Short Stories Review • Anime UK News

Since its debut in 2003, death note It was incredibly impressive. Not only did it expand on what a Shonen genre could be, in terms of the type of stories that could be told and the topics that could be covered, but adapting it to the anime was still one of the The Anime portal in the western world. The manga ended in 2006, and the anime ended in 2007, but there are many death note-Related media has been created since the end of the original story, from various live Japanese action movies, a Netflix movie, a J-drama, a musical, and of course, different one-off manga by the original creators. Despite its success in the West, not all of death note The created media was actually launched here, but fortunately this year we got the first death note The manga was released a long time ago: a short story collection with many single stories dating from 2008 – 2021 that had never been released in English before… at least, two-thirds of them had never been released before… but we’ll get them to So in an instant.

In case you haven’t heard of the series, or need a little reminder, Death Note is a notebook that has the power to kill anyone, if you write their name in the book. There are many rules like “heart attack” being the default cause of death unless one is specified, and if you give up the book you also lose your memories from said book, etc. The Shinigami (god of death) who owns the aforementioned book and must remain with the person who owns it until he dies or gives it up (whichever comes first). If you haven’t read/watched the series yet, it is recommended that you do so before choosing this collection, as it spoils the ending on the first two pages. Fortunately, the manga and anime are still under licensing, so it’s very easy to try out the story before you dive in.

The first story is “C-Kira”, published in Japan in February 2008. Set two years after the end of the original manga, there is a new story “Kira” on freestyle but this time, their focus is on killing 60+ years. But the story is mostly centered around Near, who is now fully playing the “L”, and we get a little flashback to his past in his first introduction with the original L as well as how he’s been doing since Light’s death. This chapter is short and, overall, probably the least exciting (from a drama perspective) but there is still some information to chew on in this book. Interestingly, we never get to see the new “Kira” in this story, only their actions and their deaths are told via the Shinigami, and somehow it doesn’t matter who they are – but their short lives and actions show that not everyone has the mental capacity to deal with the consequences of the book , considering that a lot of “copied” murders surfaced when the series took off, it’s as if the series tried to shake off the influence that Light had as a result of death note.

But “C-Kira” also leads directly to the next short clip, as it is these Kira’s actions that influence Ryuk’s actions in “a-Kira”, also known as “Never Complete” death note one hit. This was released digitally for free in 2020 but is now paid content on the VIZ website – or you can just buy this book! “a-Kira” is set ten years after the fall of Light and the world is radically changed; There is more intense surveillance in the streets, public buildings, cars and even phones can no longer be traced. So when Ryuk comes to Earth and decides to present the Death Note to Minoru Tanaka, a highly intelligent high school student, he can’t repeat Kira’s previous actions… but that doesn’t mean he can’t use it at all! This chapter garnered a lot of positive feedback when it came out in 2020, including from myself, and it still stands today in 2022. One-shot fits audience expectations; Because we follow a super-intelligent student like Light, we expect Tanaka to play a similar game: kill people and hide from the new L and his cohorts. But they are not the same character. The light was picture perfect. Smart, friendly, good looking, handsome with a happy family, and prospects in a highly respected field: police work. However, Light was also bored and disappointed with the world, not thanks to the horrific crime stats he got through his father’s work, so he wants to ‘fix’ the world in his own roundabout way. Tanaka, however, is an intelligent student but does not apply himself, seeing that school is not the only vehicle for expressing intelligence. We also see him listening to his music and to other people having conversations, absorbing it rather than speaking out loud, quite the opposite of light. So, it makes sense that what Tanaka does with Death Note is also light-reflecting, which is, frankly, a bloody luster. The tension building in just this chapter, which tells a whole story while leaving the audience wanting more, makes this the highlight of this short story collection by far.

Outside of Kira-centric stories, we also have two L-centric shorts, titled “The Wammy’s House” and “One Day.” In Japan, it was originally published in 2008 to promote L: Change the world A novel, but this is the first time it has been translated into English. They are two very short, comedic stories centered around our favorite eccentric detective outside of Sherlock. ‘Wammy’s House’ is a sneak peek into L’s first few years at the orphanage and how he got involved in solving a crime, and ‘One Day’ shows Wammy’s daily routine of looking after L while he works as a detective. If you like L, you’ll find these shorts adorable but they don’t really tell us anything we don’t already know about the character themselves.

Then we come to the non-exclusive editions part of this book. A third of this book has previously been published in English: death note Four cartoons and the pilot chapter, “Taro Kagami”. If you own “Volume 13: How to Read” (now out of print), you also already own this short manga. It has not been retranslated for this purpose short stories The set, they are completely identical (with the same certified translators in the back). Four-panel stories are a 4-panel comic strip collection, usually centered around Light, L, or both, some even taking place during the four-year period that occurs in the original story. Some of them are very funny. I like the one that Ryuk couldn’t eat the snack that Misa made because it looked so cute. The experimental class is also an interesting read, as it shows how far Tsugumi Ohba has come in terms of storytelling. Lots of answers come easily in this beta and the stakes and drama are reduced even before you even begin, so it’s interesting to see that it has gone from one end to the other with death note We know and love, with a story full of intricate plans, high stakes, and drama constantly on the rise.

Stephen Paul translates all the new material, it flows well into the previously translated content and goes along with the entire content death note we know. The book comes with a few color pages, a cover with inserts and a glossy engraving that looks striking in the right light.

Death Note short stories It would mean something different to everyone. If you haven’t picked up a manga related to death note Since its last volume, this is a great book with great stories to reinvent yourself in this unique world. If you’re a die-hard collector, you’ll find a little something new here and you’ll be excited about it. Either way, it is very well presented and would make a good addition to anyone’s manga collection.

Read a free preview on the publisher’s website here.

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