Death Note Volume 8 Review.


  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: November 7, 2006.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 208.

Sayu has been kidnapped by an unknown organization whose motive is to obtain the Death Note. Light acts as Kira, and L now has to work with the real L’s successor, Near, not only to rescue Sayu, but to also bring down the mysterious group. As Light, and Near uncover more information regarding this organization Near finds that the leader is someone from his past. Now Light, and Near must find this person and stop them before they can use the Death Note.

This volume exploded with developments, Light now has hands full with multiple roles, and his personal life, yet still manages to be the person he needs to be. Light hasn’t really developed much but he has become more complacent it would seem. Light is now mostly relying on previous contacts from L to further his agenda and using Misa for her eyes. Light is even seen to stammer a few times in the dialogue. I hope Light can remember himself and pull himself back together, before something unforeseen happens.

Near truly shines as L’s successor. In some cases, he is more cunning than L, and even surpasses him. With Near, and the SPK closing in on Kira, and the other organization moving towards the Death Note, Light has his work cut out for him to keep his tracks covered, yet still complete the work of Kira. Not much is known about Mello, but we do know that he means business and his actions make that apparent. Mello appears to be just as smart as L, but far more ruthless than Near. I look forward to seeing how his character progresses. 

Mello has always come second to Near, and when L was to choose his successor Near was the obvious choice. Now Mello plans to take control of the Death Note and maybe even the world. Mello’s goal is unclear, he may want to catch Kira, he may want to be Kira, we do not know. I cannot wait to see how Light, Near and Mello measure up against each other and who comes out on top in the end. Either way, Light is sure to have a worthy adversary.

Something I would like to point out in this volume was the change of pace. When Near, and Mello got involved the story was kicked into overdrive with lots of action. Another awesome thing was the change of the story’s location. The characters actually ventured out of Japan, went to America. We also learn a bit more about Near and Mello. They both had come from an orphanage in England that seems to cultivate young geniuses. Several points of interest were revealed in this volume.

This volume was amazing on many levels. There were several times when I thought Sayu, or Soichiro would be killed. The series maintains its mysterious and dramatic charm that it had since the beginning and I’m certain it will maintain it until the end. I think that the fact that we are this far in the series and new characters are still being introduced is worth mentioning. The new characters keep the series fresh, entertaining, and of course open new developments. Death Note volume 8 is well worth the read, you will not be disappointed.

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