Posted by : FireWorks
Posted on : 2009-12-13
I was skeptical about giving this a shot. Yeah I noticed how many people are crazy over Death Note, but to me the plot never had much potential. A notebook that can be used to kill? “I shall create a new world and become its God”? It was laughable. Anime with better plots have let me down. Repeatedly pestered by my friends, I thought I'd give it a shot, only to realize how biased I'd been.
Story & Plot:
I still maintain that at first glance the plot sounds boring! But I've learned no matter what the plot one can fish out a real jewel of a story. The meticulous planning, effort and thinking that must have
gone into this complex project is jaw dropping at worst!
Ryuk (a Death God) and Yagami Light (a Japanese student and our protagonist) are both tired of their respective world, the former sorely bored and the latter sickened by the people who go unpunished in our world despite their atrocities and can't see a solution. Purely by coincidence, Light comes across Death Note, a book and a deadly weapon which can be used to kill anyone as long as the target's name and face are known. Having found the solution to his problems and with the non-intervening spectator Ryuk by his side, he sets out to purge the world of evil men, hoping to create a world devoid of them where he may proclaim himself as god.
People die in such a scale it's soon an international problem. L, the world's best detective takes interest in this case. Kira, as the killer responsible is publically known is hailed by some as savior and branded by the rest as a murderer! Personally, I think there is truth in both.
The battle of intellect between L and Light is the primary entertainment of this series, and it gets pretty clear that we are watching the clash of the Titans!
But do I have any complaints?
It was overdramatic sometimes. Sheesh, he's just writing a name, not conducting an orchestra! And I don't like to see someone eating a potato chip, fully emphasized in slow motion!
Secondly, the plot pacing is very inconsistent. It slows down so much between episodes 16 to 24 it's almost boring. But the show leaves such a mark early on, you wouldn't wanna quit just yet.
I see why L and Light are so popular. They made it to my favourites' list with ease.
They bring the best out of each other and the reason anyone likes either one is largely because of the other. They complement each other well yet they are both similar.
Light Yagami, arguably the deadliest character animated, proves himself as even more lethal than the Death Note. Smart, intelligent, arrogant, ambitious, manipulative, and even heartless, he will go to any lengths to achieve his goals.
L drops into the series with a bang, and leaves us with little doubt that he is the No.1 detective. Faced with the impossible task of apprehending Kira, it's amazing what he accomplishes, even though he's fighting with inferior weapons compared to Kira.
Above two steal most of the show but the supporting cast do have key roles and they do it well. Some characters are pivotal for the story's conclusion, but I can't reveal much about them without being spoilerific.
But I'm left complaining about two of the characters.
The first would be Misa (the second Kira) who is just plain annoying. Her childish behavior and lack of seriousness are out of place. Her presence is nothing but a weakness for L to exploit over Light. But she does have her moments of glory. Mercifully, her importance fades near the end of the series.
The second is Rem; while her loyalty to Misa is admirable, I have no idea why she is so fond of Misa.
Just one word. Flawless! The dark animation goes very well with the dark story. I admired the intricacy of the character designs. And the background details were solid. I must praise how well the Shinigami and their world were portrayed. That dark and sinister world of Death Gods gives a feel of death and decay.
The Ops and EDs never grew into me. But the soundtracks really stood out and helped bring the best out of every scene. The character themes are fantastic! For example, “L's theme” gives an intellectual feel but brings a fast paced sensation at the same time.
I started Death Note with low expectations. But Death Note being Death Note has proven to be one of the most entertaining and memorable anime I have ever watched. It deserves a perfect score.
Posted by : AniMat3d
Posted on : 2009-12-10
Before I start my review let me say that Death Note is simply amazing. It is one of the most original and addicting series I have seen in a long time. It breaks away from almost every stereotype and puts itself into a category of its own. Besides the slow decline this show took about 75% through the series and a god awful ending, this show is trully amazing.
Story 8/10: The story moves at a steady pace making great transitions from episode to episode keeping the story entertaining but fluid as well. While the story didn't move at a frantic pace, they take no time in revealing what the show is about. Light's interaction with the Death Note takes place in the first episode and L is introduced after the first few episodes. Each square off in a seemingly never ending mind game as they both fight for their own sense of justice. Twists and turns are thrown at you each and every episode as mysteries concerning the Death Note are revealed and the intellectual mind game between Light and L wages on, both trying to be one step ahead of the other. Death Note's storyline is a masterpiece but lets be honest, nothing is perfect. Following Near and Mello's arc I thought the show started going downhill. Light was there to make it interesting at times but I didn't really care for the characters of Near and Mello like I did with L. The ending is by the worst ending I have ever seen in any anime. Every stereotype that Death Note breaks free from is rendered useless when Death Note throws you a predictable and steretypical ending that we've seen rehearsed in so many animes before. Besides the ending the story overall was solid.
Animation 10/10: Death Note's animation was superb. Dark colors reflected the gloomy and melancholy atmosphere complementing the show perfectly. Body movements were consistent and alot of effort was put into each character's facial expressions making it easy for each character to convey strong emotion.
Characters 10/10: The character score is mainly based on L and Light. Light, a high school senior who is probably to smart for his own good. He is the mastermind behind the Death Note. He doesn't quite fit the picture of your typical antagonist, but in his mind he is God and you are just a pawn. If you get in his way or decide to defy his sense of justice he will toss you aside. L, his love for sweets and social awkwardness doesn't exactly paint a picture of your typical protagonist either but he also has a strong sense of justice and will do anything to solve a case. Light and L are two of some of my favorite characters in anime. Misa was annoying for the most part but added some much needed comic relief at times. Supporting character's such as Light's dad and the police force had just a touch of personality making them less irrelevant to the story and more enjoyable to watch. Near and Mello were the only character's I didn't really care for. I didn't hate them, I just didn't care.
Music 6/10: Both openings and both endings were mediocre in my opinion.
Overall 9/10: Death Note's storyline will have you heavily engaged from start to finish while featuring two of some the best characters in anime, Light and L. Despite Near and Mello's arc being kinda blah and a almost unbearable ending, this show is definitely well worth your time. I wouldn't have minded if the show ended after the 25th episode.
Posted by : joem20
Posted on : 2009-09-09
After watching it three times, I can actually write a great review on this.
Very convincing. The plot is a masterpiece and very original. They manage to create a story that has two sides and you can choose what side you prefer. This is a story of the two sides of Justice, and either way they have their good points. The battle of wits between Light and L is really amusing to watch. I can’t give a perfect score in the story because the Mello/Near arc is not that good, but overall a very great story.
They say the new generation of anime started in 2006, and this one for me is the best animation of that year. They are like real people that interacts with each other. The character design are very realistic and the movements are constant. Even Light only uses a Notebook to kill, they manage to make it so action-packed that you can feel the power of that Notebook.
Light and L are the two of the greatest characters ever developed in an anime series, and they are in one anime only. These two legendary characters are really great and they set a standard of being a true geniuses. Even you are not an anime fan, you will definitely love these two.
All the music is perfect to define what these anime is all about, Dark and Cunning. The opening song is really great and all the BGMs are great in each scene.
I can't give a perfect score because of the flaw in the Mello/Near Arc, but it is one of the greatest anime I've ever watched. This is on a different scale where if there is a 'Anime Hall of Fame' this is definitely one of those. The last episode was superb because even at the last episode, you can expect the unexpected. It is like a real movie and it can make your heart beat very fast. Truly one of the greatest anime of all time and it is a keeper that can be watched by the next generation.
Posted by : phoenixofthewolf66
Posted on : 2009-09-05
Death Note is probably the most curious and definitely one of the most engaging anime that I've seen so far. You don't have to be a fan of anime to become a fan of Death Note.
In the anime, we follow an honor student, Light Yagami, and one day he finds a note that dropped out of the sky. Anyone who writes another person's name in the notebook with that person's face in mind, will die. Light then decides to use the notebook as a means to wipe out all crime in the world, and he'll become the god of this new world. He soon finds out that when you touch the notebook, a god of death or "shinigami" follows you around to keep track of the notebook. As soon as several deaths of criminals start to look "suspicious" by a detective agency in Japan. A notorious detective only known as "L" (who has solved every case he's been attached to) gets involved, in the "Kira" case. The name given to Light by his followers as he wipes crime out.
First off, I loved the dub. Brad Swaile played the main character Light Yagami, I couldn't find too much past information on what other anime work he's done except for Saber Marionette J and some Dragon Ball Z. Most of the other voice actors aren't "well knowns."
The story is completely engaging throughout the entire 9 disc set (long for an anime). Both the characters of Light and "L" are extremely smart, at most times during the series I was particularly shocked at how well they were figuring each other out and solving almost anything in front of them. "L's" character can be seen as very Obsessive Compulsive and extremely strange, very mysterious to the viewer who attempts to psycho-analyze him. There are very few characters that are exceptional, and "L" is the first near perfect character that I've ever seen in an anime. He's going on a personal list of Great Characters. To delve further into the story is only going to spoil it.
The anime isn't the typical style. It is very eloquent and colorful. Most complaints that I get on animation in anime is that people don't like the way the mouths move. Death Note barely follows that, sometimes the mouths move the same, but there's a lot of thought put into slight smiles or frowns of particular characters.
What music there is in the show is annoying and repetitive. The only exception is the beginning and ending themes in the second half of the series.
I would recommend any one needing a challenge of morality to watch this series. What I got out of it, is that it doesn't just entertain; it makes you think about yourself personally.
Posted by : Kirangelo
Posted on : 2009-08-10
I'd give Death Note a 7/10 rating, and here's why:
Story -- 10/10. The storyline of this anime is amazingly original and entirely engrossing. At first, it seems simple, a notebook in which people can be killed just by writing their names in it. Simple, right? But then the anime starts to progress and the audience starts to realize that the notebook is more complicated than first imagined, and that there are several loopholes and some disadvantages that come with the Death Note. For instance(not a spoiler), there's lending the notebook, what happens if the owner dies while lending the notebook, what materials you can use to write in the notebook, etc. The storyline becomes insanely engrossing later on in the anime.
Character Development -- 6.5/10. There was very little character development in this anime, I thought. Character mindsets are made when the character is first introduced, and his/her motives and/or objectives never change throughout the entire anime. This adds good emphasis on the whole good/evil thing, but nothing really shocks the audience and nothing unpredictable really happens. Also, I found myself really on the fence as to whether or not I liked or disliked the main character, Light Yagami. Not just Light Yagami, but also the other characters, such as L, Near, and Mello. Usually the goal of characters in any anime is to convey a specific emotion from the audience for a character, but in Death Note, I found myself almost completely neutral. I just wanted to see who would win in the end, I was not rooting for one side or the other due to lack of character development.
I found that one character that could have been used more but wasn't was Ryuk. He was pretty active in the first portion of the anime, but in the later part of the show he was not shown and he barely spoke through the later episodes, which was a problem for me, since he was my favorite character.
Graphics/Animation -- 10/10. The Graphics and Animation in this anime are amazing. The animation is fluid and works well. The coloring on the scenery and characters is also very nice and appealing, though this anime lacks color. The shading is amazing, and everything works really well to portray a well animated and designed anime. I didn't think the costume designs were anything really impressive, but other than that, I found the graphics and animation flawless.
