Having read the first volume of the Death Note manga (and liking it), I had high hopes for the anime. It’s actually a pretty good thing that I read the manga, since I probably wouldn’t have been able to really understand the anime without doing so.
Yagami Raito (or Light), is a really smart high school student. So smart, in fact, that he’s totally bored. Ryuuku is a really bored Shinigami (death god). It seems like they’re made for each other! One day, Ryuuku “accidentally” drops his note book. When someone’s name is written in the book, they’ll die within 40 seconds (or your money back)!
Raito, being a good guy, uses the book to kill all of the world’s worst criminals. He thinks that by killing all of these high profile criminals, people will be afraid to commit crimes. At very least, they’d probably think twice about committing genocide.
This episode is just the introduction to Death Note. Since I’ve read the first volume of the manga, I’m really looking forward to how they handle the story. Death Note is more of a thinking man’s anime, so they’ll have to find a way to ramp up the excitement. This episode, they had a lot of super motion blurred shots of Raito writing in the book!
I guess I won’t divulge any spoilers, but I will say that the complexity of the story is about to go up. Hopefully the story will go a bit faster than one chapter an episode, or I’ll be waiting a few months for the story to catch up. Plus I just bought the second volume a week or so ago!
The animation for Death Note looked really good. Death Note is pretty much a license to print money, so it’s no surprise that a big budget went into this anime.
One thing I noticed is that Ryuuk sounds like a normal guy. I figured his voice would be more, I dunno, demony? It just seems weird for that voice to come out of a scary looking shinigami. I guess it’s good that the voice actor isn’t overacting the part at least.
The OP and ED are both done by a group called “Nightmare.” They’re your standard J-Rock songs. They’re both okay, but equally forgettable. It would’ve been nice to have some variety in the OP and ED.
Overall, the Death Note anime certainly looks good. Having already come out with a live action movie, I think they’ll probably get the anime adaptation right. I’ve already read a bit of the manga, so I can probably safely recommend this anime too.