Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
A story that involves a shinigami, a smart high school kid that is bored out of his mind, a notebook that can bring death to the names that are written in it, and Sherlock Holmes detective. A pretty interesting synopsis wouldn't you agree?
So lets break it down.
First of all he is the protagonist of this manga. Right from page one we get to see who Light is: smart, popular, attractive, do I dare say middle class, but most of all he's bored and believes that the world is corrupt; the last two thing are what drive this series.
Of course him finding the Death Note is what gives him the opportunity to change the world, and gives him the chance to try and create an oasis, HIS oasis.
Yeah, the way I see it... Light is a Sociopath, and yes, I did some research on it and found out that signs of this particular disorder start showing up around the age of 15.
Gosh... Tsugumi-sensei sure did the research, and this totally shows it.
He is the shinigami that intentionally dropped the Death Note on earth. Just like Light, he was bored and wanted something to do, and as we read volume 1, we come to understand that he sees humans as a form of entertainment. He is also intrigued by Light.
Volume 1 gives us bits and pieces of his personality and right away we realized that he is going to be Light's biggest obstacle.
L is a well-known detective (a Sherlock Holmes) and clever as a mouse. His identity is not known by the reader and by Light during the first volume, so that was disappointing, but its what keeps some of us buying the manga, hoping to see who L really is.
I like the pace of the story. There is plenty of information giving to us, including what exactly is the Death Note. Although, what did amused me was that the rules on how to use this Death Note was a little to repetitive for me. In fact, I think I can come an use the Death Note if I ever see it on the ground one day. But most importantly this is an attention grabber and makes you want to buy the second volume just to see what happens next.
Till next time