Anime Lounge #18: Death Note Ep. 6 — 12

Series: Death Note

Episodes: 6 to 12

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: Misa Amane. Say what you will about the sec­ond Kira, but she is the break­out star here. She imme­di­ately makes an impact on Light, good or bad, and she joins the story per­ma­nently at a cru­cial time.

Best episode: “Over­cast,” Episode 7. Light finally suc­ceeds in con­vinc­ing the watcher that he has always had less than noble ideals as he com­mits a shock­ing mur­der. Not only is the per­son he mur­ders shock­ing, but also the way that he kills the per­son using the Death Note shock­ing: He causes them to com­mit sui­cide with his writ­ten com­mand. This was the point at which you ceased to sym­pa­thize with Light in any way, but it now makes an inter­est­ing mys­tery even deeper because it’s now a race to see just how long Light will get away with his crimes as Kira.

Where it’s going?: The heat ramps up on Light as Kira, as he will have to jug­gle dis­cov­er­ing there’s another Kira, L’s con­tin­ued inves­ti­ga­tion and his life otherwise.

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