Death Note, Vol. 5 (Death Note, #5)
After a week locked up with no one but Ryuk for company, Light is ready to give up his Death Note and all memories of it. Freed from his past actions, Light is convinced he's innocent. But L is ready to keep Light under lock and key forever, especially since the killings stopped once Light was incarcerated. Then a new wave of Kira crimes hits Japan. Someone else has gotten their hands on a Death Note, and these new deaths aren't focused on making the world a better place, they're focused on making money. Big business can be murder, and Kira has gone corporate!

Death Note, Vol. 5 (Death Note, #5) Details

TitleDeath Note, Vol. 5 (Death Note, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2006
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
ISBN-139781421506265
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy

Death Note, Vol. 5 (Death Note, #5) Review

  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhhh this took a hugely different turn from the first 4 books. Not that I'm SAD or anything? Just surprised, really. Kira's power is in the hands of evil companies...and this just makes me a little less invested because I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE COMPANIES. When it was just completely Light vs "L" I was 100000% invested because I love them both.Don't get me wrong though. THERE WAS STILL SO MANY GOOD THINGS AND I'M STILL DEFINITELY ENJOYING THIS SERIES.A RANDOM LIST OF MY THOUGHTS:• As the art on th Ohhhh this took a hugely different turn from the first 4 books. Not that I'm SAD or anything? Just surprised, really. Kira's power is in the hands of evil companies...and this just makes me a little less invested because I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE COMPANIES. When it was just completely Light vs "L" I was 100000% invested because I love them both.Don't get me wrong though. THERE WAS STILL SO MANY GOOD THINGS AND I'M STILL DEFINITELY ENJOYING THIS SERIES.A RANDOM LIST OF MY THOUGHTS:• As the art on the front cover indicates, "L" and Light are now chained together. :') Bless them.• I have an enormous love of them both and I'M NOT EVEN SORRY.• The psychopath and the sociopath. <3333• I like Misa a little more in this book because she's just so cheerful even when she's being locked up and blindfolded for like ages. Go Misa and your sunshiney personality. (Except, tbh, her only drive in life is her love for Light -- AND THAT STILL BOTHERS ME.)• I love love love Light and L's fight. IT WAS HILARIOUS. I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS I DID. And the detectives watching are like "Should we break it up?" and "Eh, nah, let's let them have it."• Also L is like eating in about 80% of his scenes. Cupcakes, strawberries, drinking tea...OH L. STAHP. YOU'RE SO ADORABLE• #cakeappreciation• Unfortunately aaaall the endless panels of the evil company chatting was B.O.R.I.N.G. • And there was less deducing and clever thinking like the other books. Which honestly lowered my enthusiasim. Because I love the deudcing aspect.• And also I admit to being (view spoiler)[ kind of thrown that Light gave up being Kira. It was very fast and I don't know Light's motives really. Was he just doing it to protect himself or is there another plot twist coming? He was SUCH an amazing and clever and complex villain, but now he's just solving his own case? SO I DO LIKE THE TWIST, YES. But it feels too widely different. Like the book is trying to make Light the hero now. Dammit. He was a good villain. (hide spoiler)]All in all: I am still a gargantuan fan and I'm ready to devour the next book ASAP. A little less in love with this one though. I hope the deducing and clever plots pick back up soon....
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    Eh. This seemed to suddenly change directions and now nothing is like it was? The original premise and conflict that were so interesting seem to have been thrown to the side in exchange for these corrupt businessmen?And will Misa ever do anything that doesn't revolve around Light??What ever happened with the Police Chief's health? He had a heart attack like two issues ago, supposedly stress induced, and now all this goes down with his son but he is fine?Why was Misa kept in sensory-deprivation c Eh. This seemed to suddenly change directions and now nothing is like it was? The original premise and conflict that were so interesting seem to have been thrown to the side in exchange for these corrupt businessmen?And will Misa ever do anything that doesn't revolve around Light??What ever happened with the Police Chief's health? He had a heart attack like two issues ago, supposedly stress induced, and now all this goes down with his son but he is fine?Why was Misa kept in sensory-deprivation confinement and Light was not? Still continuing with the series, just feeling very 'meh' about this issue.
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  • Roula
    January 1, 1970
    αρκετα πεσμενοι ρυθμοι σε αυτο το μερος.δεν υπηρχε καποια jaw dropping στιγμη ,οπως στα 4 προηγουμενα αλλα βλεπω οτι χτιζεται η συνεχεια η οποια πιστευω θα ναι πολυ δυνατη...#StillTeamL 👊👊
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  • Connor
    January 1, 1970
    [4.5 Stars] Still really great. This one has a lot of build-up for what will be going down in the next volume. I am so pumped for it!
