Title: Death Note, Vol. 4: Love
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrator: Takeshi Obata
Published: March 7th 2006
Genres: Manga, Supernatural, Mystery
ATTENTION: SPOILERS AHEAD
In this volume you get a proper introduction to Misa, the girl who was revealed to the reader to be the second Kira at the end of the previous volume.
Another Shinigami named Gelus fell in love with Misa and killed the person who was going to murder her. By doing this, Gelus died and another Shinigami named Rem, who was there when Gelus died, gave Gelus’s Death Note to Misa.
After receiving the Death Note, Misa seeks out Kira to thank him for killing the man who murdered her family.
Light is helping L investigate the second Kira and is told to write a messages as if he were Kira to see if the second Kira will reply. The second Kira/Misa gives a place where they can meet. This is where Misa discovers Light/Kira because she cannot see his lifespan due to his Death Note.
Misa finds out where Light lives and goes to confess that she is the second Kira and is in his service. She says she will help him figure out L’s real name, but she wants to be Light’s girlfriend in exchange.
Misa runs into Light and L at the university and sees L’s real name, but before she can tell Light a crowd shows up (she’s famous, forgot to mention that). Misa is then arrested for being the prime suspect in the second Kira case.
Rem makes Misa give up ownership of the Death Note so she loses all her memories regarding the Death Note. Rem then forces Light to save Misa, so Light gives Rem Misa’s Death Note, and turns himself in to L saying he believes he’s under Kira’s control and needs to be locked up.
The absolutely awful female characterization makes me want to stop reading. Misa is very unlikable, she is very naive and needy. It seems worse in the manga than it did in the anime. All the females have been weak and kind of dumb so far. It’s very insulting. The story is slow and boring in this volume, but I will push through because I loved the anime.