Anime Lounge #14: Death Note

Death Note-animeAnime-LoungeSeries: Death Note

Episodes: 1 to 6

Premise: A young man named Light Yagami is bored and incred­i­bly gifted men­tally. He’s look­ing for things to do out­side of hack­ing the national police data­base and is prepar­ing to go to law school for a career in crim­i­nal jus­tice. One day, while in school, he hap­pens to notice a strange book appear out­side. He opens it and finds a shinigami, named Ryuk, that’s bound to fol­low the per­son who finds it. Light’s dis­cov­ery and sub­se­quent deal­ings with Ryuk and his Death Note begin the twisted tale of jus­tice as a means to an end.

Is it worth watch­ing?: YES. This is one of the best anime to be released in the past 20 years. It’s got every­thing you could want: Sus­pense, drama, sev­eral mur­der mys­ter­ies, a plot that makes you ques­tion life choices and char­ac­ters to root for.

Break­out char­ac­ter: There are four: Light, Misa, Ryuk and L. Each of the four is cen­tral to the story and yet, all man­age to steal the show in their own way.

Fun­ni­est episode: Episode 1, “Rebirth.” The open­ing episode finds Light inter­act­ing with Ryuk once he obtains the Death Note, which is hilar­i­ous for sev­eral rea­sons. Light doesn’t seem to be that enthralled with a death god near him and he imme­di­ately uses his pow­ers of deduc­tion and rea­son­ing to come to sev­eral con­clu­sions about the Death Note and its usage. Their inter­ac­tion is always fun and serves to set up the way the rest of the series flows ultimately.

Where it’s going?: Light is in con­trol for the first few episodes. He’s still learn­ing the ropes with the Death Note and under­stand­ing how it works, and what kind of jus­tice he can enact: Right­eous or mali­cious. How Light con­tin­ues to suc­ceed in stay­ing hid­den and not get­ting caught is the name of the game going for­ward. It’s worth it to watch to see just how Light stays ahead of the game and avoids sus­pi­cion from the most tal­ented inves­ti­ga­tor in the world, L.

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