Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Release Date: April 15, 2003
The second movie of the Death Note Re-Light series, which condenses episodes 26-37 Kira is still at large and the murders have increased to an alarming rate. Some have begun to worship Kira, while others are fearful of him. The US government … see full wiki
Light Yagumi is a straight A student with a normal life, which he soon becomes bored of. He finds a black book titled Death Note. The instructions to the book explain that if a persons name is written in the book, they will die in a specific amount of time. Curious and also in serious doubt. Light gives the book a test run on a criminal and realizes it's far from a hoax. He then decides to rid the world of all criminals, to make the world a better place with him as the God.
Light soon learns the origin of the Death Note, after he's paid a visit by the former owner. The book belonged to a Shinigami, aka a God of Death who is named Ryuk. Ryuk warns Light of the penalty for using the Death Note. He also warns Light that he's nothing more than a spectator, and holds allegiance to no one. His purpose for dropping the book in the human world is simple, he was bored.
The government soon becomes involved due to criminals being killed in very large numbers. They enlist a detective named "L" to stop him. L has been responsible for cracking the most impossible cases. This begins a battle of wits between Light and L.
Death Note First Half
Death Note Second Half
The war over the killer note book called The Death Note has ended. The rogue shinigami(God of Death) named Ryuk, who was responsible for bringing the book into the human realm has returned to his own realm, and upon the request of another shinigami. Ryuk tells the story of the battle between Light Yagami and L.
Death Note Re-Light: Visions of a God
Death Note Re-Light 2: L's Successors:
Kira is still at large and the murders have increased to an alarming rate. Some have begun to worship Kira while others are fearful of him. The US government has lost faith in L, and have created the SPK(Special Provisions for Kira) who is lead by a detective named Near. Their purpose is to bring down Kira and recover the killer notebook.-summary
I'll begin by mentioning that the mangling continues, and it's anyones guess where it will go from here. It's one thing to use the material from a book for creating a TV series, as well as a couple of live action films, with the purpose of bringing the story to life for the fans who loved the book. However, it's another to completely condense a 37 episode series into two movies, with a 220 minute runtime altogether. Something is likely to be lost in the transfer, and in the case of Death Note: Re-Light, it's all of the elements that made the series so special in the first place. These elements happen to be the character development, character interactions, evaluation of god-like themes, suspense, and captivating plot. The slicing and dicing is done to such an extreme that it's actually maddening. I mean, it's as if Fist of the North Star and Blue Gender: The Warrior never even existed. In comparison, Blood: The Last Vampire is far more coherent than this, and that can't be a good thing.
Death Note: Re-Light is a massacre of the damn series. This volume crams the final 2nd half into one awful tasting meal. From what it appears, episodes 27-37 were crushed, sliced, and diced into 90 minutes. The second half of the anime series sort of tip toed into incoherency a couple of times, due to some of the guesswork being almost eliminated in favor of blind speculation. This time around, the direction is just bad and the plot steam rolls into incoherency, thus, removing all entertainment value in the process.
New fans to the series, well I especially feel sorry for them should they bother with this pathetic re-telling first. The story is told so quickly, and it's broken into bits and pieces so bad, it almost feels like reading a book with missing pages. New fans may never understand what the appeal is about. There is nothing here to really see. To make matters worst, the volume opens up with an almost 10 minute recap(like it really needed it), which condenses the story even more.
Fans of the series are going to quickly notice changes in the storyline. There have been scenes completely switched around, to tell this incoherent tale in a completely different way. This simply doesn't work because some of the characters are poorly introduced, to include, important scenes and interactions are left out altogether. New fans will have nothing but questions by the time the credits roll. They will quickly realize that this movie was not meant for them at all. I have a hard time believing this thing was actually meant for anyone.
The animation and artwork are the only features that remained intact. The series is still beautiful with some amazing visuals and a good soundtrack. There is also some new footage added, but it doesn't make this thing any better or worth the time.
I doubt its a secret by now that I despise this re-telling. I just hate when companies get their greedy hands on something extraordinary, and decide to milk it for all it's worth. This is exactly what's going on here. However, I wouldn't have a problem with it, had it been something completely new or added to the story. I'm happy that I didn't spend one black penny on this drivel.
As a fan of Death Note, I have to admit that these movies can never be valuable to me. I think they can only be important to fans who worship Death Note like a greek god. Should anyone recommend Death Note: Re-Light as essential viewing or even to "test the waters". Then all I can say is, well, I don't know what to say about that.
I think this particular series is nothing but a huge spoiler, and a waste of time for new fans. It's nothing but a gigantic animated spider, that sucked every last bit of life out of the series, and left an empty shell. I recommend ignoring the existence of this project. Instead, perhaps you should pick up the series if you're into watching good anime series. Pick up the live action flicks if you don't like animation, or pick up the manga if you prefer reading. Either way, you're still in for one of the finest thrillers out there. I think it's best to skip this evil, ghoulish, mockery of a great series. If there was ever a spin off of a series that should be hurled into the sea of oblivion, it's definitely this one.
-New footage/scenes, animation and artwork
-Completely incoherent due to slicing and dicing
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Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Release Date: April 15, 2003
The 37 episode animated adaptation of the successful manga.
Japanese 1997 anime
Anime and Manga