- Chapter 122
Ah, that’s a good question!
I don’t know if I can choose just one, but basically anything involving Light looking like an arrogant self-appointed god is great. Especially if it blends both the mundane realistic aspects of the detective/crime thriller genre with some elaborate religious iconography and aspects of the shinigami realm.
I’m especially partial to ensemble images that show off Obata’s amazing sense of composition, and his talent for drawing dramatic poses and faces that can look so intensely serious, arrogant, intelligent, and cruel.
These are some of my favourites, if chapter title pages count:
And the big shocking reveal panels like this are always iconic and super memorable as well. I appreciate immensely that the little personal interactions and moments of inner conflict are depicted to have equal dramatic weight to them as the more action-packed sequences like character deaths, explosions, and physical fights:
Obata also has an amazing knack for drawing ordinarily restrained and dignified characters who are capable of delivering extremely dramatic and often comical expressions, as well. Love the reaction panels like these! Those faces are iconic and completely imprinted in my mind:
If I had to pick one section that is my favourite to look at above all, it might be Light’s breakdown in the warehouse? The way he moves around as he reveals himself to everyone and delivers his big dramatic speech. Some of the best stuff in the entire story to me both visually and writing-wise is when Light absolutely goes off and finally says what he is actually thinking to people. It’s always Light both his most entertainingly eloquent, and his most horrifically unhinged!
Witch Hat Atelier / Tongari Boushi no Atelier / とんがり帽子のアトリエ
by Shirahama Kamome