Death Note Special One-Shot (2020)
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the mega popular Japanese manga series Death Note debuted in 2003 and came to an end in 2006, but the Shinigami known as Ryuk has returned here at the start of 2020 with a brand new 87-page one-shot!The special one-shot story, written by Ohba and illustrated by Obata, takes place after the events of the original series, and it’s been published in English, in full, over on Viz.com.Ryuk sets his sights on top high school student Minoru Tanaka in the new tale, who decides to sell the deadly notebook on social media after it’s bestowed upon him.It’s ultimately purchased after a fierce bidding war between nations for 10 trillion dollars, but you’ll have to read the story for yourself to find out whose hands it ends up in…

Death Note Special One-Shot (2020) Details

TitleDeath Note Special One-Shot (2020)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 3rd, 2020
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GenreSequential Art, Manga, Comics Manga, Short Stories

Death Note Special One-Shot (2020) Review

  • Mai
    January 1, 1970
    That one shot was sooo good!!! The auction thing was actually pretty funny and interesting. And I feel bad for Minoru :(( He wanted to do good (view spoiler)[and died anyway (hide spoiler)] :/
  • Shea
    January 1, 1970
    8th grade me is dying right now.
  • Cassie S.
    January 1, 1970
    reading this one shot make me want to reread the whole series again!!
  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    It's so great we can read this for free on Viz. I enjoyed returning to the Death Note world for the one-shot. On the whole, I thought the story worked well with its updates to allow for current technological advances. The artwork and characters were great, but I was a bit sad about the ending. However, this could potentially leave things open for a new Death Note series, so we'll see what happens.
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  • ❋
    January 1, 1970
    overall fun but ultimately lacking the charm of the original. too fast-paced (which is understandable since it IS a one-shot). I was left wishing we could've gotten more time to delve into the new mc's psyche as well as motivations (which is what made death note so great in the first place!), but again, one can only do so much with a one shot.also pretty sure that minoru's actions just set off massive hyperinflation? 2 years of planning and he didn't take that into consideration?
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    minoru was CUTE and smart as hell rest in peace king
  • D.J.
    January 1, 1970
    A new Death Note one-shot? Sign me up.Many fans, I'm sure, were all rather excited but also apprehensive of this new story. Without the characters that made the original story good, how would this one fare? Would Ohba pull off a miracle and show us that he could still be the kind of writer he was in 2003? Well...Creative phases are hard to recapture, especially in writing. Fourteen years is a long time to be away from an idea, so if you're going to return to a revered story like Death Note, you A new Death Note one-shot? Sign me up.Many fans, I'm sure, were all rather excited but also apprehensive of this new story. Without the characters that made the original story good, how would this one fare? Would Ohba pull off a miracle and show us that he could still be the kind of writer he was in 2003? Well...Creative phases are hard to recapture, especially in writing. Fourteen years is a long time to be away from an idea, so if you're going to return to a revered story like Death Note, you have to be able to match that same sort of phase from over a decade ago. This new one-shot doesn't hold a candle to Ohba and Obata's flagship series, and all of the problems within it are utterly clear. It contains none of the same quality of surprises, mind games, intrigue, or strong characterization that DN did, and hardly anything that matters happens over the course of the story. Sure, it's a one-shot, but content should be valued over length, and you can do plenty with ninety pages in a manga.Obata's artwork is still stellar, so that's nice, but Ohba's storytelling capabilities have taken a nosedive ever since Platinum End began. Instead of writing stories that can stand on their own and contain characters that enthrall us, the characters in this one-shot are uninteresting and make me wish I could see L or Light Yagami again, if just for a panel or two. People from Death Note kind of just pop out randomly and go, "Hey, remember me? And remember when our creators could actually write a good story?" before we have to move on and toss them back into manga limbo. No one ever seems to have any real presence in the story. Consequences don't hold as much weight as they used to. This one-shot is very milquetoast.One of the major plot points of the story actually turns out to be a huge economic plothole, too. Someone did a quick breakdown of it online, pointing out that it renders this entire one-shot a pipe dream scenario that eschews verisimilitude (I'll put the breakdown in a spoiler tag below for you to read).