a preliminary note on Death Note

25 Apr

i’m barely halfway through Death Note, and since it’s still ongoing, i’m not even sure if posting this note would do any good, but… bear with me alright?

dn4.jpgthis highly gripping series centers on a notebook (Death Note), owned by a shinigami (a death god), which confers to the holder the power to kill anyone as long as all conditions are fulfilled. it is picked up by Light Yagami, a young, exemplary overachiever who then secretly begins to wield its power on crooks and criminals. this, naturally, catches the attention of the media and police authorities. before long, people begin to call this unknown executioner “Kira”.

Death Note is basically a high-stakes, suspense-filled battle of wits between Light and L, who is essentially Light’s equal (age, brains, powers of deception, tennis skills) on the other side of the fence. they match wits, setting traps (both obvious and concealed) to flush each other out — leaving the viewers hanging in breathless anticipation as the situation veers from one cliffhanger to another.

despite his formidable intellectual gifts and iron-cast nerves, there is something repulsive and creepy about Light (a classic hero/anti-hero duality). his towering ego is matched by his lack of compassion. he manipulates people without compunction and he doesn’t hesitate to kill when he feels threatened. the only code (and it’s a very thin line, mind you) that he has adhered to so far is his reluctance to kill innocent lives — at least those that he doesn’t see as a threat.


the story gets more complicated when it becomes obvious that a second “Kira” is on the loose.

my note ends here because i’m still on episode 12. from the look of things, it looks like this story is only to going to get darker. hmmm…

5 Responses to “a preliminary note on Death Note”

  1. moneysworthless February 15, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    it really does get crazy :D, i recently finished the series

    never really seen an anime or manga quite like it…

  2. onyxx February 17, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    i think i know what you mean. i only wish the creators allowed L to live until the end. i would have liked to see these guys duke it out in a no-holds-barred showdown

  3. moneysworthless February 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    yeah, I see L as a much better character than Near, who seems a bit annoying to me

  4. Nebroc March 6, 2008 at 12:53 am #

    Even though you didn’t notice it i think guys may have spoiled a part of it… its ok though…well for me anyway.

  5. onyxx March 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    it’s been a while since this series ended so i guess we just assumed that a lot of people knew how things turned out. in any case there are still a few twists and turns to thrill DN fans like you Nebroc, so enjoy

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