You can watch Death Note (Eng-Dubbed) on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLobnYLRTMHk8M53dVftTdt3jDlQXoh8Fz
I wasn’t expecting too much when I decided to give Death Note a shot. But wow, I was blown away. The storyline, the development, the chase between Light and L, were thoroughly riveting and intriguing. Everything was so well-written and well-planned. All the questions I asked and everything I wondered have been answered for me. I could not think of anything that wasn't done right or didn't make sense.
Although I did consider taking away some points because of L’s death, I thought it over. As much as I loved L, I hate to admit, that from a writer’s perspective, his death was necessary. The story would have gotten boring if L didn't die. It would have been repetitive, with him and Light constantly trying to outsmart each other and see who gets to whom first. I would assume that Light and L’s intelligence level are the same. With the same skill level, it’s hard to determine the winner. But Light had the advantage in this fight; he had the Death Note. And so, he beat L. This part left quite an impression. As hard as it is to accept, it’s realistic and very well-written. I’m actually glad the writer decided to kill off a main character before the story even comes close to ending. It’s something not many are brave enough to do because of the fear of losing readers/viewers. So I admire the writer for doing this. He took a risk for the sake of the story.
The ending, like the rest of the story, was perfect. The “hero” faces his downfall due to his own tragic flaw. It was amazing when he flashback to seeing his old self, the one before the appearance of the Death Note. Hopefully, he realized his doings. The moment he dies, I can’t help but feel somewhat bad for him... I like the irony of how Light has continuously sinned by using the Death Note and how in the end, the Death Note was the thing that ended him.
The art was fantastic. I loved the first opening and ending theme. The second ones were visually good and really matched the theme of the show. The character designs were good. What I liked most is the art direction the anime took, particularly the scenes of Naomi Misora and L’s death. Those two scenes, especially the latter, really got me. It was perfectly done.
Yes, a pure evil genius as the main character. No matter how much I hate Light, I can’t help but love him, too. His guiltless killings and evil schemes prove he’s a psychopath. And I always had a thing for psychopaths… He may be evil, but he represented a part of us that believed, “as long as what we’re doing is good, it’s alright if what we’re doing is wrong.” It’s similar to telling a white lie. I've wondered, was Light always this narcissistic and inhumane? Or did he just become this way because he have gained the ability to kill whoever he wanted? My question was answered when he lost his memory. During that time, he didn't believe in using another person for self gain and definitely didn’t believe he can ever be a cold-hearted killer like Kira. This made me think, if we ever get Kira’s ability…would we end up like him? This shows how fragile humans can be and how power can possess a person.
I was seriously in love with the character, L. He is super intelligent and he loves cake… what more can you ask for? I hated the writer so much when he died! That moment was so painful to face. I already knew L was going to die, so I anticipated it. But it still hit me hard. I guess it was sooner than I expected. I thought I would cry but I somehow didn't. I just felt like a part of me died. I actually felt empty for a couple of days. It definitely left an impression. That scene was directed/animated so well. Every action and every emotion behind it was so real.
Near and Mello can never replace L, but I still liked them. Mello’s death was sudden and saddening because it wasn't really dwelled on. I wish I saw more of him. And Near is adorable with his toys… Their appearance was necessary. Even though it may seem that Light beat L already, in the end, L actually beat Light/Kira along with his two successors, Near and Mello.
There are so much more characters that deserves to be mentioned (Ryuk, Misa, Rem, Chief Yagami, Matsuda, Watari, Aizawa, Mogi, Mikami, Naomi...). Frankly, I loved all the characters, good or bad. They were all so well-developed. Every single one of them played a significant role in this story (big or small) and left quite an impression.
-L’s death (but I admit, it was necessary for story development)
To me, this anime was a masterpiece, from the storyline to the characters to the art. Everything was really well-written and well-portrayed.
Would I Watch It Again?
Definitely. (though it would be heart-wrenching to re-watch certain parts)
Should You Watch It?
Definitely! You won't regret it.
"I’ll give you a strawberry if you keep this a secret." ~L