Life and Death. Good and Evil. Right and Wrong. The diametrically opposed sides of the coin of existence. From the conception of time, the debate has been hot – as to the definitions of those concepts, that is. The specific applications and interpretations of those definitions have been further debated. It has been said, we are each the hero in his/her own story. I think because of this, and mankind’s natural depravity, we often formulate our own perceptions of truth and how we are accountable to that truth – regardless of the accuracy of our worldview, we become wholly committed to what we believe. We can talk forever about how we come to such hard-core idealism, but the fact remains that most people would say they are justified in doing the things they do. I doubt Adolph Hitler would have described himself as a villain. I doubt most villains, regardless of the scope of their atrocities, truly consider(ed) themselves to be harbingers of evil. When we examine the lengths to which a person will go to numb their conscience to justify an action, choice, or lifestyle, we can gain a deeper insight into our own justifications. To follow a line of reasoning to it’s logical extreme can be shocking and tragic, especially when we do so in a dramatic and narrative way, but it can also serve as a mirror we can gaze into to check our selves by – to understand whether or not we are on our own path to villainy.
“Death Note” is a Japanese Manga and Anime. I know I am showing my true nerd colors now, but I have to say, it is perhaps one of the most compelling stories I have encountered. Like many great characters of the macabre, the main character, Yagami Light, joins the ranks of whom I like to call “The Masters of Chaos.” He steps in right along side such characters as Christopher Nolan’s “Joker” and William Shakespeare’s “Iago.” A major difference is that we get to see Light’s idealistic decent into the worship of chaos – methodically justifying his actions in order to pursue his broader vision of Utopian peace through absolute power and his own self-deification. The story drives along pretty well, though I would say a portion of the mid-to-later section lags and gets distracted, but it is %100 worth the ride to the end where there is a huge pay-off. I could say more on the issue, but I’m not a big fan of spoilers. Let me just say, like any great story, the ending is everything.
Here are some musical highlights of the show. I find the score to be very thought provoking. Good music to write by.
I love this particular anime, it’s among my favorites.
I am rather selective in my anime shows, and I consider this to be the best. I know there are others I have yet to explore that I understand are excellent, but Death Note is dear to me.
Death Note is an especially good one, I’d highly recommend Code Geass if you haven’t seen it yet.
It looks cool! I’ll have to check it out.