Genre: Psychological Supernatural Thriller
Language: English Dub
Hubby and I finally finished watching Death Note last night. It has taken us a week to watch all 37 episodes, taking numerous breaks to play pen and paper RPGs and go shopping. It has been a difficult journey finding a series that he could actually sit through without getting bored, but Death Note managed to keep him interested all of the way through.
Death Note is the story of Light Yagami, a Japanese student that happens upon a notebook dropped by the Shinigami Ryuk in the grounds of his high school. When he opens the book, he sees a bunch of rules pertaining to how to mystically bring an end to the life of a target and/or target. At first, he resists the urge to use it. However, curiosity and temptation lead to him confirming that it is real. That same even he meets the Shinigami Ryuk for the first time. Ryuk has become bored with life in the Shinigami realm and takes an immediate interest in the rather strange young man before him. The Shinigami declares that as per the rules, he will eventually be the one to write Light’s name in his replacement Death Note. Until then, he will stick around and watch how the events play out.
This leads to Light becoming a deranged serial killer hunted by authorities across the globe due to the on-going murders of numerous villains. As the kills rack up, he is challenged by a genius investigator named simply as “L” thus leading to a cat and mouse game of epic proportions. Light also has to deal with the fangirl possessor of another Death Note, Misa Amane, and his police detective father who just so happens to still working on the case in spite of the danger posed by a mass murderer that can kill using only a face and a name. As time progresses, Light becomes more and more deranged, willing to kill anyone that he perceives is in his way of becoming the God of the New World.
The story is so well-written that it surpasses any big budget film or television show. As I watched, it reminded me of Sherlock Holmes versus James Moriarty, two geniuses trying to out-do each other. Whilst “L” has no clue about the supernatural nature of the killings, his deductive reasoning and a few deliberate clues by Light lead him to suspect the college student. Without giving too much away, it will take more than one genius to take down this supervillain, but Light will kill a lot more people before Ryuk writes his name down in his book. The twists and turns were numerous throughout, leading to a rollercoaster ride for viewers. The artwork, character design and script-writing was excellent. However, the heavy themes of the series may be a bit depressing for some viewers.
Final Score: 10/10