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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 220
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0627-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Death Note Vol. #06

By Julie Rosato     August 16, 2006
Release Date: July 05, 2006

Death Note Vol.#06
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata
Translated by:Alexis Kirsch
Adapted by:Alexis Kirsch

What They Say
Although they've collected plenty of evidence tying the seven Yotsuba members to the newest Kira, Light, L and the rest of the taskforce are no closer to discovering which one actually possesses the Death Note.

Desperate for some headway, L recruits Misa to infiltrate the group and feed them information calculated to bring Kira into the open. But the Shinigami Rem reveals to Misa who the Kiras really are, and, armed with this knowledge, Misa will do anything to help Light. But what will that mean for L...?

The Review
Thanks to their surveillance, L and the other members of the task force have uncovered lots of information about the Yotsuba Group, but they're at odds over the best approach for capture. Against popular opinion, L cooks up a plan that uses Misa's past connections to uncover which of the corporate baddies is actually Kira. Things go a little differently than planned though, for in the process Rem reveals herself to Misa once again. In doing so, Misa is able to see exactly which member of the group is Kira ... but now she can't tell anyone how she knows! Desperate to be of use to Light, whom she also now knows was the original Kira, she decides to try her hand at gathering evidence alone.

Thankfully she's more resourceful than she looks, and once Higuchi is confirmed to be the Yotsuba Kira, all L needs is proof of how he kills. An extremely elaborate scheme is concocted to force Higuchi's hand, and all goes according to plan -- too bad writing in a notebook and talking to thin air doesn't make much sense to normal people. But things really step up when a panicked Higuchi makes the eye trade with Rem and L and the gang find themselves speeding towards a big confrontation. But once all the players are assembled together, someone's bound to find the Death Note...

Though the first couple of chapters still mostly deal out information, this volume eventually swings back into the intrigue groove with lots of activity to digest. Several tendrils of suspense move at once between L, Misa and Kira's actions, and so while the level of intensity is still a bit less than the early volumes, it's much better than the last. The last third of the book particularly picked up the pace, bringing back some of the momentum lost in the previous volume.

Another thing that makes this volume an improvement over the last is a renewed focus on Light as Kira and L's consideration of such. Despite remaining focused on the Yotsuba group storyline, it's clear that L still doesn't trust Light and acts accordingly here. He believes this all to be a ruse and that Light will somehow regain the powers of Kira once he is in the clear, reminding us that with the conclusion of this stalling sidestep into the corporate evils, the battle between L and Light is likely to resume. And that is the battlefield upon which this manga really should stay.


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