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Well, unlike the DN fanboys, I spotted the immediate problems in the story, which seems pretty big considering that Light and L are geniuses.
It got off to a strong start, with twists in the story being explained logically step-by-step, and without any repetitiveness. However, it began to get more and more illogical as the story went on. Someone watching the show might not realise it, but if you put yourselves in the charcters shoes and say 'What would L/Light do now?', you'll see that it gets more and more rediculous. If you want clarification, send me a comment/message, and I'll try and reply.
Seems good at some points, fantastic at others, and mediocre at others. Overall, pretty good with effects like the shaking camera and uses of shadows and colours. Some character art seems questionable (N and M), but overall pretty good.
Death Note stands out here. The Gregorian chanting while Lights writes in the death note reallly sets the mood, and the drums and violins complement each other during dramatic scenes. Different instruments are for different moods (e.g. piano = waiting), but are not used so often that you get sick of it.
At the beginning, you can predict the kind of people L and Light are. But as time goes on, you realise that they have different facets. The character designs for almost every charcter is really good, from Watari to Matsuda to L himself. Only N and M look out of place.
I loved the first part of the show, but like I said, it gets more illogical until you want to strangle L yourself for not realising the obvious.
Definately worth watching, regardless of the plot holes. It makes you challenge yourself to ask 'What would I do if I had a Death Note?' read more
First of all, the story as a whole is VERY mediocre: boy loses father, boy gets revenge on fathers killer, etc. It's like something from Daredevil. But the thing that really, REALLY pisses me of is this: he hardly ever fights humans. Seriously. He fights killer robots, humanoids and weird monks (one armed with a bazooka!), and finally a guy with 3 arms.
That is why this series comes off as poor.
However, this is saved by the excellent animation with unique styling and excellent sounds. The artwork is great, and the voice acting by Samuel L Jackson adds the extra bad-assery that the show needs.
The charaters were pretty bad. You know how I feel about the enemies, but even Afro-Samurai is badly portrayed. He's a 2D character, and the writers thought that if loads of bad stuff happened to someone, I'll automaticly feel sorry for him and be on his side. No, it doesn't work like that.
Overall, not a series worth avoiding, but only because it's so short. There are plently of better anime to watch in the mean time. read more