Monday, March 3, 2014

Manga Mondays #177: Death Note vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

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I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog almost 4 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

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Death Note vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?

With two Kiras on the loose, L asks Light to join the taskforce and pose as the real Kira in order to catch the copycat. L still suspects Light, and figures that this is the perfect excuse to get closer to his quarry. Light agrees to the plan in order to have free access to the taskforce resources. But when Light manages to contact the new Kira, he discovers that his rival is anything but as expected. Will Light escape from love unscathed? (courtesy of Goodreads)


This volume of Death Note focuses on the Kira imitator. Turns out her name is Misa and she is a 20 year old model who is seeking vengeance for her parents' death. Light is in a bind during this volume. He has to get Misa on his side but also keep their relationship a secret. Which is particularly difficult given that L's scrutiny of Light is only growing stronger.

I have conflicting feelings on Misa. She comes off as an amateur who makes big mistakes. But we learn that she's much smarter than she first appears and the "stupid" things she did were in fact calculated to throw people off. Unfortunately, her strength is marred by her insta-love for Light. She's desperate for his attention and it makes her look weak. I wonder if the author of this series was female whether she would be a stronger character.

Overall, this is another great volume. The lengths both L and Light go in order to catch or avoid Kira never fail to impress me. There are constant twists and turns. This series changes so quickly that if I get frustrated with something, it's over in just a few pages.

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  1. I used to be a huge manga fan. I was thinking about Death Note for quite some time but apart from the few manga series I still follow, I haven't really involved myself in the manga world. Thanks for bringing this up though, I feel like it might be time for me to hop back onto the manga wagon :D

    Witless Fool @ Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  2. I hated the way Light treats Misa, but I think that shows how much far he has fallen. Glad you are enjoying this series!

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