Death Note

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And now’s it time to introduce one of my favorite animes of all time, Death Note, as suggested from Angela R. Watts!

It’s the exciting story about a teenager boy called Light Yagami who is sick with the violence of the modern world, and he longs for a time when criminals are no more. One day, he runs into a book called the Death Note, a notebook with an ability to kill anyone and anything within 40 seconds. Light then realizes he can use this book to kill of these criminals, and he becomes a bloodthirsty and murderous young man. Luckily, the police step in, with an indestructible force; L, the secret detective who’s name is not known. With L at his heels, Light finds him as an obstacle in the path of what he wants, and there’s only a small amount of time before Light can get what he longs for.

From what I’ve seen, there’s never been an anime quite like this before. The artists and writers have taken the works of the modern day police and the struggles of today’s life to make a dramatic yet an almost realistic story. The creators of Death Note, Tsugumi Obata and Takeshi Ohba, have somehow mastered the art of using the brain in drawings and art!

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I finished this series and the episodes late last summer, and I marveled at the workings of this story. The amazing part to me was the subliminal message; power corrupts, and we must be wise with whatever we do. Not many shows portray this lesson.

What got me about this anime were the characters and the artwork. There were characters that thought they longed for good and thought they were doing right in the process, but they ended up doing terrible, wrong things, and sometimes one of the two sides would get so caught up in their work or in their plans they forgot about everything else around them. And the art! I have never seen artwork like that before, even in the manga!

Okay, now for my favorite characters. L and Mello were two of some of the best characters, in my mind. L was like a modern day Sherlock, complete with all the quirks and the quiet ferocity of thinking. When Mello and Near came in, two of the orphans raised to think just like L, entered the scene, I was interested in Mello, the punk who wore his heart on his sleeve.

Death Note is not what I would consider a children’s show, though. The plotline is far too complex and there are a few swear words as well as a few sad character deaths.  So, for this anime, Death Note, my rating would be a 3 out of 5.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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