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Death Note 13: How to Read is an official encyclopedia-style guide to the Death Note manga series. It including character bios, storyline summaries, interviews with creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, production notes, and commentaries. It also includes the pilot chapter of the manga and Ryuk's Human Observation Journal.

In Japanese, the guidebook is titled Death Note How to Read 13 (styled as DEATH NOTE HOW TO READ 13), which is the official title on the Japanese copyright page. This title is also on the Viz Media English edition copyright page, as it's based on the Japanese edition, but the English edition is officially styled Death Note 13: How to Read, such as on the guidebook's back cover. The Japanese cover also has the kanji for Truth, so an alternative Japanese title is Death Note How to Read 13 - Truth (DEATH NOTE HOW TO READ 13 真相).

Everything contained within this book is official, written by the original author and artist, and is considered canon for the manga series.

Description[]

The official description of Death Note 13: How to Read from Viz Media's English-language edition:

The Ultimate Death Note Encyclopedia!

Here, in one authoritative volume: everything you need to know about Death Note, the best-selling manga series. Featuring complete character biographies, detailed storyline summaries, production notes, and behind-the-scenes commentaries. Death Note 13: How to Read also includes exclusive interviews with creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and a bonus manga chapter of never-before-translated material. Unless you own your very own death note, it doesn't get any better than this!

Chapters[]

  • HOW TO READ -Characters-
    • Character Profiles
    • The Forces Involved in the Kira Case
    • Kira Case Participant Relationships
    • Complete Shinigami File
    • Shinigami Observation Diary
      • Abilities
      • Behaviour
  • HOW TO THINK -Tsugumi Ohba-
    • Story Commentary
      • Intermission
      • Epilogue
  • HOW TO READ -Story-
    • In-Depth Interview with Tsugumi Ohba
    • Death Note Truths (Q&A)
    • The Origin of All 108 Chapter Titles
  • HOW TO READ -Rules & Tricks-
    • Death Note Investigation File 1
      • Death Note Basic Knowledge
    • Death Note Investigation File 2
      • Change of Ownership
    • Death Note Investigation File 3
      • How to Use It: Complete Rules
      • Death Note Case Study
    • Death Note Investigation File 4
      • All Tricks Revealed
  • HOW TO CREATE -Tsugumi Ohba x Takeshi Obata-
    • Special Discussion
      • The Making of Death Note
    • Questions
    • The 13 Truths About Chapter 108

Character heights[]

The Japanese edition gives the characters' heights in centimeters.

Viz Media's official English release incorrectly converts the characters' heights, so some characters are listed as a few inches shorter than they should be. Viz apparently converted from centimeters to feet, and then used the remaining decimal as inches instead of properly converting to inches. For instance, Light is 179 cm, which correctly converts to 5.87 ft, or 5' 10½", but Viz gives his height as 5' 8", apparently taking the eight inches from the .8 feet.

Character Japanese height Accurate conversion Viz height
Anthony Rester 193 cm 6' 4" 6' 3"
Rod Ross 190 cm 6' 2¾" 6' 2"
Aiber 189 cm 6' 2½" 6' 2"
Kanzo Mogi 188 cm 6' 2" 6' 2"
Takeshi Ooi 188 cm 6' 2" 6' 2"
Shuichi Aizawa 183 cm 6' 0" 6' 0"
Stephen Gevanni 182 cm 5' 11¾" 5' 11"
Soichiro Yagami 181 cm 5' 11¼" 5' 9"
Reiji Namikawa 181 cm 5' 11¼" 5' 9"
Eiichi Takahashi 181 cm 5' 11¼" 5' 9"
Raye Penber 180 cm 5' 10¾" 5' 9"
Halle Lidner 180 cm 5' 10¾" 5' 9"
Light Yagami 179 cm 5' 10½" 5' 8"
L / Ryuzaki 179 cm 5' 10½" 5' 8"
Teru Mikami 175 cm 5' 9" 5' 7"
Watari 175 cm 5' 9" 5' 7"
Shingo Mido 175 cm 5' 9" 5' 7"
Touta Matsuda 174 cm 5' 8½" 5' 7"
Suguru Shimura 172 cm 5' 7¾" 5' 6"
Mello 171 cm 5' 7¼" 5' 6"
Naomi Misora 171 cm 5' 7¼" 5' 6"
Hideki Ide 170 cm 5' 7" 5' 6"
Wedy 170 cm 5' 7" 5' 6"
Roger Ruvie 169 cm 5' 6½" 5' 5"
Kyosuke Higuchi 169 cm 5' 6½" 5' 5"
Masahiko Kida 169 cm 5' 6½" 5' 5"
Matt 168 cm 5' 6¼" 5' 5"
Jack Neylon 168 cm 5' 6¼" 5' 5"
Kiyomi Takada 166 cm 5' 5¼" 5' 4"
Arayoshi Hatori 166 cm 5' 5¼" 5' 4"
Hitoshi Demegawa 164 cm 5' 4½" 5' 4"
Sayu Yagami (adult) 163 cm 5' 4¼" 5' 3"
Hirokazu Ukita 161 cm 5' 3½" 5' 3"
Sachiko Yagami 158 cm 5' 2¼" 5' 2"
Near 155 cm 5' 1" 5' 0"
Misa Amane 152 cm 4' 11¾" 5' 0"
Sayu Yagami (child) 147 cm 4' 9¾" 4' 8"

Trivia[]

  • The title How to Read was originally used in Weekly Shonen Jump No.20 2005 where Ohba released two pages of Death Note facts.
  • Included within is a special character card, which reveals L's true name.
  • The limited edition Japanese release also includes 5 finger-puppets as seen in the Death Note series in Near's possession:
  • This is the final volume of the manga series, but the guidebook for the anime series, Death Note /A Official Analysis Guide of the Animation, is designed to go after it. The "/A" in the title is meant to resemble the number 14, following volume 13.

International releases[]

Language Publisher / Imprint Title Released ISBN-13
Japanese Shueisha / Jump Comics DEATH NOTE HOW TO READ 13 Oct 13, 2006 978-4-08-874095-9
English Viz Media Death Note 13: How to Read Feb 19, 2008 978-1-4215-1888-6
Brazilian Portuguese JBC Aug 2008 978-8-5778-7089-9
Castilian Spanish Norma May 1st 2014 978-6-0550-6927-8
Czech CREW Zápisník smrti 13 (How To Read Death Note) Jan 15, 2016 978-8-0744-9295-2
French Kana Death Note, Tome 13: How to Read Sep 18, 2009 978-2-5050-0452-3
German TokyoPop Death Note, Band 13: How to Read Jan 01, 2011 978-3-8671-9483-9
Hungarian Mangafan Dec 10, 2011 978-9-6397-9443-1
Italian Panini Comics Death Note, Vol. 13: Guida alla lettura Dec 18, 2008 978-8-8634-6902-8
Korean 대원 데스 노트, Vol. 13: 진상 Dec 30, 2006 978-8-9252-8300-5
LATAM Spanish Grupo Editorial Cómo Leer: Death Note 13
Mandarin Culturecom
Tong Li Comics
Oct 13, 2006
Turkish Akılçelen Kitaplar Ölüm Defteri, Cilt 13: Nasıl Okunmalı May 1st 2014 978-6-0550-6927-8

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