A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
If you haven’t watched Death notes then, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? Seriously watch it right now! Death note gives us a brilliantly gripping story which is still easily accessible. It’s not mainstream in the same way Naruto and Pokémon is mainstream. It’s mainstream because it’s genuinely good and has a very wide appeal.
The plot is of criminal vs a detective and the mind games and strategy is epic to watch. It is so fun to theorise about the future events and see the twists and turns in the story. You will find yourself constantly blown away by the mind games shown and its epic, but not all the way.
The final third of this show really, really sucks. Death note turns into a fun and entertaining story to one made of simple conveniences and ways that nobody could possibly know. I can’t spoil it so you definitely should carry on watching but the downwards spiral isn’t so bad that the whole of death note sucks.
Some people love the final parts more but I still have yet to see a good reason for why for any of them. Nobody has explained it well enough to me and the expectations of the start as well as the epic moments are never carried over and they never feel the same.
This is absolutely a must watch and was probably the anime that made me continue more and it impacted me so much better. Most of the shows I like have very little merchandise but I don’t think there’s anything to say that death note doesn’t deserve it’s success.
Shows from the same studio: Madhouse