- Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
- Art: Takeshi Obata.
- Released: May 1, 2007.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 216.
Near makes his way to Japan to continue his investigation. To stay one step ahead of the task force, Light is holding meetings with Kira’s spokesperson, Takada. To the task force, Light is infiltrating Kira’s organization, but Takada is still receiving orders from Light. Mikami continues to do Kira’s work, while passing his own judgment on people. Little does Mikami and Light know that Near is hot on their trail and is closer to them than they realize. Near makes his move when he abducts Misa and Mogi. After three weeks of a standstill Near puts his plan into action and requests to meet Light. Now it’s Light’s turn to make his move.
Even as this series is nearing its conclusion the story is still introducing new points. The final battle is upon us and the victor will be Light or Near. At this point I can’t even say who will emerge victorious. I can longer account for things that happen behind the scenes. Just as things seem to make sense or reach a stable point, something crazy happens. Also, judging by how Light is, he could have accounted for these things to happen. But on the other hand, Near is the one who is calling the shots. Also, there is no telling who Near has lured to his side.
The one thing I don’t fully understand about Near is why he insists on telling Light all of his plans and everything he does. It is almost as if he is so confident that he does not need to rely on the clandestine approach. Near is worthy of being the heir to L and in some aspects, he surpasses him, but he is far too confident. I have also noticed that Light is no longer complacent as he was in previous volumes. If anything, Light is better than he was when he was facing off against L. Light has developed in a sense that relies on people to get stuff done but he isn’t afraid to take charge and lead the way.
At this point I am not even sure who I want to win. If Light wins then everyone dies and Kira gets to continue developing his perfect world. If Near wins then the world is quite literally saved from being plunged into ill begotten peace and prosperity. It would be different to see a villain triumph over good for once. I also find it difficult to consider Light a villain but what he is doing is evil regardless of the reason. As much as I would like to think of Light as a hero, he just isn’t.
This volume is the second to last in the series and thus marks the beginning of the end. The final plans have been set in place and everything is coming full circle. The final battle is sure to be amazing. Words cannot describe the emotions I am feeling as we near the end of this series. Death Note volume 11 was an amazing read. I strongly advise you to check this volume out.