Month: July 2015

Death Note Anime Review

Hello there! How are you? I’m sorry that there has been no blog post for about two weeks, but I was on holidays, and I am super lazy on my holidays, even more so then I already am. But that was the past. This is the now!  Let’s get on with this slightly rambly review of the incredibly popular DEATH NOTE, and vomit some of my opinions into your brain. BEGIN!

Story

Death Note is the story of Light Yagami, an incredibly bored high school student and genius (because of course he is) who one day notices a notebook FALL FROM THE SKY! But this is no ordinary note book, this book is the the titular DEATH NOTE, a book that enables it’s user to kill a person with a heart attack, simply by writing their name in this book. But where did this notebook come from you say? Well, as a matter of fact, it was dropped there by Ryuk, a shinigami (death god) who is also incredibly bored, and wants to cause a bit of chaos in the human world.  When Light initially discovers the book, he dismisses it as an elaborate prank, but after testing it on a criminal on TV and discovering it works, he decides that , after a bit of horrified awe and denial, he is now JUSTICE, and will be the god of a new world of peace and order. But not everyone likes this, one of those people being our other primary protaganist L, the worlds greatest detective. I could tell you more, but I’ll refrain from doing so as it will bog down this already way too long paragraph. What you really need to know is that what follows is a series of pshycological battles between our two primary protaganists, and it is immensely entertaining. Well, at least until the last 17 episodes. Then the show does a thing that pissed a lot of people off, and takes a flip and goes even more batshit insane. 

Over all, I found the story of Death Note to be highly entertaining, especially the first 20 episodes or so, where all the mind games and insanity happens. There’s alway some kind of twist or cliffhanger that will make you want to keep watching, and watching, and watching, right up to the highly controversial twist kind of thing, where the show becomes, depending on who you’re talking to, a horrible hell spawn of a thing, or becomes even better then it already was. Personally, I didn’t mind that second arc, though it definitely wasn’t as good as the first. Either way, I found the story to be very enjoyable, even with its flaws.

Grade: A

Characters

The characters of Death Note are, for the most part, pretty great. Our anti-hero, Light, is one of the most enjoyably horrible characters that I have ever had the pleasure of viewing, with his crazed laughter and grand plans. As well that, unlike one of his closest counterparts in anime, Lelouch Vi Britannia, he is pretty much irredeemably horrible, yet strangely your probably going to find yourself rooting for him more then once, as, like most psychopaths, he is incredibly charismatic. Though that could be because of Ryuk, the shinigami who hangs around Light for the vast majority of the show. Ryuk is arguably the best character in the show, providing some much needed comedic relief, as well dropping exposition dumps about all the various rules of the Death Note.

And finally, we have L, the worlds greatest detective. L is calm, controlled, and secretive. The vast majority of his prior life is kept secret, to the point that even his true name is never revealed. He is also highly eccentric because reasons,sitting strangely and having an affinity for sugary things being some of his more recognisable traits. He’s on slightly higher moral ground then Light, but like most of the characters in this show, he can be kind of awful at times as well. He’s also a lot of a fun to watch.

I don’t have time to cover the entirety of the supporting cast, but just go forth knowing that for the most part, they are pretty great. Except Near. Screw Near.

Grade: A

Animation

The visuals for Death note are absolutely great. There’s not much else I can say about them other then that. The designs are creative, it’s supremely well directed, and it’s generally just a massive pile of win.

Sound

The music for Death Note is appropriately dramatic. It contains lots of Latin choirs and orchestral sounding music that fit the show very well. My only problem with it being that some times it can get a little silly, with the most blatant example of this being the infamous potato chip scene, where Light eats a potato chip in dramatic slow motion with the quote on quote “epic” music playing. I presume the creators intended this to be dramatic but it just comes off as absolutely hilarious. There are several moments like this, but they sort of just add to the show’s charm. Also, I would be much remissed to not mention the shows second opening. I do not know what kind of drugs the animators were on when they made this, and the same goes for the musicians. What I do know, however, is that it’s freaking amazing. And the first opening’s pretty good as well.

In regards to sub vs dub, it really is a matter of personal preference. In some regards, I do prefer the dub, mainly for the portrayals of L and Ryuk, but the sub has Mamoru Miyamo as Light, and Mamoru Miyamo is frigging amazing. So, in the end, it’s up to you.

Grade:

Music: B

Dub: A

Sub: A

Entertainment Value

When it’s at it’s best, Death Note is extremely entertaining, particularly the physcological battles between our two main characters. And even after the main twist, the show is still enjoyable. Perhaps not as much as the first arc, but still good nonetheless.

Grade: A

Final Verdict

Death note is pretty awesome. While it’s not permanently excellent at all times, it is highly entertaining. The animation is stellar, the characters are insane, the plot is gripping. And I guess should also say something about the ending. To summarise my thoughts briefly without actually spoiling it, I didn’t think it was that bad. It could’ve ended better sure, but I can’t think how. Anyway, in the end, you have here a very enjoyable series. I highly recommend it.

