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Death Note

Death Note

Alternative Titles

English: Death Note Pilot
Synonyms: Death Note Episode 0
Japanese: DEATH NOTE


Type: One-shot
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: 1
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 4, 2003
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 7.201 (scored by 9576 users)
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Ranked: #71832
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The prototype one-shot of Death Note. A young boy finds a mysterious notebook and struggles on whether to use it or not.


The one-shot was released in North America as Death Note Pilot in a special booklet that came with VIZ Media's Death Note: Omega Edition box set.

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Jul 16, 2012
MoonSpider16 (All reviews)
This manga is the one-shot that started the Death Note series. I expected some things to be different, not much. I found this issue to be enjoyable yet ... odd.

I'll be frank: here, there is such a thing as a death /eraser/. Something to bring those that were killed in the Death Note back to life. That should tell you something right there.

The main character is an average kid with no intention to actually kill anyone (he did by mistake) which made the plot fairly less entertaining. The Death Eraser was just weird - really glad Ohba got rid of it.

It's a cool "look what read more
Jun 19, 2019
valcarajo (All reviews)
This is the prototype that would soon give light (pun intended) to one of the most famous and beloved series by both manga and non-manga fans alike, so how's it?
It's a quick read; as a matter of fact, I finished reading it in around seven minutes or so. However, I'd like to point out something: the story isn't really as good as the "official" 'Death Note'.
Meet Taro, a thirteen-year-old boy who, at the way home, picks up a dark, mysterious notebook. Without much knowledge read more


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Poll: Death Note Episode 0 Chapter 1 Discussion
RenaPsychoKiller - Jan 7, 2010
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Sep 27, 2018 9:01 AM
How different would it be... (Major Spoiler if you haven't read Vol. 13 yet)
alugirl613 - Feb 19, 2008
14 replies by RadiGen »»
Aug 28, 2011 5:13 AM