Music -- 7/10. I'm glad to see that this anime doesn't change its main theme/ending theme song as much as some other animes do, which is a relief. I know that this is a dark and melancholic anime and all that, but I was not very fond of the screamo, heavy metal music that the producer's changed it to later. I am glad to say that the first theme song was pretty catchy and fit the theme of the anime, while not being annoying or headache inducing.
Enjoyability -- 6/10. I gave the enjoyability a 6/10. Although I gave the other parts of this anime a pretty high score, I'd have to say that enjoyability for me fell flat. The storyline is very engrossing in the beginning and immediately draws me in. When L first starts investigating the Kira case, I was very well entertained and enjoyed it very much. However, I found that the characters didn't really do much of anything, and there were no surprises, and no unpredictable things that jumped out of me, because the characters were so mundane and subtle throughout the entire anime.
In the last part I found the series to be quite boring. In fact, I would have rather studied or read newspapers than watch the rest of the anime. It just dragged on and on, and I had to struggle to motivate myself to continue watching. The result of this was my attention not being focused on the anime, which resulted in my missing a lot of details that happened in the anime. It just didn't hold onto my attention as much as it should have, with the engrossing storyline and amazing animation and graphics.
Posted by : bisiph
Posted on : 2009-07-20
Death note combines beautiful artwork, developed characters, and a gripping storyline to make a fantastic anime.
As a Westerner, I have a real affinity towards mystic Far Eastern fantasy culture that deals with the demonic and mortality.
With so many fantastically illustrated animes out there (and Death Note is no exception), what really entices me about Death Note is its storyline and character depth. The viewer is at times ambivalent towards the protagonist. Does one feel empathy towards a being who is designed to murder, even for seemingly altrusitic purposes, or are they characters one loves to hate, hoping the police and detectives will one day discover? It's great fun to root for different sides at different times. The drama in this series is palpable. Death Note incorporates a lot of psychological interplay between characters. The internal monologues that the viewer is privvy to also do not detract from the story, as so many animes tend to do, but instead give the viewer the sense of real emotion being wrestled with.
While characters are pitted against each other, the story also plays with the ideals of honor, familial connectivity, deceit, possession, and duty. This makes for exciting scenes where characters seemingly have to make tough calls for which there are pros and cons for each course of action. One is left wondering, was that really right? Or was it really wrong? Perhaps such contrasts lose meaning in such a universe as Death Note...
I really enjoyed getting into the world of Death Note, and found myself coming back for more and more with each episode. I highly recommend this title for audiences who either enjoy intellectual drama or those who just love a great story.
Posted by : Ranik
Posted on : 2009-06-26
First of all if you haven't read the manga, it's fine. Just make sure you do both because while there aren't large script changes, they both still seem to have a different atmosphere around them.
I simply watched this anime out of pure boredom and man did it give me a ride. I have read the manga 5 times through and man the anime sure does stand out. I don't even know which is better; I have to rate them separately because they both are so darn good and each have their own likable aspects..
Story: Just what you expected and more, with brilliant additions that shouldn't disappoint any fan. And with nice pacing in each episode, you shouldn't be bored at all. (This explains the weird number of episodes.)
Characters: There are some character developments but not something of "god" degree. Each character felt different than the others, though L and Light both have similar brains - just put in different views.
Animation: Very good and probably one of the best I've seen in terms of quality. The entire series as well as the new parts they added had real nice animation. Like the buildings and the "past" parts really add to the emotion.
Music: I can't say whether its good or bad, but it combined with the animation sure as hell sucked me in. Even though there were some overexaggerations, the music made me go along with the emotions expressed in the anime, which very rarely happens.
Overall: Definitely a must watch for mystery seekers, and if you haven't heard of Death Note then you must live in a hole because the manga has been out for ages and the author is also well known. If you don't like the anime, read the manga and vice versa.
Posted by : EvilMonkeyLord
Posted on : 2009-03-05
Woah, let me stand back for a second. OK, I am ready to start. This is the kind of anime that if you are a true anime lover than you need to check this out. first off the best story I have seen in a long time in an anime. The characters feel fresh, the story is original, and the artwork is great. So what's wrong with this anime; the story slowly goes down after the 24th episode, but it is still interesting. The show loses a lot of its flare after a certain episode, but you still have a great ending that makes up for the loss.
The characters are animated really well, and you get a lot of really cool animated sequences that makes a mundane scene seem more exciting(like Light writing in the deathnote). The biggest problem with the animation is that the most exciting scenes are of a guy writing in a book. Even though that is a minor gripe, people have to know that this anime won't appeal to everyone.
The intro and outro to the anime are really interesting. The bands that do them are really talented artist for a japanese metal band. The music for the anime is rather average for an anime like this, but it does its job to deliver the emotional tone for each scene and it doesn't clog the dialouge.
While this anime has a lot of interesting nuances and motifs that makes this anime have a lot of depth, the anime loses a lot of its luster after episode 24. Every twist and turn gives you a new perspective and idea to think about, but after episode 24 the story drifts from a cat and mouse game to a cat versus snake versus dog. You dont want to see a three way battle that seems a little one sided.
This is what saves the story from its slow burn from episode 24. Each main character has great development made into them. Not one character seems to be pure evil or pure good, and thats what makes these characters feel real. If you could kill all the criminals in the world wouldn't you want to be revered as god. If you don't question your personal convictions with these characters, than this anime is not doing its job. For me they did one heck of a job.
Art Design 9
The art approach to this anime was a great choice. The characters feel real, but you still get that anime stylization that the japanese are famous for. The only problem the colors have grated feel that seems to be present in a lot of todays anime. That shouldn't detor anyone from seeing this anime, it just needed to be noted.
This is a great talking centered anime, but it still keeps you interested in wherever the director wants you to go. The only bad is the plot, but the characters are so interesting that it makes up for that ten fold.
If you haven't seen this anime, you need to see it now. But if you are looking for something a little more action packed, than just rent it and watch a few episodes and see if you like it. If you are looking for a thought provoking anime, than look no further than Death Note.
Posted by : Veld
Posted on : 2009-02-02
In a nutshell, a death god drops his notebook which can kill anyone by writing his/her name in it. It so happens that the most intelligent student in Japan happens to find it. He decides to purge society of evil criminals with the notebook and eventually is known by society as Kira. The most renowned detective of our time known only as L sets out to find out who is doing the killing and without almost any information at all he starts to pin Kira while Kira is trying to find out who L is. This show is extremely climactic and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
The plot to this show was amazing. The battle between Kira and L is extremely intellectual and made me think very deeply as I was immersed into the genius story.
The characters are very believable and very appealing. Kira is extremely serious, composed, and proper while L is strange, unique, and doesn't seem to care about other people's opinion of him.
I had never seen a serious anime before this one and it totally blew me away. Everything about its presentation was nearly flawless.
This show had very dark animations. It gave off a very serious and even a bit morbid vibe that fit the show perfectly.
The music to this show was very well done too. Though many did not seem to like the thrash metal of the second OP, "What's up People" is one of my favorite songs.
Nothing to put here almost at all. I think the last few episodes tended to drag after the Kira vs. L conflict, but the plot was still very intriguing, and I was still on the edge of my seat so I cannot deduct any points for that.
This was quite simply the best anime I have ever seen. This one kept me glued to my seat until the bitter end. This was a battle of pure logic that kept me thinking and watching on as the suspense built and built upon itself over and over again until the anime's full resolution.
Easily a 10/10.
Posted by : kevinchaosvs
Posted on : 2008-10-27
The basic plot line was, frankly, one of the most ridiculous Iâ€™ve ever seen. Let's face it, it's true: a notebook that can kill!? That aside, Death Note certainly is one of the best thrillers ever, both manga and anime. Itâ€™s interesting how the author is able to improvise on the old, classic detective tricks and make them more complex i.e. the scene which Light determined that heâ€™s room is bugged. The way L and Light challenges each other was certainly nothing short of fantastic, having me on the edge of my seat for every episode even though I have already read the manga and knew how the story will progress. The element of drama is one pertinent factor in the success of the series. To think that they are able to make a simple scene of writing on a note so over-the-top and to exaggerate the scene without making it appear cheesy or ludicrous, it wasnâ€™t easy, but the production crew did it. They also managed to prevent the long dialogues from becoming boring or monotonous.
Of course, the stars of the show are L and Light. Truly, L has got to be one of the most eccentric character ever. His actions, his guts and his obsession with snacksâ€¦ â€¦ all these little details of him contribute to make him such an entertaining character. L definitely is one character who is both cool and hilarious at the same time. As for Light, thereâ€™s no doubt that heâ€™s one of the most badass protagonist though towards the end, itâ€™s no longer about Light trying to be savior, more on him being consumed with power. Near was annoying, though I liked Mello. Pity he had lesser screen time than Near. I know there are people who didnâ€™t like Death Note because they (L and Light) are far too unbelievably hax in terms of intellectual capacity, but for me, I can let that past. After all, this is supposed to be fiction; a little un-realness is alright and still within the limits. The tricks they pull are enjoyable and considerably realistic and that will suffice. The side cast was just average though i.e. Misa, Takada etc.
Animation quality is great, especially the scenes in which Light was writing in the notebook. They even put into details the little actions of L. They really brought out the Gothic atmosphere very well. Fantastic art style too. I particularly like the symbolism of the imagery in the series: the "inner world" in which we see Light and L have a faceoff on the top of the tower, the "red" of Light contrasting the "blue" of L. Another point thatâ€™s worth mentioning would be the camera angles deployed â€“ from the way the scenes pans in, to the different angle shots, all help to build on the drama.
While OP2 wasnâ€™t to my liking, I canâ€™t deny that it really suits Death Note a lot, especially since the second part is when Light â€œofficiallyï¿½? goes mad. The chaotic imagery brought about by OP2 effectively reflected that madness. Same goes for ED2. OP1 was more to my liking. The bgms are great, especially the ones played during the dramatic moments.
The Flaws aka â€œwhy it didnâ€™t get a full 10/10ï¿½?
As the story proceeds to the Mello/Near arc, the series suddenly became less dramatic and many conversations became very dry. Many a times, they did not even have any music played in the background. And when they do use bgms, they were simply re-using the same ones for the L arc. Most unfortunately, the bgms for L arc was not very suitable in capturing, or rather, depicting the atmosphere for the Mello/Near arc. They also abandoned the symbolic tower scenes. I was expecting something cool like Yagami on the top of the tower, gloating as L was falling, and then find Near and Mello entering the â€œrealmï¿½? to continue the face-off.
Like what xkrazydog mentioned in his review, I donâ€™t like how they just had to throw in the â€œsuggestiveï¿½? scenes (to appease the yaoi fangirls, no doubt). Itâ€™s disgusting, seriously. Not because Iâ€™m against shounen-ai (true, I donâ€™t like that genre) but that really ruined the vibe of the series. Indeed, the manga had none of those stuffs â€“ Light and L are clear-cut enemies; Death Note is a clear-cut thriller and battle of wits and nothing more.
Death Note boasts unique and original storyline, with complex characters and plot progress. Definitely a great series, though like many have mentioned, the series should have been shorten (for the Mello/Near Arc). Nevertheless, this series is highly recommended. Very high re-watch value.
Personal overall rating: 93%
Posted by : miestersean
Posted on : 2008-07-29
Note: I gave up watching this series after the first ten episodes.
