My thoughts after binge watching 37 episodes of the anime series Death Note. The series is based on a manga comic written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Warning this may contain Spoilers but that’s mostly things you will find out in the first five minutes of the first episode or if you should ever try to find out what the series is about.
If you picked up a notebook titled Death Note and upon opening it discovered the first instruction written in it is:
What would you do, what would you do? I am fairly sure I would be curious and more than a little terrified and just before sending it back to whatever realm improbable realm it came from, I might be tempted to write down maybe a single name and no more but don’t ask me who.
If you are a Game of thrones fan, valar morghulis
Light Yagami a somewhat well-adjusted straight A student, who picks up the Death Note; he reads the first instruction and is naturally skeptical of it but still keeps the book. He witnesses a street gang trying to molest a lady and one of the gang shouts his name, and Light writes down the name in the book and forty seconds later death strikes the gang flees and the lady escapes…..
Light has a strong sense of morality and his father is the police chief, and he easily convinces himself he was meant to find the Death Note and that it’s his duty to rid the world of all evil doers one heart attack at a time. If power corrupts then this certainly goes to his head as he suddenly has designs of creating a new world free of injustice and he will be God of this new world……..
I would have been routing for him had it not been for the little thing that he regards people who try to stop him as people working on the side of the criminals, and these guys are the police, the police are trying to catch him and he kills any who get close enough, but he is still a hard character to hate most of the time I am hoping he gets away with it
It’s a cat and mouse chess game as a special team headed by a quirky genius is tasked to find the criminal killer whom everyone refers to as Kira.
The hero fills like the villain and the villain feels like the hero, nothing is black and white……..
If you are going to watch it, stop on the 24th episode because after that all chill is lost but of course don’t listen to me watch it and then come back and let me tell you I told you so.
Oh yeah and whoever owns a Death Note gets followed around by creepy looking being, A Death God called a Shinigami until you die or forfeit ownership of Death Note, and they may or may not reliably explain or help use the Death Note. To kill someone with the Death Note you need to know their face and real name, which can get quite tricky as you can imagine; the Shinigami can offer you a cool deal Shinigami eyes:
Eyes that let you see as the Shinigami see, you see a person’s Name and Life Span remaining all for the bargain price of half of your remaining life would you accept that?
PS The movie Death Note is coming to theaters 25 August 2017. I have seen the trailer and there are obvious changes; I have braced myself to be disappointed but who knows…..