  • Magdalen
    January 1, 1970
    densely written and less interesting than the previous volumes. saw it coming but nbd. It gets better.
  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Moram da priznam nisam ocekivao pravac u kom ce se prica razvijati i to je odlicno ali... sve je suvise zakompikovano. Pokusavaju ci da prikaze ove likove kao izuzetno pametne samo im je umanjio na vrednosti. Glavni razlog zbog kojeg citamo ovo jeste nadmudrivanje izmedju L i Lighta i toga trenutno nema. Si gurno ce mo dobiti u knjizici dve kako je sve ovo bio samo ogroman plan jednog ili drugog ali ostajem pri tome da je ovo pravac koji mi se nesvidja.
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  • Giota
    January 1, 1970
    The plot, the character development, the execution are still perfect, but I have to admit I liked the original concept way better. I miss the Light-going-up-against-L-in-epic-fight-of-wits.I don't care for the new characters that have been introduced and consequently I'm nowhere near as invested as I was. It's also taking a very Hollywood turn which makes everything very predictable.Last, but not least, I'm disappointed by Misa's character development. I was hoping she's gradually mature and bec The plot, the character development, the execution are still perfect, but I have to admit I liked the original concept way better. I miss the Light-going-up-against-L-in-epic-fight-of-wits.I don't care for the new characters that have been introduced and consequently I'm nowhere near as invested as I was. It's also taking a very Hollywood turn which makes everything very predictable.Last, but not least, I'm disappointed by Misa's character development. I was hoping she's gradually mature and become an equal member of the crew. This series is missing a strong female character and after Naomi Misora, Misa was promising....but....I'm guessing this is a man's world.
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  • Roya
    January 1, 1970
    Another flawless instalment. The humour, though short-lived and rare, was scintillating as always.Ohba never fails to impress. Alas, it may be some time before I can return to the Kira Investigation. There seems to be an endless influx of trivial books that have taken a liking to butting themselves into my TBR list. If they were animate, you can be sure that I'd put them in my death note._____________________________Reread on 22/03/2015
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  • Nərmin
    January 1, 1970
    That twist... But hey, Light is cuter when not being Kira))))
  • Marianna Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Almost halfway through the series, I feel like it's getting a bit too complicated. This volume did seem like a transition into something more important (hopefully), so perhaps the next one will bring the excitement back. Sure, I was still really into it, but the Shinigami-human interaction was missing for the most part and I wasn't happy about that.!!!! SPOILERS !!!!The whole memory loss situation really isn't working for me. I suspect there is going to be some kind of way around it within the e Almost halfway through the series, I feel like it's getting a bit too complicated. This volume did seem like a transition into something more important (hopefully), so perhaps the next one will bring the excitement back. Sure, I was still really into it, but the Shinigami-human interaction was missing for the most part and I wasn't happy about that.!!!! SPOILERS !!!!The whole memory loss situation really isn't working for me. I suspect there is going to be some kind of way around it within the endless Death Note rules, which will bring Light's memories back and reunite him with Ryuk. Otherwise, the whole vigilante theme that initially attracted me to the series would be lost, unless another major character is brought in.
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  • casey
    January 1, 1970
    light really did THAT
  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    Actual review: 3.5The turn in the story made it lag a bit. Not to mention that Light was the driving force of the story all this time, and now...
  • Ashley (JaffaCaffa)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars?I definitely liked this one more than the last volume, but I really missed Light's personality. The event that took place just took away a big part of what I love about Death Note and I felt a bit disconnected from the story because of it.I have Volume 6 ready to read but I'm sad, the series is going downhill. :(
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Only three stars for this volume because I think Light's voluntary memory wipe is a total cop-out...although to be honest, I didn't see many other ways to extend the plot without putting Light-as-Kira to rest for awhile and transferring the power to kill to another character.Otherwise, the series remains enjoyable, even though Misa drives me nuts.
