A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L. – My Anime List
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I was watching the series since it first started coming out, and those weeks of waiting killed me. That was how good this anime was. The suspense was amazing, and it got me thinking. Anyone who finishes this anime will be forced to wonder about what they would have done with a Death Note. Many of them will question and argue about the actions of Light. It is this talkable and complexity that makes the anime shine, in addition to its ability to carve suspense and anticipation into its viewers. I have never seen an anime as good as Death Note, and I highly recommend this anime to be watched. You may hate it (although very few seem to), but it is definitely an anime you must TRY.
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The long and short of it is this: Death Note is wildly inappropriate for the Shonen Jump audience for which it is intended. Middle school and early high school teens are going to have a difficult time sorting out the good from the bad. (Heck, some adults do!) The creators may have wanted to make a simple thriller, but they built a world that cries out for ethical explanations. Giving none is inexcusable. My rating balances the facts: it’s an effective thriller, but one that could be morally detrimental to the crowd it seeks to seduce.
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It’s every bit of the hype, people. I cannot think of anyone with half a brain that wouldn’t love this series. (Then again, if you have half a brain, you probably wouldn’t be able to appreciate its brilliance.)
The main feature that is so interesting, is the statement that power corrupts, and absolute power, corrupts absolutely. The Death Note is comparable to the Forbidden Fruit, all who taste it are forever damned. He eventually becomes a monster, the thing he had sought the power to fight against, and that is just it, the reason why people like this anime so much.
Death Note is an anime with a very clever concept, good characters and very good visuals Sadly, it suffers from a painfully dragged out story, and a format that is pure marmite. Based almost entirely on “Xanatos Gambits”, and beautifully animated, Death Note is a great anime for lovers of spy dramas and detective novels. Sadly, it doesn’t live up to the expectations it gives you.
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For friends who are anime fans but did not watch death note yet; try finishing all other anime on your watch-list, and then watch Death Note. This series is so thrilling, that you may not find other anime series interesting after you watch this. Save the best for the last!
Overall, it’s not the best anime out there, but it’s definitely worth a watch. It has awesome climaxes, but the fairly low rating comes from the fact that it just has too many areas that could have been improved.
All you need to know is, even if you’re not a fan of anime, you should enjoy this. You’ll be in awe at how complex, well written, and well executed it is right off the bat. You’ll also be surprised at how smart and intelligent the characters are. All of the characters’ thoughts are expressed out loud so you know the reasons for their actions or the conclusions they come to. This not only makes the series much more easy to follow but also establishes their theories in a realistic way so it doesn’t seem like they’re pulling them out of thin air. If you’re a fan of mindgames and manipulation look no further. The characters don’t waste any time questioning if their actions are right or wrong. One of the best aspects of the series is that it lets the viewer decide what’s right and wrong and doesn’t tell you who you should root for. This makes it very difficult to just simply pick a side. Almost everyone I’ve asked has given me a different answer when I asked who they rooted for throughout the series. It’s also very well paced and all of the side stories and characters have a purpose so if that was a concern don’t panic. It’s a fairly unique experience so if you want something similar to it you’re going to end up disappointed. I’ve been searching for another anime like this one for a long time and haven’t found one. People have recommended me anime such as Monster and Code Geass because I enjoyed Death Note but they’re really nothing alike at all.
Personally I really liked Death Note. The animation was nearly flawless and the characters seemed to be real people; the voice acting fit each person perfectly. The storyline was amazing for the first few episodes, however it went downhill after a certain turning point; the plot twist in the middle seemed to move away from the original idea and the overall anime wasn’t as interesting as it was originally, but it wasn’t horrible. The ending was conclusive and made sense even though the events leading up to it were slightly confusing and just didn’t seem to fit. My favorite line throughout the whole anime was “L, did you know? Gods of Death love apples” written by Kira. I would recommend Death Note to those who enjoy supernatural or detective genres as well as people who are just starting anime. It is a very in-depth series that will draw you in and force you to choose between siding with good or evil even though which is which is unclear.
Despite lacking good human drama, the show still has a riveting, edge-of-your-seat situational drama. Yes, the show has several questionable points of logic, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a show about a battle of minds as good as this one. Bravo Madhouse Studios. They’ve done it again.
Simply a “story about a notebook” no more. I hope i’ve convinced you that this anime has so much to offer. It’s an intellectual masterpiece filled with one-of-a-kind characters and just the right amount of plot twists. Don’t hold back. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy watching this.
Even if you’re a not manga or anime fan, you should definitely check out Death Note. It’s an amazing anime that will leave you wanting more when it ends.
I would recommend Death Note to all anime-fans, new and old alike. It has its shortcomings, especially the storyline related fiasco mentioned earlier which kept it from getting the much coveted Distinction but that should not prevent anyone from foregoing the show. It has much to recommend it, and is highly entertaining with a top-notch production. This is a show with tremendous appeal despite the disappointment of the last ten episodes. Fans might be interested in checking out the three-hour Television special Death Note: Vision From God which is an epilogue from the vantage point of view of Ryuk. It includes new footage and dialogue not featured in the anime.
