By: Mohamed Ahmed
‘Death Note’. Have you heard of if?
No. All right then, this article is meant to see if you would like ‘Death Note’.
‘Death Note’ is an anime/manga series that aired back in 2006. It was a very successful manga and had a live action based of the anime adaptation.
The story of ‘Death Note’ revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami. He lives a decent life, his dad is a cop and makes enough to support him and his family. He was a genius and school was a breeze.
One day, when he looked out the window, he saw a book fall from the sky. That was when he discovered the Death Note.
I won’t explain the terms or conditions, but in the end, he makes a deal with a shinigami, otherwise known as a god of death in Japanese folklore. Know that shinigami are not the grim reaper or Satan. They’re are not pure evil or good either.
Then he murders hundreds of criminals before catching the eye of L, the world’s best detective. L proceeds to narrow down the suspects of who Kira.(Light’s nickname) is.
The rest of the show is a mind game where Light has to find ways to prove that he is not Kira, and the extreme lengths he goes to hide that he is a mass murderer.
The characters in this show aren’t one dimensional and are based in reality. They have problems and other things going on in their life. They have issues, priorities, and they all come together to make the story realistic and feel like reality. For example, the police chief is shown to have other responsibilities along with his police work that focuses on Kira. His whole life, and story line, isn’t just connected to the Kira case.
The thing that makes ‘Death Note’ so intriguing is the moral dilemmas in the show. There are naive, sadistic, and morally ambiguous characters.
To what extent is it okay to go to catch a criminal? How much are you willing to sacrifice for the greater good?
Human nature, morality, and greed are major themes in ‘Death Note’.
If you like mind games, thrillers and supernatural elements in your story, then just give ‘Death Note’ a chance.