Death Note, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (7 ratings)


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 Noteto 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, andL, 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?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, chiefly Illustrations
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421506296



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Light has taken on the role of L and is now battling L’s protégés Near and Mello. Near is in charge of the SPK, a special task force in the pay of the American President. Mello on the other hand rules a band of mafia and mercenaries based out of the USA as well. Mello’s group has captured Light’s sister and it us up to him and his father to get her back without revealing the identity of L or Kira. The usual gang are working on the Japanese task force and it becomes a case of Light’s team working with Near but still trying to find out his real identity so they can kill him. Both teams are after Mello who gets his hands on a Death Note and a new Shinigami that turns up. Misa continues to be in the story, but very much in the background. The usual mental Olympics as all three try to out manoeuvre each other. I haven’t really warmed to Near or Mello yet but it’s interesting to see the opposite paths they have taken to try and achieve the same goal. They are battling to prove which of them is the best by bringing down Kira, while Kira is trying to defeat his two new enemies.

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Ho hum! More Death Note - after awhile, these volumes start to blur together. Either I'm reading them too fast and too close together or they're reiterating the plotting and twists and turns of disguising themselves and their motives. Spoilers again for people who haven't read this far...So here we are in a world dominated by Kira and his growing numbers of supporters. We ended the last volume with Mello (one of L's heirs) and his gang kidnapping Sayu (Light's sister - remember her?) and holding her ransom for a Death Note. With much hemming and hawing, they do indeed make the trade with the task force (specifically Soichiro). Meanwhile, we learn that Ryuk has not been terribly forthcoming with information. Over the years, he's never once mentioned that he stole one of his Death Notes from another shinigami, Sidoh. Sidoh realizes that he needs to write another human's name in the Death Note if he wants to extend his life, and goes on a search to find the owner. Light must contend with this shinigami interfering with his plans while also trying to outmanuever Mello and Near.Unlike vol. 7, we're back to the slow-paced opening, overly elaborate plans, and eventual rise in action half-way through. I'm really liking Mello, perhaps because his weakness is that he's overly emotional, unpredictable, and competitive. He contrasts Light, who seems to have grown comfortable in his position as Kira and L. If you feel for anyone in this series, it's for Soichiro and Misa - Misa has been neglected by Light since she first met him and she still sticks by his side. This isn't one of the best volumes out there, but you do get to learn more about Mello and Near, which is a welcome break from Light. I miss L!!!Oh, and have a chocolate bar handy while you're reading. You'll want so much chocolate!

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Even though I miss the first L, this book doubles the action with a final introduction of Mello and Near; Light seems to be slow and Ryuk is fairly unforthcoming, but that's nothing in comparison with the new Shinigami in town, gripes! The story is getting increasingly complex, but is still neatly presented and quite simple to understand.

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Is it sslowing down by the eighth volume? Are the authors running out of plot ideas? Possible, just possibly. At times this is a highly enjoyable read and rattles along at a fair old pace. Of course the drawings are up to their usual standard. My only real issue with this whole series are the (in my opinion) overly long segments where characters are thinking to themselves and running over the last few pieces of action in the plot. They then proceed to examine every possible course of action open to them. Come on - you know the parts I mean. Is there a way that these ca be done away with and I ould still understand and enjoy the story? Maybe I am totally wrong.

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A little disappointing compared to the earlier volumes, but I love how the series has progressed so much. Unfortunately, Light's seeming to be a little off his game in this volume and I'm really missing L. Hopefully it'll get better soon...

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