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Japan’s most controversial anime: Death Note

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For this week’s anime I recommend Death Note, a psychological thriller anime that was initially aired in Japan on October 3, 2006. Despite it being 10 years since the series first aired, it remains a classic among anime watchers worldwide.

The series follows The Life of Light Yagami, a genius high school student that discovers a death note by complete coincidence. A death note is a supernatural notebook used to kill people. The death note is not active unless the person containing the death note follows these set of rules:

The human whose name is written in this note shall die. This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject’s face in mind when writing his/her name. This is to prevent people who share the same name from being affected.

The Death Note will not ever affect a victim whose name has been misspelled four times.

If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of the subject’s name, it will happen.

If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will die of a heart attack.
After writing the cause of death, the details of death should be entered within the next six minutes and 40 seconds.

Humans obtain death notes through shinigami, which means ‘’death god’’ in Japanese. The death note that Light stumbles across belonged to a shinigami named Ryuuk. Ryuuk is obligated to stay with Light until Light informs him that he no longer has a use for the death note.

Light tests to see if the death note is real by writing the name of a random criminal in the death note. When the criminal dies 40 seconds later by a heart attack, it’s all the confirmation he needs.

Light begins working on his plan to make the world ‘’a better place.’’ He immediately starts planning how he can become the god of earth. Throughout the series you’ll get a chance to witness as Light starts to view his way of thinking as the only just way. He feels as if he is the only person fit to judge whether humans are capable of living or not.

Of course what’s a good thriller anime without the main character having an enemy? Light’s enemy is a young detective named L. L is working with the Japanese task force to stop the suspicious killings of the criminals. Light also begins working with the Japanese work force to ‘’stop the killings’’ but of course he’s the one doing the killing. Throughout the series you’ll enjoy watching the two go against each other. Who will win in the end?

Overall I took pleasure in Death Note and it remains one of my favorites. The series has 37 total episodes that are comprised into two seasons.

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