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Month: October 2015
Death Note Episode 2 Confrontation Aired Japan: 10 OCT 2006 Aired English: 28 OCT 2007 Overall Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Originality: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Suspense: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Storytelling: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Before I break down the […]
Death Note Episode One
Originally Aired in Japan: 3 OCT 2006
Aired in English: 21 OCT 2007
Overall: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Originality: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Suspense: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Storytelling: <3 <3 <3 <3
So… This is a show about a young man named Light who finds the Death Note: A notebook that gives its wielder the power to kill any person they can think of simply by writing his/her name in the book. Or, at least that’s what the Death Note says it does.
Initially Light believes that this is just a prank. Nothing like this could possibly exist. So, he tests the Death Note’s power as a hostage situation unfolds on the news. The assailant has several children as hostages, and he is reportedly responsible for the deaths of many innocent lives. Seeing this as an opportunity to rid the world of one evil man, Light writes the suspect’s name in the Death Note while keeping an image of the man in his head. To Light’s surprise, the man dies by heart attack and the kids are set free.
Light is an interesting character in all of this. He only feels guilty momentarily, after that, he feels a surge of righteousness. He believes that he was chosen to judge the deeds of the people. He is meant to be a god. Narcissist much? He spends the next five days perusing the news and internet, meting out his judgement with his almighty pen.
When Light meets Shinigami (the god of death as well as the original owner of the Death Note), he is quickly disillusioned on the significance in receiving the Death Note. It was mere coincidence. He is not special. In this meeting, Shinigami spends some time telling Light about the risks of having such power. Some include being denied access to Heaven and Hell and mental and emotion breakdown. However, this does not seem to deter him. The episode ends with Light feeling like a god and accepting whatever emotional risks come with possessing such power.
I’m impressed. I have to say. It’s very interesting. One of the best features of this show is the arrogance of Light. He looks at Shinigami (who looks terrifying if I say so myself) with an air of indifference that does not fit the gravity of the situation. The next few episodes will tell us if his pride cometh before his fall. I suspect that it does.
Would I stick around to find out? Hellz yes. So should you.
This show is good for any level of anime lover.
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