Overall Grade: A

Until the next post!

Code Geass Review AKA Hypocrisy to the Max

Message from the future Tune. This review is not very well written and is sort of shit. I do not like the show in question as much as I did when I wrote this. I still recommend it but it is not as good as I make it out to be. Also I ripped some passages from the amazing Glass Reflection subconsciously because I was bad at thinking of words to express my opinions. Please go check him out if you’re not already aware of him as he is excellent. Ok I think that’s it. Enjoy this shitty review.

So, do you, dear reader, remember the other day when I reviewed an anime called Sword Art Online? You know, the one that I thoughts was, frankly, a bit shit? Well, the reason I wrote that review was because my good friend Dunn (not his real name) who has his own site which I’m now obligated to plug (dunnstheorys.wordpress.com) was going on about it, saying that it was his favourite anime, nay, favourite TV SHOW, and that it was THE GREATEST ANIME EVER (I may be slightly misquoting him) . And I gave him shit for being a fanboy and not having a critical eye and bladibladi blah. Well guess what I’m about to do?

I’M ABOUT TO REVIEW MY FAVOURITE SHOW.

LET THE HYPOCRISY BEGIN!

First, Story

Ok, as I’ve done before, I’m not going to be delving into Code Geass’s story due to a massive amount of laziness and also being really bad at describing stuff in writing. So, I’ll just lay my opinions on you without any kind of summary.

The story of Code Geass, is to put it quite frankly, a blast. In lots of regards it feels a lot like the also excellent Death Note, another show which is very dear to my heart, in that that everything that happens in the show feels like it has purpose to the continuing plot, and the repercussions of those actions can be felt ages into the show. This also means there’s no filler and if there’s one thing I hate in anime, it’s FUCKING FILLER. Naming no names, pretty much every shonen series over one hundred episodes.

Grade: A

Next, Characters

I love the characters in this show. I’m also perfectly aware that at least 50 percent of them are the biggest hams out, but I couldn’t care less. They are awesome to watch, especially the main protaganist LELOUCH VI BRITTANIA, a character so incredibly DRAMATIC that , as I have stated previously, his name must be written in ALL CAPS. The best way I can describe Lelouch is Light Yagami, but with even more maniacal laughter and dramatic arm waving, as well as being 100 percent more FABULOUS.

The supporting cast is also great, with pretty much all of the characters who have more then one line rolls getting a decent to massive amount of character development. And you know how much I love character development. *cough cough, SAO, cough cough*

Grade: A

Animation

The animation for Code Geass is absolutely stunning. The action scenes look awesome and crisp, it’s colourful and everything on screen pops. The only thing that some people may not like is the character designs. Code Geass has an art style where all the characters are very tall and lanky, which may bother some people. Personally, I liked it, but you should be aware of it. Also there’s the obligatory mention of the slightly irritating fanservice, though I will give the show props for having both female and male fanservice, something that lots of shows neglect to do.

Grade: A

Sound

I’ll start off by talking about the music here. The music for Code Geass is, like the rest of the show, bombastic and loud, which is awesome. There’s lots of big brass instruments and dramatic sounding stuff and it’s generally pretty magical. It’s not the best soundtrack I’ve ever heard, but it’s still very good. The only thing that some may dislike is the openings. I personally love all of them except the second opening of season one, though a friend say that they’re actually kinda shit, so there’s that.

Now, the voice acting. The voice acting for Code Geass is awesome, silly, and brilliant all at the same time. That is, if you’re watching in Japanese. If you’re watching it with the English dub, then it’s a blighted hell spawn that should have never existed.

So yeah, watch it with subs.

Grade:

Music: B

Voice acting:

Subs: A

Dub: D

Entertainment Value

Code Geass is entertaining in the same way that shows like Death Note are entertaining, and yes, I will keep referencing these two because they are incredibly similar. It’s a ton of fun to watch somebody think they’re the cleverest person in the whole world and then have their plans slowly crumble beneath their feet. Combine that with the awesome action scenes (something Death Note doesn’t have), INSANE characters and gripping plot, you have yourself a hugely entertaining show.

Grade: A

Final Verdict:

In the end, I adore this show. As well as all the reasons above there’s also the shows beautiful ending, which I have discussed previously ( shameless plug ). In the end, I cannot recommend Code Geass enough, though as a fan boy, I’m kind of obligated to. If it sounds awesome from what you’ve heard here or some other place, WATCH IT. If it sounds kinda shit, just give it a try, you might just be surprised.

Overall: A

Code Geass is available on DVD and Bluray from Funimation Entertainment. BUY ALL OF IT. NOW. GO.

ALL HAIL LELOUCH VI BRITANNIA.