Death Note Vol. 8, by Tsugumi Ohba

Nrrrrrrt.

That’s about the only sound I was capable of making after this book EXPLODED MY BRAIN. If you’ve read any of my other Death Note reviews, you’re going to be like, “Yeah, yeah, I get it with the brain explosion, get a new phrase, lady.” But I can’t. Because my brain has exploded. Again.

Okay, so. Light’s sister has been kidnapped, and the kidnappers, led by a chocolate-loving mini-L want the notebook in trade. Light comes up with a plan to not do that last part, but the kidnappers are way wily-er and they temporarily hijack a plane and take Light’s dad out to the desert where they’re keeping his daughter underground in some crazy revolving door trap and there’s no choice but to give up the notebook and now the kidnappers are like, sweet, and go killing all the people they don’t like.

But of course there’s still another notebook, and a person who can see people’s names to write them down in it, and so Misa is still useful and Light still hangs out with her, even if her sexy underpants do absolutely nothing for him. Poor Misa.

AND Light is working with the American special ops team headed by the other mini-L, who at first acts like he’s never heard of the first mini-L and then is like, “Oh, no, I totes know him. And must defeat him.”

Oh, also, there’s a third Shinigami who apparently owns one of these notebooks? I don’t remember this from the previous books but I remember so little that I will go ahead and believe it, and he totally messes everything up.

And then a bunch of people die, and then Light contemplates killing, like, everyone else, including Misa. Because that’s what you do to the people who love you, right?

This is all very confusing, I’m sure, because the book is super confusing, and there are still like five books to go and I might suffer a mental breakdown before I finish them. But I still want to finish them. There is something very wrong with me.

Recommendation: Probably you should NEVER read this series, because you’re just going to get sucked in and your brain is going to explode and you’re going to think it’s a good idea to keep reading them. But still, you should read them.

Rating: 7/10
(RIP Challenge)

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4 thoughts on “Death Note Vol. 8, by Tsugumi Ohba

  1. Alison says:

    It is quite good! I can't decide, though, if you should read them all at once so you don't forget half the plotlines like I do, or if you should space them out so that you don't get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information. I guess whichever way you want to go!

  2. redhead says:

    I think I've read up through volume 7 or 8, I got them out of the library a handful at a time a few summers ago. (better all at once or spaced out? I still don't know!)

    Have you seen the live action movie? it's surprisingly good, and stars Takeshi Kaga, who you might know from Iron Chef.

  3. Alison says:

    Andrea — I didn't know that such a thing existed! My husband's seen the anime, and keeps telling me to stop reading and just watch that, though. 🙂 Maybe when I finally get through the books, I'll watch both!

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