by Michelle Yu,

Death Note V6

Death Note V6
The Yotsuba Group enlists an investigator to uncover L's identity while Misa, who's been hired as their spokesperson, does some investigating of her own. While she discovers the identity of the owner of the Death Note it's a race between the killer and the task force-- who will catch up to the other first? Time is of the essence, especially when the new Kira makes the trade for the Shinigami Eyes!

As the sands of time continue falling away, Death Note continues to chronicle the trials and tribulations of our favorite law enforcers. In Volume 6, L continues to amaze his colleagues with a small revelation following the realization that The Yotsuba Group has recruited a private investigator to unmask the sweet-toothed detective. Luckily, L's insiders keep them guessing while Misa unwittingly finds the new Kira.

With the attention directed away from Light due to the presence of the new Kira, Light's character is slightly less entertaining than usual for the first episode or so. Viewers should see a return of the teenage-genius-Light who is eager to help administer justice. His memories of his past as the greatest criminal Japan has ever seen are now just that. Nevertheless, his ability to slip into the criminal mind makes him a valued profiler as part of L's team and his special spot next to L stays warm throughout the episodes. Unbeknownst to himself and others, Light's alter ego who was temporarily relinquished during his incarceration still lingers beneath the surface.

The original tension from the Light-versus-L days is barely detectable as L concedes that Light is not the Kira they are now looking for. That said, the underlying truth (the fact that Light is the real Kira) indirectly creates interest by keeping the tension on a simmer. Viewers are engaged by the fact that there is a metaphoric dormant volcano that could become active at any time. Hopefully it is one that will continue to splutter with entertainment and erupt with splendor at the optimal moment.

The members of the board in The Yotsuba Group also pose a mystery as members start being killed one-by-one. The new Kira sits among them, kills any who exhibit hesitation or opposition to the best interests of The Yotsuba Group. This could have been made more interesting by making any killings within the group a “Russian Roulette” situation. Perhaps more uncertainty surrounding the Yotsuba murders would have made it more exciting as a plot twist, rather than a quick side story. However, if it weren't for a relatively quick wrap-up of this side story those who have been following the series would not be able to see their original Kira back in action. I personally look forward to a return to the Light versus L days.

On a different note, it is also good to see that the DVD extras which have been included in every volume continue to be at good, robust levels. English voice actor interviews and recording sessions are regulars along with extra art and audio commentaries. The consistency in the quality and quantity of the extra content is pleasing as it provides value for money and gives insight into the other side of the camera.

Without giving too much away, it is now very obvious that the pen is mightier than the sword. Death Note is now well and truly on its way to revealing all that fans have been waiting for. While still somewhat distant to what will no doubt be its prime, perhaps in the next installment there will be something never before seen in the story thus far. Maybe Soichiro Yagami will catch L eating something savory. Whatever the case at least one viewer wants to see what happens next.

Overall (dub) : B
Overall (sub) : B+
Story : A
Animation : A
Art : A
Music : B

+ Bit more action than before, and a cliffhanger leaves you wanting more.
Plot is a little predictable here and there.

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Production Info:
Director: Tetsuro Araki
Series Composition: Toshiki Inoue
Toshiki Inoue
Tomohiko Ito
Yasuko Kobayashi
Shoji Yonemura
Takashi Anno
Tetsuro Araki
Makoto Bessho
Michio Fukuda
Toshio Hirata
Tomohiko Ito
Shin Matsuo
You Moriyama
Ryosuke Nakamura
Minoru Ohara
Shinsaku Sasaki
Yuzo Sato
Shinji Satoh
Kiyoko Sayama
Norimitsu Suzuki
Toru Takahashi
Junichi Takaoka
Kei Tsunematsu
Takashi Watanabe
Sayo Yamamoto
Mitsuhiro Yoneda
Episode Director:
Hironobu Aoyagi
Tetsuro Araki
Makoto Bessho
Naoyasu Hanyu
Naoto Hashimoto
Takayuki Hirao
Hideki Ito
Tomohiko Ito
Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Shinji Nagamura
Ryosuke Nakamura
Eiko Nishi
Yukio Okazaki
Tetsuhito Saito
Hisato Shimoda
Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
Kei Tsunematsu
Tokio Yamauchi
Mitsuhiro Yoneda
Unit Director:
Tomohiko Ito
Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Norimitsu Suzuki
Kei Tsunematsu
Yoshihisa Hirano
Hideki Taniuchi
Original Manga:
Takeshi Obata
Tsugumi Ohba
Character Design: Masaru Kitao
Art Director: Mio Ishiki
Mio Isshiki
Ayu Kawamoto
Hideaki Kita
Tetsuhiko Nagashima
Masami Saito
Masato Shibata
Shinji Sugiyama
Harumi Suwa
Mayu Usui
Norihiko Yokomatsu
Chief Animation Director:
Takahiro Kagami
Masaru Kitao
Animation Director:
Mariko Aoki
Atsushi Aono
Takehiro Hamatsu
Yoshitsugu Hatano
Masaki Hyuga
Shin Jae Ick
Hideki Inoue
Hideki Ito
Kim Dong Joon
Takahiro Kagami
Hiromi Kato
Yuki Kinoshita
Masaru Kitao
Akemi Kobayashi
Hideto Komori
Hirotaka Marufuji
Yutaka Minowa
Shinichi Miyamae
Kosuke Murayama
Terumi Nishii
Takashi Saijo
Kim Dong Seek
Takuro Takahashi
Junichi Takaoka
Koushou Yasuno
Mamoru Yokota
Shin'ichi Yokota
Jang Kil Yong
Art design: Shinji Sugiyama
Sound Director: Tomoaki Yamada
Cgi Director: Daisuke Kusaka
Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
Masao Maruyama
Toshio Nakatani
Manabu Tamura

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