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

  • MischaS_
    January 1, 1970
    So, this is how it will be? A Death Note every day? But that way it will only last me till the end of this week! Fabulous as always but I have to say (view spoiler)[without Light knowing that he is Kira it's a bit not as good? But I love how Light is still careful not to say something to L even if he does not know that he is Kira. (hide spoiler)]I love Light and L mind games, so much fun. But I miss Ryuk too much. 😔
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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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  • 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.
  • Hiba Arrame
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think the idea of forfeiting the death note was very good, but I think there was no way around it as everything got really tight and there must've been a way to clear it up.I'm excited to know what comes up next.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • casey
    January 1, 1970
    light really did THAT
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I love this manga, this is probably the story arc where things become a bit less exciting as the focus is shifted onto an evil corporation to find a Kira hidden among 8 mysterious figures.There's some interesting moments, but it mostly stretches a relatively boring idea a bit too much. In fact, what was initially a question of justice, of good and evil based on actions, is now a question of success and money, of personal wealth and happiness.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book Revi As much as I love this manga, this is probably the story arc where things become a bit less exciting as the focus is shifted onto an evil corporation to find a Kira hidden among 8 mysterious figures.There's some interesting moments, but it mostly stretches a relatively boring idea a bit too much. In fact, what was initially a question of justice, of good and evil based on actions, is now a question of success and money, of personal wealth and happiness.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • larissa
    January 1, 1970
    if i’d read this before having watched the anime, i’d have given this volume 4 stars, or maybe even 3. i remember being really disappointed and sad when light and misa lost their powers and memories in the anime. i found it weird, and i felt like it would only get worse from that point on. i hated the sudden change of everything, and it wasn’t nearly as exciting and addictive anymore. i won’t spoil anything, but i promise you, it WILL get better and exciting again. this is by far the volume with if i’d read this before having watched the anime, i’d have given this volume 4 stars, or maybe even 3. i remember being really disappointed and sad when light and misa lost their powers and memories in the anime. i found it weird, and i felt like it would only get worse from that point on. i hated the sudden change of everything, and it wasn’t nearly as exciting and addictive anymore. i won’t spoil anything, but i promise you, it WILL get better and exciting again. this is by far the volume with the most boring plot, but i now know that this whole change of, like, everything, was a good and necessary choice to be able to pick the storyline up again later on. don’t give death note up yet because of this, it’s the kind of series where you really need to have read/watched everything to fully appreciate it. this volume is indeed quite a lackluster, but without it the story wouldn’t have had a chance to develop. imagine if this didn’t happen, and every volume would just be another intellect race between light as kira and ryuzaki as L. it would eventually get boring, they would run out of ideas and by the 7th volume it would just be another predictable repeat of history. this HAD to be done. i also actually do like a lot of things about this! some examples:- matsuda, oh god, matsuda. i’d almost forgotten how much i wanted to hug the shit out of him. i feel bad for him, and i also really relate to him. - LIGHT! it’s so interesting to see how different light is without his memories as kira. it shows how anyone can become a killer, no matter how sane and kind they were in the past, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time and giving in to the temptation. light lost his sanity when he became kira, it wasn’t initially his character at all. some murderers were just born like that and already showed signs when they were toddlers, others were perfectly normal while growing up, and snapped because of one or more circumstances. anyone, ANYONE, could become a murderer, it just takes one person more than it would another. and that is exactly what happened to light. he was bored, he was curious, and one (1) little experiment lead to him becoming the world’s most known serial killer. just ugh this fucking series man. everything about this is so GOOD. - wedy and aiber! i just love them- light and L being chained together. lawlight is honestly one of my main otps, like, ever. just think about them in a relationship! that would be really interesting and ironic and cute and THEY WERE FUCKING CHAINED TOGETHER i love my kinky gay dads- misa. she’s adorable and i’m kind of in love with her. she’s also really (like REALLY) optimistic which i usually find annoying in people but for some reason i like her optimism? what a concept? she almost makes it look like something positive- light and L fighting (while chained together). i love my kinky gay dads 2.0
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  • 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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  • Sanara♥
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm.. I loved the series when it was just Light vs. L. Even Misa coming into the story (although she's kind of irritating :p) was good. But now Kira's power in the hands of some evil businessmen makes the story less interesting. I hope they disappear soon so that it can go back to being Light vs. L lol ♡♡
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  • Lys 🥰
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm this new company is a direction I didn’t expect but nether the less I still enjoyed it throughly. I can see how this series is so very word heavy.
