Death Note - Volume 1 (Episodes 1-8) [DVD]
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The first eight episodes of the supernatural thriller based on the manga by writer Tsugumi Ohba. Bored student Light Yagami's life is turned upside down when he finds himself holding the power of life and death in his hands in the form of the Death Note, a notebook dropped into the human realm by Ryuk, a rogue Shinigami god of death. With any human dying when his name is entered into the book, Light decides to rid the world of evil by killing off criminals in a one-man vigilante action. Soon, however, Light's actions come to the attention of the police and a mysterious investigator named 'L', who promises to track down Light and bring him to justice. Episodes comprise: 'Rebirth', 'Confrontation, 'Dealings', 'Pursuit', 'Tactics', 'Unravelling', 'Overcast', 'Glare'.
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The protagonist of this anime, Light Yagami happens to come across the death note which was dropped by a bored Shinigami or death God. He soon discovers that the note has the power to kill any person in the world if their name is written in it; so long as the victims face is in mind at the time. On top of that the death note allows the user to determine the cause of death and many other things. If the cause of death is not stated, the victim will just die of a heart attack. Light is accompanied by he creepy and mysterious Ryuk; the shinigami who dropped the death note. Only Light can see and hear Ryuk. He acts as a spectator to Lights' use of the death note
Light, embracing the Death notes power, decides to use it to cleanse the world of all criminals in order to create a utopia that he himself will be God of. However, the morality of Lights' actions is a major theme for this anime. Astonished by the bizarre murders, the Japanese police aquire the help of the mysterious agent known as L (who has never failed to solve a case) in order to catch and bring Light to justice. What ensues is an epic thriller, full of unbelievable twists and turns, with L and Light locked in a deadly game of 'cat and mouse'. This is very enjoyable to watch as you are constantly guessing about who will win. These episodes seem timeless. I found myself watching all 8 episodes in a night because it was just so addictive to watch.Read more ›
For starters, the animation is very fluid, and also includes some very impressive camera work; additionally, the characters are all detailed and well drawn. There are also some really nice cinematic touches (in the closing credits for example, it's drawn like an old film roll), and the whole thing is a pleasure to watch.
As the other reviews here state, the story is uniformly brilliant. Without giving too much away, high school student Light Yagami picks up a book (the Death Note) dropped by a bored death god, and, having discovered its powers, decides to rid the world of criminals by killing them all. His actions do not go unnoticed however, and detective 'L' vows to catch the person behind the criminals' murders. The story briefly touches on the morality of what Light is doing, but the main attraction here is the cat and mouse game between Light and the L, with each trying to outwit the other. It's well paced and well written, and crucially has the 'I'll just one more episode...' feeling in abundance. Gripping stuff.
The opening and closing themes were written by J-rockers Nightmare and put the music of most western bands to shame; the incidental music throughout really gives each scene bucketloads of creepy, uncertain atmosphere.
As far as languages are concerned, you have the choice of English, Japanese, or Japanese with English subtitles. As per usual, the Japanese with subtitles is superior to the English dub; however, the English is not as bad as in most anime. The subs are always readable against the backgrounds, and are a fairly accurate translation of the Japanese.Read more ›
I usually buy region 1 discs but this is better than the region 1 release because its got 8 episodes and is only £12.
I only watch anime subtitled so this is based on the Japanese version.
The opening and ending have english credits and disc 1 also includes a clean opening and closing.
The subtitles are yellow and easy to read.When Light writes in the Death Note it is translated and signs are too so there are no problems and its also cheap so there is no excuse for not owning these dvds!
It will be interesting to see how the story develops in future volumes.
The anime was as amazing as ever. I just sat through all the episodes on the first two DVDs, also watching all the extras, and I never once felt like I was forcing myself to watch old material. The fact that I can re-read and re-watch Death Note again and again without feeling bored says a lot about the quality, especially when you consider how much dialogue Death Note has. It truly is an all time classic, one that should be talked about in 100's of years like The Count of Monte Cristo.
In order to make the experience a little different, I watched my DVDs with the American dub instead of watching it in Japanese. It has a very high quality dub, one of the most impressive dubs I've heard in fact. L's voice actor nails the role, keeping his voice emotionless yet not making the character come across as inhuman. Naomi Misora, a character who doesn't have much screen time but has a lot of fan love, also had a voice actress who was able to fit the sombre role to perfection. Nearly every other performance was also very good, Ryuk's voice actor being able to match the Japanese voice actor when it comes to creepy laughter.
...However, there was one problem with a performance, and it was one I expected would be an issue before watching - Light's voice actor. He didn't do a bad job but his voice just didn't seem fitting for the self proclaimed "God of the new world" known as Light Yagami. He sounded like no more than an above average American.Read more ›
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Death Note series is an epic series. It kept me attached throughout the series. A well presented series.Published 22 months ago by Mr. S. Riaz
The storyline plot is extremely well written with every detail being thought of meticulously.
As soon as you start watching this, you won't want to stop!
This series is one of the most gripping Anime series ever! All reviews of this are highly rated. Don't take my word for it. Check it out. Brilliant!Published on 10 Dec. 2010 by toomuchvimto
I've had this for a couple of years now and ended up buying every dvd series as soon as they were released. Read morePublished on 23 July 2010 by Aid1987
I'm working backwards through Deathnote - I watched the films first, now the anime, and then I intend to then watch the Manga books which started it all! Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2010 by @GeekZilla9000
An Abosolute great, came in great time and there wasn't a scratch in place. Thanks!Published on 6 Jan. 2010 by Rachel
When people talk about Viz media and Shonen Jump you will find that Naruto and Bleach take up most of the attention and although these are two trully great series (naruto... Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2009 by Mr. S. L. Sellicks-chivers