Plot/story: A cat-and-mouse game with nonstop twists and plot advancement. Because the tension and stakes constantly rise, it's monotone in pace and feeling.
Dialogue: The super geniuses are pretentious and coldly super-human -- the logic and reasoning they are blessed with are ridiculous and have no believability. The secondary characters are fittingly bewildered and confused.
Characters: The leads have no motivations other than a robotic resolve to kill the other; they are distant and unlikeable. All of the other humans are of no consequence, which is a shame as the main character's family is warm and sincere. The death god is entertaining but he isn't impartial, despite what the story claims, and he's as disposable as the rest of the filler characters.
Voice acting: The main character and the death god are consistently in-character and fun to listen to. The rest could be more animated.
Music/sound: The orchestration is well-produced but oppressively dark and melodramatic: the apocalyptic theme that backs the writing in the notebook is overdone, even considering the plot.
Animation/Art: The character designs are sometimes weirdly realistic with an off-putting 3-D look. Otherwise, they are average. The monochromatic visuals are oppressive in their overuse of blackness. The varied backgrounds are plain.
Enjoyment: It's exciting to see the plot unveiled, but the endless dramatic escalation and not being attached to either of the leads was frustrating. Seeing what happens next was not nearly enough for me to keep watching.
Overall: Recommended for those who view action and suspense as paramount in a series. Those seeking emotional and moral substance should pass.
Posted by : xkrazydog
Posted on : 2008-07-01
Ahh Death Note. If you haven't heard of it, then my gosh where have you been for the past 2 years? I'll keep my reviews brief.
To put it quite simply, the story is about a genius boy name Light who gets his hands on a Death Note where he can kill people by knowing their name and face. He passes on judgment on criminals hoping to be a god of a perfect world. L, the other genius is out to capture him. And so goes the battle of wits and predictions.
To put it simply: It makes an amazing manga, but the anime seems slightly off.
OP and ED: Hated the theme songs in Death Note. The soundtrack during the anime is average and suits it very well, but the opening theme song was terrible and makes me want to punch babies. Its hardcore metal screaming rock music that kills your eardrums, and the animation is seizure worthy in a bad way.
Animation and Graphics: Very Nicely done, especially in an anime where not a lot of physical action is taking place. The mood is set just right and the characters are drawn very well.
Now here are the negatives: The characterization is quite off. Like in the manga, the character Light shows the greatest change from an idealistic youth to a self obsessed madman. The anime, unfortunately doesn't highlight that in the beginning, making Light seem psychotic right off the bat. You don't see that innocent gleam in his eyes like in the manga. You just see outright malice.
Second, Even though the anime follows the manga quite faithfully, I didn't enjoy the glaringly obvious assumption that made Light and L seem like they were *excuse my french* Gay tragic lovers. The manga makes no hint of ANY romance, and Light and L are enemies, nothing more. I'm all up for some creative freedom, but that was just pushing it.
Third: Quite frankly, it was 90% talking. Now for a manga, its ok, because the pictures don't move and you can read and deduce what you like on your own pace and it wont hinder the art. But for an anime, an insanely huge portion was just talk. As nice as it is to hear their voices, you get bored very quickly.
Nicely done effort, and the anime was nicely executed, but I found it to be a hassle to watch if you already read the manga. I would say read the manga rather than watch the anime, but they can be interchangeable depending on the viewer. I give it a 6. Average. Nothing more and nothing less. I had high hopes for this anime. But it just moved too slow.
Posted by : Gen3s1s
Posted on : 2008-05-15
Death Note has to be the best mystery anime ever, involving some horror but mostly fantasy. It has an incredible story that's 100% unique, watching this anime made me want to see more, one episode after another. There is no way you can possibly predict what happens throughout this anime (unless you read the manga of course).
The animation is nice and solid, using different themes to suit the anime. Also they use different themes to suit characters such as, Kira, they use dark colors to go with his deranged mind, Or L his theme is a light blue which I think represents his cool and calm thoughts. Other than that it, doesn't change too often.
The music used for this anime could not be better the moment its played your drawn into the anime, they have different tunes to go with different characters which i suppose can express there chain of thought.
The characters are awesome all unique, however there isn't that many so it's not surprising, they're all likable and you can understand everything about them, even the villian. I like L the most, his mannerisms are just so weird, you may question him but somewhere down the line you're gonna agree, that he's the coolest in the anime.
The story, like I said before, is 100% unique, totally unpredictable. The best thing about the story is watching how the characters may react to certain events and how every action, no matter how small, brings a reaction.
If you're into mystery drama's then this has gotta be the no1 recommendation, and if you're not then just try it out. It's an epic anime, one that can't be beat if in competition with any mystery drama anime.
Posted by : Frundock
Posted on : 2008-05-10
What a great show ! After reading the tons of great reviews and receiving tons of personal recommendations, I thought I had to give Death Note a shot, and boy was it worth it.
The one thing that striked me was the characters. Creative design and storyline brought a very interresting cast. The way the story flows around them is near perfect. This is supported by a very good soundtrack, and althought it's a bit repetitive it's always well placed, used.
Story was a great idea, well used for some time, but I at some point it did felt repetitive. They would change the protaginist, but with the same goal always in mind. All this lead to an unfit ending for such a well played out series.
In conclusion, I guess Death Note would have benefited from a shorter season length.
Posted by : primula
Posted on : 2008-04-20
Story - 9
A student trying to change the world with a notebook, one of the most gripping stories for people that like psychological anime with many twists and turns.
Animation - 10
Some of the best animation I've seen to date; amazingly detailed, especially on close-ups of the main character's eyes.
Music - 10
The Erie music and sounds effects makes the series even better, this series also has very nice intros.
Characters - 10
This is Death Note's best feature, especially with the main character, Light Yagami. So much character development through the series, you basically know what Light and the detective L are thinking most of the time. Many other characters such as Misa and Near have nice character development.
Overall - 10
This deserves no less than a 10, one of the best anime I've seen.
Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2008-04-19
Death Noteâ€™s got an element that few anime has; a complex storyline that isnâ€™t lame or clichÃ©d. Thatâ€™s probably the reason why this series drew in such popularity. Whatâ€™s intriguing about the story is the depth of thinking the main characters has; their mind games and tricking makes the show interesting and kept me at the edge of my seat, for a series without action, itâ€™s pretty impressive.
A little saddening is that episode 17 took such a sudden turn that I was left confused until everything was explain much later. They didnâ€™t screw it up, but the story arc that took place before it was explained wasnâ€™t really interesting; the main draw, the Light vs L part disappeared momentarily and it kind of killed the hype for a bit.
And Near was nowhere as interesting as L; their character or their mind battles.
Contrary to a few opinions, I feel that the animation style has a good representation of what the story is about; the realistic and serious feel to it helps make the story.
â€œWhatâ€™s up peopleâ€? is a little bit of a joke, I guess, to many people as itâ€™s actually like a scream-o kind of music. But with the good opening animation to match, it still turns out really good. I wasnâ€™t as impressed with â€œThe worldâ€? as most people, but my favorite turns out to be â€œZetsubou Billyâ€?.
It didnâ€™t manage to give me the â€œOMG ITâ€™S AWESOMEâ€? reaction, but I got to admit, itâ€™s pretty incredible production.
Story Style: 9
Posted by : yoza
Posted on : 2008-04-14
Right from the get-go this title sets the stage for anime so engrossing, so epic that once its picked up, it wont be put down to the very end...
If you're out looking for a high school boy gains magical powers and saves the world anime, go look somewhere else. This anime is about a high school boy being granted control over everyones most precious asset, life. This main character, Yagami, is so well made that throughout the series he becomes much better at what he does, and as it progresses, we see his attitude change and his arrogance grow. Death Note is filled to the brim with shocks and surprises... you'll find yourself wondering if you could dare guess what the boy Yagami and his alter ego 'L' will do next.
If you are yet to see this series, and after reading this far into my review you feel that this anime could be a god send for those cravings, its best to note that what I call the end, the climax of the anime, happens around 2/3 of the way thru the series. Without saying more about it, I'm sure to be joined by many other people who have seen it, in saying that the extra bit added on that leads to the completion of the series is more like filler episodes leading sadly (considering how unpredictable it had been up to this point) to a very predictable ending.
Let me put it this way... Its like watching a horse race, the steeds do their laps, the winner crosses the finish line and everyones cheering, its all over... but then the jockeys want to run more laps, but their horses are tired, so the best they can manage is a trot. Round and round they go... the people have seen what they came to see, the excitement is gone, and now all thats left is time wasting...
When i rated Death Note here, I gave it a 9 for its uniqueness, and for how seriously it took itself. The -1 comes from not finishing it when one horse had won and the race was over.
Posted by : ambuchaay
Posted on : 2008-04-07
I love it.
Death note is absolutely brilliant, like L and Light, its two main characters. Ryuk is an interesting character. Misa is the the airhead bubbly character in this series, but then again, who else can you match up with the clever Light. It introduces you to new characters along the way but it sticks to the main ones and passes by others in such an amazing flowing way. It gives enough time for knowing the characters well enough for you to empathize with them yet the main characters have that personality that just makes you want to BE with them.
This anime is really great in that it presents this main character, Light Yagami, in such a way that he is both a protagonist and an antagonist, and at the same time is neither. You'll find yourself empathizing with him and rooting for him even though his methods of pursuing justice are morally wrong, until you ask yourself if such methods are really wrong. Then there's this eccentric character, L, who is Kira's, arch enemy, yet who considers Light his best friend. L, aka Ryuzaki, versus Light, aka Kira. Such perfect matches.
For me, its action-packed not in terms of fighting scenes but because it makes you sit on the edge of your seat while also making you bite your hands off in suspense. The mind game is all the action you'll want once you've started this series.
The animation isn't typical but it suited the whole thing. I didn't like the opening and ending songs in the last half of the show because I think that wasn't my type of music.
I was tempted to give it a 9 because it felt like after reaching the climactic episode (in my opinion) it felt filler-like afterwards and there's this fault in introducing a main character and deleting him a little while later with not much story on him. But I reconsidered when I thought about how the whole thing ended. Quite in accordance with the words: it all ends where it began. It was sad, tragic, but fitting.
Just watch it you won't regret it.
Posted by : Battousai78
Posted on : 2008-03-29
Death Note is one of the latest anime's (in the west) in the mystery/suspense genre.
Animation 9/10: For something with nearly no fighting in it, Death Note's animation is superb. The series uses a lot of symbolism, such as red apples, and these carry over to scenes where they show exactly what the characters are thinking. The cinematography used is well done. Unfortunately, this isn't well reproduced in the second part.
Sound 10/10: The soundtrack of this, in my opinion rivals, Cowboy Bebop's. Its just as fitting too. The Japanese language track is very good it must have been done by top seiyuu's.
Characters 8/10: The core characters are perfect and I didn't find Misa Amane that annoying but I would have preferred to have seen some of the Shinigami characters developed, since they looked so cool and I think they could have pulled it off.
Plot/Story 10/10: The story is straightforward. Teenager finds a notebook that can kill people and now hunts criminals with it. The actions the characters do are very clever and complex. I Love how they combine supernatural elements with detective/mystery elements to make something that's certainly commendable.
