Manga Mondays Meme
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.
The linky will be below my review.
Death Note vol. 8 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?
Light - working as Kira, the newest member of the NPA intelligence bureau, and L - has nearly succeeded in creating his ideal world. But the years of uncontested victory have made him complacent, and he is unprepared for a new attack close to home. With his younger sister Sayu kidnapped and the NPA's Death Note demanded as ransom, Light must travel across the world and confront two new adversaries, each with a very different agenda. Will Light's quick wits be a match for this new challenge, or will he be forced to choose between Kira's ambitions and his own family's lives? (courtesy of Goodreads)
Following up from the big event of last volume, L is dead. I'm devastated. I was really hoping it wasn't true - that he somehow faked his death and would turn back up to catch Light. And maybe that will eventually be the case, but it doesn't look like it.
Light has two new nemeses, Near and Mello. They were both orphans raised in a facility specifically meant to train people to capture/investigate Kira (several years have now passed since Kira first appeared). Near is basically L junior. He even has some of the same physical mannerisms as L. He doesn't have the same access that L did but he's intelligent and may be a real threat to Light.
Mello is taking a darker approach to fight Kira. I'm not sure if Mello really wants to capture Kira or become Kira. His technique seems to be to become just as bad as Kira. He started this by kidnapping Light's little sister Sayu. She is rescued when Light's father turns over one of the Death Notebooks to Mello. So now Mello has the power to kill as well and is taking advantage of it.
Light isn't giving me a lot of reasons to root for him. I still admire his intelligence and cunning. But mostly he is arrogant and cruel, especially when it comes to Misa. (Although I'm angry at Misa too for blindly following Light and at the authors for writing such a weak femal character when she has the potential to be so strong).
We'll see what the next volume holds.