Death Note
Country of Origin: Japan
Year Produced: 2002
Air Date: Oct 3, 2006 to Jun 26, 2007
Episodes: 37
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Death Note

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First half is fantastic, second half sucks

3.0Overall
Death Note is about a high school genius, named Light Yagami, who finds a notebook that allows the user to kill anyone they wish (as long as the user has the person’s name and face in mind) by writing their name in the notebook. Light decides to use this power to kill anyone he deems criminal or unworthy of life. Light’s continuous killings eventually attract the attention of the genius detective who is only known as L (L doesn't show his face or reveal any information about himself for most of the show). Light figures in order to be completely safe, he needs to eliminate L. The show then becomes a clever game of cat and mouse between two masterminds and it’s incredible. You never know exactly what the other is going to do and you don’t know if L will capture Light or if Light will kill L. It’s absolutely riveting and this is the fantastic part of the show. The second half of the show sucks, for lack of a better word. Without spoiling anything here are the main problems: 1: Some new characters are introduced and none of them are likable. 2: The clever cat and mouse formula gets lost somewhere and the show loses interest. And 3: The ending is wrong, bad, stupid, and I don’t like it.You’ll see what I mean when you get there. So, Death Note is only good. It could have fantastic, but the second half of the show happened and it became simply a good show. If you only want the good parts watch episodes 1-26. Skip 27-37.

My First Full Rating - Definitely a Masterpiece

5.0Overall
You can watch Death Note (Eng-Dubbed) on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLobnYLRTMHk8M53dVftTdt3jDlQXoh8Fz

Storyline 5/5
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.

Art/Music 5/5
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.

Characters 5/5
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.

Total Rating 5/5

Likes
-basically everything
Dislikes
-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
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Sorry, but i am very dissapointed! But it is addicting to watch.

3.0Overall
This is the only series I have ever watch, that, I regret watching. But even so, I could not stop watching it. The plot of this series is very dark, and a lot of it you have to guess on. I didn't like the characters very much, but the one exception is the character, for beyond reason is very interesting.

Death Note... Nothing but great things.

5.0Overall
Literally just finished this series about 10 minutes ago. And first reaction was "Why, why must this amazing story have to end? Cant it go on forever and ever?"

Death Note has quickly become one of my favorite all time anime without question. This anime is unbelievably interesting and will hook you like a wild salmon just after the first episode. I cant remember the last time I have had this much interest and fun with an anime. Its one of those ones that when you start watching it you want to call in for work the next day and finish it in one sitting.

The story (not going to spoil or say much about as you can read a summary on here or any other anime site) is simply put; perfection. It is extremely interesting and has no dull moments throughout the whole series. There wasn't a single part in this whole series where I felt bored or felt like not watching anymore. The pace of the story was something else i found very appealing. It was paced perfectly in my book. Flowed very smoothly and always had just enough new content to keep you hooked.

The characters were probably my favorite thing about the show. Every single one had such a well done personality and the development was just as top notch. I didn't find any character to be annoying or sloppy and L quickly became one of my favorite characters across all anime!

Music and animation were also superb to me and I wouldn't have changed anything about it at all

Ratings:
Story: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Music/Animation: 10/10
Overall: 10/10

Final thoughts:

I highly recommend this series! I can easily call this one of my favorites! I cant think of any reason why you wouldn't watch this so if you haven't seen it you know what needs to be done!

Full of surprises right to the end 0.o

5.0Overall
This anime will surprise you and confuse you at the same time. It is amazing and unpredictable, and even when you are set on knowing what will happen, you can't be sure because the opposite is likely to happen with all the twists in the story (does that make sense? im sorry, that doesn't make sense. i just finished the anime so im kinda out of my mind right now ehhhhh). To finish, like Misa once sang : God is watching you.
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Amazing Anime that should have quit while it was ahead.

4.0Overall
Don't get me wrong, I was absolutely engulfed by this story. Constantly leaving me guessing and craving more this anime was expertly executed. To be honest though, I felt like everything got a little bland after the death of "L." Earlier in the series, it felt as if two titans were battling it out and the fate of the city was at stake. After one fell it felt like the underdog came out of nowhere to defeat the villain. All in all though, this master of a anime is truly worth a watch.

Best anime to ever exist !!

5.0Overall
Death Note is one of my favorite animes to ever exist ! , There were many things that made this series good some of them include: The characters , Soundtracks, Art, and the Story.You can't call yourself a anime guru without watching this series I definitely recommend watching this if you hadn't yet. !

-DEATH NOTE REVIEW- 7-2-14

5.0Overall
Well first of all I want to say that I hate Light Yagami. Reasons; 1. He killed L (my favorite character) 2. He treated Misa horribly all she wanted was him to love her.
But in the end it was a great anime, it had a great story line, great choice of characters, and the perfect twists and turns. But also i do wish that there was a little more story to mello and near, and I WISH L AND LIGHT WERE TOGETHER!!

Death Note is simply the Best

5.0Overall
Death Note is one of the best well rounded shows i believed i have watched. It isn't my favorite show ( Im a comedy and action mad myself) but this is definitely hands down an anime i would recommend to any otaku if they haven't already watched it! The intense atmosphere down to the gripping story i can't say much more than it is a MUST WATCH for any person remotely interested in anime. Although i saw a few flaws such as the other half of the series (you'll understand when you watch it) and the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist which i think was a little more one sided but would have preferred an equal balance. but even with these minor details i saw complete seclusion into this world and was taken aback. Nonetheless you should put high expectations for Death Note cuz it'll blow them out of the water! I even watched it more than once and i still go back to re-watch it. Bottom line is that Death Note is definitely worth your time and definitely worth the while

Death Note Review (by Kazuma_)

5.0Overall
This anime is intelligent, supernatural, thrilling, humorous, and contains qualities of a great anime. This anime shows one of the greatest intellectual battles in anime history. It's an idle mind vs a mind of justice. Both of these forces are the few geniuses in their age, and lead to a battle that would forever change history.

Please watch this anime and enjoy!
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