Death Note Volume 2 Review.


  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: November 8, 2005.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 200

Light continues his mission of wiping out all of the evil people on Earth. A noble mission it would seem, except in the eyes of L who plans to stop him. In his efforts to stay one step ahead, Light has eliminated all of the FBI agents that were sent to Japan. L and the remaining NPA members, now a special task force, have as far as to put cameras and bugs in the Yagami household. Light is now under complete surveillance and is backed into a corner. With Light met with this adversity, how far will he go to achieve his mission? 

Light continues to surprise me with how easy it is for him to take evil people’s lives. The only difference is, now he is taking innocent lives as well. With this added element, there is no telling how far he will go to evade justice and complete his mission. At first I thought Light was in the right and had a noble cause with wanting to eliminate all evil. At this point I can say that he appears to have lost his way. It is no longer about purging evil, it is now a contest between L and Light. However, in this contest there cannot be winners, only losers.

Light displayed a startling character development when he decided to murder several FBI agents. This is no doubt something that is going to have a lasting effect on the series, and may shape the coming events. With this act, Light has completely altered his pursuit for a perfect world. It would appear that no one is out of  Light’s reach, and even members of law enforcement are in danger of being killed. I cannot believe that Light is going this far, though given the circumstances, I should have seen it coming.

L appears to be hot on Light’s trail and plans to apprehend Kira at any cost. I was surprised when L had decided to work directly with the NPA, as L is an extremely secretive person, I did not think he would reveal himself  so soon. Light has made several decisions that may have put him directly in L’s line of sight, and if he is not careful, L will have already closed in on him before he knows it. As of now it is just a waiting game to see who will move first. The game of wits continues between L, and Light.

The story is progressing at a comfortable pace. New plot points are being added as well as new obstacles for Light. The art in this volume does not differ from the last volume. Everything is highly detailed and sharp. Personally, I like how detailed the characters and locations are, as it makes it much easier to imagine what the places and people would look like in real life. Everything and everyone in this series has a unique style. The art itself is an excellent reason to read this series. 

This volume was a major improvement over the previous one. We can already see how Light is changing and adapting to each new situation he faces. It is a little disheartening that Light is now killing innocent people, as well as criminals. That element alone is sure to change the entire series. I can only imagine how many other ways Light will deviate from his sense of justice to fit his personal agenda. All in all, this volume was worth the read and I recommend that you pick it up.