Overall: Death Note is one of the greatest animes post 2002 and is recommended to people who don't mind having very little action, complex actions and sinister characters. Not recommended to people who love action or who knows maybe its there time to try something new?
Posted by : cohj
Posted on : 2008-01-17
Death Note left me breathless.
Plot 9.9/10: This plot was original, breathing taking, and just amazing. One of the best animes I have ever seen. You see the main character slowly but surely turn into a, well a demon. Kira is indeed one powerful character. There was only one tiny minuscule thing about it that left me kinda shocked. It was the ending. The ending was great and all but it was not the way I wanted it to end. It pulled it off the pedestal for me a little. Though the rest of the ending restored quickly.
Characters: You get to not only see the characters develop throughout this anime but you also see them change and become people not even close to the people they were at the start. All because of one notebook, the world itself trembled.
Overall 10/10: This anime is just epic there is no other way to put it. You can't say this anime is bad unless you just want to keep it for yourself. You will not regret watching this, though don't watch it if you're a 13 year old or something. It has some dark themes.
Posted by : clare_47
Posted on : 2007-11-03
Death Note is by far the most witty, crazy, mind-blowing anime that I have ever had the privledge of watching. Every scene, every conversation, every completely unpredictable plot twist holds a special place in my heart. As I finish watching this anime, I am brought to tears. Tears of happiness, at having experienced one of the most brilliant animes of all time, and tears of sadness, knowing that there will most likely never be any other anime, video game, show, movie, or just... anything that will ever compare to Death Note again. It was just perfect in every way possible.
I really can't describe the beauty of this anime in words. Put simply, it is a work of art. There are no criticisms for this anime, nothing that can be said was "bad" about it, because in essence it lacked anything that can even be considered a "flaw". Some people live by the logic that nothing is perfect, that something can always be improved - well I simply say that they've yet to experience Death Note. If you haven't seen this anime yet, then you are one lucky person - you've got 37 20 minute segments that will be among the greatest moments of your life still left to watch.
In the end, this anime is all perfection. My mind can't even fathom the idea of someone not considering Death Note to be the greatest anime of all time. It really is a work of art. It's a pity that there will never be another anime that surpasses this - after all, how do you possibly surpass perfection?
10/10. Although really, it deserves infinity out of 10. Why this anime is ranked 43rd by user reviews is beyond me, I can't possibly imagine someone not liking this anime, there just isn't anything to not love about it!
Posted by : MrSentimental
Posted on : 2007-11-02
What a HUGE disappointment! With all the rave reviews for this one, I was expecting a real solid quality Anime with an interesting plot and lots of cool characters, and this just didn't deliver for me. Alright, I'll own up to this being my own subjective take on this Anime here, and I'll explain why I ended up fast-forwarding through OVER HALF of it.
First, for the good, there were some genuinne "Wow!" scenes (like with Light's father in the car with the gun) and the artwork overall made the human characters look appealing enough.
At first, the plot seemed interesting, and Light's actions and motives seemed noble enough: killing off all the criminals to make the world a better place. But as the story unfolded, Light's true nature started to become clearer, and he was never a likeable character that I found myself routing for at any point in this Anime. The time when he started killing off innocent authority figures to keep his Kira identity secret was the turning point for me, and that was pretty early on in this series.
In fact, aside from Misa who was pretty sincere, spirited, and funny, I didn't find any of the characters in this series to be likeable or interesting. The "L"/Near character was quirky and unique, but not real likeable. The Death Gods were goofy and bored/boring. The artwork didn't help make these guys any more appealing or cool-looking.
With no interesting characters, the story itself was holding very little interest for me. Plus, for the most part, this was one of those "just talk" kinds of Animes where in almost every episode there is, you know... ... JUST TALK. BOOOOORING! I let this slide in the past with Ghost in the Shell 2nd Gig, and gave it a decent review because... ...well, it's Ghost in the Shell! I apologize for not doing a better job with that review (see Reviewer's Confessions in the Forum section). But I'm being straight here. I found myself fast-forwarding through most of the later episodes when I found out how unappealing the charaters and storyline were. Just not enough solid entertainment here. Another mostly talk Anime which did a great job keeping my interest was "Monster" (70-plus episodes). The interesting and likeable characters made the big difference.
The regular rock theme music was nothing great. And the just-screaming theme music later on just gave me a head-ache (I prefer the Tool/ Dragonforce style vs. the just yelling/just screaming stuff). The dramatic music during the series would have worked... ... if this series was actually interesting to begin with.
So, I WANTED to find a real cool Anime! Cripes!, I paid good money for this import set! But I really didn't care what happened to the characters here. I was glad when the series was done. 4 out of 10 Rating. 2 STARS.
Posted by : HavocOrder0999
Posted on : 2007-10-31
One the the best anime shows that I have ever seen. A human who finds a notebook with the power to kill is amazing in my opinion and the shinigami who follows him around invisibly adds a lot to the series. It's original and I can say that I have not seen any other anime that contains such strong elements of light and dark.
The animation can show that the forces of light and dark, good and evil are at work here because everything is set in a dark world, with rays of light signifying good, or what the main character believes is good.
The music and sounds bring about the classical feelings of light and dark with the mixture of symphony and opera, and it goes great with the episodes when it plays as the main character Light writes the names of people who will die. The music and animation coupled with such a good plot makes this anime one of the best.
The many different characters are remarkable. Light has a strong sense of justice that he believes can be enforced with the Death Note. L represents true justice, in which Light is nothing more that a murderer and must be stopped at all costs. The different stands that these two characters take make you question what justice really is, and what you would do if you had such power. Overall, I give this show 8/10 and recommend that everyone sees or at least knows about this show since it is one of the instant classics that will be around for a long time.
Posted by : Elitje
Posted on : 2007-10-31
In my opinion, Death Note carries a weight of suspense that I've never experienced in most or any animes before. Its story revolves around a notebook that a Shinigami, (AKA Death God) Drops into the real world on account of a whim, one of boredom. The Shinigami, Ryuk, finds the book to be obtained by Yagami Light, a highly intelligent, even elite student, who takes it upon himself to see it as a higher calling to become God of a New World, without criminals or crime, with which he can kill anyone whose name he writes into the book with the image of their face in his mind. It is up to L, the legendary detective, to stop him. The anime is unlike any other. It manages to have a plot twist that uproots everything you believed up until that point and turns it around. Death Note will leave your palms sweaty and heart pounding as you experience a battle of epic proportions among geniuses.The music and art are so articulate and riveting that it "takes no prisoners" when it comes to the attention of the viewer. Each character has a specific and valuable role that is crucial to the series of events that comprise Death Note. The Viewer must choose a side of good or bad, that of the God-Judge of Mankind Yagami Light, or that of the defender of what is right, the legendary "L" and his arsenal of objective diligence and dedication. Their war holds the lives of many in its midst, it encompasses a delicate subject of the role of god and justice in the world into a war over what is right and wrong, and that a single error will create a downfall. Death Note is a Must Watch 100% Anime, I loved it for its sheer insanity and unpredictability as I held on to the edge of my seat for each episode. I Highly recommend this anime to anyone and everyone.
Choose a side, and choose it wisely, for whichever you choose will be a thrill and an experience one will never forget.
Posted by : forktress
Posted on : 2007-10-15
The series is very unique in that the main character is, despite all his intents and purposes, a bad guy.
For a long time, you're not certain whether you want Light or L to win in the end. And the plot twists- my lord, your head will be reeling by the time the series is half over. It was so fascinating that I would stay up 'till three in the morning just to see what would happen next.
The animation is superb. The style is unique and attractive, and there are so many little details that are fun to pick out. The atmospheric effects are top notch, and add plenty of tension to a scene.
The soundtrack is very nice. While I'm not too fond of the second opening and closing themes ( they just don't sound good at all to me ), the soundtracks are certainly worth picking up. Musical styles vary between mesmerizing orchestrals accompanied by chilling choir vocals, to rock, to a sort of dark jazz. And I swear, this is the only series I've ever seen that uses the f-word in one of it's theme songs.
While it differs in many places from the original manga, it manages in most places to stay quite loyal to the source material. The manga is an excellent one, and is a must have.
All in all, ' Death Note' is another one of those little gems in anime that are in a class all by themselves. This dark bundle of excitement, tension, brilliant plot twists and fabulous animation definitely merits the attention of anyone looking for something different.
Posted by : tallguy301
Posted on : 2007-10-06
The wittyness in this anime will blow your mind away.
-Story/Plot (10/10): This series is based on a main character's justice and trying to make it Law. (Further context is unwanted spoilers)
-Animation (10/10): Very detailed graphics, especially in the facial area of the characters within the Death NoteÂ´s main characters.
-Characters (10/10): Has a small and unique conjunction of characters, which each have an influence in the main plot that might benefit or worsen others current state.
-Music (10/10): It goes at the same pace as each characters actions or when the character realizes something that just might @%#$ up his ideals.
-Ending (7/10): It was complete bull, so many things went against the audiences interest, but must admit that ending a series that is based on wit is extremely hard to do and they chose the hardest way to go and for that I give them credit.
-Suggestions: See until the Episode 36, its not complete but its better than what happened.
Posted by : Solidusnk
Posted on : 2007-08-29
Death Note is a combination of a great plot and impressive characters with a superb job of the Madhouse Studio.
The -animation- is incredible, the light effects are superb and the persecutions are really stuning, and in all the importants moments the animation was top notch, all this makes those moments inmortal and unforgettable
Sound:Epic OST, the sound got the strength to tottaly inmerse you in the moment, and I love the opening intros.
-The seiyuus made an Oscar job, you can feel them and his reactions and emotions
Characters & History:Light is definitely my favorite character, cold, calculator, you can see how he turns into someone who sacrifice himself for his delirious justice.
In the other side, L, representing the moral justice, the battle of intelligence begins, with incredible plots and sucess that makes you get glued to the sit.
This series was a pleasant experience, I enjoyed every single chapter for all its virtues, I recommend it to all.
Posted by : onnerpog
Posted on : 2007-08-28
The animation and sound were superb. Art and animation art very detailed and fluid, I have no problems with it. As for the sound, Death Note has two opening and ending themes. I really hated the second opening theme though... non-constructive and just didn't seem appropriate for this kind of anime. However, the others are perfect.
Animation: 9.8, Sound: 9.2
The story is nothing short of outstanding. Everything fits so incredibly well together, and requires the viewer to pay attention to small details, which usually will end up surfacing somewhere or another. This anime probably would have been better to be watched when the episodes were not all out yet, the reason being that I especially enjoyed discussing every episode with my friends. Every single episode introduces a plethora of complications that raise so many possibilities. The end of every single episode made me think deeply about what would happen next. It really was that amazing. Story 9.9
I'd consider Yagami Light to be the best character I've seen in any anime. A very complex character with extremely high intelligence and a great determination. It's amazing how much his character evolves since discovering the notebook. Even if he was Kira, I definitely would not consider him a criminal even though he went so far with it. I definitely agree with his beliefs. Misa Misa I loved as well - it would be great to have a girlfriend as devoted as her, as she stays with Light to the end. The detectives (L, Mello and Near) were also very complex. Character 9.7
Overall, this anime is almost perfect...I cannot see how anyone can possibly hate this anime. Every episode is extremely thought-provoking and the twists just don't end. I've never cared about what would happen to anime characters as much as I have from watching this anime.
