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Death Note - Anime... Good or Bad?

Alright, so I'd like to get some opinions going here and see what others think.

Full disclosure, I have not finished the Death Note series... I have tried and failed on 3 separate occasions because I can't stand the writing. I love the premise, but L's character is just too frustrating for me. He knows way more than he should at any given point with no explanation except he's a genius (at least, up until the point that I stopped watching. Episode 7 I think). It feels lazy to me. And everybody I talk to in person has felt the same.

BUT! I know that there are a lot of avid Death Note fans out there and there seem to be a few here on tildes, so I'd like you guys to weigh in. As a fan of the show, did you also feel this way about the writing? If so, what other redeeming qualities were there for you in this show? What about it do you love? What about it do you not like so much? It's a long series, should I push through until a certain episode? Have I just not gotten there yet?

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  1. apoctr Link
    The ending was one of the most frustrating, anticlimactic and all around disappointing I've seen of any show (although some like it). I found most of the characters annoying. Overall I did enjoy...

    The ending was one of the most frustrating, anticlimactic and all around disappointing I've seen of any show (although some like it). I found most of the characters annoying. Overall I did enjoy the show, there were some alright twists and the plot was intriguing enough for me.

    Whether I'd recommend it I can't say. Saw the anime a few years ago and it didn't leave much of an impression on me, minus the ending, so take from that what you will.

    My favourite parts of the series are that which relate to the Shinigami (spelling?) universe. I'd watch the shit out of an anime that further developed it.

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    mrbig Link
    I never heard this criticism about L before, and I strongly disagree. His characterization was extremely efficient in conveying the fact that he's an out-of-the-box genius whose logical mind is...

    I never heard this criticism about L before, and I strongly disagree. His characterization was extremely efficient in conveying the fact that he's an out-of-the-box genius whose logical mind is capable of jumps impossible for regular people. He's a bit like Sherlock Holmes: a super-hero whose superpower is intelligence itself. Even so, I was always able to follow his reasoning without much trouble, because the writing carefully laid out his thought process.

    I advise you to not give up on this wonderful series: many formidable moments await you!

    And it's not even that long... 37 (24min) episodes is nothing for a TV show. Breaking Bad had 62, Mad Men 92, Hunter x Hunter 148 and One Piece 853!

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      apoctr Link Parent
      Factorial joke aside, Christ that's a lot. I'm guessing about half is filler?

      One Piece 853!

      Factorial joke aside, Christ that's a lot. I'm guessing about half is filler?

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        mrbig Link Parent
        What's a factorial joke? Anyway, forgot to say that One Piece is still going!

        What's a factorial joke?

        Anyway, forgot to say that One Piece is still going!

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          apoctr Link Parent
          Numbers with a ! following them are called factorials, where they represent the number preceding the exclamation mark multiplied by every number beneath it (explanations a little confusing because...

          Numbers with a ! following them are called factorials, where they represent the number preceding the exclamation mark multiplied by every number beneath it (explanations a little confusing because I'm not great with maths, basically 3! = 3 x 2 x 1, so 3! is the same as 6).

          It's become a somewhat common joke when people unintentionally write numbers like 853! to assume they are talking about the factorial 853!, not 853. So instead of 853 episodes, One Piece would have 853 x 852 x 851 x ... episodes.

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          1. mrbig Link Parent
            Thank you for the explanation! As a (novice) programmer, I feel that I should know this already.

            Thank you for the explanation! As a (novice) programmer, I feel that I should know this already.

  3. Whom Link
    It's somewhere between "alright" and "pretty good," imo. I can't deny that the cat and mouse game it depicts is super engaging and that it has some really cool stylistic flair, but it doesn't...

    It's somewhere between "alright" and "pretty good," imo. I can't deny that the cat and mouse game it depicts is super engaging and that it has some really cool stylistic flair, but it doesn't leave me with much to think about or feel or anything.

    I'm fine with there being some leaps in what the characters are able to figure out or predict, as I think in most cases I'm more willing to take "he's a super ultra mega genius" over a more drawn out way that is also more realistic.

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    1. thelynx42 Link Parent
      I enjoy manga, but I prefer anime generally because my brain still isn't totally adept at reading panels in the proper order when they're in unexpected places or of unexpected sizes. This feedback...

      I enjoy manga, but I prefer anime generally because my brain still isn't totally adept at reading panels in the proper order when they're in unexpected places or of unexpected sizes. This feedback does make me curious to see if I can make it through. I guess if I assume that there are gods of death and a magical killing notebook, assuming somebody is super smart shouldn't be that much of a stretch.

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    2. talklittle Link Parent
      Light's behavior toward the beginning made sense IMO, since his defining flaw is his arrogance. He's the smartest kid in school, big fish in a small pond, and doesn't realize there are smarter...

      Light's behavior toward the beginning made sense IMO, since his defining flaw is his arrogance. He's the smartest kid in school, big fish in a small pond, and doesn't realize there are smarter people out in the world. He's able to fool 99% of people with his basic tricks and doesn't even realize the other 1% exists until L appears.

  5. spctrvl Link
    Death Note is one of the best 25 episode animes I've ever seen. But tastes differ from person to person, if you haven't been hooked by episode 7 it might just not be for you.

    Death Note is one of the best 25 episode animes I've ever seen. But tastes differ from person to person, if you haven't been hooked by episode 7 it might just not be for you.

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  6. cold_grey_rain Link
    I would say, mediocre

    I would say, mediocre

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    thelynx42 Link
    Alright, side note out of curiosity, feelings on the Netflix movie? As somebody that never saw the anime all the way through, I actually liked it quite a bit. Is that blasphemy?

    Alright, side note out of curiosity, feelings on the Netflix movie? As somebody that never saw the anime all the way through, I actually liked it quite a bit. Is that blasphemy?

    1. EggOfReason Link Parent
      Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I found the Netflix show was too reliant on gore and characters too different and not-as-fleshed-out than their original forms. It wasn’t the worse...

      Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I found the Netflix show was too reliant on gore and characters too different and not-as-fleshed-out than their original forms.

      It wasn’t the worse thing ever, it was just a letdown to those who originally saw the anime. That’s where most of the grumbles come from.

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