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Ah, I’ve been wanting to review this anime for a while, as I finished it as soon as the last episode came out. Just been too lazy to type it up. I’ll say this right away though. This anime is nothing short of spectacular.

Synopsis – Yagami Light is an ace student with great prospects, who’s bored out of his mind. One day he finds the “Death Note”: a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people in any way he desires. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception and logic ensues…

This anime is a logical plot based mind screw with less action than your average anime, but that doesn’t stop it from having you on your seat second guessing what’s coming up. Be warned – you need to start watching this if you haven’t. Also…make sure you have an ample amount of time or a strong resistance to watching them back to back. I, along with most of my friends, started this and couldn’t stop till we blew through (at least) the first 10 episodes.

I really can’t talk much more about it without giving stuff away, so go see it for yourself! It’s licensed now, so it’ll be harder to find if you want it for free. I don’t see Veoh having the complete collection, but there are random episodes dotted there. Your best bet would be to just buy it :X

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A large reason as to why this is so hotly debated is due to the main character. Light is, depending on the viewer, either the antagonist or the protagonist. It is a moral struggle as to whether it is right to murder thousands of people to make the world right. Is it acceptable? Light seems to think so, as do all of Kira’s supporters. I also do, though I don’t think his ideal of becoming the god of the new world is very realistic. Yet, those who commit crimes should be prepared to face the consequences. And I believe the effects to be very realistically portrayed. People would be afraid to have their crimes publicized in fear of Kira judging them. Jail would be a place where you could die at any time without notice. Even though smart people could figure out that only publicized crimes are judged, a seemingly omnipotent unknown power of killing is a fearful deterrent towards crime. While it is a shame that Light dies at the end, he had become rotten. Corrupted with his own power, he had begun to kill even his own family, and didn’t value those who were willing to help him. His pathetic last moments included him calling out to Mikami and Takada, who he’d betrayed. With the death of Kira, the world reverts back to normal. Crime begins to run abundant again and humans forget as they always have. Yet, the judging of the world cannot be left to one person, let alone any human. Light, while writing his father off as a sacrifice he had to make, never realized the implications it held for the rest of his family. The story never focuses on this, but his sister is traumatized from the kidnapping event and is at a mental facility of some sort, while his mother stays with her, alone and depressed from the death of her husband. Imagine her feelings if she found out that her son was Kira (I suppose she’d have to, as they couldn’t tell her that Light just…died. Either that or they’d say Light died in bringing Kira down). Either way, the Yagami family was ruined due to his lack of restraint and his lust for world domination.

Point is- Besides Death Note being an amazing anime on the surface, it has many underlying issues that you can analyze also. This makes it beyond amazing in my opinion, and I give it a 10/10. The only two things I can say that I didn’t like was the lag when L died/Light lost his memories and the ending plot twist. The Yotsuba arc seemed to drag forever, but ended being integral to the story as it is Light’s way of clearing himself and Misa while still having criminals judged. Also, Light’s lack of deviousness at the end seemed very unlike him. Previous to the Yellow Box, Light would surprise the audience with his spontaneous foresight or his cautiousness in upcoming situations. Yet, the final showdown just consisted of him relying entirely on the false notebook. He didn’t take into account if Mikami failed, if they had found the false notebook or any other unseen factors. Though Light’s fall was inevitable, as he had begun to lose himself to a power that wasn’t even his (and ultimately used to kill him), it should have happened in more of a decisive battle fashion. Even without Mello’s help, Near seemed to know exactly what to do or what was going on, without rationalizing it out like L did. Besides these 2 things though, the anime was a spectacular success.

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