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Clever and engaging. Spoiler alert here perhaps...
on 26 April 2017
I am fairly new to anime, coming to this by way of Black Butler, Fullmetal Alchemist and Yuri on Ice and I have enjoyed this a lot despite being disappointed with the death of a major character but at least this dismay means that I did engage with some characters. The Shimigami are excellent as are Light, L and Near as they become 3 dimensional with their own foibles. When Near gets his turn to play Sherlock Holmes(metaphorically), he strategises while playing with toys on the floor and interestingly reminds us so much of his (Brother?) without the relationship being clearly stated.
Sometimes I have a problem with high pitched screaming female voices in anime. I couldn't watch Fairytale for this reason. However Misa is ok and I had sympathy for her despite some dumb moves!
I will say that the show comes to the brink of stabbing itself in the foot with its own cleverness when the rules of the Deathnote become so complicated during the second half of the set but it does stick to its own rules so in the end I decided that this meant a second watching is warranted rather than just feeling frustrated.
Definitely recommended if you enjoy a complex story that you have to concentrate on and where characters are not always black and white but display light and dark sides.