30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30: An Anime You Wish Never Ended and Continued On

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The time has come! It’s the last day in the 30 Day Anime Challenge and we’re thrilled to announce that as of yesterday our Kickstarter ended after successfully reaching it’s funding goal! Yay! Thanks so much to everyone who pledged 😀

Today for the final post in this series, we’re tasked with thinking of an anime that we wish never ended.

For me, I would really have liked Death Note to have carried on, maybe with a new person taking over the role of Kira and using the book, or maybe even a deeper insight into the Shinigami world.

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Death Note


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

The anime I often wish had never ended tend to be those with unsatisfying conclusions, mainly due to their short series length. There have been quite a few anime that have ended prematurely for me, and I have a few guesses as to why this happens. One reason could be that they just don’t get the ratings expected of them and are subsequently cancelled like any other poorly performing TV show; another could be that they catch up to the manga they’re based on too fast – which normally results in ‘filler’ arcs rather than an outright ending; and another could be simply because the studio or TV execs only order a short run of episodes. The latter is applicable I think to popular anime such as Soul Eater and Blue Exorcist which, despite having more than enough chapters of manga to last as source material for a while, both hurriedly build up a rich world and well-developed characters only to strangely finish at the 26th episode and always feel like they’ve been disappointingly cut short.

My pick for this post is going to be the most frustrating of these categories: a good anime series with a strong fan-base that was cancelled with NO conclusion and with no signs yet of ever returning to be finished properly – D.Gray-Man.

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D.Gray-Man

Despite having a big fan following and more than enough chapters for the manga left to cover, the show was cancelled after 103 episodes running from 2007 to 2009 for reasons which I still don’t know. Seriously – Google it. If you can find a reason then please tell me because it’s really baffling! The manga series, which is also incredibly popular, also suffers from sporadic release dates, but this is due (understandably) to a long-term severe illness that creator Katsura Hoshino suffers from.

It’s clear too that this cancellation was unplanned or unknown to the animators and production staff at the time, as the anime doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, but just after the conclusion of the “Invasion of the Black Order” arc with absolutely no clear resolution to the story as a whole. Let me translate my frustration mathematically: 103 episodes at about 20 minutes in length adds up to over 2,000 hours of my life spent watching a show with no ending. (Kind of like watching Lost, I suppose.) And although I have been able to satiate my thirst for more story by reading the drip-fed chapters of the manga that are still being released, I don’t think I’ll ever get the feeling of proper closure on the anime cancellation until I at least find out the reason why 😦

D.Gray-Man

I miss you, guys!

Honourable mentions: Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, Ouran High School Host Club, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Cardcaptor Sakura


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

This one is an easy one. SHAMAN KING!

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Shaman King was awesome. The manga is a lot better in my opinion (it actually ends properly for starters) but I really enjoyed the anime – both dubbed and subbed. I found myself liking all the characters in it and would often think about what my Guardian Spirit would be and how I would fight with it.

However, the end of the show has Yoh, our protagonist, defeating Hao/Zeke during the Shaman Tournament, and due to this disruption the tournament get’s cancelled. The gang re-group after some time and they all start talking about what they are going to do now that the tournament has either been put on hold or cancelled altogether. We then get a shot of Yoh’s Oracle Bell (a device used by tournament participants to receive information about the tournament), and the screen glows as a notification pops up. And that’s it. END.

An Oracle Bell.

An Oracle Bell.

Sooooo… is the tournament on? Are there more episodes? Nope! I’m not too sore about it as the manga is better and has a way more satisfying ending, but this still bugs me. There was clearly going to be more, the set up was there, all they had to do was continue, but no, they just didn’t.

Never mind. (Except I do!)


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 23: Favourite Attack Someone Used in an Anime

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Some of these topics are really tough to name just one particular anime for! This was another one of those topics for me. So much too choose from, but I’m going to go with the attack Kaneki uses to defeat Jason at the end of Tokyo Ghoul. After being completely broken, Kaneki turns the fight around and Jason gets a taste of his own brutality. I’ve also chosen this one because all of the Kagune attacks are brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying all at the same time.

[Warning: The video below is the uncensored version!]


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There are some big gaps in my fighting anime knowledge, so as much as I know that iconic attacks from Gurren Lagan, Beserk, and Fist of the North Star should probably be mentioned here, I unfortunately have yet to watch them! Massive, OTT displays of power and prowess can be impressive, but my choice for this post is an attack that is neither big, bloody, or even physical. It is instead one that I think is one of the most creative and ingenious I’ve ever seen in anime: Writing a name in the Death Note from Death Note.

