This was in fact probably the first dubbed anime I watched, looking back on it there are definitely many scenes that stick with you, especially that famous potato chip bag. Seriously, this review is long overdue. Call me mainstream but there’s a good reason it’s so big that you’re seen as an idiot if you haven’t watched it. Not only is this one big, but it also lives up to it’s many views and fans. A fast flowing plot line and pure genius! If you want a long anime but are worried you’ll be bored, watch this one. There’s a point in everyone’s life where one watched their first full anime series, and if this one just so happens to be yours… Good for you! One if the greatest plots I may have seen. Sorry 😉 go watch it!
I’m going to try and do this all from memory and prove this one was meant to be mainstream! It starts with Light Yagami, a high school student with some of the highest grades. He stumbles across a notebook and yes, this is the Death Note. It was dropped by Ryuk, a shinigami (God of death). Upon touching it, Light is let into a whole new world of power over life and death. Ryuk, of course needs his book in order to carry out his job and becomes bound to Light. Thankfully, an incredibly debatable word, Ryuk (or all shinigami?) is addicted to apples. Of course there are no apples where he comes from. Anyway, Light decides to become a new justice force and started to rule criminals and other ‘evil’ beings as good targets and causes L, a highly respected investigator, to step in and uncover the truth behind the coincidental deaths. This forces Light to come up with clever strategies to hide his identity. Somewhere along the line the famous Misa Misa steps in with her own shinigami and it all gets a little difficult. Anyway, I’m getting carried away. It’s a seriously clever series that’s really worth a watch, highly recommended! The ending however…extremely disappointing.
Aired: 3 October 2006 – 26 June 2007
Runtime: 24 mins approx. per episode
Length: 37 episodes
Age Rating: 15