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Reading a lot of the comments, I totally agree with a lot of the negative points made such as his disrespect for L, lack of active investigation, and being basically a rip-off of L. And for these reasons, I would definitely hate him. The main reason why I liked him (didn't love him) was because he brought L back to the series even though the real person was gone. To me, Death Note did kind of end when L died because, of course, he was my favorite character and waay better than Light in all aspects. But Near really way a kind of reincarnation of L. I think that's why he was so similar in appearance to him. As the successor of L, it was kind of his role to bring back the....essence (for lack of a better word) of L. Another reason why I liked him was because he caught Kira. Even though his methods weren't very believable (it wasn't as carefully planned as L's investigation), at least in the end Light died. I really hated him. (But at least Light remembered L as the great detective he was. It countered Near's insults.)
(SPOILERS)This character is the sole reason the second portion of Death Note really falls flat on its face in my humble opinion. I can't fathom why the writer felt that he needed an L 2.0, there's a difference between a successor and a character that is a very obnoxious rip-off. His entire character I find infuriating, and he pulls his victory right out of his ass. With L we got to see him formulate plans and take risks to execute them, Near gets a couple scenes of him figuring things out and then just pulls the big reveal in the last episode. It just feels like Light was cheated out of a victory for the sake of political correctness (can't have a mass murderer winning, can we?). /rant
I really hate Near and the main reason isn't because it's try to be L it's because he think is BETTER that L, you small piece of ****.
For me Death Note end when this guy and Mello's enter in the series and i will never accept this guy and the other one, even if i watch a million of times (And even if a watch i am going to hate even more this guy's).
I can't believe Near is so hated. I really love this guy. I might even like him more than L. But both are awesome.
I don't like Near because he thinks everything is a puzzle and it deserves to be solved. Plus he's annoying.