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Death Note aired from October 3, 2006 to June 26, 2007, it is based on the manga with the same name.
Light Yagami discovers a notebook with the ability to kill people if their names is written on it.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of a notebook that can kill people if you write their names on it while picturing them in your mind is a really creative premise.
- Despite being a horror anime, it is anything but pure shock value, as it has a genuine and robust plot, lore, and message.
- Incredibly faithful to the manga, as it captures almost everything from the manga.
- It is a prime example of an anime with a villain protagonist.
- Memorable characters such as Light Yagami, L, Misa, Near, Mello, and Ryuk.
- L is one of the only likable characters in the series.
- Just like Walter White, we see Light Yagami go from someone who is an innocent high school student wants to use the notebook as a way of justice, to a deranged psychopath with a God complex believing he can rule the world with the notebook.
- Really impressive animation even for a 2000's anime.
- Light and L's deadly game of 1-upping each other was incredibly engaging and the conclusion is very memorable.
- Phenomenal voice acting in both English and Japanese.
- No filler episodes save for one recap episode.
- Really satisfying ending that has Light reminisce in what he could've been if he never found the notebook and being somewhat remorseful before dying peacefully.
- It has very interesting writing as it tackles the essence of morality, as well as justice and peace.
- "I'll take a potato chip, and eat it."
- Memorable soundtrack. Especially the opening themes, and the themes of the characters like Light's, L's, and Near's.
- Some unlikable characters:
- Misa doesn't seem to care for the well being of others as she's only interested in trying to impress Light as best she can and she is extremely dependent and stupid. Most also consider her annoying.
- Near is just a carbon copy of L.
- Due to the episodes only being twenty minutes long, some awesome moments from the manga are cut out. Particularly half of Near's speech about how Light is nothing more than a murderer who's actions are neither peace nor justice is cut out.
- Most of the deaths are mostly from heart attacks which is sometimes pretty unoriginal at least.
- Lind L. Taylor looks nothing like any people with American descents, but the film adaptation did cast a white actor.
- The second arc is not well received by fans due to Light becoming a little more unlikable, The Shinigami appear less and less and there was a lot of padding.
- The 2017 film adaptation was heavily panned by viewers.