(view spoiler)["Here's what would actually happen if such a transaction were ever made>US government asks for a few more months to prepare the payment>in this time, they "print" the money necessary>of course, this is a lie - the money will never exist physically. it only exists as bank money>they transmit the bank money, which is converted to Yen by the banks according to the conversion rate>the amount of US dollars on the market never changes, so this does not affect the US market or anything else traded with $>in Japan, on the other hand, the amount of Yen circulating suddenly skyrockets>as a result, the Yen crashes and loses value in proportion to the new Yen introduced>Japan suddenly has a huge new inflation problem" (hide spoiler)]Guess our main character wasn't as smart as he thought, eh? There are also other similar things that don't make sense, i.e. the whole world believing in something that sounds like a scam. In the real world, people would've taken to Twitter to make fun of the levitating instructions, or post biddings as a joke. Has nobody in the world ever seen a magic trick before? Basic human behavior doesn't just fly out the window in fiction.There's also the annoying political agenda that Ohba clearly has. He took a finished series, reanimated it, and then used the sorry puppet as his political mouthpiece. How many times are we going to have people declare their hatred for Trump while making flat, bland, and unfounded political statements about him in their works? This reeks of western SJW influence, and it's exhausting. The majority of a readership hates it when politics are shoehorned in, so why the continuation? Why can't writers make a good drama anymore without trying to cheaply insert repulsive content? It's in comics, it's in TV shows, and now it's seeping into animanga. And to what end? It's not convincing anyone of the author's views; it's a crutch in place of substantial storytelling and characters that people actually want to see. The majority of us hate this sort of PC pandering, yet they keep giving us more and more of it. All I ask for is a good story that isn't trying to "correct" my way of thinking, but I suppose that's too much to ask for nowadays. The ending was also a cheap way out of giving us an interesting finisher. (view spoiler)[I read online that someone said this one-shot was supposed to mirror stories of greek mythology where humans get their comeuppance, but we already have those greek stories. Why make a modern one that doesn't do anything different? Instead of innovating, Ohba made something stale, something we've already seen done by better writers centuries ago. And Minoru Tanaka paid for something that he had no control over. (hide spoiler)]Overall, this is a very lazily written story. A lot of things are illogical, and the characters are weak. At this point, Death Note should just be left alone if this is the way the creators are going to treat it.
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  • Wazoo
    January 1, 1970
    Does Ohba's latest offering reach the same levels of unprecedented intrigue that his original Death Note did? Let's be honest: no. No, it doesn't. On the one hand, though, it is a one-shot, and for one written more than a decade after the original ended―and within an era of countless reboots and remakes that are just downright terrible ―I actually thought this post-original work was pretty decent. Its story wasn't nearly as well-developed, and its characters certainly aren't as interesting or Does Ohba's latest offering reach the same levels of unprecedented intrigue that his original Death Note did? Let's be honest: no. No, it doesn't. On the one hand, though, it is a one-shot, and for one written more than a decade after the original ended―and within an era of countless reboots and remakes that are just downright terrible ―I actually thought this post-original work was pretty decent. Its story wasn't nearly as well-developed, and its characters certainly aren't as interesting or deep as the original's (not that the original's―apart from a few select characters―held that much depth, either. Word knows I found Near the new L to be pretty bland and disappointing in the original to begin with, so I didn't find much excitement when I saw him again here), but overall, I thought the story was pretty cohesive, there was adequate recall (though, imo, there wasn't necessarily much to call back to), and it had a good enough and neatly tied (you could almost argue too neatly tied) up ending. At least none of the old characters got ruined, though I suppose you could argue that the old cast didn't have much going for them at the end of the original to be ruined here, either. Yes, there is the problem that at the end of the original Death Note, there isn't really much left to pull over into a subsequent work, but I think Ohba did enough to reestablish some characters/cameos/plot points in the short amount of time he was allotted, which was 88 pages.Yes, the ending is unfair. Grossly unfair, if you think about it. But did you really expect something different from a manga that makes the use of highly fickle and cunning, always apple-hungry demons? And yes, the story absolutely blows if you're thinking about it solely from a monetary perspective. But let's suspend our disbelief for a moment, and think―is the point of Death Note really to consider the collapse of political nations and powers due to high inflation? No, not really. It's point is to put everyone's morality―humanity's morals―under a microscope―to put yourself in unbelievably preposterous situations to see how you would act under such moments, and to get down to the nitty gritty of who you really are. Yes, Death Note is certainly a