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Death Note- Murder with the Stroke of a Pen

Death Note is a gateway anime, perfect for anyone to dip their toe in the wondrous world of anime. If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what death note is, this blog is perfect for you.

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Death Note- Kira and L, two main characters of the anime

Plot | Death Note

Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, who stumbles across a mysterious otherworldly notebook: the “Death Note”. It belongs to a Shinigami (Japanese death reaper) Ryuk and grants the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. Light attempts to use the Notebook to carry out a worldwide massacre of individuals whom he deems morally unworthy of life. He uses the alias of a god-like vigilante named “Kira”. An elite task-force of law enforcement officers, consisting of members of the Japanese police force, led by L, an enigmatic international detective, is created to apprehend him and end his reign of terror.

The show’s USP

Death note has not one but various unique selling points like-

  1. Concept of a notebook capable of executing someone
  2. Light Yagami’s descend into madness as he tries to abuse death note to create a “utopia”
  3. L’s sharp mind and instincts that make the chase nail biting
  4. The character arcs of the two characters
  5. Careful craftsmanship of the side characters to provide them their own depth

It is an experience you have never had before and in simple words, it is a chase for Batman by Sherlock Holmes. The first episode will hold you so tightly in a grip that it is a very likely chance of you binging the entire show in one go. The episodes are short, 20, or 21 minutes each and has two seasons. Although the first season is the best and the second season doesn’t hold up to its preceding season.

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The conflict

The amount of power the death note gives to its user is humongous. The question then arises whether you support Light in his quest for a utopia or not. Horrendous crimes against humans are committed each day, if you had the power to bring justice, would you not leap to the opportunity. This is a question that each person who watches the show asks themselves constantly. It is this conflict that will haunt you too. What would you do?

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