Just to summarise, Light is a mass murderer with a Death Note, attempting to rid the world of evil and become the god of the new world. L is the amazing detective trying to stop him. They are both geniuses and at first they both need to find out the other's name and face. However the story progresses far further than that, and you find yourself sucked into a world of Shinigami, murder, games and sweets... There's a lot of sweets...
So in my review I will lay out the most important reasons why I gave this product 5*:
1.) This set comes in a great little box, that keeps all your books tidy and safe. I love my books, and am a little bit of a neat freak, so my books have to be in pristine condition and where I can find them easily. This case is perfect for that.
2.) If you add it up, with each volume of Death Note costing about £5, this box set saves you about £20-£30. What's more, There are 12 volumes in the series, but you also get a little book of death note rules and an extra book about the artist and writer's thought processes. What a bargain!
3.) In the 'How To Read' book, there are complete character biographies, storyline summaries, production notes, interviews with Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (the creators), and what I was looking forward to the most, a whole new bonus manga chapter of never-before-translated material! There's even a little quiz you can take to see which character you are most like. I won't tell you mine...
4.) Ah, the story itself... There is only one way to describe it, FANTASTIC. 12 volumes chock full of exciting and dramatic twists and turns. At first, you may think that L, and other insanely clever characters, would never reach those conclusions based on the evidence, and so you feel it isn't realistic, but I can assure you, every method of thinking, every plan, is explained in perfect detail. They explain everything so well you can't help but go, "Oh yeah, of course...". An amazing twist in the middle, that you will never see coming (unless you read ahead or know the storyline), that will leave you with your jaw at full extension and in my case, tears running down my face.
So I think that's all, if you have seen the anime and want to read the books then go for it, they are every bit as good as the anime, even better in my opinion. If you are just looking for some new manga to read because you've finally finished all of the Naruto or Bleach ones, then I tell you, this series is a little shorter, but still amazing.
Thanks for reading, I hope you now click on the 'add to basket' button, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.