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Death Note, Vol. 7 Paperback – September 5, 2006
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The third Kira, Higuchi, has been tracked down and this volume opens with him surrounded by police, including L and Light. When he reveals the secrets of the Death Note, police confiscate it and are suddenly able to see the shinigami, Rem. Light also comes into contact with the Death Note and all of his memories return, revealing an elaborate plot that started several volumes back. Without letting go of the Death Note, Light must kill Higuchi or risk losing all his memories again. As this volume goes on, there's a huge plot twist that leads to Light's biggest victory yet...
Unlike many other Death Note volumes, this one plunges into the action with the tense standoff between Higuchi and the police. The task force must grapple with the fact that they're dealing with a supernatural being, but they seem to accept Rem and the Death Note's properties fairly quickly. If you were ever on the fence with liking Light or not, this volume will probably push you over the edge... before it's finished, a few major characters will be gone and the story will have advanced to the year 2009. We learn more about L and Watari's background and meet two of L's protegies. This is a major turning point in the series!
Death Note, even though suffering from some gaping holes in the logic department, is one of the most suspenseful and entertaining series being printed right now. The main enjoyment comes from seeing these characters manuever around each other like an elaborate chess game. This enjoyment is sometimes hindered by the writer's inability to come up with clever twists, and instead relying on arcane rules for the Death Note which get too convoluted for so simple an effect. L and Light continue to be interesting characters who still have a few tricks up their sleeves. The art is great and bolsters a superb idea which is not executed consistently. Still a great read.
Up until now I have viewed Light as a misguided and foolish young man, but I wasn't really emotionally invested in him or his fate. After volume 7, I detest him. He was very clever in his manipulation of Rem, but I can't admire it like I admired the clever way he managed to get his memories back. I was so sure that L would be the one to bring Light down, but now I'm hoping Misa wises up and turns on him. It's a slim hope, I know, since I fear Misa would be more likely to commit suicide than seek revenge if she realized Light doesn't care about her. But the idea of Light's downfall coming at the hands of the person he thinks he has complete control over - it seems fitting.
Another surprise is that there is not one, but two successors to L: Near and Mello. Mello seems seriously creepy. I haven't seen enough of Near to form an opinion of him yet.
I seriously considered not reading the rest of the volumes, but I'm reconsidering... I think I'll give Ohba and Obata a chance to redeem themselves. Maybe once I've read the entire story I'll see how this all fits, and it won't feel so wrong.
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Amazing I love this series I've read every single one up to this point and plan on reading more soonPublished 16 months ago by B. F. Brown
This is just what I ordered and expected she was so excited to get this. Thank you for everything it was freatPublished 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really didn't read the series for a while after what happened here.
I couldn't believe that so far into the series a character had to be killed off. Read more