Japan is about to get a new Death Note book — Death Note Short Stories. This is the first non-reprint of a Death Note book in almost fifteen years.
The book is 226 pages long, and it consists of one-shot chapters spanning over 17 years of writing, as well as four-panel comic strips. The most recent addition to be included is the one-shot Death Note a Kira Chapter, which was published a little less than a year ago. Its protagonist is brilliant middle schooler Minoru Tanaka who learns of the power of death through the shinigami Ryuk. Even though he’s not the lead Light Yagami, it’s Minoru who gets the honor of being on the front cover with Ryuk.
VIZ Media publishes the Death Note manga in English, as well as a Death Note art book and some novels. It hasn’t said if it yet if it will license this property.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.