This review contains spoilers for the first two volumes of Death Note, plus the third one, of which I'm reviewing here. Don't read this review unlessThis review contains spoilers for the first two volumes of Death Note, plus the third one, of which I'm reviewing here. Don't read this review unless you want to know what happens before you read it.
This is the best volume so far! If Death Note had been moving along at a sort of slow pace up until now, that's all changed. So many exciting things happened, I was laughing my head off in some parts and freaking out during others. It goes to show you that it really is a high drama—very much a thriller.
It starts off with Light having Ryuuk, his shinigami death god, search for all the hidden cameras in his bedroom, so that he'll be able to feed him apples. That's Ryuuk's addiction, like humans and tobacco. Once all sixty-four cameras (OMG!) are discovered, Light configures how he'll sit at his desk, so as to block the view of the camera while he watches a mini TV hidden in a bag of chips. This way, he looks like he's just snacking while doing his homework, but he's really seeing criminals' names and faces, and writing them in the Notebook.
But, seeing this supposed normalcy really doesn't help L feel better about Light not being Kira. Then, Light enters college, and L is at the commencement ceremony, giving a speech right along with him. L looks so adorably creepy, with his huge bug eyes and the way he won't blink, nor look away from Light. How he manages to be cute and creepy I'll never know. But, L decides to tell Light that he is L. Totally shocked, Light doesn't know what to believe, thinking the real L would never reveal himself to anyone. But, it ties Light's hands behind his back, so that if L were to die suddenly after meeting Light, Light would be under immediate suspicion. Well played, L.
Then, they have a heated tennis match so L can get an idea of just how competitive Light really is. It's pretty intense, and afterward, L gives Light a series of questions meant to trap Light, and they very nearly work. L wants Light to work with his team on the investigation of Kira because, if Light is Kira, then he won't be able to make any moves on the police task force without giving himself away.
Suddenly, it looks as though Light is taking some seriously reckless measures by having Kira hold an entire TV news station hostage with video tapes meant to be broadcast to everyone in the region. Here, Kira proclaims he will create a new utopia where all evil people will be killed, or frightened into submission, and he wants the police to cooperate with him. Only thing is, L does not believe that these are the actions of Kira, but rather a stupider imposter Kira who can kill people without even needing to know their names.
Things are getting SO exciting! It's been a long time since I first got into Death Note, and I don't have the best memory, so this reread is almost as thrilling for me as it was when I first got into this series. This manga series is not to be missed…. ...more
* Plot: There wasn't much of one for most of it. Magic Bites was made up of Kate Daniels' daily activities, which was boring until about halfway. Thin* Plot: There wasn't much of one for most of it. Magic Bites was made up of Kate Daniels' daily activities, which was boring until about halfway. Things, then, did get more interesting and it lead to a climactic battle scene with Kate's guardian's killer. She was looking for this killer throughout the novel, and it was a surprise who the real killer was. But, I would have liked to have seen her normal work life at the beginning because you don't get to see what she actually does for a living. Just saying she was a mercenary over and over again didn't help me to understand that.
* Characters: I wish I could have liked these main characters but I couldn't. Kate had a major chip on her shoulder and tried too hard to act tough, which might make sense given her profession, but she seemed fake to me. I like characters that come off genuine and, for me, she hardly had a genuine moment during the entire novel. Curran was my least favorite character, hovering between treating Kate worse than garbage and acting like a decent guy towards her. Guess he couldn't make up his mind. I found him foul-mouthed, rude and border-line abusive. He could be excused for being a werelion, but I have so little tolerance for behavior like that, no matter what. Surprisingly, I really liked Dr. Crest of all people. He was a classy guy and made the story better during his scenes, although he didn't have much overall significance.
* Writing: The writing was very good, made up of mostly short sentences that make the reading move quickly. It was very effective for this type of story.
* Storytelling: I think because I wanted so much to see Kate doing her regular mercenary job, but never got to, I'd have to say the storytelling was not fabulous. Things got a lot better in the second half, but it was too little, too late for me. The humor was occasionally good, but I found it underdone for my tastes. The world-building was extremely well-done, but my gripe with it was only that it was confusing. I never could wrap my brain around how magic was affecting everyone's daily lives, and what all the guilds were, plus how all the shapechangers were classified. I could not figure out how Kate fit into this world that was created for her.
* Overall Quality: I'll give it pretty decent marks for quality. It lacked a lot of things I wished it had had, and had too much of what I wished it had not had, but still was a competent story. A lot of people love it and that has to count for something.
* Favorite Moment/Scene: The scene where Dr. Crest went to Kate's apartment just after she had fought with and killed a nasty vampire, and she was very badly wounded in the abdomen. He was a nice guy and helped her out, being particularly well-suited, since he was a surgeon by trade. I felt that Kate actually showed a smidgeon of genuine-ness and vulnerability because of him.