story, and to some degree, stories need to be grounded in sense and plausibility. But I think the manga also goes beyond the realm of reality by asking you to consider one highly improbable situation. It's like asking the age-old question: if you could successfully stop only one moving train, which one would you stop? The one heading toward a whole group of individuals, or the one that is headed toward only one person? Situations like this rarely, if ever, happen in real life. But the true fun lies in the imagining―the considering―of how one would act when he more closely examines, thinks about, and evaluates his motives and actions. So, no: I don't think a lot of what happened in this special was all that plausible, but despite my disappointment when considering the story realistically, I did have some fun considering the situation overall, and I do think that the one-shot captured the "consider the morality," "braintease-y" essence of the original. I was definitely mildly entertained throughout―despite not being too strongly attached to the main character. The only think that bugged me was the story's obvious political agenda, which was clearly anti-pc, but hey, (view spoiler)[at least they didn't kill Trump (hide spoiler)]. Can we for once, please, just refrain from shoving our political beliefs into someone's face and disrespect our audience's attention like that, and just write a well-written story for the sake of pure enjoyment for once?That's all I got to say regarding this special one-shot. It was, I will have to admit, a mildly entertaining read. Perhaps I am quite removed from the original after having read it several years ago, but I did come into this "reboot" quite skeptical, and admittedly, I do think this work holds up to the original's spirit, as least as far as you can consider how well a one-shot "reboot" written in 2020 can be done. Which totally surprised me because yeah, Platinum End sucked :P But this was better than I expected, to say the least.
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  • Finny
    January 1, 1970
    Yum. Apples. So good. I need more apples.Death Note One-Shot is a great time. It's a shame it's so rushed. It feels like there's a good 2 or 3 volumes of content here, edited down into a brisk but disappointingly shallow 80 pages.The worst part is that it stops just as it sets up some truly interesting stuff—I never realised before today how much we needed a political-thriller Death Note sequel series, and this one-shot stops dead just as it starts setting that up.Now to touch on the elephant in Yum. Apples. So good. I need more apples.Death Note One-Shot is a great time. It's a shame it's so rushed. It feels like there's a good 2 or 3 volumes of content here, edited down into a brisk but disappointingly shallow 80 pages.The worst part is that it stops just as it sets up some truly interesting stuff—I never realised before today how much we needed a political-thriller Death Note sequel series, and this one-shot stops dead just as it starts setting that up.Now to touch on the elephant in the room: no, it's not as political as you've heard. About as political as it gets is its use of real world political figures, and one offhand line about politicians not being willing to die for their countries. Maybe there's some criticism of the surveillance state, but that feels less like a statement and more like an outgrowth of the events in the original series. And it's definitely not communist. If you think this is a communist Death Note story, you've entirely missed the protagonist's motivations for doing what he did, and you probably don't know what communism is either.The political angle has honestly been blown way out of proportion by clickbait media and woke-Twitter jumping all over anything that has even a passing dislike for Pax Americana. This really feels like when Shin Godzilla came out, and the same crowd tried to claim that a movie by Hideaki Anno was somehow an anti-militarist socialist film. It's just as easy to say they're wrong with Death Note One-Shot as it was with Shin Godzilla, mostly because DNOS seems to be entirely politically neutral. Yes Trump is featured, but so briefly, and he's not really presented as a buffoon. Don't get me wrong, he's not presented in a particularly good light either, but it's... you know, believable.If this was the expressly left-wing political piece that people are claiming it is, then Shinzo Abe would not be presented as a realistic pragmatist, but instead a jingoistic psychopath—as the Japanese left tend to see him.DNOS isn't trying to establish the Peoples' Socialist Republic of Japan, it's just fun. Good, silly fun. It's just Tsugumi Ohba revisiting the Death Note universe, after a decade and a half, to play around with the concept in a more modern setting. Honestly, it almost feels like this comic exists just to let Takeshi Obata run wild with his art. The level of detail here is absolutely insane, and yet it never feels static or awkward; Obata's work really is some of the best in the whole industry. There's a real passion to his work, and it's an absolute joy to look at.Ryuk is especially gorgeous here—that one panel of him crawling out of the floor is haunting—and the little updates and slight redesigns given to certain characters are really fun. Overall, I really liked this one-shot. It's not high art, but it's silly, pulpy, and very fun... and do you really want more than that out of Death Note?
