Penned by Brad A. Yamaguchi, it's entitled Death Note: Unofficial Guide.
The clue being in the title, this isn't anything published by Tsugumi Ohba, Shueisha, Nippon, Viz Media nor any of the Death Note copyright holders. Nevertheless fair usage applies there - just as it does with our Death Note news site - and anyone can write about a subject. It's all good.
Yamaguchi's guide to Death Note covers all media in which the story is told - including the 2015 Death Note television drama, hence very up-to-date.
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about Death Note is there.
What's in Brad A. Yamaguchi's Unofficial Death Note Guide?
The book's contents list is highly impressive.
Beginning with an introduction to Death Note, we get a summary of the story itself, plus much background and contextual information. Yamaguchi covers everything from conception to reception, then moves on to legacy too.
Each major character gets a chapter devoted to them in Part Two. For each one, we hear about how the individual was created; where they appeared in the story; how they were received by the readership/audience; and other links regarding them. References support every snippet told.
Another chapter highlights the supporting personae; further divided into those only known from one telling of the tale (for example, secondary characters seen only in a Death Note film).
Part Three of Death Note: Unofficial Guide takes us through an in-depth examination of every manga chapter or anime episode.
Part Four does the same for each live action telling of the story - including the TV Death Note drama and all four Japanese movies - then moves onto associated novels, primarily Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case, and Death Note original soundtracks too.
There's an especial chapter taking in New World - the Death Note finale - plus others dealing with real life murders associated with the show. Part Four finishes with a close look at the story's author Tsugumi Ohba.
The final part of this guidebook for Death Note merely lists all references and sources for further information within the universe, franchise and genre.
All told, a fabulous resource and wonderful gift idea for Death Note fans, with an eye on Christmas just around the corner. However, there is a strong reservation attached.
Death Note Guidebook Simply Reproduces Wikipedia Pages!
That doesn't make it any less informative and fascinating to read, but you could do that for free on-line.
Perhaps handy as a reference book for Death Note to carry with you, when there is no access to the internet. Or as an archive edition to record the information on Wikipedia on the day he copied it. Yet otherwise nothing new here as concerns the Death Note fandom, and nothing that cannot already be found digitally.
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