Death Note Volume 3 Review.


  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: January 3, 2006.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 200.

Light is still a suspect, and he is doing everything he can to stay ahead of L, and the special task force. Even after having his room bugged, and monitored, Light still manages to work as Kira towards his goal of making a peaceful world. L pushes the limits even further as he directly introduced himself to Light in hopes of figuring out if Light is indeed Kira. Once L begins to trust Light, another person claiming to be Kira emerges with their own Death Note and begins killing people in hopes of gaining the real Kira’s attention. Will this new Kira pose as a friend or foe to Light?

This volume was full of story and character developments. The story is becoming intense as the NPA and L close in on Light. Though Light is still a suspect he is asked to help with the investigation. A second Shinigami with their own Death Note has come to Japan. A person comes into possession of that Death Note as well though not much has been disclosed regarding that. All we know is that they want to find the real Kira. Their intentions remain a mystery.

In many ways this volume was a solid addition to the series. I do not have any complaints with this volume whatsoever. This series is rather thought provoking and I have found myself wondering if I could even do these things, and even more so wondering whose side I’m on. It is so easy to side with Light, after all, his ideal world does sound perfect. On the other hand, L stands on the side of true justice, and morally his side is the correct choice. An ideal society would be nice but sadly that isn’t how the world works. 

Light is highly intelligent and mature yet at times he thinks like a child and his passion for winning often clouds his judgement. This series has some of the most robust characters, in my opinion. L is genuinely eccentric and brilliant, though L also hates to lose, he is more levelheaded and calculating than Light. A game of wits between L and Light has proven to be nothing less than interesting and entertaining. In many ways both Light and L are the same, in fact they are so similar that I find myself wondering how one hasn’t stopped the other yet.

With everything happening in the series the last thing I would have expected was another person to have a Death Note. That opens so many opportunities and avenues for this story. I have many questions and theories due to this new plot point, and I hope a few of them come true. Though this addition to the story does kind of remove some of the allure to Light’s unique situation, as he is no longer the only human to have a Death Note. I still cannot wait to see how this unfolds. 

All things considered I am hopelessly hooked on this series. Death Note is by far one of the best series that I have read in a long time. I regret not reading this series sooner. I am nervous and excited to see how this whole thing plays out. It was simple when it was just Light and L, but things have taken a dramatic turn now that a new Kira has come to town, and could potentially undo all of Light’s hard work. Death Note volume 3 was an excellent addition to the series.