Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological, Thriller, Police, Killer Notebook
First aired: Fall 2006 – Spring 2007, 37 episodes.
Summary: Light Yagami is a genius high school student in Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world. One day on his way home from class Light stumbles upon a black notebook with “Death Note” written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences in the notebook. It states that anyone whose name is written inside will die. Light continues with his regular routine, assuming that the notebook is a joke. However, his curiosity eventually gets the better of him and prompts him to try out the notebook, where he realizes that the notebook is not a joke. Now, with power in his hands, Light begins a quest to change the world and become god of his new world. His journey will not be easy however, as another genius, known as L, is working to stop Light.
Death Note is a popular anime and it is easy to see why. It is a quality show that has plenty of character development, a complex story line, good animation, a quality soundtrack, and a realistic setting combined with supernatural aspects. The show involves a lot of death so the immense popularity does somewhat surprise me, but then again, Attack on Titan is one of the most popular anime out there, and it involves just as much death and maturity.
As previously mentioned, there are a lot of positives to the show. The characters and their development make you feel strongly toward them, whether it is love or hate. The Shinigami in the show are interesting and enjoyable to watch. The line between good and evil is difficult to see at times in this anime. Who is the hero and who is the villain? I found myself asking that question repeatedly throughout the series.
You might enjoy this if: You want a unique story that will have you hooked from the first episode. This is not just a quality anime, but a quality show of any type.
You might not like it if: You do not have the patience for a 37 episode series.
Note to the Viewer: Be prepared to pause before and after the commercial breaks. They show the rules of the Death Note.