First Thoughts – Death Note (2015)


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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