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To Become A God

October 21, 2010

Death Note is the name of this manga and anime series. I was on the edge of my seat, while watching the episodes on cable tv. And I enjoyed it so much, that I read the manga, within one week. Of course, the manga is slightly better than the anime. But only by a little, as it’s the same dialog and movements included in each the anime episodes. The only thing that differ between the two, is that the manga has a little more story on the supporting characters.

What is Death Note? Well, I’ll tell you. But, for those planning to read the manga or watch the anime, you may not want to read this following post. Though, what I will explain is covered in the first episode or manga chapter, anyways. ;-)

Death Note starts with a death god name Ryuk, who is basically bored with his world. He travels into the human world and drops his supernatural death notebook in a school yard, on purpose.  A young high-school kid named Light Yagami finds the book, discovering it’s powers to cause death to anyone he chooses, just by writing the name of that person inside the book. Light first test out the book on a criminal and the criminal dies. And this is when Ryuk introduces himself to the frighten kid, highly amused and entertained by his own mischievous experiment. But Light’s fear quickly turns into a firm plan, to rid the world of all criminals and to become a god of the new peaceful world. As Light began killing off many criminals, even those who were only accused of crimes, he attracts the attention of authorities. Mainly his father, who is an police chief, and his father’s crew. And also a genius detective named “L”.  No one knows that the mysterious killer of criminals or alleged criminals is Light. And on the same token, no one has seen or know who this genius detective L is either. This series is all about a cat and mouse game, of L vs. Light, as the young student slowly descends into madness and darkness.

This anime/manga, is one of the more thought-provoking ones. As L and Light play their complex game, of trying to stop one another. It’s up to you, the viewer, to make up your mind who is the good-guy and who is the bad one. At the start, I wasn’t so sure if Light was a bad guy, as I often wish for a world of peace. And I have no care toward criminals, in general. But after three episodes, I was pretty sure that Light was the bad guy!  He is not my favorite character, even though I do like Ryuk, who is the demon who caused all the trouble in the first place. I also like Misa, Light’s girlfriend and partner in crime… well, I feel sorry for her mostly. Ryuk and Misa fall into the gray areas of life, I believe. But as for the good guy, I am a huge fan of L.  But it doesn’t matter which side you’re on, this anime is most entertaining and never dull. ;-)

And I think the lesson of this anime is: It’s never good (no matter how pure intentions are at the start) for man to aspire to become a god over others. Humans are too weak for the job, and what seems like a way to do good, will ultimately turn into something twisted. By the end of the series, Light had practically turned into a power-hungry monster, so far away from his original plans… Or his original self.

-D

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