Death Note 13: How to Read - Shinsou
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Death Note 13: How to Read - Shinsou

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Synonyms: Death Note 13: How to Read - Truth, Death Note Pilot, Death Note Episode 0, Death Note ni Rakugaki 4-koma
Japanese: DEATH NOTE 13 HOW TO READ 真相
English: Death Note 13: How to Read
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: 2
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 4, 2003 to May 2005
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Parody Parody
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)


Score: 7.191 (scored by 1264912,649 users)
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Ranked: #56782
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Popularity: #671
Members: 22,873
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Death Note 13: How to Read - Shinsou is a guidebook which contains the spin-off series Death Note ni Rakugaki 4-koma and the pilot one-shot.


Death Note 13: How to Read - Shinsou was published in English as Death Note 13: How to Read by VIZ Media on February 19, 2008.

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Jul 16, 2012
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 ...
Jun 26, 2021
The concept of Death Note without anything of what makes the actual DN manga good.
I wasn't expecting great things of this one shot, I didn't even knew this existed but got to read it because I stumbled upon it while wanting to read the actual Death Note manga.
Characters are super bland and generic, the plot is nothing interesting, it does not have any of the interesting detective play of the actual series. The only thing I can salvage from this is the art, drawings are OK.
This one shot only worked as an introduction to the Death Note concept that later lead to the full manga ...
Feb 18, 2022
There's some juicy information on this one. Most likely if you go reading around on the Death Note wiki or whatnot a lot of it's information comes from here. Good lore, a way to satiate yourself of your death note hunger once the Manga is over, alongside the other assorted tiny manga they released after the original ended. You also get to see a more of a casual perspective from the writer of Death Note, someone we still don't know the identity to of this day (perhaps they're afraid a real death note will get him killed? lol).

I like the fleshing out of the lore ...

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How different would it be... (Major Spoiler if you haven't read Vol. 13 yet)
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