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How to Read 13
Death Note 13: How to Read
Japanese publication
October 13, 2006
English publication
February 19, 2008
Italian publication
December 18, 2008
French publication
September 18, 2009
Volume Guide
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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 across all spectrum of the Death Note universe. Included in it is a character card of L, which shows his real 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.


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