I finished rewatching the anime Death Note the other day. I haven’t watched it since it first aired back in 2007. I tried reading the manga after having watched the anime the first time, but it was a bit boring since I knew what would happen. By the time I rewatched the anime, I had forgotten a lot of things. I still remembered the story in big strokes, but there were still details that surprised me (again).

For those who haven’t watched it, it’s about an intelligent but bored guy who finds a note book that has been dropped into the human world by a death god. He discovers that if he writes the someone’s name in the book, they die. He decides to rid the world of “rotten” people, starting with violent criminals. He envisions a perfect new world, where he’ll be the god. When it becomes known that criminals are dropping dead like flies, the police and international security agencies try to track down the one behind the deaths (named Kira by the people). They bring in a super intelligent investigator going by the name “L”, to help in the search for Kira.

I really dig the battle of minds between Kira and L. It’s a very clever story and the concept of the Death Note gives it an interesting setting. The first ten-something episodes are the best, in my opinion, as we get to see the “birth” of Kira and how L closes in on him. The cerebral battle between two very intelligent persons who both try to predict the other person’s actions is quite exciting.

A lot of ground is covered in the first episodes. Just a few episodes contain what would normally be an entire season’s worth of investigations, theories, conclusions and twists.

Then, towards the end, it feels a bit like the story is constantly trying to top itself by adding twists to the twists that were added to the other twists to the story. It’s still good though. One of the best anime series I’ve watched.

While Kira is very intelligent, he’s not all that smart. He gets pulled into L’s game and bends over backwards trying to win elegantly. It’s as if the game is more important/thrilling to him than being Kira.

I downloaded this to give to a friend of mine, to whom I’ve recommended the anime before, but I doubt he’s watched it yet. I just watched one episode, then I couldn’t stop :) .