Posted by : ffmav2
Posted on : 2007-08-17
Almost a perfect anime, I felt that the first arc with L was stronger than the second one with Near and Mello, but over all it's still an excellent series.
It's very good an original, and there are many amazing plot twists and turns.. It's perfect.
Very nicely drawn, the characters all look awesome and the colours are dark, albeit still vivid making it a spectacular looking anime.
Except the second arcs' opening and ending songs, every song in the anime is awesome. The sound tracks are very well done as well, and suit the mood perfectly.
There's not much to say here. The characterization in the story is almost perfect.
Highly recommend to anyone, it's an amazing anime.
I voted perfect 10, which I think the show deserves beyond any doubt.
Watch it now!
Posted by : Kirark3
Posted on : 2007-08-15
I read the manga, and the anime kept me on my toes even though I knew how the story would unfold. That is telling, that the story is so great that make you enjoy all her virtues again.
In the technical aspects, I did enjoy the animation, they did great work in bringing the dark mood to surroundings and especially to the "think moments" when either "L", Light or "N" was thinking logically. Sometimes the characters were left drawn a little blunt, but things like that didn't really bother me.
Background music was very intense on great plot twists, is perfect in every situation. Great Op/ed theme
As the story follows the obvious "villain" Light, it`s easy to sympathize with him and with his actions. What would you do with that power? The first part of the story is a very intense logical cat-and-mouse game between Light and "L" at the same time Light tries to punish people. I really liked this part and felt like it was very well-thought out. The second part which centered more on Light`s attempts to completely wipe out all the people who know anything about the death note, by relying on his "followers". Overall the story didn't degenerate too much and you still felt the need to know how the plot goes.
For those who haven`t watched this anime yet I do recommend you try it. It`s totally worth it.
Posted by : Catpathg
Posted on : 2007-08-15
Great series. Really worth your time to watch. Yagami Light has found a book called Death Note, dropped by the shinigami Ryuk for some entertainment, the book has the power to cause the death of the person who's name is written in the Death Note. Yagami Light want to use that power to make a world ruled by his justice. Really great and original plot.
Nicely done, nothing really special but it just fits in perfect.
The soundtrack is great and the music starts and ends at great moments. The series couldn't do without.
Plot is very detailed and exciting, really you have to watch it and get charmed.
Many different characters many of them remarkable. Light with his pragmatic justice and L, Mello, Near representing the "true justice", makes you think what side you prefer. At first sight it may be a bit hard to imagine yourself as a character with after like 2 episodes this feeling is gone.
Overall really great and a must see.
Posted by : bloppyblue
Posted on : 2007-08-14
Let me first say, this anime is AMAZING!!! And, heres a couple of reasons why.
Story:10/10 Amazing story, just plain amazing. In a sentence, Death Note is about a young genius who discovers a new and interesting way of killing, writing a name down with the face pictured in your head. Every episode leaves you wanting more, almost giving you a "jump off the cliff for an episode" feeling. Filled with plot twists and turns, you never know whats coming. And the whole thing, its just too smart! Although its quite bloody in some parts (particularly the last episode) the whole process of Light getting to where he's at is amazing. It just makes you scream "WOOOT!!!" or "NOOOO!!!" at the end.
Characters: 10/10 Each character has thier own unique strengths and weaknesses, most seem to have a fetish for something, like the main detective L has a fetish for sweets. With each character, you either like them or hate them. Light, the main character can be seen as evil or justice, depending on the way you think. Is eliminating criminals a good thing because youre getting rid of evil, or is it a bad thing because youre murdering people? In this story, even the weak characters stand out and have an amazing role (Such as Matsuda, the youngest, least experienced member of the police team).
Sound: 10/10 I wouldve given this an 8/10 because im not to crazy about the 2nd opening and ending. To me, it just seems a bit too screamo. It also has very unncessary cursing in there. But i settled with a 10/10 because, overall, its good for the anime. Suits the mood very well. The background music is also very good, giving off an evil vibe whenever played with Light on the screen. Its perfect to make the scenes exciting!
Animation: 10/10 The director of Death Note mustve picked the best! The animation is flawless, it has flow in every episode, even making writing down a name seem so exciting! Some scenes seem like they were painted as a masterpeice with amazing detail.
So, my opinion is that the anime is, as i say again, amazing! This is definitely not an anime i recommend to the light hearted! It isnt as bad as Hellsing and those animes where you see blood in every scene, but its definitely bad! There is alot of murdering and deaths and depressing thoughts and such, so those who are really, really, really not into that, i dont suggest you watch it (maybe give it a try because im that kind of person). But those who love a jaw dropping, seat gripping, head banging anime, this is definitely the anime for you.
Posted by : Dazeed1
Posted on : 2007-08-13
Words alone do not do justice for this anime. It is one of the best animes out there and definitely deserves a spotlight. It incorporates beautiful animations, great voice acting, a fascinating story, and a very interesting array of characters.
Animation - The animation in the show is superb. One of the best quality in any anime out there. Great attention to details and light effects.
Sound - Though I do not understand Japanese very well, I really like the voices for Light and L. By sound alone, they seem very fitting for their characters. Also the opening and ending themes are awesome.
Story - Not an original story at its core, but it is still original and fascinating enough to keep viewers at the edge of their seat just awaiting to see what will happen episodes after episodes. Very deserving of a 10/10.
Character - I, for one, love the variety of characters and their individual characteristics. Focusing on Light and L, the two main characters, they are designed very well. Also the psychological and strategical battle of two geniuses is very much worth the attention of the viewers.
Definitely a must see for every anime fans.
Posted by : Auron23
Posted on : 2007-08-09
A perfect 10 or wait, if possible, an 11.
I remember when I first heard of it, (I read the back of the manga at the book store.) Immediately I thought "now this is my kind of story." I often question such moral/ethic values. I write stories myself, so I often include such questions and symbolism.
From the storyline, the questions of morality, the characters and their quirks. Right down to (for the anime,) the animation, the art, the music and the VA's. I loved each character, I loved all.
Beautiful animation, nice colors and tones, this must be the best animation I've seen.
Superb voice acting:
The seiyuus of Light and L are incredible, you can tell the character and his emotions!!!
Very fitting music:
Epic moments with epic music.
This anime has some of the best moments I've seen. Episode 25 (you know), episode 36 and a lot more, I will definitely buy the DVD.
One of the finest series ever.
Posted by : ShinDarrin
Posted on : 2007-08-06
Death Note was one of the few animes that I decided to watch right after I heard about it. I don't know why, but the plot interested me, and it sounded different from the animes I've been watching lately.
I think for a 2006 anime, the animation was well done (as to be expected). Everything flowed from one scene to the next. Characters had detail, and the background isn't as bland as some of the other animes I've seen.
There's not much to comment on the sounds in Death Note. I felt that the opening and ending themes, sound effects and background music went nicely with the anime.
Next to the characters, the plot is what makes Death Note such a great anime. With something as simple as a notebook that kills people, the writers were able to turn a simple plot into a battle of wits and survival. There were twists, turns, curves, and steep hills in the plot that made it all the more interesting to watch unfold. There were lots of intense scenes and the more trivial ones, but they all played an important role in the unfolding of the story. There were little to no fillers in the anime.
Death Note has a very intelligent storyline that keeps the viewers thinking and that adds heaps to the enjoyment of Death Note.
My favourite thing about Death Note are the characters. Everyone has their own detailed personality (with the exception of minor characters). With the screen time that each character has, the anime is able to show us those personality traits. As for the main character, Light, you either hate him or love him. The story is told from his point of view, but he can also be viewed as the villain, or antagonist, which gives us a different feel.
Overall, I think that this anime is worth the watch, even if it doesn't seem to appeal to you. I think that an intelligently written plot such as this is worth all the praise it can get. Death Note is an intense anime about a battle of wits to survive, and a game of cat-and-mouse that can turn fatal with any mistake. It will keep you on your feet, and amaze you with surprises.
In conclusion, I definitely recommend this anime to about anyone.
Posted by : lamperouge7
Posted on : 2007-08-04
This is clearly one of the best anime I have ever seen. In terms of story, character, and plot direction it seems, at least at first glance, virtually flawless.
The animation is beautiful, though there are times the animators choose to be a bit lazy, the shining moments make up for the poorer parts.
The music was engaging/ appropriate enough to do its duty, slow for the dramatic parts; hard rock intros.
The character development was amazing, I felt for the characters, I could relate to all of them, I understood their thoughts and feelings, from the main character Light, to the secondary characters such as Aizawa and Matsuda.
The story was amazing, the execution of the story was probably the MOST insane part of Death Note. I do not recall A SINGLE filler from the entire series. The plot was driven, and kept the audience engaged from start to finish
Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of Death Note was its originality in themes. philosophically, Death Note is impressive as ever, we have a moral student who is concerned with justice but what happens to moral individuals when they come across great power, can they stay ethical but what IS ethics after all?. What is 'correct' in the world, but most importantly, will power corrupt an individual, can someone become so obsessed that they forget the very reason for what they are fighting for?, and like said previously, what IS ethics after all. Does ethics rely heavily on the cooperation between individuals, or the 'group mentality', when you "rise above others", whether it be politically or economically, do ethics, effectively, NEGATE themselves in the minds of human beings?
You have to watch Death Note and do a bit of introspective thinking to answer these questions. In short, Death Note will make you think, it will entertain you, and it will shock you to the bone.
Amazing and unforgettable.
Posted by : Modsoul
Posted on : 2007-08-03
This series was by far my favourite. The story followed extremely close to the manga, which in my case is good. Why else would you go from manga to anime if the manga was no good? Anyways, I was extremely pleased with this series. Every episode had me gripping my chair or desk, like an toddler on Christmas day, just itching to know what happens next. The cliffhangers at the end made me want more. But like all good things, they have to end abruptly.
I love L and Light, I truly do. They are a wonderful duo who are kinda like having a tug-o-war with eachother and one of them is winning at one point and then the other side has the advantage all of a sudden. It's awesome being able to know what's on their mind and to know the devious yet cunning plan they have to counter the opposing force.
Animation and other visuals were spectacular. I'd say that the most of the drawings are gothic but fantastic none the less. Every thing was so perfectly done. A lot of effort went in to this part.
Characters were well done as expected. Everyone played their part perfectly. I enjoyed almost everyone of them, especially Light, L, and Misa. Those three are the absolute best.
Audio was rather good. The first OP was good, the second was not so good. Too much useless yelling. Mind you, the lyrics did match the personality of Light, dark and pretty messed up. Endings were good, both of them. The voice acting was the probably the best I have ever seen/heard. To sound that crazy and murderous, you must be talented. Kudos to Light's voice actor whoever he is.
Now for the reason why Death Note gets a 9 and not a full blown 10. The ending. An absolute disapointment. I almost had a heart attack it was so bad. If they only extended it to 38 episodes instead of 37 to fully tell the ending. They tried to sum everything up too quickly. I did not get to see Misa in a cult of people worshipping Light or Kira, but instead I get to see her on a train. Why a train? I don't know. No point or meaning to it at all. Lots of things that should have happened in the anime didn't and that is what really pissed me off. I would give it a lower score but it was really good up until the ending so I have to give it credit for that. Even if the ending sucked I still recommend this to anyone who can comprehend a complex story. Probably one of the best animes and story out there today. If you havn't enjoyed the sweetness of this series, I strongly suggest you do.