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  • Josiemaus85
    January 1, 1970
    So viele Dinge, an die ich mich nicht mehr erinnern konnte ^^'
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Finalmente proseguo con questo manga! Ancora una volta la stupidità che provo nel leggere dei geniali ragionamenti di L e Light raggiungi elevati livelli. Cioè in confronto a questi due geniacci, mi sento davvero molto inutile. Adoro soprattutto questo di Death Note, la capacità di farti ragionare su grandi temi come la giustizia, cosa è bene e cosa è male, in modo per nulla semplicistico e scontato. Sono davvero curiosa di vedere come si svilupperà la storia! L'appuntamento a tre tra Light, Mis Finalmente proseguo con questo manga! Ancora una volta la stupidità che provo nel leggere dei geniali ragionamenti di L e Light raggiungi elevati livelli. Cioè in confronto a questi due geniacci, mi sento davvero molto inutile. Adoro soprattutto questo di Death Note, la capacità di farti ragionare su grandi temi come la giustizia, cosa è bene e cosa è male, in modo per nulla semplicistico e scontato. Sono davvero curiosa di vedere come si svilupperà la storia! L'appuntamento a tre tra Light, Misa e L mi ha fatto morire dal ridere! L è davvero una sagoma. Tra l'altro in questo numero non so cosa non si sia mangiato, tra torte alla fragola, ciliege e tortine al cioccolato. Io lo adoro. Mon riesco ancora a capire quale sia l'effettivo piano di Light, perchè immagino che in qualche modo abbia pianificato di riuscire a tornare in possesso del Death Note. Staremo a vedere!
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  • Ananya Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant.
  • علي الماجد
    January 1, 1970
    simply brilliantine
  • C
    January 1, 1970
    Misa annoys me a lot and I don't like this eight businessman at all...This is the worse volume so far because things became so unrelated to what we started with. Light has become someone different, he is not present as much as he was brain wise. L takes more parts this time but I liked how they were fighting reason, what made them special was their weird relationship.These 8 men are so boring to read, the action is not needed if it's going to be like this.
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  • Lastik
    January 1, 1970
    un buen giro de trama pero con un ritmo monótono en la investigación de búsqueda del nuevo Kira. Me ha parecido bastante de relleno ya que no hay mucha coherencia con la historia del comienzo. Aunque sabes que el verdadero fin de toda esta historia está escondida en al mente perversa de Light y no lo sabremos hasta más adelante. Por ello, me parece un poco de relleno estos capítulosMás sobre mi opinión en la reseña del bloghttp://almalectora.blogspot.com.es/20...
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  • Shakira
    January 1, 1970
    3.25This volume has been the least thrilling (I'm using that word very lightly) so far... there was a lot of strategy and build up in this though therefore I'm expecting big things from volume 6.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    This one kind of annoyed me but i get why this chunk of the story was written.
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    This is my main review for the entire series. It doesn't really apply to this book, but it's far more intelligent than anything I have to say here, so just read that. Also, unmarked spoilers for previous books follow. You've been warned.Some background, in case you're too lazy to click the link. I have loved Death Note up until now. I loved the artwork. I loved the characters. I loved the moral complexity. I loved the suspense. At this point in the anime, I had no reason to believe that this wou This is my main review for the entire series. It doesn't really apply to this book, but it's far more intelligent than anything I have to say here, so just read that. Also, unmarked spoilers for previous books follow. You've been warned.Some background, in case you're too lazy to click the link. I have loved Death Note up until now. I loved the artwork. I loved the characters. I loved the moral complexity. I loved the suspense. At this point in the anime, I had no reason to believe that this would change. And the artwork didn't - Obata is still phenomenal. But as for the rest of the book?Bill Watterson, you understand me as no one else ever could.I know it happens later for most people, but this is where the story really started going downhill for me. It happened a little in the last volume, but that was kind of like a gentle slope - this is where things go flying off the cliff. The beginning of the book is fine, but the second Light loses his memory... bam. Boredom. (See what I did there?)First off, let's talk about the setup for this whole thing, because it's got more holes than swiss cheese. See, we already know at this point that L can be killed - Light has told Misa to do it, all that has to happen is that she sees him. She does, but immediately afterwords, Misa gets arrested under suspicion of being second-Kira. (This was also the result of a plothole, but I've already ranted about that.) If Light lets Misa get arrested, he knows that Rem will kill him. So, his solution?Why, give up his memory of the Death Note, of course!His plan makes so little sense, I'm not even sure how Ohba wrote it down on the storyboard without laughing his guts out. Light lets himself get arrested and locked up, under the pretense that he thinks he might be Kira, and he gives the death note to Ryuk. That part makes sense - the only way to prove he's not Kira is if criminals keep dying after he goes to prison. But then he actually gives up ownership of the Death Note, so he really isn't Kira anymore. Which is probably the single stupidest thing anyone