View Full Version : Deathnote. Loving it so far, but I've heard...
02-15-2009, 05:44 PM
As the title says, I just started Deathnote. I'm 8 episodes in, and I heard it doesn't dissapoint...to the limit of the first 25 episodes. A lot of people have said this, and I want to know....how?! It's always the same "Deathnote is awesome! Just don't watch anyhting past episode 25, just pretend the second half doesnt exist." What can they possibly do to ruin it so bad? If at all possible, without spoiling what actually happens, can someone explain why the second half is so bad?
02-15-2009, 06:21 PM
In cryptic speech, Aizawa makes weird gut decisions and the wonder twin powers activate to make the story crumble to a halt. I honestly don't know how to explain it without telling the story itself.
02-15-2009, 06:24 PM
I haven't finished watching Death Note yet (I will once I purchase the final DVD next week), but in my view the series reached its peak after the Yotsuba story arch ended in Episode 24 and L died in Episode 25. The "wonder twins" Mello and Near are nowhere near as interesting or dynamic as L was.
I tend to like the second half better since it felt like people stopped being stupid [to an extent... naturally, the show is still distinctly chauvinist later on]; people seemed more open to the idea that Light may indeed be Kira (which, by all means, people shouldn't have doubted to begin with, but they did only because there'd be no plot if they didn't).
That said, it really only falls apart if you think that this is the most brilliant writing about sleuthing ever and that the "moral conundrum" (which, honestly, is really shaky at best, no matter how I look at it) is the most profound statement about humanity ever.
That said, I kinda see this as a show where people are obsessed with winning and it's amusing to see people toil for and gloat about their victories [Light makes being assholish actually entertaining]...
Though, not quite as amusing as Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (which is loosely adapted from a book I haven't read, so don't ask me to comment on that), which seems to tell the same story of the pursuit of victory better and funnier (Daniel Day Luis seems to partake in such great satisfaction every time he vanquishes his enemies)...
Still, Tetsuro Araki does a lot of interesting things: I haven't seen many anime shows that uses shots from like a David Fincher flick convincingly; the use of "camerawork" becomes surprisingly poetic in the show (especially those last two episodes) and the emphasis on gimmicky visual metaphors makes for some nice composition that pops out (it's the colors, for sure); but, best of all, much like his work in Black Lagoon (the 3-episode Maid-to-Kill arc), Araki has a sense of humor about everything; the over-the-top-ness becomes an opportunity to not only be convincingly badass, but to gloat about how awesome everything is (an exuberant chip-eating sequence shot in slow-motion, for example).
But yeah... it depends on how you look at things; I never really bought into the "depth" that the story seems normally associated with, so this could explain why I feel the way I do about it.
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