Posted by : Noitora
Posted on : 2007-08-02
Death Note. I had been hearing about this anime for a while, so I assumed it was an early 2000's title, and was quite surprised that it only ran late 2006 to mid 2007. In retrospect, that surprise is completely misplaced. It's entirely natural that an anime this good should gain a reputation immediately after being published.
The animation was very pretty. You could really tell that the animators put a lot of work into it. The most noticeable thing about it was the animators' versatility. In one episode, there could be both scenes that were painted in the most brilliant plumage imaginable, and also scenes that engaged various shades of fewer than 4 colors. On the whole, the animation sets the mood for the show by being generally very toned down in terms of color.
As the general mood of the anime was dark, it would make sense for a lot of the music to also fit this mold. There were several types of music used during the show, some of which being heavy guitar solos and opera sounding male choirs. Both of these went very well to accentuate the storyline. I liked the first opening and ending, but I was quite pleasantly surprised when the second opening and ending ended up being by one of my favorite bands, Maximum The Hormone.
The characters were amazing. Despite myself, and despite him being a serial killer, I found myself hoping up until episode 35 that Kira would get off scot free just because of how much his character appealed to me. Every time he would get into trouble, it seemed that the story writers had to come up with the most brilliant way possible for him to get out of it, in response to which L would have to use the most incredible methods of finding Kira.
The story kept me glued to my seat for the whole 37 episodes. It was extremely interesting the way Shinigami were portrayed, the way they could interact with the human world, and the psychological guessing and mis-guessing which both sides (Kira and L) did to try and out-with the other. I also found the psychological war between Consequentialism and Deontology in both the public eye and in public politics fascinating. Basically, if you like to think, this show is for you
Posted by : Shinigami35
Posted on : 2007-07-31
Death Note is gripping while being somewhat shrewdâ€“ a rare feat. The psychological cat-and-mouse between the two main characters and the unapologetic cruelty of the villain easily makes it the best show of the past year. Watch it and let your jaw hit the floor.
As to be expected from Madhouse, the animation is excellent. Most of the animation focuses on facial expressions to get a point across. Character designs are semi-realistic, with amusing detail giving to the shinigami. Death Note has an atmospheric sound; Gregorian chants during dramatic moments and such. Voice acting is excellent, with the stand-out being L. That particular seiyuu usually does young, bratty male voices and he's completely unrecognizable (in a good way) in this role.
Death Note, does what Monster did in 2004. That is, it slaughters, dominates, and embarrasses any and all the little competition that can only wish they were even half as good. With an incredible lead character and a story that will keep an audience on their toes, Death Note is easily one of the best shows out there.
Posted by : Ralfment
Posted on : 2007-07-30
Nothing short of excellent. The expressions on the character's face show a really great side to the anime. The change of shade and coloring when Light thinks to himself is a great use of color and feel for the scene as Light makes his notorious deductions. The car chase scenes, the use of just about every aspect from either missiles, gangs, mobs, and various locales show that Death Note can just step over any aspect and look good with it.
Nothing to complain here. The seiyuu do a fabulous job portraying their characters, especially Misa and L, as I thought it was hilarious how real the character matches the voicing. The only part of the anime you will feel weird with is the consistent talking, but that just comes with the genre I suppose. I'll let you be the judge of that.
You can write a book about this anime and you won't find it any less popular with the anime fan base than you would with people who read suspense and mystery, it is just that good. The simple concept of a notebook able to kill anyone that has their name written in it is amazing, coiled up with twists and turns, making this anime one hell of a suspense to enjoy.
You'll either love or hate Light, but if anything, I'm sure people will just hate Light for just how damn clever and evil he is. His battle with his rivals, L and later on Mello/Near, show how much goes through his head at once, showing what a genius he truly he is when it comes to getting himself out of trouble and getting exactly what he wants. Simply said, best cast of characters you can get for this anime, and you'll love just about every part of it.
You'll definitely want to re-watch it to get a more in-depth feel for this anime. I'll say it now, just so everyone knows, that this anime WILL be very confusing and you'll need to take time to digest all the information they throw at you. Just take your sweet time indulging in this anime, you'll really want to in order to enjoy this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Posted by : Keonoid
Posted on : 2007-07-30
This is a smart and intelligent series with a great twisty plot.
You should see this anime, no one will underrate this one.
Animation: The animation is perfect in both technical sense and aesthetics. The art feels alive and completely draws you into the world of this anime.
Sound: Sound is really well done. Music and background noise, as well as all the SFX sounds are really thought out and are all an incredibly good fit for every single on-screen development.
Story: The story is brilliant, engaging, deep, has surprising plot twists.
It is a brilliant setup for a battle of two brilliant minds in a controversial and thought-provoking setting.
For me it was the best minutes of anime experience in years. A great anime, with great characters and a brilliant story.
Posted by : Kaiser
Posted on : 2007-07-26
Lets face it, Death Note has a pretty awesome story and a loyal following from the manga. With the anime they followed the manga relatively closely. There are a few arcs here and there they thought were redundant and shaved off, thankfully all in the later arc where the most people found the manga story to drag on.
The result is a well polished and animated piece of work. Its a definite must watch and it will be on my to buy list when the boxset comes out in a few years or sooner hopefully.
The music in the anime was great and complimented the dramatic and sometimes angst themes.
The characters and their personalities are what drives Death Note. Sometimes you will cheer on the 'bad' guy and sometimes you will cheer on the police. The show makes some very interesting arguments and makes us wonder about the old question: Does the end justify the mean?
A must watch for all fans.
Posted by : Garranoes
Posted on : 2007-07-19
Death Note is one of the best anime series I have seen so far. It is based on the idea that there is a notebook that has the power to kill people just by writing their names on it. It makes you think what the right way is and watch in awe two of of the greatest minds of anime face each other in a magnificent mind game. Enough talk, time for the review.
The story revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami who is the best student in all of Japan and who one day comes across the Death Note. After finding out its destructive power, he is determined to turn this world into a criminal free utopia where his judgement is law.
Lightâ€™s doings are soon noticed by the Japanese police and the worldâ€™s best, genius detective L, and a battle of wits commences. L notices more in Lightâ€™s killings than the police and has astonishing reasoning capabilities which result in clever traps and accurate conclusions. But Light is able to fight back as hard as L pressures him and make L and his workers fall into his traps. Their intelligence is something unearthly and none of them can be brought down even in the most desperate situations, which makes the series extra entertaining.
The idea of the series is very, no, extremely interesting and fresh. The power of the Death Note and the possibilities inherent in its awesome power is enough to make you interested in the series, but the mind battle of Light and L is something so high-class, that it makes you watch the each episode one after another. The first third of the series keeps you interested and surprised just about all the time, but then the series starts to lose its grip. Itâ€™s no longer as new as it was ten episodes ago and even Light and L show to have a human side that makes errors. It would have been cool if Light and L were to remain as geniuses, but then there wouldnâ€™t have been any character development. Just like in normal life, once you get to know the characters better, you also see their flaws and errors more clearly.
All of the characters are unique in their personalities and looks. Probably the most interesting character is L because of his way of behaving and a bit odd but sympathetic personality. He has a tragic and lonely past which makes him act differently from an average person in social interaction. He is the representative of western worldâ€™s way of thinking while Light seems to follow his own ethics.
Light thinks that everyone who is more useless than useful or has done damage to the society without regrets should die. He is a very interesting protagonist for being good in an evil way: killing the worthless people to make this world a better place. He is ready to take advantage of other peopleâ€™s feelings and beliefs in order to use them as pawns in his plans and has no regrets to dispose of these people when they have finished their tasks. He has only mere fragments of feelings left, one of which is love for his family. His libido seems to be dead as wellâ€¦
The police force that is assisting L to pursue Light consists of just a handful of policemen but their importance in making the series progress is significant, whether it is by accident or suspicion. One of them is Lightâ€™s father Soichiro, which Light uses in his advantage, poor father having no suspicions on his son. The rest of the policemen have more or less screen time and meaning in the story but the series wouldnâ€™t be what it is without them.
Another character that plays a major role in the series is a successful young model called Misa. She has her own Death Note which both offers more possibilities and makes things more complicated. Once she has found Light she falls straight in love with him and, being as clever as he is, Light uses her blind love for his advantage. Two other crucial characters that are introduced in the latter part of the series are Near and Mello, who are a bit like L and take ont the role of catching the owner of the Death Note.
Character proportions are very realistic. One of the most noticeable things is that eyes are drawn to look like eyes from the real world, not in a big and cute way. The animation is really detailed and good looking, which results in little movement and kind of â€˜frozenâ€™ moments, but this is a minor issue and in fact it builds up atmosphere. The animation is not very colorful, rather dark throughout the entire series, which both helps in building the mood and makes the animation feel more realistic. All in all, it is top-class animation that is enjoyable to watch.
The ambient music builds the desired atmosphere in every scene, whether it is to be mysterious, calm, fast paced or relaxed. Even so, some of the music clips that are repeated over and over again in numerous scenes become a bit irritating. Well, nothing you can do, after all those clips are the most fitting to the scenes they are used in.
The opening and ending songs arenâ€™t always really meaningful to the story, but it doesnâ€™t mean they canâ€™t be good! The opening and ending songs of the first season are cool and really catchy. On the second season these songs are replaced by Japanese heavy songs, which arenâ€™t that appealing at the first time. Yet somehow, after listening to them multiple times, they become catchy as well, although not as catchy as the ones of the first season. All of the songs are good, but some of them could have been done otherwise.
Voice acting: 10/10
It is superb! Lines sync perfectly with the animation and voices have very much character. The voice acting in this series does what it is meant to do: transferring the talking personâ€™s feelings through his/her voice. I still get the chills from Lightâ€™s rather maniacal laughter.
Death Note is an eye appealing anime that really makes you think. How is he going to get out of that one? Who is doing the right thing? The series was exciting to watch and it made for one hell of a good experience. Had I written this review before watching the latter half of the series, it would have given it a score of 10 instead of a 9. The first half simply is more exciting and interesting, because that is when the idea is still quite fresh in your mind and the tension between characters doesnâ€™t feel forcefully continued.
Every series has their not-so-interesting times and so does Death Note, and I think the boring parts of the series must be taken into consideration but should not be given too much weight. Even though the series does lose its grip on the audience a bit when the series goes on, the culmination makes the series worth of watching. Nothing is perfect, but it is certainly worth of watching and absolutely worth of giving a try! Thanks for the great experience.
Posted by : Tomato-kun
Posted on : 2007-07-14
Ah, Death Note, one of the biggest series that kept me intrigued throughout my school semester. Had I written a review then, it would've gotten a full-five stars, but now I'm inclined to reconsider. At its heart, Death Note is a drama, albeit a dark one involving death and the like. For a drama, the main criteria is the plot development and character development, so that's what I'll be focusing on.
Story/Plot: The initial premise of Death Note was pretty interesting. For the select minority who don't know about the plot, or who haven't read the synopsis, Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note, which gives him the ability to kill anyone by writing their name and knowing their face. This quickly attracts the attention of the police, and the world's greatest detective L, who pursues Light (under the alias of Kira) in what becomes a never-ending series of mind games. At first, the battles of wit between L and Kira are very clever, leaving me hooked to see the outcome of each contest. However, as the series progressed, the battles weren't nearly as clever, and they even become more one-sided. In some manner, all the previous revelations and traps seem to be undone as the show takes on a new direction halfway.
