The story follows Minoru Tanaka, the smartest middle school student in Japan who has gotten first place in the intelligence test for three consecutive years. He makes a certain promise with Ryuk and two years later they reunite to fulfil that promise.
This was a very fun, short read. If you're a fan of death note in general I highly recommend it. The overarching themes present throughout the original series are ingrained into this one-shot. It presents an interesting take on how owning a death note would look in modern times. The art is as good as ever and the characters, both old and new, are given adequate development, as much as you could expect for something this short. Also included some unexpected political messaging which was done well and not ham handed or overwhelming.
Pretty good read. Death Note fans should enjoy it. 8/10
All out this is a perfectly decent One-Shot for the Death Note series.
It doesn't intrude on the original significantly and works as a nice little mini story to be appreciated. While it isn't nearly as fun as the original manga, it gets the story across with a decent ending. The ending did involve some bending of some rules and involved me being willing to accept certain previously unstated things. But the result was worthwhile enough for me to enjoy it. It also helped strengthen some themes of the original series which is a major bonus.
It goes without saying that the art is just as great
as ever and its an absolute pleasure to see some characters again after so long. Nothing especially special, but does feel like it has a justification and a reason to exist.
This was a very good one shot to the magnificent death note series, I will be honest I didn't expect much and I was predicting that it would simple be another Light rip off character with the same type of plot, but this was a big surprise as the main character in this one shot wasn't actually smart in terms of book smart, but he sure was clever, the fact that this was so entertaining/interesting without the death note actually being used speak volume of how great Ohba, Tsugumi is as a story teller and also how magnificent the art style is thanks to
I like the fact that the series takes place in our current time when internet is booming with various social media and showed us basically a what if scenario if kira was still alive if he would be able to bypass all these things to be able to use the death note without getting caught and this main character kinda prove that, the most interesting thing about this is that the main character wasn't interested in using the death note at all but he instead use it as way to make a lot of money from it, he also rejuvenated the Japanese economy and help many people. I really like that he was very clever, though while reading the chapter I thought their was an ulterior plan behind it and he wasn't actually going to sell it, turn out I was flat out wrong on that part, I thought it was really great how he was able to receive the money by making sure everyone from that specific bank was able to receive it between the age of 60 and below, that way he protect his identity while still gaining a life time amount of money, I thought that was a fantastic idea that I didn't came up with while reading it. I also like the part where nations where bidding to get a hold of the death note, I think this is how it would turn out in the real world if there was a death note in our world up for bid.
The part I didn't really like was the new rule added to the death note where whoever sells or buy the death note will die, kinda felt force and also gave our main character no chance of winning, imo I would have prefer a better way of him dying by using a already establish rule, but it was still good overall, I did thought that he would have survived and that their would be a potential sequel manga coming out as I really like this main character and also felt nostalgia seeing a few of the old cast from the original series, but I think it is still highly likely that we will get a sequel death note series, I think they were testing the water here, but seeing how this is trending on twitter I think they got their answer.
Overall I think this was a great/entertaining one shot to the death note series and now with this one shot I am convince a sequel to death note can work, before this I was afraid if there would be any sequel to death note that it would ruin the original but now I think that is not the case and I and many death note fans would look forward to a sequel of this great series.
Please Ohba, Tsugumi & Obata, Takeshi drop that boring ass unimaginative series called "Platinum end" and get back into the death note series.
As a Death Note fan, I've been waiting for it since the day it was announced. Let me tell you one thing - I does not disappoint. There are some aspects that could have been improved but overall, taking into account that it's just a one-shot and not a full-length story, it was executed nearly perfectly. It was long enough to deliver point across and re-introduce mind-games aspect of the original Death Note and short enough to fit the one-shot standards.
It was nice to see some old characters coming back, as well as getting to know a new one that brings a new
spin and POV to the series.
Every Death Note fan should give it a try. My bet is that majority would not be disappointed.