Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Review: Death Note Volumes 3+4 by Tsugumi Ohba

Title: Death Note II
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Cover Artist: Takashi Obata
Publisher: Viz LLC
Release Date: 8th March 2011 (Originally published 2003 in Japan)
Genre: Manga
Page Count: 392
Original Language: Japanese
Format Read: Paperback
Other books in series: Death Note 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Movie Adaptation: I think so? There is also an anime series

Where you can buy it:  AmazonThe Book DepositoryWaterstonesBarnes and Noble,

You may remember on Monday that I gave you the review of the first two volumes of this manga series, and now I'm back today to bring you the review of the next instalment! 


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light's noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

*SPOILER ALERT: This review assumes you are familiar with the book* 

This is amazing as usual!

These two volumes follow the point of the last editions where the NPA had bugged Light's entire house with cameras so that they could tell if anyone in the house was performing suspicious acts... like killing people. Light of course with the help of Ryuk finds all of the cameras - all 60+ of them - and then go about their daily killing business.

What is especially interesting about volumes 3 and 4 is that they go on to show how Light handles being Kira over time and throughout college, where the world's best detective L begins to seriously suspect him of being Kira and for the first time we see Light crumble under the pressure. He keeps his cool though, and manages to keep L off the trail by working for the NPA on the Kira case.

Basically, he joins the search to find himself. #deep

I don't want to give too much away, but some things happen that result in the introduction of a second Death Note holder, Misa, a young teen magazine model who is desperate to grab Light's attention with the use of her Death Note. She has an interesting story as to how the notebook became hers, which allows us to see a different side of the death gods. She then falls for Light whilst he has a brief moment of attraction and then continues to use her for his own benefit. Good old Light.

There is also a touching moment when L reveals to Light that he sincerely hopes that he isn't Kira because he has become his only friend. I as a reader found that so horrible to read knowing that Light is Kira and always has been. L has just wanted to fit in, and Light's company made him feel normal.

I actually didn't mind the introduction of a 'love interest' (as I guess it probably manifests into love later on?) because she is a clever girl, and although a bit clingy, is just what the series needed. She hasn't spoilt anything for me. This manga just keeps getting better!

Overall, I can't wait to get the next two volumes and read them, because I love love love this series. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future to Light and Misa! Plus in this book there was never a dull moment, which means I give it five cups of tea again.

About the author:

Tsugumi Ohba is best known for authoring the Death Note manga series with illustrator Takeshi Obata from 2003 to 2006, which has 30 million collected volumes in circulation. The duo's second series Bakuman. (2008–2012), was also successful with 15 million in circulation. His real identity is a closely guarded secret, but there is speculation that Tsugumi Ohba is a pen name of Hiroshi Gamō, pointing out that in Bakuman the main character's uncle was a one-hit wonder manga artist who worked on a gag super-hero manga, very similar to Gamō and Tottemo! Luckyman in all aspects, and also that the storyboards drawn by Ohba greatly resemble Tottemo! Luckyman in style.

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