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Light and L’s battle comes to a shattering end but Kira’s dream to rule the world is still being opposed by geniuses who take up the fight.
L was simply out maneuvered by Light/Kira. And pays the price. Contingency plans are brought into play and L’s successors, Mello and Near, come on board as main characters.
Mello and Near are L divided into 2 people. Mello is passionate, willing to go to extreme ends to prove his point and he has a sweet tooth. Near is much more emotionless, taking a disinterested view of everything and he likes to play with toys.
These 3 volumes were an almost literal wall of text. I felt like I was reading a novel instead of manga.
A couple of things struck me. First off, guns. Or the lack there of. Watanari had a sniper rifle and you see the police force having hand guns, but they never get used. And Light’s father preaches about it not being legal for him to carry a gun when he resigns from the force. Made me thankful for our 2nd Amendment.
Second, the whole right and wrong of what Kira is doing. Everybody takes the stance that popular opinion is what makes something right. So if Kira can convince enough people to support him, then he’ll be in the right and his cause just. What a pack of bologna! That pissed me off.
Thirdly, Light is getting more and more willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He is willing to sacrifice his dad, his sister, his girlfriend, everyone in fact, to get what he wants. Selfish beyond belief.
I felt kind of burnt out after reading volume 6 and wasn’t sure how I was going to react to more volumes. And when L dies and Light has won, and then successors to L show up, my first reaction was “Come on, get it over with”. But with 2 volumes of Mello and Near, I am liking this. They “do” so much more than L. And this series needed an action villain.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
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