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a one-shot continuation of the Death Note series.Nostalgia hit me like a bus and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not really a spoiler, just me being a nostalgic fangirl -> (view spoiler)[Death Note is a series special to me because it was the first manga that I became obsessed with. December 2009; I checked volume 1 out at the school library on Friday; read it on the 3 hour ride to Tennessee... reread it 10+ times... bought volume 2 and 3 that weekend and discovered the beauty that is This is a one-shot continuation of the Death Note series.Nostalgia hit me like a bus and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not really a spoiler, just me being a nostalgic fangirl -> (view spoiler)[Death Note is a series special to me because it was the first manga that I became obsessed with. December 2009; I checked volume 1 out at the school library on Friday; read it on the 3 hour ride to Tennessee... reread it 10+ times... bought volume 2 and 3 that weekend and discovered the beauty that is a bookstore. Now my collection is enormous and trying to add new books could cause an avalanche. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, this one-shot has the same cat-and-mouse mental game that the original had. The art is beautiful and the return of old characters (especially Matsuda) is great. The modern twist is what makes this one especially interesting, (actual spoiler)(view spoiler)[considering Minoru managed to outsmart Near in the day and age when it's almost impossible to be 100% anonymous. He used Ryuk's invisibility to his advantage, used social media to spread the word, and then hid himself among a manic crowd. And he did all this without actually using the Death Note. As for the ending, I feel like that was a bit underhanded adding a rule at the last minute and then not warning Minoru, but I can understand why it was a fitting end. Ryuk summed it up. (hide spoiler)]My only real negative about this is that it's too short and rushed, but it's a 87 page one-shot so I can't blame the creators. They did an amazing job (I've reread this short at least 5 times today) and I'll gladly read anything these guys make.
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  • Daelyn Blackwood
    January 1, 1970
    (3.0) I overall quite enjoyed reading this. I watched the anime for death note a couple of years ago and it still stands as one of my favourite of all time, so it was really fun to be back in that world. The concept of how the Death Note would be used in a more modern society, paired with the slight political message about world leaders fighting for the most power was really interesting to explore, and the idea of someone wanting to sell the Death Note without using it themselves was really fun (3.0) I overall quite enjoyed reading this. I watched the anime for death note a couple of years ago and it still stands as one of my favourite of all time, so it was really fun to be back in that world. The concept of how the Death Note would be used in a more modern society, paired with the slight political message about world leaders fighting for the most power was really interesting to explore, and the idea of someone wanting to sell the Death Note without using it themselves was really fun too. (However, I'm pretty sure splitting up $1q between a majority of a country would just fuck up the currency and cause a fuck-ton of inflation? Like, you can't just make more money and expect everything to cost the same? That's not how the economy works?)I didn't really feel like Near or "L" needed to be in this, as there was no real value in their presence other than for nostalgias sake (but I never really liked Near to begin with honestly). I also feel like the fact that the Shinigami King could just show up and change the rules to make a clean-cut ending for this short was a bit unnecessary and forced, but I can understand that this was a concept that the writers wanted to explore in a nice little way. The illustrations are absolutely stunning, as always, and in fact you can tell that they have constantly improved since the original manga. This short was enjoyable to read and fairly memorable, but don't expect everything to be tied up in a particularly satisfying way.
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  • Kloe Thomasson
    January 1, 1970
    I was so disappointed with this.. death note is by far my favourite series at the minute but this... it just kind of ruined the whole thing for me. I guess that because I love the og mangas so much it set my expectations high. 1- NEARS HAIR - what is going on????? Near became L as he was L’s successor but what happened to his hair????2- the plot was kind of crappy. It could’ve been a decent plot if Obata had made this a little longer and the story itself could’ve been so much better3- I was I was so disappointed with this.. death note is by far my favourite series at the minute but this... it just kind of ruined the whole thing for me. I guess that because I love the og mangas so much it set my expectations high. 1- NEARS HAIR - what is going on????? Near became L as he was L’s successor but what happened to his hair????2- the plot was kind of crappy. It could’ve been a decent plot if Obata had made this a little longer and the story itself could’ve been so much better3- I was expecting Light to come back in Ryuk’s place and then we’d see the story from his point of view instead of Ryuk going back to the human world to give the book to someone that’s just going to sell it and make billions from trump
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Whohoooo death note is back! Well for just a One-shot but damn it's good to have it back. Ryuk is up to no good as he wants to have his death note spread to someone and them do some evil ass things. Sounds fun right? Well it is, because he decides to drop it into the lap of someone new with a VERY different motive than Light. This catches on as N, now the new L, must hunt down A-Kara. While I did really enjoy most of this, and the art is fantastic, the story feels a tad rushed. Why? Because it's Whohoooo death note is back! Well for just a One-shot but damn it's good to have it back. Ryuk is up to no good as he wants to have his death note spread to someone and them do some evil ass things. Sounds fun right? Well it is, because he decides to drop it into the lap of someone new with a VERY different motive than Light. This catches on as N, now the new L, must hunt down A-Kara. While I did really enjoy most of this, and the art is fantastic, the story feels a tad rushed. Why? Because it's told in less than 80 pages. I wish we had atleast a whole book worth of the story. However, some nice twist and turns, a special cameo that made sense, and the feel of Death Note still being interesting is always nice. I'd go for a new series even. A 4 out of 5.
