• TypeTV-Series
  • Episodes37 (~)
  • Release Date04. Oct 2006
  • Main genresCrime, Thriller
  • Country of OriginJapan
  • Adapted FromManga
  • Target GroupMale

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Anime: Death Note
© 大場つぐみ・小畑健/集英社・VAP・マッドハウス・NTV・D.N.ドリームパートナーズ
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Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?

Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
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  • Light YAGAMI
    I’ll take a potato chip AND EAT IT!
  • Light YAGAMI
    This world is rotting…
  • Light YAGAMI
    Only I could do it! I was well aware that killing people is crime in itself! Yet at that point it was the only way to make things right! I thought to myself that someday people will come to realise this as much, and regard it as an act of justice! I had no choice but to act as Kira… it was the destiny given to me.I was chosen to renew this rotten world, to bring about true peace – a utopia.
  • Light YAGAMI
    This world is Rotten. Rotten people should be killed off to cleanse this world.
  • Light YAGAMI
    I am Justice! I protect the innocent and those who fear evil. Im the one that will become the god of a new world that everyone desires!!

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Avatar: Garimto#1
Death Note is a well known anime throughout the community and everyone interested in anime will have to think about watching it at some point.

The story begins in a Japanese high school where the highly intelligent (and thereby succesful) student Light Yagami finds a notebook, which a Shinigami (Japanese god of dead) dropped there intentionally out of boredom. The owner of the notebook named "Death Note" does have the ability to kill people by writing their name into it while imagining their faces.There is a certain ruleset which determines the patterns by which the notebook can be used. Those rules are revealed eventually throughout the series and shall not be introduced here any further.

The Shinigami named Ryuk soon realizes, that having Yagami finding the notebook, turns out to be a promising cirumstance according to the entertainment he is looking for, because great plans are taking shape in Light Yagamis mind:

Yagamis view of justice is based upon the believe that there are crimes, which make those who commit them, lose their right to live. Therefore he begins killing criminals of the highest category using the death note. However, as the suspicious incidents of dying imprisoned criminals rise above normal, people begin to scrutinize, about someone being responsible for the deaths. One of them is "L".
"L" is a mysterious detective of whom nothing more is known, than that he is a genius solving complicated cases already in the past.

Not even little less intelligent than Light, a great story of chess-like trap-laying, -avoiding and bait taking unfolds around the two given individuals. Their colliding understandings of justice split society into half and even if the manga-author denies any philosophical intention of the story I personally cannot think of a story that illustrates the conflict of two contradictionary views on a subject like (in this case) justice and ethics better than "Death Note". At least in the first half of the series. Later the conflict and the "chess-game-like" character of the rivalry does fade out a little, but the first half of the series makes up for the weaknesses of the latter half.

To round this outline I'd like to mention a view technical details on this anime. The soundtrack places itself somewhere between rock and metal and is not the worst I ever heard in anime. A big portion of gothic-loli serves for the fan-service-faction of otakus and the quality of the drawings is upper standard nowadays.

To conclude the review I want to say that "Death Note" is a duty for everyone who enjoys a twisted intensive story, a philosophical discussion or chess. Since this anime is often considered silimar to Code:Geass I want to add,  that indeed there are paraleles, as there is also a great manipulating main character, doing morally questionable things, to make the world better. For this aspect Code:Geass does have the upper hand. But in storytelling and -twisting and unfolding traps, Death Note sets the bar very high and is still uncontested.
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Avatar: simo.cocu#2
Ritengo Death Note uno degli anime da non perdere sicuramente, soprattutto per chi ama il genere soprannaturale. La storia è fantastica, la grafica è eccezionale. Ogni puntata ti coinvolge così tanto che ti sembra di vivere le emozioni e le ambientazioni dell'anime.
Peccato che si tratta di un anime breve, composto solo da 37 episodi, ma è imprevedibile, crudele, strappalacrime, realistico e coinvolgente.
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