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When LOL Just Isn't Enough: Death Note Episodes 36/37

Is there anything funny about Death Note?

Threw you guys for a loop, didn’t I? That’s understandable. Who in their right mind would find anything funny about Death Note? It is my reasons that many of you will find fault in and most likely question my mental state. But be patient.

Some of you might already know from my comments on numerous Death Note and Light Yagami topics that I see eye-to-eye with the man. Part of the reason I enjoyed the series is because I wanted to see the outcome of Light’s work. What none of you know, though, is that both of my parents work for the DOC (Department of Corrections). I posed the questions that this series brought to light (sorry for the pun but it’s hard to circumvent) to my parents. In the overall scope they considered such actions as strictly murder, even if the victims were criminals. I took their thoughts at that and let it be despite my feelings on the offset method of justice.

I laughed multiple times during the series. Most of those times were when Light’s plans worked to his advantage. But these final 2 episodes brought everything to a head. I was on the edge of my seat with bated breath and adrenaline coursing through my veins as my heart raced. I laughed so hard and was yelling, “Yes!” during Mikami’s “Delete!” scene. I find such moments akin to those when the bad guy laughs when he thinks he’s about to win or have an advantage over the good guy despite there being nothing funny.

Light’s mental breakdown during the final episode had me rolling. Psychiatrists would have a heyday with Light and here I am, laughing my ass off, with minimal psychology know-how. His short-sightedness caused his downfall and I pointed at the screen talking to myself about how I saw the switch coming.

The rest of the episode plays out like anyone would think it would but I found solace in Light’s futile efforts to salvage the situation and Mikami’s suicide-by-pen. I did calm down by the end of the episode since Light looked at peace when he died. But I did giggle whenMisa oh-so-obviously committed suicide.

I’m sure none of you found the show funny and it goes to show that, depending on the series, I’ll find something funny. I thought likeKira while watching each episode and, looking back, I found the demise and faults of characters laughable in the course of stepping into the shoes of evil.

Watch these episodes, "1.28" and "New World" below to see if my thoughts have any legitimacy.

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).

Turambaron Sept. 12, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.

Since Guest_Author is a shared account, it'll be useful for the readers to know who you are and what user name you go by on the site, especially since you past comments you made on the show.

sotyfan16on Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
@Turambar:
I wrote it. I PMed the Intern to add in my usual tag for the end of articles.
Lurkeroon Sept. 12, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
I laughed at Mikami's delete scene
 
I also laughed in the first couple episodes when Light was writing vigorously in the notebook while intense opera music played in the background. 
 
There was also Light's happy face when his plans come together. That was a funny face.
 
And of course...a chip, and eating it.
sharingan_eyeson Sept. 12, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.
Things i laughed at in Death Note 
 
 
1. Light's epic name writing while eating potato chips (the chips freakin sparkled when he bit them!!) 
 
2. Light taunting Lynn L. Taylor on the tv when he thinks he's killed "L" 
 
3. L slapping Misa's ass 
 
4. L.'s verbal and physical abuse toward Matsuda 
 
5. Every scene Teru Mikami was ever in 
 
6. Light's face when he realized he got caught 
 
talkin bout this one 
  
 
 
7. Light's laugh at the end
EganTheVile1on Sept. 12, 2011 at 9:26 p.m.
I laughed quite often during Death Note, although no one has ever accused me of being sane. Usually some of Ryuk's more subtle expressions and Light's ultra-dramatic inner monologues got me to chuckle.
ltcolinsaneon Sept. 13, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.
i only watched the first 10 episodes of the series and i was amused by how quickly Light went from wanting to be the Avatar of justice to wanting -to-be-a-god megalomania in record time. 
AURON570on Sept. 13, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.

Have you seen to gif of Light describing how to do front crawl? Here.

Relevant: One theory of why we laugh is that when we laugh we are trying to distance ourselves from the subject matter.

Mutant_Godon Sept. 13, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
I laughed at what Light's last name spelled backwards is
SabakuNoChieon Aug. 2, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

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i'm making naruto and death note fan art!

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Death Note aired from October 3, 2006 to June 26, 2007 on NTV (in Japan) and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim (in the U.S.). It consists of 37 episodes and two T.V. specials.

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