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The Death Note

Dropped by a Death God named Ryuk, the Death Note has the power to kill simply by the writer describing a person’s name, the cause of death, it’s consequences, and picturing their victim in their head as they write. How can any other attack even compare to the nightmarish, omnipotent power of that? No wonder it turns it’s user – the conniving and sociopathic Light Yagami – from a bored, straight-A school boy into a supreme megalomaniac. (And a supreme dick.)

But, the one thing it certainly does have in common with most other anime attacks is ridiculous melodrama:

Honourable mentions: Titan transformation (Attack on Titan), Miranda Lotto’s ‘Time Record’ (D.Gray-Man), Maka Albarn’s “Witch Hunter” (Soul Eater), Allen Walker’s “Crown Clown” (D.Gray-Man), Captain Byakuya Kuchiki’s “Senbonzakura Kageyoshi” (Bleach)


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First you have to ask yourself, what do I want my attack to do? You want it to destroy your enemies, and you want it done fast. Normally in these situations I would go for a Dragon Ball move, but they take up so much time to power up!

One of the fastest and hardest-hitting heroes that I know in anime, is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. I remember watching One Piece for the first time (unfortunately it was the awful 4Kids dub), and being amazed at how strong Luffy was, but also how fast and agile he was. I was also impressed how imaginative Oda is with Luffy’s powers. He might just be made of rubber, but damn he can utilise it. My favourite attack by Luffy is one that I feel truly utilises all of his ‘Rubber Man’ powers.

Luffy can inflate his body by puncturing his bones and blowing into them, this is called Gear 3rd. His over-sized limbs possess huge strength, mostly used to smash bad guys, breaking their bones into a million pieces.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy also learns how to control Haki. Haki, literally meaning ‘Will,’ is a power that anyone can control as long as they have strong enough willpower at their disposal. One of the abilities you can master with your Haki is called, Adamant Haki. This gives you the ability to strengthen any part of your body, or any weapon you hold with potentially limitless strength and durability.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Now I have explained the two elements of my favourite attack, I will now show and tell. My favourite attack is the Gommu Gommu no Elephant Gatling Gun. To pull this move off, Luffy inflates his bones to provide him with humongous fists, then using his Adamant Haki to harden them, he essentially turns his fists into ‘Battleship Sized Cannon Balls’. Finally with his elastic band speed he launches his fists into a flurry of punches. This move is fast and powerful, it can destroy buildings in seconds.

To watch the destruction, check out this clip (it takes him to warm up, as it’s his first time using the move):


 

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 9: Best Anime Villain

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Most of the anime I have seen have all had really interesting and evil villains in them so it’s hard to pick the best one, but I think I am going to have to go with Shou Tucker from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Whilst he never actually killed anyone [SPOILER ALERT] he did use alchemy to turn his own daughter and their dog into a talking chimera – which is pretty awful! I was genuinely shocked and upset at his ability to be able to harm them. This is also after he did the same thing to his own wife and that chimera only said, “Kill me”, and refused to eat – basically committing suicide after it couldn’t deal with the pain and suffering of what he’d turned her into.

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Shou Tucker, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Honorable mentions: Lucy (Elfen Lied), Light Yagami (Death Note) and ALL the Titans (Attack On Titan).


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

This may seem like an obvious choice, but I have go with Light Yagami from Death Note for my favourite anime villain. There’s plenty of big, bad villains out there in the world of anime to choose from, but what makes Light particularly interesting for me is the fact that he is the protagonist of the story – a role traditionally played by the hero, not the hero’s nemesis.

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Light Yagami, Death Note

Just by seeing the story through Light’s eyes, your opinion of him is constantly coloured by his perspective. Despite his actions as a sociopathic megalomaniac are completely psychotic and morally reprehensible, you also find yourself kind of willing him to not get caught so you can see just how far the story will be pushed. The tension you feel each time Light finds himself cornered is ridiculously compelling, and unlike most Shonen anime – which relies on brawn rather than brain and an assured victory for the hero nearly every time – Death Note’s battles of wits and magic keep you genuinely guessing who will be left alive by the end.

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Light Vs. L

Conversely, you also find yourself rooting for his opponent – the eccentric detective known only as ‘L’, which heightens the tension even more. Whenever these two are in a room together, the thrill of watching them verbally – and occasionally physically – dance around each other is akin to that of Sherlock and Moriaty.

I always think that the strength of a hero can be measured by the strength of their villain, and Light and L are definitely two sides of the same brilliant coin, and Death Note one of the greatest crime thrillers in modern fiction.

