Monday, April 28, 2014

Manga Mondays #184: Death Note vol. 11 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. 11 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata


Summary

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?

Kindred Spirit

Light's latest machinations are putting a strain on even his formidable intellect as Near flies to Japan to beard Kira in his den. Near is sure that Light is Kira, but his sense of honor as L's heir will allow no doubts. He doesn't want to just stop the Kira murders, he wants to expose Light as the Death Note killer. Light thinks he's up to the challenge, but will the pressures of his fiancée, his new flame, and his acolyte prove to be fatal distractions? (courtesy of Goodreads)

Review


I liked this penultimate volume of Death Note better than the last few. Not sure why. It may be because I read it earlier in the week, at my leisure, rather than hurriedly on Sunday evening to get my review up.

We're setting the stage for the final showdown between Near and Light. Both are convinced that they have control of the situation. Since the next volume is the last one, I assume that Near has the upper hand.

I will never be as fond of Near as I was of L, but he has grown on me. I particularly like how he took toy people and labeled them. He's using them like chess pieces to visualize who goes where and does what. It reflects his odd childlike nature and the comparison to chess shows his brilliance.

Meanwhile, Light is getting closer to taking over everything. He's using Kiyomi Takada, a television presenter and old college girlfriend, to get his messages out, as well as Teru Mikami, a Kira fan and justice fanatic to carry out the murders. Light is teetering between having complete control and losing everything out of cockiness and desperation.

I liked that the volume ended on an up point and it definitely got me to pick up volume 12 right away. Just one more!

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