One of the most successful and original
anime of recent years, Death Note finally gets a UK release on DVD. Many
have already dubbed it a modern classic of anime, so it has a lot of hype to
live up to for those who have yet to experience it.
The story opens in the shinigami ('Death God') realm which reveals a bored array of shinigami gambling and lazing around rather then causing death as they should be. Bored of this, the shinigami Ryuk decides to drop his Death Note - a book into which the name of a person is written will die - into the human world. The Death Note is found by a brilliant 16 year old student by the name of Light Yagami. Light is noticeably finds his school work unchallenging and is very aware of all the crime that takes place in his native Japan and across the world. This awareness makes him feel understandably disillusioned but now, with a Death Note in his hands, he has the opportunity to punish those who commit heinous crimes.
Before long the authorities
take notice of the global string of heart attacks striking criminals
and, uncertain how to treat the heart attacks as mass murder, have
the world's top detective, known only under the alias L, investigate
the case. L cleverly deduces that the killer is based in Japan and,
by doing so, proves that he is more then a match for Light.
Death Note owners appearing and battling each other to
obtain more books, which could easily have been the case. Once L does appear the
show becomes more grounded in the real world, with Light being pursued by the
authorities and having to think his every move. The dialogue between Light & L
is gripping throughout as well, providing intense action through battles of
wills of these equal geniuses.