  • 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.
  • Lily the Bibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • 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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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    REREAD: 25th May 2019My rating has actually gone up on this reread, to a 3.5-4 star! I’m not sure if my previous reading was skewed by the fact that I was burning out with ‘Death Note’ and I just needed some time to get back into things, or if I’m just happy I liked this more than last time. It still had the issue of no longer being about the intellectual rivalry between Light and L, and the Light-crazy characterisation of Misa Asane, and I’m still not a big fan of the businessman focus. However REREAD: 25th May 2019My rating has actually gone up on this reread, to a 3.5-4 star! I’m not sure if my previous reading was skewed by the fact that I was burning out with ‘Death Note’ and I just needed some time to get back into things, or if I’m just happy I liked this more than last time. It still had the issue of no longer being about the intellectual rivalry between Light and L, and the Light-crazy characterisation of Misa Asane, and I’m still not a big fan of the businessman focus. However, the new direction does have potential to elevate ‘Death Note’ from what it originally set out to do in the first couple of volumes, and I’m really hoping Wedy has a much bigger role in later instalments and actually ends up being a badass female character because that is something this series sorely lacks. Also, I forgot how likeable Matsuda was, and I had fewer issues with L this time round. Onto the next one!UPDATE: 2 MINUTES LATER (after original review!)So, I just skimmed through some other reviews and realised I literally forgot most of the plot and it's only been a couple days - probably more cause my mental capacity is bloody exhausted. I forgot about the fight between L and Light, another amusing moment along with the three-way date Light goes on with Misa. I also forgot that L literally almost gives up on the case and its Light who convinces him otherwise? It's all just very weird and it feels uncharacteristic, even considering that Light doesn't know he was Kira. His actions over the last four volumes have done nothing to suggest that he'd actively hunt down Kira and he revels in the dealing out of justice which is what he has sorta been doing as Kira. It was a bit of a mess but I still enjoyed it regardless - I think Tsugumi Ohba has come up with a fantastic concept and Takeshi Obata's illustrations really fit the story, but I'm not enjoying this one like I enjoyed the previous instalments. I hope it gets better soon but if Goodreads reviews are anything to go by, I should probably just lower my expectations in future.ORIGINAL REVIEWI'm just happy this cleared up that whole thing about how Light had forgotten about Ryuk - the blurb made it seem like it happened in the last book and that just made me all kinds of confused.As for the rest of it, it was another solid addition but again, the characterisation of the one female character who actually has a role as an idiotic airhead who is obsessed with the main character, it's difficult to overlook when surrounded by competent men, none of whom are also presented as airheads. Makes for some very frustrating moments.Also, Death Note has made it to a new pair of hands in the business world and now loads of business leaders are dying in attempts to kill off competition. Add to this, L has Light under his surveillance all the time which makes for some somewhat amusing moments. I do have to say I really hated how L treated I wanna say Aizuki? I might have completely made that up tbh, I would check but I don't have any copies of Death Note at hand. He clearly cares about the investigation but he also has a family to feed, he can't just leave his job just like that. It pissed me off. I don't think I like L very much either to be honest. I don't know what it is, I just feel like for someone so so intelligent he'd have stopped second-guessing himself so much but it's actually getting worse? I'm slightly worried this series is going to go on for way longer than necessary, this isn't even halfway through and it's starting to lose itself. Nevertheless, I'm giving it 3-3.5 because I enjoyed but I'm definitely starting to lose the love for it I had at the beginning.
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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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