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Review By avmakt
Posted: 30/11/10 19:02

Having enjoyed the first two volumes, my expectations for this volume were quite high. Picking up where the last volume left off, we are or course thrown straight back into the action. Not to give away any spoilers, but we hit our first dramatic climax less than halfway into the first episode. As you may surmise from this, we seems to have lost a portion of the tension and dramatic pacing that made this programme a suspenseful thriller in particular, but it still is as watchable as it ever was. For example, the investigative side of events (in which the special task force hunt down Kira) remains intact as do the amazingly convoluted schemes by which Kira attempts to achieve his goals.

This volume also marks the switch to an alternative credits sequence, these ones more chaotic in form and symbolism than the previous ones and set to Maximum the Hormone; a Japanese metal band. I maintain my previous statement that I would still watch the programme if there was nothing else about it than the credit sequence.

There are some criticisms however; the character of Matsuda has been reduced to a combination of fawning fanboy and a fool that earns the contempt of most of his contemporaries. While Misa’s character seems to switch between a level of cunning that surpasses her previous efforts and a clingy annoying high pitched... thing that follows Light around. These changes seem to be part of a growing trend in this programme to increase the element of comic relief. Whether these moments are funny or not, it does, unfortunately, decrease from the atmosphere so painstakingly created over the previous two volumes.

All in all, if you enjoyed the first two volumes, you should find this a worthy and thoroughly entertaining continuation. If you’ve not seen the first two volumes, why you’d start at three is a mystery.
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