DEATH NOTE VOL. 8 DELUXE EDITION (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On December - 30 - 2008
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  ASPECT RATIO:  

16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN

  AUDIO:  

ENGLISH AND JAPANESE DD 2.0

  RUNNING TIME:   100 MIN
  RATING:   T+
  RELEASE DATE:   12/30/2008
  REVIEW DATE:   12/29/2008
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



Art Box is of Death Note Regular DVD version

With L gone and Light having taken his place, he thought the path to his utopian ideal would be clear and that Kira aka Light could become a god. Things however aren’t going as smoothly as he thought. His investigation into the orphanage that L came from reveals the true goal of the place as well as what Near and Mello truly represent – Light’s newest and greatest enemies.

With this penultimate volume the pacing of the story roars into full speed with a lot happening and it happens quickly. A third Shinigami named Sidoh appears and thickens the plot. Light steps up his plans and closes in on Mello but it proves to be at a terrible cost. The fallout shows again the depths of Light’s descent into madness and ruthlessness. Anyone, even his father, prove to be only a tool to his merciless ideal of a world where he wields the power of death over any who stand in his way, calling it justice. Meanwhile the world has taken notice. There are Kira cults and followers everywhere, putting pressure on Near and the SPK to step up their attempts to capture Kira. When Near and Mello meet again, it sheds much needed illumination upon who Kira truly is and Near may have just figured out the truth – that Light and Kira are the same!

To test his theory, Near eggs on the Japanese Task Force, sowing doubt in the members of Light’s own investigative team. To turn the tables, Light stages a coup against the SPK, manipulating the Kira followers into attacking the SPK headquarters. To further advance his plans, Light has taken on new disciples. One is a devout Kira follower named Teru Mikami, a prosecutor with a madness akin to Light’s with his own absolute and skewed view of what justice should be. The other is an old university flame of Light’s. He proves in these moments just how heartless and coldly manipulative he has become. He will use anyone anyway he chooses to obtain his own ends. The race to capture Kira is on.


EXTRAS:
The DVD case has great Gothic cover art with red foil stencilling for the title and a black translucent DVD case. It features reverse cover art and fold out insert of Mello and Near. DVD bonus features include trailers and ads for Viz manga and video titles, production art gallery, and part 8 of the Behind the Scenes featurette with voice actors Cathy Weseluck (Near) and David Hurwitz (Mello) who discuss their take on the anime and their characters, showing clips from the anime and behind the scenes of the recording sessions. There is also audio commentary on episode 30 with Karl Willems (ADR Director) and Cathy Weseluck (Near).
 
This volume comes in a regular disc edition and a limited deluxe edition with an exclusive figure of the shinigami Sidoh.


IN SUMMARY:
New enemies, bold moves, and sacrifices are strewn in the latest and penultimate volume of Death Note! Dark, gripping, and chilling!

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