Sunday, February 17, 2008

Death Note: Another Note Review



I was perusing my local Books-A-Million last night when I stumbled upon two books that truly excited me, both Death Note related. The first being the release of Volume 13, or the "How to Read" volume which basically acts as an encylopedia for the story. The 2nd book was one I'd never even heard of titled Death Note: Another Note, and was apparently a side story for L pre-Kira case. Of course, I was fascinated by the cool cover as much as the concept, so I grabbed in and read it all last night, only to now be able provide you with my review.

The story begins with a killer, known as Beyond Birthday (B.B.), who has presented the LA police with a seemingly impossible case to crack, leaving similar voodoo dolls at the scene, but changing his modus operundi with every kill. Naomi Misora, currently on temporary leave from the FBI, has heard little of the case, but when she gets a random call from L, the world famous detective, he asks her to be his eyes and ears and to delve deep into the case to discover Beyond Birthday's intentions, before he can kill again.

Of course, aside from what is actually a decently exciting story, the extra bonus here is for Death Note fans to learn a little more about L, and a whole lot more about Misora. As with Death Note, there are definitely twists and turns to keep the reader excited, but this time we can't see both sides of the story so the intensity may be even more satisfying. Once again too, B.B. and L present us with a great challenge of wits, and Misora does a fine job too adding her own conjectures to the mix, as they all try to get closer to their goals, L and Misora to save, and B.B. to... well you'll have to see.

Last note for die hard fans of Death Note is that while this story was written by Nisio Isin, instead of Tsugumi Ohba (both pen names), the sense of the characters remains the same so the enjoyment level is still decently high. Indeed, this is no Death Note anew, but for a side story I'd say it's fairly good and, in my opinion, worth the purchase.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

It fucking sucked. >___>

Michael said...

Well, I did say it's no Death Note manga/anime :)

Pand0ra Wilde said...

I'm going to have to get my hands on Another Note--it sounds interesting, but I do have a question:

Is this the storyline where L and Misora work together the first time, predating the main Death Note timeline?

Also totally agree with you on #13 of the DN manga--absolutely indispensable. I'd borrowed Volumes 1-4, then bought the rest of the set including 13 before I'll double back and get the rest of the set.

It'll have to wait though--my wallet is still recovering from Anime Detour. The dealers' room there is SO reasonably priced it's easy to go nuts.

Anonymous said...

An impressing piece of literature. I was thoroughly entertained, cover to cover and am already planning to read it again. Considering I finished it approximately three minutes ago.... Well, I have a lot of enthusiasm for this novel. Completely original and well thought out, I give it a one thousand out of ten.

Anonymous said...

i havent read it but if you can imagen it its pretty good beyond birthday looks just like L exept he was born with shinigami eyes and is the greatest criminal alive entil light kills him. beyond birthday is also one f the first generation successors to l were mello and near were the fourth. there is a roumer that he's also a canibal

Anonymous said...

it was so cool!
those who didn't like weren't death note fans

sandwich_ninja93 said...

yea it did sucked,i was expecting more..it bored the heck out of me..
It depressed me a lot cuz i thought it was gonna be from BB's perspective and I didnt know Ryuzaki was B till the end, and i was like WTF!?
And there i was just waiting, for BB to show up and he never really did.. ang ugh.. this book cost me $19.50! waste of money!

Anonymous said...

@sandwhich: There is the little thing called a 'twist ending'. Look it up.

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Anonymous said...

To those who left spoilers, especially you, Sandwich, I hope a Shinigami rips your skin from your fucking face. Those who look up reviews are wondering whether to buy the book, not HOW IT FUCKING ENDS. Retarded piece of shit.

bunnyprincessd said...

i just finished it . it was an amazing book. I was very happy when i got to read it it was really amazing and I plan to read it another 2 or 3 time . I red somewhere that you have to read it 2 times to find some kind of hidden messages . so I'm going to read it again and see for myself.

Jamie Larsen said...

Hey, Is it an anime movie too or just a book? I have Seen Deathnote but I can't find Another note. aNd where can I get the book? I would love to read it.

Anonymous said...

Just a book currently. With a lot of luck maybe one day it could be an anime movie. Pretty much any book store sells it, even so long after release.

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