Oh, you thought that was going to be the last of me?
I did the 30 days of anime challenge a long, long time ago. When my blog was a mere bud, waiting to blossom. Now, I would argue that my blog is more like a withered weed dying of neglect. Nonetheless, this will be my motivation to write again.
Some of these prompts, I have touched on before. For example, I’ve talked about my favourite anime before, and the very first anime I’ve watched too. However. I am going to twist the rules a little bit today, for at least some of these. It may be that it’s not quite 100 days too (I’m not going to write an entire post about my favourite nendoroid, get real. It’s Chrollo, by the way). But we’ll see how it goes!
Day 1 – Very First Anime You Watched.
So, I have in fact talked about this before. My first anime was Bleach, which I talked about here. And whilst it is tempting to talk about Bleach again, since it’s back in everyone’s minds recently, to twist the rule slightly, I am going to go with my first anime, according to what I logged in My Anime List. I’m going to do my best to not mention the same show twice, unless under exceptional circumstances (Hunter x Hunter will show up multiple times…). So, my first anime…
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L. From MyAnimeList.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to say that Death Note was within their first few anime. And honestly, if you’d have asked me about it at the time, I would’ve sung its praises to the heavens. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the show, but looking at it retrospectively, I can definitely notice I wouldn’t enjoy it upon re-watching it.
Do you ever read those Reddit posts, where you know that the author wallows in their own filth all day, but insists that they are the reason for the sun shining every day?
My God, remembering Light makes my blood reach unreal temperatures. Not to say that it’s a bad thing. Death Note’s strengths come from the gray areas that the characters fall into. Light is despicable. Yes, he’s handsome. Yes, he is technically doing the right thing. But despite being the protagonist, you are actively supposed to root against him. And God, it feels so good. There was nothing more satisfying than seeing this asshole go through hell and back. All because it was so well deserved. That being said, perhaps real life events have soured my opinion on Light far too much, to the point that I don’t like to talk about him at all. With the stories of very “Kira” like killings against women every day..it really does leave a horrible taste in your mouth. Light is both Death Note’s greatest asset, and worst feature. Which is not at all a fault against the writing. In fact, it’s more of a positive.
I do think in some ways, the show really took it’s time to get interesting. You may argue it was character building, or world building, but you can also argue it was padding time. The build up was long for what turned out to be a very short climax. With all of that time, and hell, all of the focus on L, you may have come to expect some kind of back story from him. And yet, it seems that none of the characters, besides Light, seem to exist outside of the scenes they appear in. It could be argued that this is just due to the fact that Light was the God of the new world, and therefore it was only Light that was deemed to have any importance. But as someone who was very happily not living in Light’s world, I would’ve appreciated more.
Everything I could say on Death Note has most likely been said by others 100 times over. Death Note’s second opening, whilst controversial, remains one of my favourite openings ever (Maximum the Hormone are a fantastic band, period). The anime really fell off after the death of a certain significant character, and the introduction of two more. The art style still holds up. Etc etc. Despite my feelings on Death Note now, I maintain that in regards to an introduction to anime, and the storytelling medium through anime, Death Note remains a strong contender for one of the best. It’s still, and probably always will be, a show that will be recommended for decades to come, for newcomers and veterans alike.
What do you think of Death Note? Was it one of your first anime too? Has it held up upon rewatch? Let me know.
Until next time!