I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 and a half years ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Death Note vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?(courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Starting a new manga series is always a treacherous endeavor. Each series has its own feel, own drawing style, own cast of characters, etc. I often find that the plots are confusing for the first several volumes and it takes me awhile to get invested in the story.
The first volume of Death Note is not particularly confusing, but I'm curious to see how it can get more than a few volumes out of the plot. Light - the main character - is a teenager who becomes a renegade hitman when he finds a Death Notebook, which allows him to sentence anyone to death.
I can't decide whether or not I like Light. He is a smart, confident, genuine boy at the beginning of the story. He remains so when he first gets the Death Notebook. To his credit, he only thinks about killing criminals (well, mostly) and sees his "privilege" as an opportunity to make the world a better place. But this is where he becomes much more morally ambiguous.
Light is obsessed with creating a utopia. He figures that if he kills all the known criminals then people will be deterred from committing crimes out of fear. Light is horrified when the police start going after him and go to all sorts of levels to evade identification.
Part of me is cheering for Light to figure out a way to stay ahead of the plot while part of me wants him to be caught. He gets increasingly arrogant as the volume goes on and I don't like the way the power of playing god has gone to his head. Still, I'm curious to see where this goes and I will definitely keep reading.