has ever done in all of manga. There are so many ways out of this I can't even count them. He could've controlled someone before their death to confess as second Kira and explain exactly how they pulled off their crime. He could've let himself get locked up, but let Rem kill the criminals - it wouldn't kill her, the death penalty was never mentioned. Hell, he even could've sent it to someone else without giving up ownership - he'd only have 490 days to get it back, but that way, he'd know exactly who it was. Instead, he decides, "I think I'll make a goal for myself, and then forget about that goal until it's accomplished. Or maybe it won't be. Herp derp." There's only one reason something this illogical would make it into the manga: Ohba needs to stretch the plot out, any way he can. This is how he accomplishes it. Everything that comes from here until (view spoiler)[L's death (hide spoiler)] is filler. And you know it's filler, even without the knowledge that Light eventually gets his memory back, because even an idiot would know: what kind of a sputtering, anti-climatic ending would it be if he didn't? No, he gets his memory back - you know from the beginning. Until it happens, we're all just waiting. And waiting. And waiting.Maybe I wouldn't mind so much, if not for the fact that what came as a result of this is so terrible.See, here's the thing: without Light's memory, he's essentially a completely different character, which means that everything that makes the series good is gone. I know I talk about how great L is a lot, but the story really does lean on Light. It's the same way that as much as I hate Harry Potter the character, there really wouldn't be a story without the Chosen One. The thing I'd always liked best was the ambiguous morality. The series forces you to face the question of whether the world really is better off without criminals, whether it's okay to kill someone for doing horrible things, whether L represents criminals. With Light as a character gone, so is that ambiguity. Light gives the Note to a group of ruthless, evil maniacs that use that use the Note for their own purposes, without any guilt or remorse. They're not out to make the world a better place, they're just selfish and greedy. Suddenly, L is clearly the good guy, and Yotsuba is clearly the bad guy. Suddenly, the morality is simple. Suddenly, everything is clear.Suddenly, everything is unrealistic.The thing I love so much about this series is that things aren't simple. There is no simple morality. Every action brings up questions. And this just takes all that away. It doesn't feel like Death Note anymore - it feels like a commercialized replacement. You betrayed me with this, Ohba. With this simplistic, unrealistic shit, you've betrayed me and every single one of your fans.Anyway, it's not just the complex morality that's gone - nothing else interesting happens, either. The characters, at this stage, are boring. To be fair, Ohba tries, he really does, but he's written himself into a corner - the only way out is through. The only interesting part is in the beginning, when Light's dad decides to lock himself up with Light. His morality there was fascinating, and it had the life that the rest of the volume lacks. But other than that, it's all boring. As I said, Ohba tries - like that scene where L thinks things are hopeless, or when Aizawa has to chose between the task force and being a police officer - but it all feels forced and fruitless. There's little here that you wouldn't be able to find in a superhero cartoon.The plot is boring as well. There are a couple, very brief moments of suspense (mostly in Matsuda's gambit), but it's mostly predictable and dry, because ultimately, we know where everything's going. We know that Light and L will figure out who Kira is. We know that Light is going to touch the Death Note and get his memory back. There can be no suspense until that happens - it's all boring.And, lastly, I have to mention the lack of logic here, because boy is it ever noticeable. Maybe I'm only nitpicking because there's nothing else entertaining to do when you read this book, but man, is it full of plotholes. For instance: why did Matsuda have to conspire with L to fake his death over the phone? Why couldn't Matsuda have met up with him in person before the party? Sure, Matsuda was in huge danger the second he left the presence of the Yotsuba executives, but he didn't know that, because he's an idiot. And if Yotsuba is so sure that no one can link them to Kira, why did they bribe the Japanese government to stop the investigation? And why did the government accept the bribe without consulting L - that just makes zero sense at all. And why was noted idiot Matusda hired to be Misa's manager - why couldn't it have been someone else? There are all sorts of things like this.So, yeah, I kind of think this volume sucks. I wish it hadn't been written. I just wish (view spoiler)[L had died (hide spoiler)] in the last volume, and that we could've ended there. What we got instead was dry, simplistic, and boring. I know a lot of fans won't agree with me, but I really don't care.On the bright side, this volume is the one to introduce the only strong female in the series who doesn't die in her first appearance. So that was nice.
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  • Gabriella Small
    January 1, 1970
    Não entendi, um pouco direito.QUE DOIDOnossa mais que rumo que essa historia esta tomando.
  • Claudia Verónica
    January 1, 1970
    Mucho mejor que el tomo anterior. Al principio estuve un poco perdida ya que no me acordaba muy bien que había pasado antes de estos eventos. Sigo sin soportar a Misa (personajes insufribles si los hay!) pero el rumbo que está tomando la historia hizo que me olvidara un poco de ella. Esto se está poniendo cada vez mejor!!
