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This review is from: Death Note Volume 5 [DVD] Eps 29-37  (DVD)
WARNING -To those who havent seen the previous volumes of Death Note, this review may contain spoilers.
After the demise of L; the eccentric and unforgettable nemesis of Light Yagami aka Kira, the road ahead was always going to be bumpy one for Death Note. With the last volume showing signs of the shows deteriation, it seemed as if it was all down hill from there. However this final volume of the Death Note anime franchise picks up the pace and sends this classic series off in style.
As Light continues his power trip on the world, the two new detectives are hot on his heels. The cat and dog chase that made earlier episodes with Light and L so entertaining are reincarnated in this 2 disc set. The main oppositions to Light this time round are child prodigy Near and maniacal chocoholic Mello. While they are both after the ultimate goal of outsmarting and catching Kira, at the same time they both srive to get 'one-up' on each other and see who can get there first. Like the majority of episodes in Death Note, these 9 episodes are full of great twists and unbearable suspense (especially in the final episodes). The complex and brilliantly devised plot line is beautifully crafted and manages to keep the viewer guessing right up to the last possible minute. And when you thing it's over, the show shoves another mindblowing twist in your face.
As usual, the animation is superb. As it is created by the acclaimed studio madhouse, the animation quality of the series is some of the best I have seen. One of the best things about this English release is the English dub which is absolutely flawless. Brad Swaile who does the voice of Light really does the character justice in these final climactic episodes. Once again, these discs follow suit by including cast recording sessions, interviews and commentaries, which are a nice compliment to the episodes.
Death Note volume 5 is well worth getting if you have collected the previous volumes. Despite the entertainment quality ebbing in the last volume, this final release really makes up for it. The series ends on a beautiful (if slightly bloody) note that left me satisfied and fulfilled. With a series that has such a intense and rich story, the ending had to be done right. And to me Death Note pulls it off perfectly. It is hard to watch the final few episodes one at a time. As soon as I started watching the first episode of this volume, I was hooked once more and taken back to the glory akin to earler episodes in the series and before I knew it I had watched all 9 episodes and was thouroughly impressed. A great ending to a fantastic series.