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  • Maggie Chatterton
    January 1, 1970
    Death Note Special One-Shot is a fast-paced continuation of the original Death Note series set in modern day where surveillance has seemingly no blind spot to prevent another Kira from rising up and seizing the world in a choke hold.With this being a one-shot, the main character doesn't get a whole lot of depth and the plot itself seemed a bit rushed. We do get a chance to see familiar faces from the original series, though we don't get to stick with them for all that long. The ending as well Death Note Special One-Shot is a fast-paced continuation of the original Death Note series set in modern day where surveillance has seemingly no blind spot to prevent another Kira from rising up and seizing the world in a choke hold.With this being a one-shot, the main character doesn't get a whole lot of depth and the plot itself seemed a bit rushed. We do get a chance to see familiar faces from the original series, though we don't get to stick with them for all that long. The ending as well felt a bit rushed. The story felt like it could have potentially been longer, but was condensed down to the 89 pages. With that said, the story itself was fun and interesting. Having Death Note return with this one-shot was a real gift from the creators.
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  • Ludo
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 I’m glad that this was online and free to read. At first, I thought I was gonna laugh at whatever this was (I was like “what is this?/why is this?”), but then I was positively surprised—even if there wasn’t Light, this was quiteentertainingto read. All the twists and mind playing were still there—plus that ending… This was totally Death Note!(view spoiler)[Just on the ending I’m disappointed because it wasn’t right to make it a retroactive rule. And, also, for how it is finished, I'm pretty 4.5 I’m glad that this was online and free to read. At first, I thought I was gonna laugh at whatever this was (I was like “what is this?/why is this?”), but then I was positively surprised—even if there wasn’t Light, this was quite entertaining to read. All the twists and mind playing were still there—plus that ending… This was totally Death Note!(view spoiler)[Just on the ending I’m disappointed because it wasn’t right to make it a retroactive rule. And, also, for how it is finished, I'm pretty sure there’ll be more and I’m a bit scared because this was enjoyable but I’m not sure I could stand a whole series without Light. (hide spoiler)]
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  • eme
    January 1, 1970
    This was really good, but not as good as the original serie I guess? I don’t know I liked the change and the whole new idea about how to use the death note, but at the same time.... idk it felt kinda rushed and pointless at the end? I guess it’s because it is such a short one shot and they had to condense so much info in just 89 pages, but it was very interesting to read anyway and the art is just as fantastic as ever. I just feel like I wanted to read more and to know more about this new This was really good, but not as good as the original serie I guess? I don’t know I liked the change and the whole new idea about how to use the death note, but at the same time.... idk it felt kinda rushed and pointless at the end? I guess it’s because it is such a short one shot and they had to condense so much info in just 89 pages, but it was very interesting to read anyway and the art is just as fantastic as ever. I just feel like I wanted to read more and to know more about this new character. Also, the ending was so bittersweet, it almost felt as if we were cheated :/
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  • JT
    January 1, 1970
    This was one amazing shot! Its has a new interesting character and some returning from the original series. The story is quick paced and focused with a rewarding conclusion. Seeing the mindset of Minoru and some of the new challenges he faces keeps it from being a direct copy of the original. Only complaint is that it was so short! Some of the story elements will be lost If you haven't seen or read the original. This is not for newcomers. 4/5 Rewarding continuation of the Death Note series
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  • Carina Stopenski
    January 1, 1970
    a phenomenal one-shot with a kira for the modern ages. it was wonderful to see the return of some of the original story’s memorable characters. the art style is as always haunting and impeccable, the writing is clever and well-honed considering the short structure, and the plot is so telling for today’s sociopolitical climate. and what’s death note without a bittersweet ending? overall, short, smart, and a must-read for fans of the original manga and newcomers alike.
