Death Note Volume 8 Cover.
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  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: November 7, 2006.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 208.

Sayu has been kidnapped by an unknown organization whose motive is to obtain the Death Note. Light acting as Kira and L now has to work with the real L’s successor, Near, not only to rescue Sayu but to also bring down the mysterious group. As Light and Near uncover more information regarding this organization Near finds that the leader is someone from his past. Now Light and Near must find this person and stop them before they can use the Death Note.

This volume exploded with developments, Light now has hands full with multiple roles and his personal life, yet still manages to be the person he needs to be. Light hasn’t really developed much but he has become more complacent it would seem. Light is now mostly relying on previous contacts from L to further his agenda and using Misa for her eyes. Light is even seen to stammer a few times in the dialogue. I hope Light can remember himself and pull himself back together.

Near truly shines as L’s successor. In some cases, he is more cunning than L and even surpasses him. With Near and the SPK closing in on Kira, and the other organization moving towards the Death Note, Light has his work cut out for him to keep his tracks covered yet still complete the work of Kira. Not much is known about Mello but we do know that he means business and actions make that apparent.

Mello has always come second to Near and when L was to choose his successor Near was the obvious choice. Now Mello plans to take control of the Death Note and maybe even the world. Mello’s goal is unclear, he may want to catch Kira, he may want to be Kira, we do not know. I cannot wait to see how Light, Near and Mello measure up against each other and who comes out on top in the end.

This volume was amazing on many levels. There were several times when I thought Sayu or Soichiro would be killed. The series maintains its mysterious and dramatic charm that it had since the beginning and I’m certain it will maintain it until the end. I think that the fact that we are this far in the series and new characters are still being introduced is worth mentioning. The new characters keep the series fresh, entertaining, and of course open new developments. Death Note volume 8 is well worth the read, you will not be disappointed.