What if you found a note book that belongs to God of Death?
Deep down in your heart…
Is there anyone whose death is in your wish?
As I have said before in my review of 2 Irish ghost stories post, I have been having a readers block. To save me from a total blockage, I decided to pick a manga I really love beside One Piece, that manga is called デノートス or Death Note in English. Reading this manga is also away to fulfill 3 challenges at once, R.I.P Challenge VI, Manga Reading, and Hello Japan! Mini Challenge. I have written my review in Indonesian language 5 years ago.
Death Note is a manga I chose by instinct. When I was looking for One Piece, I saw a manga with a very intriguing cover. It was a drawing of Ryuuku in front of a cross filled with skeleton. The cover of Death Note volume 3. I had no idea what the story was and I couldn’t find volume 1 and 2. Despite all of that, I bought the manga because I had strong feeling that the manga would turn out to be a great manga. And it was INDEED an amazing manga.
Death Note is a collaboration of Ooba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi. Ooba –sensei was the one who wrote the story and Obata-sensei was the one who drew the manga. Obata-sensei was known for his details in drawing. His details are crazy!! He even draws a convenient store full with everything in it. Ooba-sensei’s ability in creating mind battle story is a real page turner. When I first read it, I couldn’t wait for the next volume to show up. I checked the bookstore every week wondering has the new one been released yet. This is my third time reading it.
夜神月(Yagami Raito) was an excellent student who always had the highest score in his school but he was bored. Ryuuku was a God of Death who thought that the world of 死神 (Shinigami – God of Death) had become terribly boring. These two different beings were about to be united and enjoyed a life far from boredom.
To wash away his boredom, Ryuuku decided to drop his book into human world. He deliberately wrote how to use the book in English so that anyone can read it. The book fell on Japan and Raito was the one who picked it up. A God of death who dropped the book into human world had to go to the human world and took his book back and if a human had picked it up, he had to make the human returned it to him or wait till that human died. Fortunately, Ryuuku found an interesting human. Raito had written so many names within 5 days which he had killed so many people in only 5 days. Ryuuku was intrigued.
Some of the rules are:
- The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
- This note will note that effect unless the writer has the persons face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
- If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen.
- If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.
Raito didn’t kill those people for his advantages, he killed them because they were criminals. He believed that he could create a peaceful world, he would be the new God. The world called him Kira (Japanese pronunciation for Killer)
Unfortunately for Kira, the best detective in the world decided to devote his life to investigate him. This mysterious detective was called L, he never showed his face to anyone. He only showed himself in video with the letter L. To capture Kira, he showed his face to some dedicated Japanese policemen, and to prove his suspicion he introduced himself to the man he suspected to be Kira. He met Raito in purpose.
The day L decided to test his theory that Kira was in Japan, or in other word since the day Kira knew that there was someone looking for him…the fun began!!!
Both characters were incredibly well built. L and Kira were 2 geniuses who tried to test one another. It was like a game of chess. Both Kira and L tried to think ahead of each other. Kira wanted to know L’s real name so that he could kill him while L tried to find proofs that Raito is Kira. The way they interact was the best part of the book. I enjoyed their mind game a lot.
Things became more complicated when the second Kira showed up. This second Kira had the ability to see people’s name just by looking at their face.
I am not going to say much about the story as it could be a major spoiler and I hate sharing spoiler.
I can assure you that this manga is amazing and somehow it feels more like reading a novel rather than a manga. Every intrigue to trap the other party is very interesting. We can see how the book changed ownership but still under Kira’s control. You can never predict what will happen next.
The characters are also interesting ad well built. Readers are divided into two, some love L while other love Kira. I admit that L is a unique character, an investigator like I have never seen before. However, Kira is the one that attracted me the most. He is a murderer that cannot be hated. There are parts of his mind that we can all agree with. Killing is bad but a world free of criminals sounds great. In my eyes, Kira is more unique than L.
Beside those 2 main characters, the other characters are also equally interesting. The three Gods of Death have different personalities, and I have to say that Ryuuku is the most interesting one. He looks scary and yet cute at the same time. The women used by Kira also have different personality, I like Misa-Misa more than Takada. L successors are as smart as L, but I have to admit that I really dislike Mello.
When I first read the book, I don’t like how it ends, I think that they didn’t do justice toward Kira. I am expecting him to accept things with dignity, but now that I have read it three times, I have a better understanding toward Kira and completely understand why he acted like that. Death Note used to have a tiny flaw but now it is flawless. I love this manga so much!!
Because I love the manga, when its anime and live action movie were released I immediately search for it…but……
The anime is BORING!!! I don’t know what is it about the anime that bored me but I really couldn’t stand it and finally stop watching after 10 episodes. Maybe it is because of the fact that Death Note is too serious and watching a serious anime is just not up to my liking.
I fell asleep when watching it. I found out later that the anime is not exactly the same as the manga. Upon hearing that, I have no regret I for not finishing the anime. The book is just too good to be changed.
The anime is boring but I don’t hate it. How I feel toward the movie is different. I can’t say that I hate the movie, but I certainly hate the actor!! I have said it in actors I don’t get the appeal, I really really hate Tatsuya Fujiwara’s portrayal of Kira…he was totally off and ruin my favorite character. His emotions are all wrong and out of place. He could not change himself from being Kira to being Raito. He made me reluctant to see the movie again.
However, there are 2 other characters that were really well portrayed. L and Ryuuku are awesome! L had made it into my top-5 book characters in movies. Matsuyama Ken’Ichi is the best choice to play L. Ryuuku is a CGI, of course!!! His animated version is really good. i enjoy seeing him in the movie.
I honestly don’t remember whether the movie was good or not because all I can remember is how much I hate Tatsuya and how much I adore Matsuken.
Out of all three Death Note, I advice you to read the manga…it is still the best of all three.