Alas, we’re reaching the end of this series. I’ve been saving the best for last, so here we go.
Death Note is my third-favorite anime that I have watched so far. (It was my second favorite, before being usurped by next week’s anime.) It is clear that the creators know how to tell a good story.
The story follows Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student who places first on every exam he takes. One day, he finds a mysterious notebook: the Death Note. According to the instructions inside the cover, “the human whose name is written in this notebook shall die.” Naturally, his first reaction is disbelief. But eventually, his curiosity gets the better of him, and he tests the notebook on a criminal he saw on TV. Forty seconds later, the criminal dies of a heart attack. He is shocked, but doesn’t quite believe it yet. He does another test, with the same result. He has now proven to himself that the book is as advertised.
So now that he holds the power to kill anyone he wishes, what will Light do now? Well, he decides to think big. All the criminals in the world; if he kills them all, the world will become a better place. And so he begins his mass genocide, aiming to become the ruler of the ‘New World’.
By now, Interpol, the world’s police organization, is very interested in the huge amount of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals. The world’s leading detective, known only as “L”, takes charge of the investigation. Within a short time, L learns that Kira, (the name given to the unknown killer by the public,) is in Japan, and can kill without physical contact. And so begins a game of cat and mouse between L and Kira.
And that’s where all the good stuff lies. Watching these two Chessmasters trying to outwit one another is really enthralling. Both of them are fighting for what they sense as justice. Both of them trying to find someone whose name and face they don’t know, and whoever is found first, will die. The suspense is excruciating.
As for your funny video of the week, no need to travel farther than a clip taken straight from the English dub:
Death Note is the only show I know of that makes writing and potato chips epic.
I like reenacting this scene when eating chips. *Sparkles of Justice fly through the air*