One of the most well-known, notorious anime out there, Death Note has certainly made a name for itself. Between its manga run, anime adaptation, spin-off movies, video games, TV drama, and even a MUSICAL, Death Note is getting a lot of milage, even in 2016, a decade after the release of the anime. Does Death Note deserve this attention? In my opinion, certainly.
Confronting the moral questions that come with the power to kill anyone in the world, Death Note put forth a rarely seen story at the time, putting us into the shoes of a brilliant main character that was blatantly the “bad guy,” as well as having intense conflict without a need for explicit violence. Death Note is very unique, and stands out in many ways, thanks to its stand-out premise, characters, and themes. However, all this being said, it has its flaws.
Today, I’ll be going through the anime adaptation of Death Note, looking at everything it has to offer, and offering my opinion on it. There will be NO SPOILERS in this review, so if you want to enter it blind, don’t worry about a thing. Regardless of my personal opinion, it is an iconic story, and worth checking out on that alone. That being said, let’s get into it!
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