As an otaku, I have never really tought I had a "genre" per say.I love anime like Monster which is basically a great psychological drama and yet I am a big fan of the Naruto Shippuden serie which is a shounen. If you have seen the title and if you have an IQ that is above 80 you can deduce this is a positive review of the anime Death Note. I will break down this review into 2 aspects . Those aspects are the characters and the plot
One of the great things about this anime is the cat and mouse game between L and Kira.
And how the "good guy" is this creepy looking kid and the "bad guy" a person who looks like a role-model. Light Yagami has some great character development ,he goes from this kid that wants to make the world a better place to this megalomaniac sociopath who kills everybody who stands in his way. The show makes a good job testing the viewer's loyalty to Kira by always making his actions a tad more devious and malevolent .He starts out killing criminals then he kills Lind L Taylor out of anger , then he kills a cop and next thing you know he kills his own father .However,if there is a bad point in his development is that is fall to darkness is too quick ,what I would have done is have him go up against criminal organisations before going up against L to put emphasis on his good intentions before going up against L and it would have made Light's final moments with him going mad much
more interresting and poweful(not that it wasn't already a very poweful moment).It is always fun to see how much a character has changed over the course of a serie .Speaking of the devil !L is also a great character due to several things,his mannerism,his intelligence and his funniness.However, I would say he seems to lack in character development which is not neccessarily a bad thing as you see the character evolve differently as he gets progressively closer(litterally) to his nemesis. One thing I did not like was Near and Mello being used to replace L.While I am of the few poeples who liked Near and thought Mello was kind of a badass and could have gotten his own-spinoff.I think it was totally moronic to kill L to bring them in . I mean I understand Mello being introduced because he was different and could have created a different dynamic then then the one L and Light had but Near was just a clone of L.There is absolutely no logic in killing of a character if he is just going to get replaced by one who is exactly the same.And it also made the whole cat and mo
Light vs Near
use game of L and Kira feel cheap it made their whole battle feel like just another "arc".
THE PLOT AND STORYDEVELOPMENT
The premise of Death Note is most certainly original.And as I said the show does a very good job making you question if you should root for the main character or actually side with the antagonist.One time me and my friend were sitting at a McDonald's talking about anime and he asked me which of them(L and Light) was I siding with ,I simply answered "I don't know". That shows you how good the s
Light holding one of the most powerful weapons in fiction
how was at making two characters that are appealing.The show also made a good job making every scene and plot -twist dramactic.Which is one of the reasons I think the Live -action movies failed as they were not able to capture the emotion and anime is able to.However, if there is one thing about the anime I thought was bad it was the pacing.As I said Light's decadence could have taken longer as it for reasons stated above .