Another aspect about the plot is that it brings up the whole theme of being able to kill anyone you want and its moral consequences. Certainly this would be a great topic to explore and also act as an eye-opener to maybe some of the darker aspects of the human psyche. Unfortunately, we never really see more than the initial premise, and the many possible facets of this theme are never really explored. What a shame.
Someone might respond by thinking, "Well, it's just a show for entertainment." True. But the way it's designed, it could go so much deeper. And with its morbid settings, the whole "look into the murderous vs moral capabilities of human beings" aspect needed to be expanded on. Since it didn't, this led to a bland ending and anticlimactic ending, at least to me.
Characters: The characters are pretty much along the same vein as the plot. The initial design of the characters are great, especially L. L develops throughout the show because his humanity and as a whole begins to change as a result of the Kira case. I wish I could say the same for the other characters, though. They never get much deeper than how they were at the beginning, although I can't exactly say how without spoiling the whole show.
Animation and Music: The animation and music was well-executed. The whole contrast of colors when Light does something dastardly is very appropriate, and so are the opening and ending songs (although I'm more partial to the first set of OP/EDs). No complaints here.
Bottom Line: I give Death Note an 8/10 because although it has an interesting subject, it never really expands on its plot, themes, or characters to the degree that a top-quality drama anime should. Not to mention it gets stagnant in the end. If you were to watch it, and you might as well if you have free time to spare, you'll probably agree with me that the climax and the best part of the story is at the beginning... too bad it's not at the end.
Posted by : Paraclyte28
Posted on : 2007-07-13
I've gotten sick and tired of watching animes that always have protagonists as nice. Thank heaven I found this anime.(Oh, and Rurouni Kenshin and Lelouch were like this too.)
The story is what made this anime my favorite for now. I like how the protagonist is very evil. The irony that that his English name is "Light", but that he is one hell of a devil. What a badass. His intentions are clean but the government doesn't like it. It was the battle of wits that specifically got me hooked on this anime.
The animation was quite cool. I especially enjoyed when Light, L, Melo and Near changed colors. I don't know how to describe it.
The music was perfect. The BGM for the scenes were cool, and the first opening song was really really interesting as well. The second opening song was weird, but to hell with that. Who cares about the music when the story is what you really need to appreciate.
OK. Overall, I enjoyed this anime. It gave me a rush of adrenaline. I recommend this to people that are looking for an anime that is very original and has a good sense of reasoning. Oh, and people that are mature in mind.
Posted by : BLECHNOCTURNE
Posted on : 2007-07-12
Death Note is a really unique and well-fleshed out anime, among all early 2007 releases, this was one of the best.
Death Note is not an ordinary anime, its a battle of wit rather then a series of fights. Yagami Light is the main character in this anime. He is a genius and the most intelligent guy in Japan, still being a high schooler. One day, a shinigami (death god) named Ryuk, was bored and decides to throw his notebook to the human world and see what happens. The notebook has the power to kill people just by writing down there names. Light is the one that picks up the notebook, thus decides to kill all criminals in the world with this notebook.
The world's best detective named L jumps into the scene, to try and catch the criminal behind this. All doubts fall on Light a.k.a Kira. So after that its a battle of wits and intelligence between Light and L. Light trying to prove his not guilty and kill L, and L trying to catch Light.
Its a new anime, so top notch colors and animations.
Itâ€™s really helps in the atmosphere, making more of suspense.
Even though its gets even deeper later on, the anime being kind of dark-pitch, doesn't appeal us all, but the story has so many twists, and Lights and Ls wit battle is extremely entertaining.
Overall you've just got to give this anime a try, its not so common and its really is a nice change of pace.
Posted by : sssl0202
Posted on : 2007-07-11
Death Note is one of those anime that starts with a bang but ends with a whimper.
The first episode will entrance many people. It has extremely well done character design and animation. The visual effects and style are just captivating and the music does great job supporting the visual as well. Then there is the extremely interesting theme and plot. As soon as you think it is about supernatural abilities, you realize this is more about a battle of the wits, which isn't something you experience often.
The story keeps building itself up with this very clever battle of the wits so that just get addicted to it. However, Death Note eventually falls apart when you realize that these genius characters start making moves that are very redundant and not so clever. By the end, these geniuses start to look like fools, and you get disappointed because you really thought they were geniuses in the beginning.
While it lasts, Death Note is a very interesting and entertaining anime. It also helps to know that Hirano Aya does voice acting for Misa and thanks to that the cuteness level reaches beyond measure, as well as annoyance level to fulfill the character role perfectly.
To those who enjoy gag filled anime only, this probably isn't your cup of tea. To those who are looking for more serious anime, this might do the trick, just brace yourself for the disappointment in the end.
Posted by : Ravensdark
Posted on : 2007-07-07
I can not stand this anime. I found it to be extremely disturbing. The main reason was how dark and terrible the story is. I was only able to watch the first 8 episodes, and after having done so, realized I had already watched too much of it. This is one show I will definitely not be finishing.
To start with you have a student named Light. He goes to school and seems to be very smart almost a prodigy in some ways. Then there is this bored death god, who decides to "loose" his death note, a book that when you write a persons name in it will cause that person to die. Light finds the death note and meets the death god who explains some things about it. Light then proceeds to kill people he thinks should be killed. Mainly criminals who are in prison, but also people that are unable to be caught. In addition people that are trying to catch Light are also his targets, no matter how good those people are. Light who thinks of himself as a god or emperor is trying to remake the world. He feels that anyone that is trying to stop him is evil.
Then you have the detectives that are trying to stop him. The main one is "L" he only goes by that name because he wants his identity to be completely hidden. He realizes that Kira or Light needs to know his name in order to kill him. Other detectives seem to be fodder for the death note. In other words this show is a show of Light or Kira vs "L" and all the other detectives. We have this psychopath Light who should have his own name written in the book then the book burned.
Overall while the story is well done and the animation does fit the story, I can not give it a good rating. I feel so very strongly that this show is too extreme for most audiences, and feel that I need to give this review as a warning to be very cautious with this one. As far as enjoyment of this show goes, for me it was virtually nonexistent. If I based my rating of this show solely on the negatives, I would give it a 1 out of 10, but because it was well done I feel that I can not give it that rating.
Posted by : Molenir
Posted on : 2007-07-07
Death Note is an extremely dark show. If you haven't heard any of the details, and if you haven't you must have been almost living in a cave, what with the anime being licensed, and the manga already being released in the US. Death Note is about a struggle between Light and L. Light who wants to change the world, ridding it of everything that he considers bad, as well as anyone who gets in his way. He does this by means of a book. A book which allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. L is the man doing everything he can to stop him.
In a lot of ways, It is comparable to Gunslinger Girl. They are both depressing, both have characters that are doing terrible things. However Gunslinger Girl is excellent because despite the horrible things that are done, you love the characters, and you cannot help but feel their pain. As opposed to Death Note which is simply a battle between Light and L.
While I didn't care for the style of animation, I have to give them credit for it. It fits the mood and tone of the story very well. I also didn't care for the music. Particularly the OP and ED credits. They probably went well with the show, but I felt they were too jarring and irritating. I could only stand to listen to them once. I suppose they served the purpose of quickly making you move to the next episode, but they certainly weren't good to listen to.
To me, when it comes down to what makes a great show, its usually all about whether or not I enjoyed it. There are a few exceptions, but Death Note is not one of them. To put it simply, I did not, and do not enjoy this kind of anime. Its very deep, and very well done and for that I give it some points. However it is also very horrible, with a depressing story and characters that at times are almost incomprehensible in their motives and actions. If you like depressing shows with characters doing terrible things, then perhaps you will enjoy this. It is a very adult oriented anime, but this does not make it worth watching. For myself, I didn't like it at all. It was not enjoyable, and definitely not worth watching a second time. I don't recommend it to anyone.
Posted by : Piotr
Posted on : 2007-07-07
Everyone is talking about this anime and it was ranked first here, above Rurouni Kenshin, GTO and Twelve Kingdoms. I don't think that Death Note is the best one, because it lacks something very important: it doesn't talk about the feelings of the characters very well. The logic of the plot is most of the time well thought out, and I think that is what made the anime such a success. There is no other anime that talks so deeply about logic and rationalization then Death Note, to great effect. Making it very innovative in that respect.
Death Note is a mystery anime and it is able to maintain the interest from the spectator throughout the series. It compels you to watch the next episode, making it difficult to resist the next. The only problem, is that in 37 episodes, Death Note doesn't mention the characters feelings! Just talked a bit about Misa. In addition, I didn't care for the artwork or the heavy songs. Due to the intelligent and innovative plot, I really did enjoy this anime very much so I give it a score of 9. I recommend it to everyone.
Posted by : leoxjm
Posted on : 2007-07-04
Death Note is indeed a praiseworthy and, most definitely an anime series that everyone should at least try out, if not watch in its entirety. The story of the brilliant high-schooler who attempts to change the world using a notebook to kill off criminals is original, creative and, above everything, interesting.
The character ensemble is actually pretty good, although the focus of the show is very clearly on Yagami Light, (Kira), with all other figures, including his persecutor, L, gravitating around him. As aggravating as one may find Kira's smug self-righteousness, the character is quite interesting, the anti-hero that everyone loves to hate and that, even if you don't root for his victory, you always want to see his next step and future machinations. The ever-rational L is also an interesting character, and is somewhat more sympathetic than his nemesis. It is difficult not to like L, even if you are fond of Kira. L's design, work mode and personality are very interesting to watch and very compelling. You needn't be a weirdo to like L. Mello and Near, other "detectives" introduced later in the series are themselves acceptable characters, though they sorely lack the buildup that other characters of similar importance have. The officers hunting for Kira have a nice range of personalities, from the silly and incompetent Matsuda, to the serious and dedicated Aizawa, to the quiet and diligent Mogi. Unfortunately these guys have relatively little bearing on the story and are there to pretty much there just to have someone around. Light's father Soichiro has more of a role, but he too is pretty much just an accessory. The only ones doing the thinking and getting results really are Kira, L, Mello an Near. Misa deserves a class of her own, as the loyal and unthinking pawn of Light that she quickly degenerates into. She is a character that makes an spectacular entrance, but who disappears from any significant meaning in the story before anyone notices.
The story itself is nuanced and it includes several complications, plot turns and double-crosses. That is practically all there is to it. It doesn't take a genius to follow them all, but a purely passive viewer is most likely not going to have a great time trying to understand what is going on. While it doesn't quite require you to think outside the box it at least encourages prying. One thing is for sure: if it caught your attention, Death Note is not about to let go.
In terms of execution, it is also almost flawless. Most of the struggling takes place inside the characters' minds or in the mutual analysis of their conversations. Anime is probably not the best way to make this interesting (by its nature written text will work better), but the anime uses suitable music and imagery to make it interesting to even see a person writing in a notebook, clearly a mundane activity rendered compelling by adequate stylistic choices. The series is pretty much devoid of any action aside from a handful of events taking place in a couple of episodes, so the stylistic choice for exaggerated gestures accompanied by choral music is more than justified. Some might find it somewhat funny in retrospective, but it just works the first time you see it.
