The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes. The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.
The story is about an intelligent young adult called Light Yagami, who despises injustice. He also wishes to end crime in the world and create a utopia in which he is the god. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers the Death Note on the floor of his school, a notebook that was used by Dead Gods (Shinigami – Japanese mythological creatures) to take a human life upon writing its name on it. The notebook comes with rules so he can know how to work with it. There are other rules that are revealed as the story develops, usually in the form of chapter title pages. After some experiments with the Death Note, Light realizes the notebook’s authenticity and encounters the previous owner, a dead god called Ryuk. Light explains to Ryuk his plan of exterminating all the criminals in the world, until there are only people who he has judged to be honest and kind. Once he finishes this, he will begin his reign as the god of this new world. Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization and the world-famous detective, “L”. L quickly learns that the serial killer, publicly known as “Kira” is located in Japan and can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and begins a cat and mouse game with L.
Death Note was listed as the 51st best animated show in IGN’s Top 100 Animated Series.
This animation really caught my attention for its great art, strong characters and story. The drama and tension between the two main characters is so intense, that I found myself addicted to this show.