Honourable mentions: Lust, Envy, Shou Tucker and Father (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Medusa (Soul Eater), Vicious (Cowboy Bebop), The Earl (D.Gray-Man), Siegfried (Sacred Blacksmith), Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion), The Puppet Master (Ghost in the Shell).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

A great villain for me has to be many things: they have to be evil (obvious, but true), they have to be powerful, and they have to be perfectly matched to their protagonist counterpart; and as much as you hate them, you also have to love them. But, a truly great villain for me must also have a huge impact on the story that they star in, and it’s for these reasons that my favourite villain is Frieza from the Dragon Ball franchise.

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Frieza, Dragon Ball franchise

Friza is powerful and likes to let you know that he is. His power is feared by many throughout the universe and during the lead up to Goku’s battle with Frieza, King Kai commands Goku not to fight Frieza as he will surely be killed because Frieza’s power enables him to destroy whole planets with just one blast.

Frieza isn’t alone in the planet destroyers club that is DBZ, but he still stands out. Frieza is regarded as one of the most, if not the most, important Dragon Ball villains. After all, it was Frieza who destroyed the Saiyan home world Planet Vegeta – the event that starts the whole Dragon Ball story as that was how Goku ended up on Earth. Frieza’s actions on Planet Namek were also the major catalyst for Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation, as after Frieza killed Krillin Goku’s rage and needed to be more powerful spilled over, resulting in one of the most iconic scenes in anime. Frieza himself started the trend of transformations as well:

Squad's out.

Squad’s out.

He’s powerful, he’s iconic, and most importantly: he’s also pure evil to the core. He’s seeking the Dragon Balls to gain immortality and he was willing to do anything to get them. When faced against Goku he had met his match and was willing to do anything to beat him. He will do anything, and everything he does is for himself. The worst thing of all was when he was forgiven by Goku, who also gave him enough energy to escape the dying Planet Namek, Frieza chose to use that power to try and kill Goku again. This was when Goku launched his final attack and killed Frieza. Even when he was given a second chance he still chose to kill Goku, proving that his hatred for the Saiyan race and Goku burns stronger than his need for survival.

Yet you also can’t help but like him: he’s so devilishly evil that he almost becomes a cartoonish villain in the Disney mold of Scar (Lion King) or Jafar (Aladdin). He’s so well liked that Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball‘s creator) brought him back in the most resent film, and with a new form. It’s also rumored that Toriyama was going to bring Frieza back after the Cell saga, but was advised by his editors not to. Frieza’s cool, powerful, and fabulous. What more do you want from a villain?

Come at me.

Come at me, BRAH.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 6: Anime You Want to See But Haven’t Yet

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There’s soooo much anime on my to watch list… Where do I even begin?! As I’ve previously mentioned, I haven’t seen a huge amount of anime so there’s a hell of a lot I still need to see, and top of that list is definitely Kill La Kill that I’ve been meaning to watch for a while now.

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Kill La Kill.

Honorable mentions: Genesis Neon Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell. (I could name many many more that I feel like I should have already seen but the list would go on for days!)


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My ‘To Watch List’ is probably about as long as the number of years it will take until Oda finally writes the last chapter of One Piece. I also get into a bad habit of starting but not finishing series’ such as Bleach and Fairy Tail. For this post I’m going to go with a series that’s not only been on my list forever, but I also have a weird nostalgic connection to, and that’s The Rose of Versailles, also known as Lady Oscar.

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The Rose of Versailles/Lady Oscar

I first discovered this series when I was on holiday with my family years ago as a teenager. My sister and I were channel-hopping in our hotel room, and suddenly something animated flickered across the screen and we stopped straight away to find out what it was. It was dubbed in French, the animation style looked super old school, and the episode featured odd scenes of cross-dressing knights, princesses, horses, and castles. As neither me or my sister spoke French, we made up our own plot to the episode, and even our own lyrics to the theme song (which just involved singing “LADY LADY OSCAR” over and over again).

It turns out – after a little research – that I was right about the ‘old school’ animation, as it originally aired in 1972-3, and ever since discovering it I keep seeing it pop up on ‘The Best Shojo Manga’ and ‘Must Watch Classic Anime’ lists constantly. Apparently we’d unwittingly stumbled across a bit of a cult thing.

