Death Note – Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by Nisioisin

Most avid anime and manga fans will have heard of Death Note. A chilling tale about how godly power can turn a human being into a true monster.

Very familiar fans of the series will recall the characters L and Naomi Misora mentioning that they had worked on a case together. This light-novel documents that exact case, from the point of view of Mello: One of L’s potential successors. It grants an insight into both L’s life and Mello’s persona and let’s loose some of the secrets behind Wammy’s House. At the same time, it documents the unravelling of one of the most complicated cases L had to solve before the Kira case.

I have not read any previous works by Nisioisin but from my research I have learned that he is very popular in Japan and specialises in light-novels. Upon reading Another Note, I have no reason to doubt his popularity. His writing style is very unique, almost informal whilst being formal, as oxymoronic as that seems. It is easy to read while, at the same time, it doesn’t loose the quality of a fully-fledged novel.

His writing really allows a glimpse into Naomi’s thought patterns and cleverly documents Ryuzaki’s strange behaviour while constantly reminding us it is Mello who is telling the tale: Sniping in his own opinions when you least expect it. This, in fact, leads to some quite comical reading part-ways through the story.

The most interesting feature of Nisioisin’s writings is that you are always made aware of what Naomi is thinking. This usually takes place in one word sentences after she speaks, potentially with some elaboration. However, one word is all that is needed as it represents a thought: A fleeting opinion that has left Misora’s head as soon as you have read it. This technique adds another layer to Naomi’s character and gives you a deeper look into her personality which can carry over into the manga seamlessly.

The case itself is a complicated web of extravagant clues and ridiculously hard puzzles that Naomi and L are left to piece together. This process is portrayed to us well, through dialogue and action. I myself only managed to work out one critical clue before the characters did but that is part of the fun of this book. See if you can beat Naomi and L to it.

In closing, any fan of Death Note should read this book. It gives valuable information on L’s character and allows you to see Mello from another point of view, too. Whilst reading Death Note, I did not have much respect for Mello. Since reading Another Note, I see him in a different light.

Be warned, however: The strange thing about the setting of this story is that it is set before Death Note but in the form of notes made by Mello during Death Note, so pieces of information that are introduced in the manga are mentioned. In other words, it contains spoilers.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Beyond Birthday

    Well I have to say this was a very intresting book.

  • Cait

    Excuse me, but would you mind telling me where I can find ‘Another Note’?
    I’d very much appreciate it, it sounds quite interesting.
    Thanks very much!

    • L

      If you are in the United States, I myself found and bought it at F.Y.E in a mall. It could be found at popular book stores as well. It’s a great novel, one of my favorites and during classes i could be interested reading one of my favorite series instead of something i was made do.

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  • Hello Cait,

    I believe you can buy Death Note: Another Note from Orbital Manga in London! Hope that helps, if you do get Another Note, please tell us what you think of it too!

  • kira

    where i can buy the book

  • kira

    where i can buy the book
    i in malaysia you know

  • Hello Kira!

    I asked a friend of mine and he told me this…

    “the place is in KLCC on the 5th floor (or i think on the top floor of the shopping place[also same place as the petronas petro science]) in a shop called Kinokuniya[].
    there are other ‘anime’ shops around town that ‘might’ sell thoes stuff but im not sure about the authenticity of it…”

    I hope this helps!