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October 28th, 2007

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01:36 am - I am now craving apples. And chocolate.
So, I have now gone and finished reading the Death Note manga (It was my reward to myself for getting both this week's assignments done)

And I must say, all in all, I really liked it. Perhaps it isn't quite the level of love I have for FMA, but still rather a lot of love going on.

Especially for Light. I less-than-three Light. He's an evil sociopathic egocentric bastard, but he's so entertaining, I love him so.

Though I must admit, I'm mildly disappointed that it was Near of all people that got him in the end. Which is mainly due to the fact that of all the leads, Near was the one who interested me least.

I mean, L was utterly adorable, and Mello kicked major arse (even if he looked more like a girl than half the female characters did), but Near just didn't interest me much. He did grow on me after a while though - especially giving Mello all that credit at the end.

Also, Light bb? Plz be reading the Evil Overlord List. When you're cornered really isn't the best time for discussions of your moral motivations.

Actually, now that I mention it, I was somewhat disappointed in the final showdown. I mean the very end with the shooting and Ryuk and all was cool, but the fact that it seemed mostly devoted to tl;dr speechifying and monologuing from both Light and Near? Less than interesting. I signed on for cunning plans, dammit!

Anyhoo, my thoughts on the main characters in summary:

Light: As mentioned above, so much love. He's a horrible person but a brilliant character, and I was rather wanting him to win. Knew it would never happen, but it would have been so interesting (Yes, you can so point me to that AU right now)

L: Adorable. I'm not entirely sure I understand him, but he was fun, especially with all the him vs Light chapters (Yes, I can totally see the slash there. They were handcuffed together, for Christ's sake!). I rather wish he'd hung around longer because he's more interesting than Near.

Misa: I am oddly fond of Misa. I don't know why I like her, I just do. Yeah, she's not the brightest bulb around, and is scary possessive, but I found her oddly cute. And she wasn't nearly as stupid as some people seemed to think, judging by some of her actions.

Mello: You may look like a girl, but you kick total arse. And you should never feel second best when I'm concerned, bb.

Near: Eh. Not really a character that interested me much, though asking whatshisface to come back to New York just to be in first class with him was oddly endearing. As was giving the credit to Mello at the end.

Ryuk: Just plain fun, basically. Gotta love a shinigami with an apple fetish.

And the others: Matsuda was adorable, bless him. Mikami: Really, really really hot. I have no other thoughts on Mikami. Except that the "Delete" thing gave me Cyberman flashbacks

So, well, yeah. That's My Thoughts on Death NoteTM. Now for the same deal as last time: I wants recs. Fic, vids, fanart and most especially icons.

I must seek out the anime at some point, too.

*sighs* And I have a headache for some unknown reason now.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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Date:October 27th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
The anime is gvery ood, but it can't really compare with the manga. Or at least the first part can't. I haven't seen the second half.

I thought most of the stories past the timeskip (so those involving Near and Mello) were a bit too much of the same thing as the first 66 or so chapters. Still exciting, but not as good as the run with L.

Matsuda is indeed adorable, and the *real* hero, of the story, in a way. :-) At least he's the only one to survive the whole thing basically untainted and willing to go on doing his best.

Misa is a lot smarter than she usually comes off looking, but that's mainly because her intelligence is so focused on one single thing it's scary.

I sorta didn't really want Light to win, but I still found the way he lost a bit disappointing. I mean, Ryuk did exactly what he said he'd do, but forty seconds of shame and freezing terror was far too little punishment for the havoc Light has wreaked over the years. Then again, I don't know what *would* have been sufficient punishment.

Also, IIRC, there is now still a Death Note in existence, and in the hands of Near. I'm not sure how happy I should be about that.

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Date:October 28th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
You haven't seen the second part of the anime? Any particular reason for that?

Yeah, some of the second part was a bit samey (or at least, Near seemed to be re-enacting L's moves a bit. Mello, not so much, which is possibly why I liked him - he wasn't as strategically clever, but he was doing something different. And, he got results.)

True, about Matsuda. And I'm fascinated by that bit in the very last chapter when he's theorising that Mikami might have been controlled.

Very true about Misa.

I think I would have liked Light to have been actually out-thought. I mean, I liked that he was gotten by an option he hadn't considered, but that was more down to Mikami fucking up than a flaw of his own, you know what I mean. Light was plenty arrogant enough to screw up on his own account.

Didn't Matsuda mention at the end that as soon as Near found the destroying the Note rule was fake, he burnt it. Matsuda thought Near was covering up for having Mikami in control, but I can't recall if that meant burning both Notes, or just one.

Also, who knows how many little scraps of Death Note paper people have lying around...

And I'm still looking for some good icons, dammit!
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Date:October 28th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
No real reason for not seeing the second part of the anime. At first, we (= Me+BF) missed a week or two because the subbers were a bit slow (this is not meant as a complaint about the subbers, though), and then things were busy, so we got behind. Then finally when and then we just lost interest, really. Also, we'd already seen the (IMO) best part anyway.

Also, this is an anime you really have to be in the mood for watching. It's not exactly light viewing like most.

I thought Near burned two notebooks, one fake, one real. That means he still has one left. BICBW. It's been a while since I read the thing, and exciting as it was the first time, I don't really feel the urge for a reread.

Sorry, can't help you out with Death Note icons. :-( But check fanficrants, especially (of course) the DN rants. I've seen a lot of users there with DN icons. Maybe they can point you in the direction of more appropriate comms.

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Date:October 28th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
I see, I see. I just want to see a few episodes to start out with, really. If I like it, then I can toddle over to Animasia, which has box sets for decent prices. And I get a discount, so yay on that.

It wasn't entirely clear on the matter, I don't think. And given all the fakes and all going around, it's entirely possible some of what was burnt was fake, which does lead to nasty wonderings about Near..

Well, I have one icon at the moment (Of Light being a smirky bastard, bless him). Shall keep an eye out for more.
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Date:October 28th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
There's a box set for Death Note out already? Wow, that series moves fast. I wish whoever's got the rights for Ouran (High School Host Club) would get off their backsides and bring that out on DVD too. I've been yearning for that one ever since seeing it (though I'm not sure it would be your thing. Just venting.)

That's a lovely icon of Light, indeed.

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Date:October 28th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure how official it is, but I do know when I went in to buy FMA, they had just gotten in the complete Death Note (two box sets, I think). It was on the new releases shelf, anyway.

The fandom needs to be wanked again, so I can get recs for funny icons.
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Date:October 28th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
And another one! Because Mikami is hot, dammit!

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