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

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


  • 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 DRAW -Takeshi Obata-
    • In-Depth Interview with Takeshi Obata
      • Behind the Scenes
    • Character Design Secrets
      • Humans
      • Shinigami
      • Other Details
  • 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
  • HOW TO PLAY -Ryuk's Notebook-
    • Ryuk's Human Observation Journal
      • The New World According to Light Yagami
      • Inside L's Bewildering Belly
      • Misa Amane's Pure Love Memorial
      • You Can Do It, Mello!
      • Nears Shopping List
      • Professor Ryuk Presents: Relatively Accurate Character Type Diagnoses
      • Creator Comments
    • Four-Panel Comics
    • Pilot Chapter


  • Included within is a special character card, which reveals L's true name.
  • The Japanese release also includes 5 finger-puppets as seen in the Death Note series in Near's possession:
  • Viz's official English release incorrectly converts the characters' heights, apparently converting from centimeters to feet and then using 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.
  • 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.


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