In technical aspects the series truly shines. Soft songs accompany "thoughtful" moments, something more upbeat stuff that is more action-oriented or quick turns of events. Well designed and well placed, Death note is a joy to hear at first. By the end of the series the music repertoire does get a bit repetitive, but its merit is unquestionable. The choices for opening and ending themes are pretty good. Even if not particularly impressive, they are all quite suitable and well managed. Animation and design make the series a piece of eye-candy. Since the anime doesn't have a lot of moving around it is usually fairly detailed, the characters have rather realistic proportions (for those who don't care much about the cartoonish look) and the colors are in mild tones more often than not. By mid-late series the animation does give out sometimes, like in many other series, but nothing really noteworthy. Technically, Death Note remains fairly consistent throughout.
I do, however, have important criticisms of the show (which result in a score of 8/10 even though I have only praised it so far). First off, the show does provide some food for thought in terms of the morality of Light's actions, but aside from some talk in the first few episodes and the last one, there is not too much questioning about the righteousness of either side's actions. The bumbling Matsuda kind of brings it up once in a while, but any discussion among characters that about it is never quite realized. Though there is merit to the show letting you draw up your own concussions, the characters quickly get stuck in their "I'm right" mindset and rarely, if ever, call it into question.
Second, the single most important plot turn, taking place in episode 25, is actually quite drastic and draws a very decisive line between that comes before and after it. Sadly, that also means that the second part of the series has little connection to the first in terms of storyline and character relations. Sure, it is still about capturing Kira, but it makes one feel that the buildup up to that point has been for nothing. In the "break" between episodes 25-27 the overarching situation doesn't really change quite as dramatically as the smaller ones and, in retrospective, there is reason to wonder why the true end didn't happen then and not 10 episodes later, where the circumstances are still somewhat similar.
Finally, the show's finale is somewhat anticlimactic, as the end of a ruthless story comes in a rather dissonant calm that fits neither the previous storytelling nor the characters involved. Although the anime took very few liberties in adapting the original manga, that last change at the end was unnecessary and inconsistent with both versions up to that point. As a sad recommendation, a viewer should check out the last volume of the manga for a more powerful and compelling finale.
Death Note is really an anime that deserves people's notice, for its basic premise and its great execution. Though far from perfect, the shows noteworthiness really makes it earn an overall 8/10 in my book. Some aspects of it are worthy of praise, some of criticism, but the show's value as a piece of entertainment that goes beyond looking cool is truly beyond question.
Posted by : Faraz
Posted on : 2007-07-03
First of all let me say this, if you donâ€™t have the time or patience to read this review then hereâ€™s the conclusion: No matter what sort of anime youâ€™re into, go see Death Note. I guarantee you will enjoy your time. And now for the actual review:
Death Noteâ€™s main message is the old saying that â€œPower corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutelyï¿½? and even though I donâ€™t necessarily agree with it, it certainly makes a strong case for it. This anime is the story of Yagami Light who finds a notebook with the power to kill anyone whoâ€™s unfortunate enough to have their name written in it. An intriguing and unique plot but what makes this anime really shine is the fact that at its heart itâ€™s a battle between two of the most brilliant and genius characters in any anime. And unlike other overplayed anime plot-lines these characters don't battle each other using over-sized swords or giant mechs but rather with their wits and powers of deduction.
The first 36 episodes are simply pure perfection. There are no filler episodes or side-stories. Aside from one recap episode, every episode advances the plot of the show by a significant amount and contains enough twists and unexpected turns to leave you either stunned or on your feet cheering one of the main characters for yet another ingenious plan or action. By the great design of the storyline you never find yourself confused as to whatâ€™s going on or why certain events are happening; everything is always sufficiently (yet never artificially) explained and even though the pace of the show is faster than most anime, it is never rushed.
From my personal perspective the only downside to this great anime was the very last episode. First and foremost it contained the only twist that I actually managed to predict one episode ahead. Second, without going into details and ruining the plot, I believe that some of the actions taken during the last episode were out of character and not in-line with the personalities established up to that point. Because of these two shortcomings I was going to give this show a 9 instead of a 10; what changed my mind was the fact that I stayed awake most of last night just thinking about Death Note (which has never happened before) and any anime that makes you care enough for its story and characters to give you a sleepless night deserves a perfect score.
Posted by : PlasmaXwisp
Posted on : 2007-07-02
Wowâ€¦an amazing and suspenseful story. This anime has done for me what not many have done, which is satisfy me.
Very original idea. Shinigami are bored, and one of them drops his notebook, which kills anyone whose name is written in it, into the human world. A kid named Light picks it up, and starts to overrun the world with his â€œjustice.ï¿½? The best part of this plot is that itâ€™s an ethical battle that can relate to real life, and can be compared to the death penalty to a certain degree. It can evoke debate among fans of the series of whether or not Light was right or not. Also, the plot twists were very unpredictable. One downside, sometimes the plot twists were a little hard to understand.
The characters are very realistic, in personality and behavior. All of the characters were very serious, with a few exceptions (especially Ryuuk). Light is a grade-A student who feels he knows the answers to everything. He has incredible reasoning skills and almost always know how to think ahead of his opponent. The one character that was a little hard to believe was L. His reasoning abilities were amazing, but a little corny at times. Still, these two characters put out a mental battle that was definitely worth the watch.
Animation & Designâ€”10/10
Not much to say about the animation, it was top-notch anime animation. Nothing too surprising; nothing too bland. The anime is set at a pretty melancholy feeling the entire way through, so the design reflected that. There werenâ€™t too many sunny days in this series, and overall, it was very dark (literally).
This is probably because of the dark mood of the series that I just mentioned. Nothingâ€™s really upbeat, and itâ€™s justâ€¦thinking music. The thing that I really did like though, was the second opening theme song to the series that started about half way through. Can you say Japanese Hardcore? I liked it.
Prosâ€”This series kicks ass. Itâ€™s incredibly suspenseful, and itâ€™s thought provoking. It leads to interesting questions as to who was really good and who was really evil. Itâ€™s a really good battle of the minds between two characters who are so sure of themselves. Also, the ending will blow your mind. It couldnâ€™t have been better.
Consâ€”Some characters were just too smart, to the point where it was a little corny. Some major players in the story were introduced a little late in the series. The only reason this is getting a 9.5 instead of a 10, is because the music was terrible in my opinion.
I donâ€™t know why Deathnote was taken off of the Most Popular by Rating list, cause it shouldnâ€™t have. Donâ€™t let that stop you. Watch it!
Posted by : Faebinder
Posted on : 2007-06-29
The series went down from a 10 to 9 by episode 6 and went back to 10 very quickly. The story flow is very intense and does not yield except for a brief time around episode 6. By episode 14 I was screaming WOW.. The finale was excellent and I still was unsure who will win to the end.
Animation: 8/10. There is no action involved here and many of the characters are generically drawn. Overall I love the dark theme and mature style the anime is drawn with and I think it's very good.
Music: 9/10. Great opening and very good intra episode music. The ending was acceptable. Good suspense music.
Story: 10/10. It's an almost perfect plot with introduction of bad and good guys at very unique intervals but it seems to lack a strong flow. While there are no fillers or frivilous episodes so far, I feel the series could have done more if it wanted by involving more of a goal to the story rather than a simple conflict. I like the originalty involving the story, a book where you can write how people die and when and I give a major Kadus for the writer to come out with this sort of a story. The interaction between the good and bad is excellent and unpredictable for this seeing this for the first time. Around episode 11 the story becomes insanely complicated. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!
Character Design: 10/10. The characters took a while to fleshen out. But by episode 11 we are seeing some seriously deep personalities. Without spoiling the story, lets just say this has become one of the best fleshed out character setup I have seen.
This is an excellent Thriller/Horror story and exceeded icon horror series like "Monster".
Posted by : PsiKro
Posted on : 2007-06-29
Death Note is a story of power. When an individual has the power to kill, morals are always raised. Yagami Light, who obtains this power, makes the decision to cleanse the world of criminals and create a utopia devoid of crime with him leading it - as God. Is it however, right to kill a killer? Can they be reformed? Is there a point of giving them a second chance? What is right and wrong? Arguments can go either way as 'right' and 'wrong' are only definitions humans deem the most favorable, but never before has an anime presented this debate witch such brilliance and intensity. This anime is a philosophical masterpiece, but this alone isn't what makes it great. The debate between what is right and wrong is only part of the story. As viewers watch this anime, they will lose themselves to the chair-gripping chase between Kira and those who seek to detain him.
Animation/ Art/Design: The animation in this anime is the best I have ever seen. Death Note has been able to make writing with a pen look cool. That alone can give you idea of how impressive the anime is. Not being an action anime it is difficult to rate this animation fairly as much of the anime focuses on a character talking or thinking, but as the story progresses, Death Note proves that its animation is top notch as it brings the tennis match and car chases alive with excitement. And even when it comes down to character design and how well drawn / colored it is, I cannot complain. All of the characters are fantastically unique in both appearance and character. Everything is great. 10/10
Music: The background music is the absolute BEST. Never before have I seen an anime with background music that complimented it as well as Death Note. The fast intense movements are brought alive and the logical deductions are glorified thanks to the amazing background tracks. I can safely say that Death Note would not be what it is without it. As for the opening and endings, I have no complaints. I didn't like them too much at first (especially the second opening), but they grew on me. Later on, you'll being to realize just how well it complaints the insane personality of Light and the intensity of this anime. 10/10
Story: Need I say anymore? My introduction alone can give you idea of how great this anime is. This anime actually makes you question who's actually doing the right thing. Who exactly, is upholding justice? Kira, who rids the world of killers and criminals? Is there any point in letting someone live, if in the future, they would only serve to kill again? Is there any point is keeping prisons full of rapists, thieves and terrorists? Or is it right to give these individuals a second chance? When putting morals aside, the logical answer is obvious. This anime has the ability to show us our inner desires. We all feel a sense of loathing towards criminals and often feel that they should get what they deserve. Death Note brings out our logical and emotional sides while pushing morals aside and this, is the greatness of Death Note. But putting philosophical discussion aside, the compelling plot which revolves around the power to kill and two geniuses attempting to outwit each other, is already a 10/10. The way Light and L attempt to persecute one another is like nothing I have ever seen. With the various twists and turns, this storyline is gripping, unique and ultimately thought provoking. There is no reason to rate the story less than a 9.5 and I give it a 10/10.
Overall: One of the best anime series I have ever watched. The ending was a little disappointing, but the first arc is absolutely amazing. I would rate the first arc a 15/10 and the second arc a 9/10, but even so, this anime is truly unique and intense. I strongly suggest that you at least TRY this anime. I can guarantee that out of 9 / 10 people would be hooked after the first 6 episodes. The plot, the creativity, the music, the animation, everything is flawless. A perfect 10/10 in my books.
Posted by : gregod
Posted on : 2007-06-25
Death Notes is one of the best animes of this age, it has every thing different to normal animes usually there either full of death or just light perverted comedy sorts. This anime makes you actually think about the penalties of life and if killing criminals when ever is actually a good thing.
The animation is something to die for. The characters such as this have never been seen before let alone the intelligence of some or most of them. On the other hand, I really do not no why, but some of the plot let me down. But overall, it was a fantastically evil anime.
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