Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
‘Death Note,’ is a Japanese comic book which follows the results of a Death God or Shinigami, losing his ‘Death Note’ in the human world, an event which hasn’t occurred for generations. The Death Note is the item of power which makes the Shinigami, Death Gods. It allows them to kill whoever they want whenever they wish, with just a stroke of a pen. There’s a reason they’re called Death God’s.
Light Yagami, the son of the chief of police in Tokyo and the highest scoring student in the whole of Japan, stumbles across a mysterious book, which he later finds out is a Death Note, the Shinigami’s note book. The book of a death God. Light quickly finds about the power of the one who wields the Death Note, with the Shinigami’s help. Provided you know the name and face of a person, can kill that person in any way and at any time you wish, so long as it’s written it in the pages of Death Note. With such power in the hands of a single individual, especially one so young, the only outcome would surely be disaster? And even with good intentions at first, could the bearer of the book get carried away with the power they now possess? What if human life ceased to mean anything to Light? But, what if the holder can use the book for the better? Is it right to kill anyone even in the interest of good? More importantly, why would a death god help a mere mortal?
Teen Rating: Death Note asks some extremely interesting questions about what we know to be right and wrong, changing your perspective forever. Brilliantly done. 4.2/5 16+