Death Note – Anime Review

Have you ever wondered what would you do if you could play God? Well, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata did. And so, they wrote this concept in the form of a manic yet intriguing manga (Japanese comic), Death Note. It finally became an Anime on October 3, 2006. It had a total of 37 episodes and was a big hit with its fans. Being a big fan of this anime, I feel like it is mandatory on my part to introduce this anime to more people.

The story starts with the protagonist, Light Yagami, discovering a black-coloured notebook named “Death Note”. He flips through the pages to find it empty except for a few instructions on the first few pages.  The instructions state how he can kill anybody he wants by writing their names on the blank sheets in the book. Light Yagami is not your average boy. He is a brilliant, genius person with very little time for emotions. He decides to use the book (after finding out how effectively it works) to kill all the evil people in the world so he can make it a better place.

The Death Note is the property of a Shinigami (Death spirit). Ryuk (the Shinigami) is thoroughly bored so he drops it to get some entertainment. The whole anime becomes nail-biting and addictive when a detective “L” steps in and tries his hand at solving the case of the sudden deaths. Why is this anime so beautiful yet chilling?

Well firstly the clash between Light and L is the one thing that keeps you hooked onto this anime. They both are equally talented and intelligent. How does L find out Light’s truth is another thing to watch out for. Secondly, this anime unintentionally forces you to think and introspect. Is Light better cause he only wants to remove evil and make the world a better place? Or is L nobler for wanting to stop the unnecessary killings of criminals? The best reason why you should watch it is the whole story itself. You can sit back and think, “I know what will happen next”. But the truth is you won’t. This anime is realistic and changes it plot so much it could give Game of Thrones a run for its money. This anime has one of the best soundtracks out there. The instrumental themes for each character is mind-blowing and truly shows the creative genius of Japanese musicians.  Each character is well-written but some parts of it do have flaws. But these minor things can be overlooked as this anime was written eleven years ago.

Netflix has announced a film on Death Note but I am clearly unhappy with the trailer. I would still stick to the anime version. For an anime that was made so long ago, Death Note is a philosophical journey you must embark on!

 

Welcome to the fascinating world of Anime!

I am a big time anime lover. My life has never been the same after I started watching anime. In this post, I am sharing with you guys why I love anime so much. So, without further ado, let’s get started 🙂

Once upon a time there lived a young boy Ken Kaneki. He was an orphan whose best friend, Hide (pronounced hee-dae) was his whole world. One day he goes on a date with an attractive woman who turns out to be a flesh-eating monster a.k.a. a ghoul who kills Kaneki but gets killed herself after a bunch of metal pipes fall on her. Kaneki’s life is changed forever after her organs are transplanted to him making him a half-ghoul and a half-human. Interesting? Intriguing? Or do you find this story disgusting?

Welcome to the world of anime. Call it whatever you want, but the world of Anime is just plain fascinating, inspiring and crazy to me. Anime has charmed its fans for a long time and it continues to do so. Anime is usually the cartoon (I’d like to think of it as an art form) format of a Japanese manga (a comic). Japan has contributed so much to the world and this is surely one of the most significant contributions. It is written with a story whose subplots usually involve romance, drama, mystery, friendship and fantasy.

What is so special about Anime you may ask. To me it is the subtle story lines and the notorious characters. Villains are loved as much as the heroes are. Everyone is both a villain and a hero at some point in an Anime. These characters explore the gray areas of human behavior in a way no English tv show has ever done ( in my opinion). For example, there is this poignant scene in “Tokyo Ghoul” (the anime I described above) where one of the main characters, Touka, tells a human being who attacks her (something that goes along the lines of this), “why is it wrong for ghouls to exist? Is it our fault that we were born like this? Why should we not be allowed to live when we are not the monsters everyone says we are. We have families too!”. The truth is everyone has so many sides to them that sometimes is best told in the format of a fantasy story. Anime does that for me. It fills my soul and leaves me with a million philosophies at the same time.

The impact of Anime is vast. Anime has globally become a business and an industry on its own. It has also resulted in the formation of cosplay events (where participants dress up like their favorite characters) and anime clubs. Millions of fans fiction and artwork has spawned due to it. Anime is so precious as it is one medium where one can express things as it is. Life, Death, Love, Eroticism, Adventure, Fantasy and other themes are all expressed exactly as it is. The content is not watered down to serve interests. It has something for everyone from a ten-year old to a ninety -year old, Anime may be superficially child-like but it has a depth which consumes your soul before you can realize.

All in all, if you have never explored Anime, you should do so at the earliest. There is clearly more than what meets the eye in this art form. “Arigato Gozaimasu” (Thank you in Japanese) if this article has inspired you to watch it. I will do more analysis on various Anime shows as time goes by so don’t forget to keep watching this space for more.

(P.S. if you are going to watch anime please watch “Death note” as your first. It is a classic and will surely leave you shivering and craving for more).

12 Fantastic Quotes by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a name which needs no introduction. But, if you still do not know him then let me tell you that Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. The critical acclaim for his fiction and non-fiction has led to numerous awards, in Japan and internationally. Hence, I bring to you 12 fantastic quotes by Haruki Murakami.

“Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.”

“Our reality is an infinite battle between what happened and what we want to remember.”

“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”

“Anything and everything looks beautiful when you examine it from a distance.”

“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.”

“If everything happens the way that you want it to, life will become boring.”

“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”

“It often happens that the most important things in the world begin with trifles.”

“There are ways of dying that don’t end in funerals. Types of death you can’t smell.”

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

“Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes.”