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: 7.201 (scored by 1329113,291 users)
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Ranked: #59322
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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.


Snyder, Kal


Feb 18, 2023
Original review: July 16th, 2012
Last updated: February 18th, 2023

It has been more than a decade since I had revisited this encyclopedia, even granted that it was for one of my favorite series. The main reason would probably be that I was roughly 16 when I first read through it and needed to do so online, unable to buy retail manga on my own. Over a decade later and having dived into numerous other series in the meantime, I've finally revisited it.

I feel that I was remiss in my previous review to only include my thoughts on the manga section, really only focusing on the ...
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 ...
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 ...

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