriously high ~90% conviction rate and a history of prosecuting and punishing the innocent.)

Okay, so, Light’s a sociopath. It happens. Big whoop, right? But no, that’s not even the problem. The problem here isn’t that he’s a sociopath -- it’s that he’s not even a particularly interesting one. Light kills criminals because he thinks it’s the “just” thing to do. That’s basically all there is to that – the morality, or lack thereof, of his mindset and actions is never discussed, questioned, explored, or otherwise ruminated upon, much to the series’ detriment. The movie at least made him an aspiring LEO, disillusioned with his chosen field of study when he realizes that many criminals escape the law. But in the manga, his remains a very base, very static motive up until the stakes are raised for him – when he starts targeting innocents who threaten his security (which he readily and remorselessly does). This is the singular aforementioned development his character undergoes – and it’s passed over without so much as a, “Gee, I wonder if killing that innocent FBI agent who was just trying to do his job constitutes crossing a moral boundary or two.”

Light’s evilness grows as the series progresses, yet his dimensionality as a character, as a villain, remains grounded in the 2D. Nothing changes in him from then on out, good or bad. He doesn’t descend further into madness, he doesn’t struggle with the shattered remains of what was once a conscience. He just continues on as a pretty-faced force of evil and deceit. And it’s boring. With no redeeming traits at all and no bigger way to crash and burn than to climax the series, he does absolutely nothing for the reader as a character.

And then there’s L – the detective, the rival, the enemy, what-have-you. I can think of quite a few things to say about him, but in the interest of keeping this review as succinct as possible, let me just say this: He’s basically a carbon-copy of Light, only instead of working for Evil, he works for Good. Both boys are petty, childish, and self-righteous. They’re concerned with “winning” their (pardon the crudeness) grand-scale penis-measuring contest for the sole purpose of validating their egos and asserting themselves as the embodiments of the abstract principle of justice. Neither cares about what he has to do or who he has to step on in order to get his way because to them, the end justifies the means. Honestly, they’re like overgrown toddlers holding a turf war on the playground, but instead of throwing sand, they’re throwing around people’s lives. And neither one changes. Aside from a few (albeit rather refreshing and endearing) gimmicks on L’s part, I’m prepared and willing to argue that they’re exactly the same character, only opposite. Suffice to say, L’s quirkiness may hold your interest for a couple of chapters, but his flatness, coupled with Light’s, very soon wears thin.

I really could go on for quite some time about this manga, but there’s no point in beating a dead horse. For what it’s worth, this series really will mess with your head and strain your capacity for logical reasoning, at least until it pushes into the absurd. For example, a lot of the key points in the plot rely on L knowing that Light knows that L found out that Light discovered that L has knowledge of Light’s knowledge that L is fully aware that Light is Kira.

...On second thought, you might benefit more from playing a Phoenix Wright game. (And for an added bonus, Dahlia Hawthorne and Kristoph Gavin are actually interesting and multifaceted sociopaths.)

In the series’ favor, I will say that the art is pleasant and smoothly improves in quality over time, and some of Light’s and L’s schemes really are fun and clever. Still, pretty pictures and a couple of parlor tricks aren’t nearly enough to carry the sheer dead weight of this dismal manga, especially with the inclusion of the entire second half, which tanks even worse than the first, making it a particularly tedious chore to get through. (Thank god the director had the good sense to cut and speed through it in the anime, and the movies don't come near it with a ten-foot pole.) The ending isn’t exactly a reward for all that hard work, either, and it’s so humorlessly nihilistic that it actually made me a little sick to read. There’s no hope, no redemption, and no heart to be found at any point in this series, and because of its promising premise, it really does end up being quite the disappointing read. If you’re insatiably curious, then try the live action movies. Otherwise, leave this one on the shelves because there are so many better crafted shounen series out there that this one really doesn’t deserve the time of day.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2015, 5:40pm
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