Death Note

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Nippon Television Network Corporation (ended 2007)

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Death Note
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"The human whose name is written in this note[book] shall die." These are the first words read in the Death Note by Light Yagami, a straight-A student who develops a god complex when he finds a notebook, dropped by shinigami Ryuk, that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written down in it. However, matters get out of hand when the Japanese Police Force tries to solve the case of the mysterious upsurge in criminal deaths alongside master detective L. It's a battle of wits in this anime based on the popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Opening Themes: - "the WORLD" by Nightmare (episodes 1-19) - "What's up, People?!" by Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン) (episodes 20-37) Ending Themes: - "Alumina" (アルミナ, Arumina) by Nightmare (episodes 1-19) - "Despair Billy" (絶望ビリー, Zetsubō Birī) by Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン) (episodes 20-36) Airings Outside of Japan: US Airing: Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) - Sundays @ 12:00 AM (10/21/07-12/23/07; episodes 1-10) - Saturdays @ 11:30 PM (1/5/08-2/2/08; episodes 11-15) - Sundays @ 12:30 AM (2/10/08-3/30/08; episodes 16-23) - Sundays @ 1:00 AM (4/6/08-4/27/08; episodes 24-27) - Sundays @ 12:30 AM (5/4/08-7/6/08; episodes 28-end) Canada Airing: YTV (Bionix) - Fridays @ 10:00 PM (10/26/07-7/4/08; episodes 1-end)moreless
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  • First half would get a 100000/10 but the second half ruins the entire show.

    5.0
    I loved the first half of the show it was so brilliant. It was so smart and was filled with so much drama. I watched the first 15 episodes in one day. I loved the first half But the second half was terrible. Misa became comic relief. Light lost his way. L was dead. N is annoying. Melo was an unnecessary character. The plot was virtually going nowhere and everyone was acting out of character and the animation quality just dropped. They also hurt my favorite character Sayu. I'm glad it ended. I loved Death Note but the second half of the show just killed it for me.moreless
  • pain and hurtful people

    9.0
    i think if i found the death note i would kill everyone thats ever hurt me plus criminals
  • The Demon God

    7.5
    Anime's have a way of intriguing its viewers; even if you're not an 'anime freak'. The reason is because animes find a way to make its storyline more the evolving and more original than most shows on today that were all use to.



    Here we have "Death Note", a series that has been compared much to the great "Code Geass".

    I simply don't see the comparison, these are two different shows. What I do see is a show that is more than its plot expects us to know; we meet its hero or should I say its 'villain', Light Yagaomei. He finds the book of the Shemiegami (aka a somewhat Demon) outside his school. He picks it up, discovers its rare power and decides instantly to use the book to change the world.



    The book is the 'Death Note' and its power is writing someone's name in the book and moments soon that person will die. This is an incredible book, and Light soon becomes so possesed with it that we find irony with his name and his character.



    The series at its first few episodes is dark and serious that we don't have much fun with it. Light writes criminals' and killers' names and they die. Okay, he's murdering bad people but this becomes a nation wide situation that involves his father, an honest cop. And also involves the government of Japan and yes, the US President.



    This is a crime drama, a smart and riveting thriller. Thats what makes "Death Note" watchable and we soon understand where its creators are going with this. In later episodes we are relieved with some funny sequences that can allow us to take a break from the deep drama, but that only happens rarely.



    Ironically the fun comes from the Shemiegami itself, Ryuk who has an obsession with apples and lives in a apocalyptic hell. And the show's most compelling character is a detective known as L. These two supply some uplifting spirit with "Death Note" and yes there is a girl, Misa, who also is the lightest of the bunch. She becomes connected to the story when she finds a 'Death Note' herself, and has a female Shemiegami named Rem stand aside her.



    L is an incredibly interesting character because he has such a way of himself. The way he sits, observes situations, thinks and his use of words. He is brilliantly written that he maybe one of the best heroes in any anime. A hero because he doesn't strive for anything other than taking down Light, who is named 'Kiera' (killer in Japanese). He has an excellent and quiet moment involving his first encounter with Light; he confesses to him that he believes 'Kiera' is him.



    There comes a time when the plot for "Death Note" becomes murky and loses itself. Then there comes a time when the show's plot becomes so intense and focused that we become unfocused of who's doing what and who's who and who's where.



    The thing I loved about "Code Geass" is its involving hero. In "Death Note" were not sure if we like or hate Light. In fact I don't know if I appreciated him as a character. He plays a villain and when we try to see his plan is for some good, we can't help but notice the damage and hell he caused on many good people. I liked L and I wanted him to win. After a turn of unfortunate events, we are introduced to a wannabe L who is named Near aka 'N' and his brother Melo. These two characters don't have the same brilliant charm that L possesses.



    "Death Note" is well drawn, and it has a satisfying ending. It could've been a masterful series if it didn't lose itself after a certain turning point. To say Light has changed is a negative; how did he suddenly turn into a killer when he first got that book? Where was the history of that? I didn't like Light in the way I didn't like an evil villain. A villain should have some aspects behind all the madness and Light was just a genius Zodiac. In the end is there really peace time?moreless
  • A great anime and has a great English dub

    10
    I recently got into Death Note and I think it was a really good anime. Hell, the English dub was very good as well. For people who want to get into this, I would recommend both the Japanese version and the dub. Seriously, the dub is that good.
  • Death Note

    7.0
    this overall had okay art and a good plot. I'll say that for sure. But I kinda have a problem with the story. While I continued to watch, I would feel my mind explode as he would make his decisions and be like "He could've done this" or "Why would he do that?". Don't get me wrong; I'm not an vicious or dark person whatsoever. I don't know, it just seemed to unravel predictably. It's not that this is a bad anime, I just felt that there could've been a way to word it. This is a good form of entertainment however, and enjoyed watching.moreless
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secrets and lies, town under attack, supernatural forces, undercover cops, moral seria killer