Friday, June 5, 2009

Death Note

I really didn't want to write this review at the beginning, but I guess you cannot have an anime reviews blog if you don't review the greatest anime of all time, Death Note. TO be honest (Pokémon doesn't count) Death Note was the first anime series I have ever seen. There I was, in my bedroom, watching every episode on my computer and just being shocked that there is something so incredible as Death Note. I really didn't want to start watching anime, considering it childish, but after I saw the level of suspense, mystery and the psychological thrill Death Note offers, I jumped into the world of anime. It was the greatest anime of all time, in my humble opinion. At its core, Death Note is actually an anime that captivates you with a story fashioned around logic, trust, and betrayal. It is filled with deep characters and with intensity, it grips you from start to finish with amazing vice. The plot is mainly the story of Yagami Light, a teenager who is plain bored and hates al the criminals in the world. Purely by accident (we later found out that the note was dropped intentionally by it's owner), he stumbles upon a book called a Death Note, which allows its author to kill any person of his or her choosing by merely writing their name inside, given that they know the person's name and face. Although at first, Light didn't believe in the power of the note, he then starts his journey as the ruler of the world, the justice. Due to the nature of Death Note's story, however, it's incredibly difficult to present an accurate, detailed reflection of the plot without giving important details away. If I say anything, I might spoil it for you, and I really don't want to da that. For a series built so strongly around logic, this is definitely strength rather than a weakness. You'll find yourself gripped from the first minute until the last, carried on by numerous twists and turns that keep the story both fresh and intriguing with each installment. And what can I say about the graphics? Death Note looks amazing. It really does. If you don't believe me, just watch the AMV I prepared for you on the bottom of the post. The sound was ok, with some flaws when it came to the opening and the closing themes, which didn't actually feel like they were supposed to be there. Commenting on the characters is hard because Death Note continually builds upon itself the story progresses. Though I didn't particularly care for some of the development of a few side characters, every person to appear throughout the series has a distinct purpose. The number of characters is kept to a virtual minimum, and those who serve little purpose only appear for as long as they are needed. (and then they die)

To conclude, I was incredibly impressed with Death Note. Although, like any other anime, it does have its flaws, as a whole they are minor. Of course there are a few ups on downs (like the episodes after someone's death) throughout the course of the thirty-seven episodes, but the vast majority of time is spent very wisely. To its fortune, the series is constructed in such a way that it has a nearly universal sense of appeal, and as such should not be passed up. Most definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure to check it out if you have not done so already.

I know you like wallpapers, so I uploaded my Death Note Wallpapers enjoy almost 200 original Death Note here

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