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  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    January 1, 1970
    A filler volume. It's super slow and much of things you enjoy Death Note for take somewhat of a back seat.
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    In this new installment, the pattern changes dramatically. After the events of the last volume, with Light imprisoned, a new Kira makes his appearance, more inclined to use the diary to acquire power that punish the villains. Besides, having the basic elements of the series been altered, the investigative part is much more evident here. Some supporting characters have been introduced, but they seem taken from a television series (view spoiler)[the trickster and the thief as external consultants In this new installment, the pattern changes dramatically. After the events of the last volume, with Light imprisoned, a new Kira makes his appearance, more inclined to use the diary to acquire power that punish the villains. Besides, having the basic elements of the series been altered, the investigative part is much more evident here. Some supporting characters have been introduced, but they seem taken from a television series (view spoiler)[the trickster and the thief as external consultants (hide spoiler)]. All this only serves to turn away the story from the original direction.This volume can be seen as a transition element, or a preparation for further changes in the plot, but also it threatens to confuse the readers who love the characters and the dynamics until now shown. Personally, I liked the story, although I hope that this interlude doesn’t last long.Misa is always a secondary character and a little childish, that I don’t particularly like. At this rate, it might as well was removed from the series. I miss Ryuk, scarcely present in this volume.(view spoiler)[Light’s imprisonment and the waiver to the diary, puts momentarily out of the game Kira and introduces Light as a detective in the hunt for the “new Kira”. This is in fact, an alternative situation that could occur if Light hadn’t found the diary. (hide spoiler)]I am aware that not all volumes can be equally good, but only with the next volume you will understand if the story is lost or it will be saved by a brilliant twist.
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    With volume 4 having reached a tense conclusion, I was both excited for this follow up volume, and at the same time apprehensive for what direction the story would take. Had I not already known there were 12 volumes in the Death Note series, I would have been convinced that the story would have been about to have complete its arc in ‘Whiteout’. (My guess is that the writer may have planned for this as well, however been encouraged to write more in light of the story’s success.) Volume 5 opens up With volume 4 having reached a tense conclusion, I was both excited for this follow up volume, and at the same time apprehensive for what direction the story would take. Had I not already known there were 12 volumes in the Death Note series, I would have been convinced that the story would have been about to have complete its arc in ‘Whiteout’. (My guess is that the writer may have planned for this as well, however been encouraged to write more in light of the story’s success.) Volume 5 opens up a whole new sub-plot, which sees Light and L join forces to fight against a fresh evil: a syndicate of powerful executives who have come into the possession of a Death Note. As they fight to bring down the Yotsuba Group, and uncover which member of the organisation owns the Death Note, the story takes on many of the conventions of a traditional police drama, which some readers may find a frustrating detour from the main plot. Nevertheless, a distinct positive to this volume is that it brings more development to the police officers in the Kira Investigation Team, who to this point, whilst being a distinct presence, have served very much as background characters. The reader is reminded that it’s these little people that are important in fighting to bring Kira to justice, and the story introduces some very interesting themes and a surprising spark of realism.
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  • Mikael Kuoppala
    January 1, 1970
    The fifth volume of Death Note “Whiteout” finally takes the story to another level. The series so far has been compelling but a bit too repetitive and tedious with its tendency to circulate the same core setup. But now we get a true shift in the status quo and that shift brings some fresh storytelling with it.“Whiteout” is a balanced, thrilling ride from beginning ‘til end and it isn’t afraid to take risks or expand the scope of this saga. If only we could get a bit more substance to fill all th The fifth volume of Death Note “Whiteout” finally takes the story to another level. The series so far has been compelling but a bit too repetitive and tedious with its tendency to circulate the same core setup. But now we get a true shift in the status quo and that shift brings some fresh storytelling with it.“Whiteout” is a balanced, thrilling ride from beginning ‘til end and it isn’t afraid to take risks or expand the scope of this saga. If only we could get a bit more substance to fill all these complex frames- and find something for Misa’s character to do- this series could become excellent. As it is, this volume promises brilliance but doesn’t quite deliver it on its own. It comes near enough though to make me feel more enthusiastic about this tale than I ever did before.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Quite an interesting turn of events set up here. Light's personality change after getting rid of (and thus, forgetting) the Death Note makes me wonder just how much of what we'd previously saw of him was because of the influence of the Note itself, and possibly Ryuk.
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