Death Note is a must watch anime for any anime lover. Even if you don’t love anime, you need to watch it. While there is a common complaint that “Death Note is shit from 2nd season”. While that may be partially true, the statement is unjustified. Death Note set the bar really high in the first season. The 2nd season was not on the same level as first but that by no means makes the 2nd season bad. It’s still amazing. The only reason people are disappointed, is because they were expecting the same quality as that of the first season.
Death Note stands the test of time as one of anime’s definitive classics which even today people are emulating. The series has been finished for almost a decade and still has American filmmakers scrambling to make a live action version of the tale to capitalize on its thrilling and intelligent take on morality.
Death Note could be perfect if they’ll didn’t change the ending, despite some dislikes I have of the main character Light Yagami, the anime is so well done and everything is nearly flawless, until the ending. I can understand why the fans don’t’ like the anime ending, especially if you have read the manga ending, which is much better than the anime’s ending. I would recommend anime fans watch it and remember, teenagers, the Death Note isn’t real, so don’t take it to school; you’ll cause an unneeded uproar. It’s a brilliant story that suffers from shallow characters and an ending that didn’t need to be changed but it was. It’s well worth your time and money to watch and buy. It’s also an anime you can introduce to new people wanting to see what anime is.
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“Death Note” is an incredible anime both visually and intellectually. Beautiful animation and engaging philosophical tropes blend very well with a well-crafted story that provides jaw-dropping twists and engaging arcs which will leave you begging for more during the end credits. If you have any respect for intelligent and unique television than “Death Note” is the perfect show for you. Do not miss out because you will definitely deprive yourself of an anime that is a beacon of hope in the world of television.
I just know that Death Note – even without the hype – was a big time disappointment for me. I wish the creators had done the humane thing by euthanizing it sooner, rather than insulting the viewers’ intelligence with endless, overdone ‘intellectual analyzing.’
I think few people can dispute the fact that Death Note is an edge of your seat thriller that will hold your attention for pretty much all of its 37 episode season. For me it will always be one of my favourite anime ever, but you’ll really have to watch it for yourself. Subtract one point if you watch it all and think it only deserves nine out of ten.
It falls short of higher heights because of a stagnation, in my opinion, of the beautiful deductive reasoning that makes it great after a particular happening about 85% of the way through the show which I won’t get in to here for spoiler-y reasons, but the show still finishes out well.
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The series as a whole is quite solid and provides a very original story with an engaging plot and some incredibly memorable characters. This is a series that is not for casual viewers, as they need to pay a lot of attention in order to follow the story or try and guess what will happen next. But that is one of the great things about Death Note – it will grab viewers’ attention and rarely let go as they are thrust into the conflict between Light Yagami and L. Death Note is not only one of the best mainstreamed anime in recent years, but one of the best mainstreamed anime of all time and is very much deserving of all the praise it has received over the years. It may fall shy of perfection, but it’s one series that every anime fan should give a look into.
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A Good Watch, Recommended For Anime Fans
This anime is just amazing, and it deserves all the love it gets!
Many people who have reviewed Death Note has given it a 9/10 or a 10/10, however I am safe saying I believe it is a 8/10 anime. I was considering given it a 10/10 but I got myself thinking “what has it done to merit it a perfect mark?” You see the plot, even though very exciting and intellectual is medicore at most when compared to more intense mystery animes or manga’s. If I compared the mystery level of Death Note, to Urasawa’s Monster, 20th Century Boys or Pluto, heck it makes it seem like a childrens novel! A true excellent plot remains consistent throughout, and death note had lost its momentum after the time skip half way through the anime. The characters as I said simply do not have a wide selection of intresting personalities. We have Light and L, together they are the greatest of personalites, and everybody else fails compared to them. You need a good range of characters that are appealing and creative. However the animation was top notch, no faults on that. In the end Death Note was never really one of the best animes I have ever seen, it was certaintly good to watch though.
Death Note is an unique story revolving around 2 unique and very intelligent characters with lots of unexpected and interesting plot twists. It is based on a manga bestseller that even has a successful live-action movie adaptation. While the manga already is a masterpiece, I could not find many scenes where the anime lacks behind the manga, so you can have equally high expectations of the anime.
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Bottom line, I really enjoyed this anime, and I will recommend this to almost anyone out there with decent comprehension level. Although this anime is relatively old (it was released in 2006), I feel the need to review this anime since I think this anime is hands-down one of the best animes out there.
Overall, Death Note is a very good anime. To be honest, were it not for the last third of the show, it would be incredibly difficult to find any faults with it at all. In fact, along with Cowboy Bebop and Baccano, I’d even go so far as to say that it should definitely be on the list of shows to watch before you die.
The series actually feels like an animated Sherlock Holmes story with some supernatural elements thrown in to the mix. I must admit, there were a few instances where I got bored. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch this series. But THE best Anime ever? I don’t think so.
Saying my review of this anime was short is an understatement. It’s short mostly because if I give away too much, the mystery is gone. I personally think the mystery is what makes Death Note so unique. Just by hearing it, you think about mystery. If you’re into the mysterious type, watch Death Note.
Death Note is an excellent anime show, filled with excellent, complex characters, interesting and exciting storytelling that combines an investigation of good versus evil, and most importantly it’s grounded with realism and supernatural elements.