is Death Note a classic?

Topic started by MrASSH0LE on Sept. 15, 2011. Last post by JimeeJo 8 months ago.
Post by MrASSH0LE (2,329 posts) See mini bio Level 12

It is very popular in the otaku community

Most people love it or at least say the show was better before L's death.

It trumps other classics like Bebop,DBZ, Trigun and others in quality.

Post by Haofan123 (3,675 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@MrASSH0LE said:

It trumps other classics like Bebop,DBZ, Trigun and others in quality.

Define quality
Post by MrASSH0LE (2,329 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@Haofan123:

Smarter plot

Better premise

Better character development

Post by Haofan123 (3,675 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@MrASSH0LE said:

@Haofan123:

Smarter plot

Better premise

Better character development

I both agree and disagree with this. Death notes premise and plot is better, that we can both agree on, however, death note had next to no character development with the exception of light becoming more of an ass as the series progressed. Shows like Bebop and especially trigun  had superior plot development
Post by Haofan123 (3,675 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Also, in regards for death note s a classic, I think it definitely is and if it is not yet, will definitely become one
 
Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I believe that people use the word classic a little too frequently. It's lost its credibility to me. Death Note came out in 2006 which is only five years ago. In comparison to something like Gigantor, Doraemon, Mazinger Z, or Space Pirate Captain Harlock, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable calling it a classic for at least another fifteen years. Noteworthy? Yes. Classic? I don't know since people, especially anime fans, have very short memories. I guess if something is around long enough it gets to be a classic in one sense. I really don't know if it will be all that popular in 2026. I would be surprised if a significant number of anime fans have seen it then.

Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11

@PenguinDust: I don't think popularity has as much to do with it as whether the impact it had on the industry will still be felt in 15 years or so the same way the impact of those you mentioned are felt today in many of the animes released nowadays.

Personally, even though I don't really like it I think it's a classic and it'll remain one because it paved the way for some darker animes that appeal to most people, even those who don't usually like anime.

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Maybe, but boy oh boy was the post L arch disappointing.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,283 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@MrASSH0LE:

It not old enough to be a classic yet (But it will be)

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Past L the series went downhill but more people know about Deathnote(who don't really watch anime and also like it) so I wonder if that counts...

Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@Black_Rose said:

@PenguinDust: I don't think popularity has as much to do with it as whether the impact it had on the industry will still be felt in 15 years or so the same way the impact of those you mentioned are felt today in many of the animes released nowadays.

Personally, even though I don't really like it I think it's a classic and it'll remain one because it paved the way for some darker animes that appeal to most people, even those who don't usually like anime.

I can accept that. I'm just extremely reluctant to call it a classic a mere 5 years after its debut. I'd have the same problem with Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star even though they might be worthy of the title a decade or so from now.

Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Not exactly "old" enough to be classic, a classic have to be evoked in many people minds when the subject matter is mentioned, astro boy is a classic, mazinger is classic, Dead note may or may not be classic

Post by sickVisionz (4,289 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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It would fit in an "Anime Classics" DVD release where anything that was once popular is considered to be a classic, but I don't think of it as a classic.

It was really good up to a point, but that's it imo. Stuff like Evangelion and DBZ came out years ago and they are still super popular, have a huge fanbase, and are still pretty big series. Death Note had it's time but now it's over. I don't think that in 15 or 20 years people will still be fervently talking about Death Note the way that they still talk about stuff like Evangelion and DBZ.

@Black_Rose said:

it paved the way for some darker animes that appeal to most people, even those who don't usually like anime.

You'd say it paved the way? When I hear that phrase I usually think that there was a serious lack of something and then one thing paved the way so that more could come, but there wasn't a lack of dark anime prior to Death Note and it's not like the genre exploded post Death Note.

Post by Rabbitearsblog (21 posts) See mini bio Level 6

It would probably become a true classic in 15-20 years since it just started in 2006, but I do think it's a classic in a way because it was one of the few anime shows that had a topic that many fans still talk about to this very day and that was regarding about if you had the power to kill people by writing their names down, what would you do with that power? Would you use it to make the world a better place by killing off the worst criminals, which was Light's original goal or would you use it to rule the world which Light eventually succumb to.

Post by Kobra678 (3,190 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I agree that the series doesn't get better after L dies, but it's not like it started to get bad IMO. I really enjoyed all of it.

Post by JimeeJo (338 posts) See mini bio Level 12

i think that death note will be a classic in a couple years

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