Death Note, Vol. 9: Contact - Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata I like this series very much -- it has real substance -- and I'd be inclined to give it four stars as a whole were it not for the fact that, dare I say it, I don't like any of the characters. They're interesting and yet repellent. During the first half of the series, the push and pull between Light and L was enough to keep one's mind off the truly unsympathetic nature of both protagonists but with L no longer on the scene -- replaced by the even more creepy Mello and Near -- it's hard to care. Light's trajectory, crazed as it is, can have but one outcome.