First Thoughts – Death Note (2015)

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I’m not going to hold anything back and just say that this show is not very good. It’s really, really bad. If you’re not familiar with the show or the mangas, Death Note is a series where it involves a Japanese student name Light Yagami, who posses a Death Note. This Death Note is dropped by a shinigami named Ryuk, and it works by writing a name of a person that will kill someone with a heart attack in 40 seconds after it is written. You can also write down when, how, and where you want a person to die too. Light  uses the Death Note to kill criminals to someday make a world of peace and become the god of the new world. The po-po doesn’t like this, seeing it as murder, and they start to do an investigation to track him down. It would be an easy thing to do, but he has his own alias that many of his followers came up with, calling him Kira. So they get some help from the world’s greatest detective, L, who likes to hide himself from the rest of the world to conceal his identity.

To me, Death Note is one of those stepping stones in anime that was revolutionary. It did something new and creative, and it gave us a clever supernatural taste of an anti-hero that we have never seen before. How does this show handle the series and it’s source material? Very clumsy-like! Light in this one is just like every other person, where the show CLAIMS that he a hard working student. The anime did that very well, but we see very little of that here. Ryuk is, of course, made of CGI, and it looks terrible as ever. The contact and relationship between Light and Ryuk that we have seen in the anime and manga are hardly even seen in this show. For example, After Ryuk introduces himself to Light, but they don’t see each other again in a month! L’s face was revealed after Lind L. Taylor died, and acts nothing like how the anime portrays him. The only thing they got right about him is his alias, hair color, gender, shirt color, and his sidekick, Watari.

I’m just going to stop here. I’m going to go into more detail by doing a review of each episode. You have my word on that. I know that I’m sounding a bit too rash on just the first episode so far, where there is already two other episodes that I have yet to see, but you need to understand that this episode was only 70:10 long. They managed to ruin a massive chunk of it’s source material without any thought or care. For those of you who are not fans of the anime, you will feel either bored, or laughing at how bad some of the performances are. But for the most part, this show will not grab you to see more. Just watch the anime or read the mangas. They’re only 12 volumes long, and they’re great! Oh, and stay away from the movies too. I won’t do a review of those movies, but I will get a chance to tell you about my thoughts on those movies.  For those of you who are fans, stay away from it. It will only make you angry.

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First Thoughts – Dragon Ball Super

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Now, I haven’t got to my opinion thoroughly on what I thought about Dragon Ball GT or Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods yet. Here’s my quick and overall opinion about the two: one sucked, and the other didn’t. I’ll give you three guesses as to which ones I’m talking about. In all seriousness, Dragon Ball GT was really the second worst thing that has ever happened to  the franchise. Dragon Ball Evolution is still king of the garbage hill. Battle of Gods, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air for every single fan who saw evolution out of curiosity’s sake (let’s face it, none of us thought it was going to be good, even before it ever came out). It’s good. Not as fantastic as everybody made it out to be, but that’s just me.

Anyway, Dragon Ball Super starts off two years after the defeat of Majin Buu, and it retcons GT. So far, it has done a great job for doing that. The other thing that it has done in the span of three episodes is recreating the plot and story of Battle of Gods. I don’t know why, but this show is retelling the recent movie, and try telling it in a different way. I’m just going to say it, that I’m not a fan of this idea. To me, I thought they were going to start this show right after Resurrection of F, because I thought that would be the best idea to do, instead of retelling it in a different direction. That would have been a much better idea, to my opinion. That, and the last movie was told so well that I find the first few episodes kind of pointless.

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying what I’m seeing so far. It’s more of the same spirit of the Dragon Ball that I know and love. It has the characters going through the same shenanigans that we enjoy watching., plus, we do get to see more of lord Beerus and what would have done if he was sleeping this whole time. Not only that, but I am really looking forward to watching the rest and seeing what this show will offer me.