Set during the French Revolution, the story revolves around Lady Oscar – raised as a boy by her father, General Jarjayes – and the infamous historical Queen Marie Antoinette. Interestingly, although Marie begins as the main character, Oscar became the fan favourite and was pushed into the central character role from the supporting one. As the head of the Royal Guard, Oscar is essentially the body guard for Marie and the royal family, only to become ideologically conflicted as she realises the true extent of poverty in France at the hands of the neglectful and greedy monarchy.

My research also revealed that the series is both hugely popular and adored in it’s native with Japan (number 14 on the Best Selling Shojo Manga of All Time list; with live action and even musical adaptations) and so well-researched that it is even used as a teaching aid in schools and public libraries. In the West, it is revered as a cult classic, and revolutionised the Shojo genre with its progressive sexual politics and inclusion of the first ever ‘bed scene’ in manga.

Knowing all of this compels me even more to finally sit down and get into those 40 episodes of historical Shojo goodness! And I can finally find out what on earth was going on in that episode I watched all those years ago.

Honourable mentions: Revolutionary Girl Utena, Beserk, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Freezing, Gundam, Fate/Stay Night, .hack//SIGN, Psycho Pass, Noragami, K-On!, Assasination Classroom, Durarara!


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I tend to refuse to watch good stuff if too many people tell me to watch it. For example I still haven’t seen Breaking Bad or Lost, and I probably never will. But, one day I will watch Death Note… Just not today.

I stayed away from Death Note for two reasons:

  1.  I watched the live action film first and for a wile I was staying away from anything that had to do with it. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know why.
  2.  It just looks too ‘Emo’ for me. I know that’s such an old school insult, but I tend to stay away from stuff styled that way, because in school Emos were annoying to me. But I will watch it eventually, even though I was told the main spoiler of the story…
Urgh.

Urgh.

Honorable Mentions: Psycho-Pass, Fist of the North Star, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Assassination Classroom and Kill La Kill.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 3: Favourite Male Anime Character Ever

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This is another one I really struggled with as they are just so many really good male characters that it’s hard to pick just one!

After much deliberation I think I’ve finally chosen my favourite male anime character and the winner is…. Light Yagami from Death Note. Okay, so this might seem like a bit of an odd choice seeing as he’s kind of a bad guy but he’s still awesome. He’s ruthless, determined, and has the ability to eat crisps dramatically:

What’s not to like? Except maybe the fact that he is essentially a psychotic murderer, but he does believes he’s doing it for the greater good.

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Light Yagami from Death Note.

Honorable mentions: Koro-sensei (Assassination Classroom), Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan), Rintarou Okabe (Steins Gate)


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

After a lot of deliberation (and fan-girling), I have to give my best male anime character pick to Sebastian Michaelis from Yana Toboso’s Black Butler. Although, as Sebastian’s gender is constantly up for debate,  I’m not even sure “he” even counts as a valid answer…

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One Hell of a Butler.

Let me explain. In the image above Sebastian his pictured in his human guise as butler to Earl Ciel Phatomhive – a 12-year-old toy industry tycoon who summons a demon (Sebastian) to stay at his side until he is able to wreak revenge on the occult group who murdered his parents. The demon takes the form of a male butler, but whenever he occasionally slips into his demonic form to terrify the crap out of one of Ciel’s enemies, he becomes less corporeal and more monstrous – fangs, red eyes, bats, black nails and… stilettos?!

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These Boots Are Made For Walking.

The hint certainly seems to be that if Sebastian is not actually female in his ‘true form’, then is at least non-gendered or gender fluid, and since the world of Black Butler is filled with shinigami, death scythes, demons, angels, and werewolves, this isn’t much more of a stretch of the imagination.

Not only do I find the mystery surrounding Sebastian’s gender fascinating, but I find him to be one of the most compelling characters of any anime. His deep connection to Ciel through their demonic contract of servitude is often mistaken in the fan community to be weirdly sexual, but the lust that Sebastian feels for Ciel is actually predatory. Like the witch in Hansel and Gretel, he is slowly fattening Ciel’s soul up for consumption when their deal is done, and this laces everything familial that Sebastian does for Ciel with a murderous tension. Plus, he’s probably the best cutlery-weapon specialist there ever was/will be:

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Honourable Mentions: L (Death Note), Edward and Alphonse Elric (Full Metal Alchemist/Brotherhood), Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura/Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles), Kanda Yuu (D-Gray Man), Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club), Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle).


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If you’ve read our blog regularly you might already have guessed who my favourite male character is already. But for those who haven’t, it’s the one, the only: Son Goku form the Dragon Ball franchise. Yes it’s an obvious choice, but I don’t care – he is my favourite male lead. Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z are two animes that I grew up with, and my Dragon Ball merch list rivals my Pokemon merch list. So, Goku has been in my life for some time now, but let me take some time to tell you why he is the best.

