The Death Note Movies

So, after watching the Death Note anime I followed up with the Death Note movies:

1. Death Note
2. Death Note – the last name
3. L – Change the world

Well, the third one doesn’t really belong to the main story of the Death Note, it’s more of a spin-out sequel about the character L. In the Death Note narrative, L is a legendary detective who decides to catch “Kira”, the person who kills people with the Death Note.

L (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) likes sweets. Not an ordinary detective... ^_-

L (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) likes sweets. Not an ordinary detective… ^_-

So, which is best. The anime or the movies?

I must say… the anime. Maybe ’cause I saw it first, but I believe it presented the whole story so much better. In comparison, the movies felt squeezed and a bit flat? That doesn’t mean that the movies were bad, no, I found them really entertaining and I recommend everyone to watch them. After all, the anime is ~14 hours all together. It can’t be that easy to narrow it down to 2 movies.

The anime and the movie ends in different ways though, which I first found a bit irritating. The director also more or less skipped the whole ending of the anime so characters as central as L was excluded. But then again, the story had to be reduced with 10 hours so I guess that was necessary.

I believe the narrative was much more complex in the anime than in the movies. In a way it was a bad thing since I sometimes got so confused so I found it hard to concentrate. But in another way, it felt more interesting.

Anyway, the most interesting characters were there and the actors did an amazing job. The leading character, Yagami Light, was played by Tatsuya Fujiwara. You’ve probably seen him as “the nice kid” in “Battle Royal”.

Tatsuya Fujiwara as Yagami Light, here in company with L and Misa Misa.

Tatsuya Fujiwara as Yagami Light, here in company with L and Misa Misa.

The story contains occult elements with shinigami’s – death gods – and as always when 3d models appear in movies, I start to criticize movements, lip synchronizing, texture, lightning and so on. But that’s just a bad habit from work. They were actually quite OK and after a while I got so hooked up by the story so I stopped thinking about it. I bought it. It was good!

Ryuk - a shinigami who loves apples.

Ryuk – a shinigami who loves apples.

And now, when anime and movies are consumed… I miss the characters, especially the cute and smart L, played by Ken’ichi Matsuyama (born 1985). I got so fascinated by this actor, so I’ve decided to see more movies with him. I think I’m gonna start with “Nana” or “Don’t laugh at my romance”.

Btw, if you also like Asian movies and need some tips then take a look at this blog: Asian Otaku.

Tonight, I’m gonna watch some horror! ^^

Only 20 days left to Japan trip… SUGOI!

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