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  • Rue
    January 1, 1970
    The new Death-Note special one-shot is out. I am yet to read it...but I will still post the link right here. If anyone of you is curious to read it.(The art is to die for) The new Death-Note special one-shot is out. I am yet to read it...but I will still post the link right here. If anyone of you is curious to read it.(The art is to die for😭)
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  • Carol (bookish_notes)
    January 1, 1970
    It was great diving into the Death Note world again. I loved seeing some old characters! Like, NEAR?? He’s all grown up!! And he really didn’t give a fuck at the end there. lol I loved that Minoru (the new MC) found a new loophole that just royally pissed off the Shinigami King. The ending is kinda of sad, but what could you expect from Death Note? Overall, this was a fun one-shot.
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  • Ian Darko
    January 1, 1970
    Thank god the original creators gave us this masterpiece to wipe away the stench of that dumpster fire Netflix movie! Its amazing how well they were able to capture the suspense and intrigue of the original series, complete with a ending even more jaw dropping than the original, all in just 87 pages. Masterful storytelling.
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  • Sai Ram (ZanyAnomaly)
    January 1, 1970
    it's was going so good, until the slap dash, abrupt ending. the twist was, in paper, a very signature unexpected-death-note-twist. BUT, it was just a bit too absurd, and it feels like the writers didn't give it much thought. also, a minor personal grievance, they really did Near dirty with her look this time it's was going so good, until the slap dash, abrupt ending. the twist was, in paper, a very signature unexpected-death-note-twist. BUT, it was just a bit too absurd, and it feels like the writers didn't give it much thought. also, a minor personal grievance, they really did Near dirty with her look this time 😭
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  • A.M.
    January 1, 1970
    I hated it, it was genius. I genuinely thought things were going to be all peachy keen. But I guess adding new rules is fair game now, or now more clearly stated as a possibility. I wished Ryuk told POTUS about the new rules after he accepted the notebook. It wasn't fair to Tanaka to be the only one to die. Actually I don't care about fairness, I just really wanted POTUS to die.
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  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    It was interesting to see what a new Kira would do with the death note. I also appreciated the inclusion of L (Near) and Matsuda from the original story. Of course, it ended just as badly for the protagonist as the main series, which is to be expected. I also felt that the inclusion of real-life world leaders to be completely unnecessary and a cheap attempt at making a political statement.
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  • Ternessa
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited when I heard about this one shot and couldn't wait to read it. It was so awesome getting back into the world and seeing old characters. I wish we got to know more about Minoru and to see more of the Shinigami but I still very much enjoyed it. It's a fun, entertaining and quick read.
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  • Skye Spears
    January 1, 1970
    I missed reading Death Note, I love how thoughtful the story lines are. This was for sure a great new take on how to use the Death Note without actually killing someone, brilliant. I was only a bit sad with the fact it was a single volume and that a new rule was made out of nowhere so that the main character had to die. But I see the need for it since it was only a single volume story.
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  • Lestat
    January 1, 1970
    What a delight. Death Note steps into the politics of today while being a suspenseful and gripping story. Love the new protagonist Minoru Tanaka. He’s a scheming little thing without being evil. Not too sure about the new L. They didn’t exactly do anything. I just loved reading this so much. It was so much fun. Highly recommend this to everyone!
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  • Pier-luc
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting spin on the Death Note idea, completely different from the original series.That being said, two things drag it down: Near appearance is near useless (get it?) and the last page seemed a bit unfair.But overall, very good and the art is sublime.
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  • Clara (Clarylovesbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    The ending of the one-shot was too forced, but it was interesting to see a new Death Note story set in modern era, with all the complications that comes with new medias and technologies. I wish we could have seen more of Minoru!
  • Ultan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this manga, thought it was bit short but hey it's a one shot and free. I really loved seeing old characters from Death Note reappear and what the world thought of Kira after he was gone. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a fan of the original Death Note, although I will say the protagonist was not as interesting as Light.
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