Goku is one of the strongest characters in all fiction (Yes, I’ve seen Death Battle, and I’m okay with their result, but you still can’t deny that Goku is unstoppable nonetheless). Every challenge he has been faced with he has beaten; every limit broken; every chart has been thrown out because they needed new ones to record his power. He’s a beast and it’s all down to two things: his will and hard work. He is so focused on becoming the best he has now reached the level of a God and even beyond that.

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.

However, this is not the reason I love him. The reason I love Goku is because he is just a straight up nice guy. Ever since he was young, his most admirable feature – and arguably his strangest talent – is his pure heart. Goku is able to fly on the Kinto-Un (or Flying Nimbus), a flying cloud that can travel at supersonic speed, but will only allow people of pure hearts to ride it. Thanks to Goku’s good nature he learns a lot, which is a good moral to teach, and one that I try to follow.

In Dragon Ball he even turns his enemies into friends – Oolong, Yamcha, Krilin, Tien, Chaozu, Piccolo, Vegeta, Android 16 and 18, Majin Buu and even Kid Buu to a certain extent are all villains/rivals who have turned good due to knowing either Goku, or other members of the Z Fighters. Goku excepts them all into his extended family, and with smile on his face.

Goku and friends (that he used to beat up, or wanted to kill him)

Goku and friends (that he used to beat up, or wanted to kill him).

Yes, Goku has his downsides: his naivety, his pride, his total focus on training (a gift and a curse), but he is the nicest, most forgiving, and powerful being in the world. I also like how he eats.

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nom nom nom.

Honorable mentions: Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z/GT), Kinnikuman (Kinnikuman/Ultimate Muscle), Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece), Gene Starwind (Outlaw Star), Toriko (Toriko).


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N00b Reviews: Death Note

After falling in love with the Death Note anime I have decided to look at the manga series to see how it compares.  I found the story really compelling and the opening theme of the anime strangely hypnotic…

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Summary:

Death Note is a manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows protagonist Light Yagami, a student with great prospects but unsatisfied with his life. This all changes when he finds a notebook that has the powers to kill people dropped by a rogue Shinigami named Ryuk. Light vows to use the powers of the book to kill criminals, but when the authorities discover the pattern they send the legendary detective ‘L’ to track down the killer.


First Impressions:

I don’t think I’ve seen any other manga in the N00b series so far that is as wordy as Death Note is. It feels like it should be a novel rather than a manga series as it needs a lot of descriptive text to explain things such as the theories behind using the notebook, which seem to be too complex to describe simply using images.

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Does it really need to be specified where he sits?


What I liked:

One thing that particularly stood out to me about Death Note was the fact that even though the protagonist is an anti-hero we still end up rooting for him despite him killing millions of people even when they are innocent. We can’t help but side with him as we believe in his cause and the fact the reason he is doing it is for a greater good; to rid the world of criminals.

Light and L

At the same time we admire L for his attempts to catch Kira (Light’s alter ego) and enjoy how mysterious and quirky he is. The central plot of Death Note revolves around the cat and mouse chase between L and Light, and this element is what makes this manga so engrossing; waiting to see how the two of them will try to out-think the other.


What I disliked:

As I’ve stated one of the major flaws with the Death Note manga was the fact that it was very wordy and often felt like it should be a novel rather than a manga series. The other thing that I was slightly disappointed with was the second half of the manga series as a lot of the main cast changes and the new characters feel a lot weaker. Although despite this the plot tricks and twists are just as good in this half – in fact some of the better ones happen towards the end.


How does it compare to the anime:

 The anime gets off to a great start with this brilliant opening sequence:

Stunning visuals, addictive theme song, and the fact that it spans over 37 episodes and still keeps you interested. What’s not to love about this adaptation?

With long-running anime series there can often be a lot of filler episodes but with Death Note this isn’t the case at all and leaves very little out from the manga which is definitely very satisfying to see.


Overall Opinion:

 This series is simple enough to understood universally no matter of age, but at the same time deep and clever enough for those looking for something more meaty to sink their teeth into. Additionally, this series offers something that not many other series do–a moral conundrum. What if we had a Death Note? Would we use it? How would we use it? Is it possible to use it without turning into what Light becomes?

If you’re a seasoned anime fan or a N00b like myself I think this is a series you should definitely check out. Especially if you enjoy a mix of mystery, horror and crime thriller.


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