If you have been reading this site, then you know I am a great fan of anime. Hell, I have watched more anime movie and series than regular TV series or movies featuring live people. Part of the reason is that a lot more can be done on the animated screen than in a normal show. You can push the boundaries of physics when it comes to action, or make the show more visually appealing by creating beautiful sceneries. But personally, I have found that the characters in an anime are much more vibrant. Yeah, many of them may not be relatable but are quite interesting. Such character combinations won’t work on regular media most of the times but are in perfect tandem in the anime environment.
Well, it’s time to talk about ‘Death Note’ now. Let me just tell this outright I just loved this series and will fight anyone who says that the anime wasn’t good. The anime, ‘Death Note’ like most anime have been adopted from a manga of the same name. The plot was utterly creative and the theme of Good vs Evil was great. One of the things that stands out the most is the characters especially the two lead characters Light and L.
Characterization of Light and L was Spot On
The characterization of Light and L has been near perfect. It gives the show the feel, that it needs to completely engage the viewers. Though the role of L changes as the show progresses the first L is the best one. His mannerisms though eccentric make you fall in love with him instantly. As soon as he is introduced to us we are given a taste of what we are about to see. It takes him only an instant to deduce that Kira is from Japan after he tricks Light into killing him only to reveal that it was not him at all but rather a death row inmate. As the show keeps on progressing L’s ingeniousness is something we are on the lookout for. He keeps toying with Light and doesn’t take long to make him a prime suspect.
Let’s now talk about Light Yagami for a second. To match a character like L whose brain works on a different level, you need to have a rival who can provide a challenge and Light is more than capable of handling that task. Light is a straight-A student. He is intelligent not only in paper but also in real life. He picks up the Death Note from the grounds of his high school and after meeting Ryuk starts using the book. His goal is clean and simple. He is going to use the book to kill criminals that plague the world and create a peaceful abode for humans. We, don’t get to see much of Light’s intelligence at first but after he gets tricked by L he becomes more careful.
Ryuk, The Being That Started it All