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Many will know Death Note only from its group of hyper active and crazed teenage followers! But don't let this image created by the comic's popularity deter you, this is no Twilight Saga!
Death Note is an incredibly compelling story. Its themes rotating around human nature, morality and life/death are weaved into a very simple premise that creates a narrative both thought provoking and entertaining. The story builds up slowly as we watch our main character, who is both intelligent and a little self righteous, transform from a fairly normal teenager into a corrupted murderer, who becomes wrapped up in the games of the media, power and death. Along with this character development, there is also a wonderful cat/mouse narrative, as the main character meets a quirky detective, who becomes not only the person out to get this murderer, but also a friend and rival, as both hide their true identities from the world.
Story aside, the artwork in Death Note is wonderful. The artwork is detailed, delicate with aspects of realism, but also slight exaggeration which makes you warm to the personalities of the characters more. The pacing is good too, although due to the nature of the story (detective/thriller) there can be a lot of long speech that is not broken up, and in many situations panelling consists only of talking heads at different angles, not so much concentration on body language. This is possibly the comic's only downfall- the story is very thought provoking and the art compliments this, but it isn't something that can be enjoyed by everyone. Those who don't have the patience to sit through a lot of text/slow paced stories may not enjoy Death Note, although I personally have found that although I don't enjoy artwork where there is a lot of squished panels/text, the story is so interesting right from the start that I bared through the panelling/text, which is hardly ever spread out.
Overall a very good story, and a good example of how manga isn't just explosions and magic, but a chance to tell a compelling and entertaining story with artwork and characters that allow readers to be drawn into all of this.
Welcome to Ciao. I'm not into manga, but this reads like an intelligent and analytical - though rather brief - first review. Slightly puzzled by one or two uses of words, though, e.g. "I bared through..." ?