- Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
- Art: Takeshi Obata.
- Released: March 6, 2007.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 192.
Near is planting dissension within the ranks of the task force, and is trying to turn everyone against Light. Light being aware of this has ordered Misa to forfeit ownership of the Death Note, and mail it off to someone else. There is now no longer a way to get evidence from Misa, and only Light knows of its whereabouts. As Light defends himself from Near, Mello, and now his own team, he must act quickly and find someone to continue his work. Enter Teru, a prosecuting attorney who is perfect for the job. But will Teru act as Light intends? And how will Light gain the trust of his own task force once again?
Near is proving to be quite a formidable foe. Not only is he piecing together clues with only his logic, but now that he has interrogated a member of the task force, his findings are proving to be true. Light has found himself in a thorny situation as he cannot kill off the members of the task force, nor can he kill Near, or Mello. Light’s only option was to have Misa give up her Death Note, and destroy any evidence that links them to the Kira murders. At this time I have no idea how Light will come out of this one unscathed.
This volume had several story developments, and took yet another unforeseen turn when Light had the Death Note sent to Teru Mikami. Though Teru seems highly capable, and is even completely in line with Light’s ideals, I cannot help but wonder if Teru will be a blessing or a curse. Teru has already gotten rid of Demegawa of Sakura TV, and plans to hand pick the next spokesperson of Kira. It is with these actions that I wonder if Teru is the perfect successor to be the next Kira. My biggest fear is that Teru cannot be controlled, and may attempt to unravel all of Light’s hard work. As always I am excited to see how Teru’s character develops, and I hope he will be an asset instead of a liability.
Though there are only a few volumes left in this series, the story shows no sign of slowing down. We are nearing the end, and will soon see who will be crowned the victor. Though Mello, and Near are getting closer to Light, they aren’t exactly getting closer to Kira. This volume ended in a way that I never saw coming, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next volume. I personally would have thought that either Mello, and Near would be closing in on Light, or perhaps vice versa. All I know is I cannot wait to see the outcome.
This volume pulled a lot of loose ends together. After reading this volume, it appears that Light may have won, and will come out on top. I would like to see Light come out on top, as he is the underdog. However, I still cannot agree with what Light is doing. Death Note volume 10 was a great volume and is setting the stage for a grand conclusion to the series. I highly recommend that you read this volume and this series.