Death Note Volume 12 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.

Details:

  • Story: Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Art: Takeshi Obata.
  • Released: July 3, 2007.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 216.

After Takada had been kidnapped, she used her scrap paper from the Death Note to kill her kidnapper and wait for Light to find her. Light however had other plans for Takada and begins tying up loose ends. With several people out of the way, Light can now put his plan into action. Light has been working on this plan for months and has ensured everything is just right. Near has taken all precautions to ensure that he will not fall to Light. The only question that remains is will Light have his perfect world, or will Near stop him? The final battle between Near and Light is here.

The volume starts off in an explosive fashion. From the first few pages the drama and action is on. There were several times that I was not sure how this volume would turn out for anyone. Light seemed so sure of himself but in his complacency, he did not account for all variables. Though he is young Near accounted for everything and his plan went off without a hitch. I believe that if Light would not have been so arrogant he may have stood a better chance. Light was so assured of his victory that he lost sight of how to get there.

I would have liked to see a bit more in the plot development in regards to the more minor characters. We last see Misa at a hotel and that is about it for her character. We did get a glimpse one year into the future and things went about as I had expected them to. Most of the characters are still around and living their lives as usual. It was nice to see the future and how things had turned out, but it seemed a little unpolished and hastily thrown together. The ending itself is a little open ended, but I won’t spoil that.

A lot of content was crammed into the 216 pages that comprised this volume, and the conclusion was nearly perfect. There were a few other things that I would have liked to see, but I understand that there was only one way this series could end. Light was and will always be one of my most favorite characters. It was amazing being able to watch him progress from a high school student to the god of the new world. The power appears to have gone to his head and that was where he went wrong.

The epic conclusion to Death Note is here at last. The series ended in a way that I was not too thrilled about. I would have liked to see it go another way, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Nonetheless Death Note has found a place on my most favorite series list, and I can see myself returning to this series in the future. Death Note is a series that I believe most anyone will enjoy. The series was perfect on so many levels, the ending as whole just barely missed the mark and felt incomplete. I am glad to have read this series. Death Note is certainly not a series to miss.

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