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Death Note anime

The 37 episode animated adaptation of the successful manga.

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Death Note, Morality in Anime

  • May 7, 2009
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Death Note is a rather dark series centering around a you g man who find himself with the ability to kill people merely writing down their name. The thing I found personally with the series is that after awhile you find yourself switching sides like the young man, Light Yagami.
The series begins with Light finding the death note and he uses it to kill a criminal to test it. Unlike most humans who can't handle the burden of killing he takes it well and decides to use it for killing criminals. this brings up numerous morality issues shown in the environment around them. Time passes and still a high school student does his best to not get caught eventually meeting L the man in charge of the investigation.
L himself is an interesting character,  seems to have mental issues such such as OCD but he is a brilliant mind. I have found myself that he is a rather lovable character despite his habits.
Then there's Misa, the singer/actress/model. She considers herself Light's love and future queen who also possesses a Death Note. I have to say she's one of my least favorite characters. It's not really because she's annoying I really pitied her because she seemed to truly believe that Light loved her. She spent so much time as a tool for that I pity her.
Going back to the topic of switching sides. Like many Light starts out with good intentions that eventually lead him to destruction. He takes on a god complex and a the series progresses he uses the death note to kill to assist him, even his allies aren't safe.  He seems to slowly be going insane which around the time that viewer find he's not really the good guy anymore, not to say L is, despite his popularity is actually rather childish and only does things that are his interests rather than the general good. There is no good guy in the series, except maybe for the police who help L.
Like many animes it's set in tokyo the art taking on a dark portrayal of the world, dingy, unlit etc.
The series itself is a large one and very popular. It's definitely a good plot and meant for those who like suspense or thinking, defiantly not suited for otakus into romance. The anime involves a lot of analyzable over even small clue, defiantly good for mystery lovers. It's defiantly worth seeing or least giving it chance. Be careful not to miss episodes though, missing even five minutes could throw you off for the rest of the series.

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May 12, 2009
You didn't mention how is that a "Death Note" was found of earth... maybe because in the end its original Owner is not that relevant along the series... ... man, but I loved him at the end of story ;)
May 10, 2009
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Quick Tip by . August 28, 2010
Death note anime is a king of the all the animation series. I would rate death note episodes as one of the top rated manga show. Me completely addicted to death note .
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
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One of the all time greats of anime; short and sweet. with an epic storyline.
review by . June 29, 2009
Death Note was a totally different anime compared to the ones I usually watch.  I usually watched the action packed ones or the the comedy ones or a combination of both.  But Death Note did not fit in any of those categories.  Death Note was a crime thriller.     Death Note starts out about a kid, Yagami Light, who doesn't socialize with any of the other students and tends to look down on everyone else.  He's got the classic conceited attitude that comes with his …
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The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes.[38] It begins in the year 2006, instead of beginning in the year 2003. The series aired on the Nippon Television network "every Tuesday at 24:56".[39] The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.[40]

In North America, the series has been licensed by Viz for residents in the United States to use "Download-to-Own" and "Download-to-Rent" services while it was still airing in Japan. This move is seen as "significant because it marks the first time a well known Japanese anime property will be made legally available to domestic audiences for download to own while the title still airs on Japanese television."[41] The downloadable episodes contain the original Japanese audio track and English subtitles,[42] and is available through IGN's Windows-only Direct2Drive service.[43] DVDs of the series are also being released,[42] containing both an English dubbed audio track, produced by The Ocean Group, and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles.[44] Viz announced at Anime Expo 2007 that the first DVD was officially released on November 20, 2007, in both regular and special editions,[45] and also confirmed at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 copies of each DVD ...

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Genre: Animation
Release Date: October 3, 2006 – June 26, 2007
Runtime: 915 minutes
Studio: Madhouse

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