A 5-disc box set containing the first 20 episdoes of Death Note! — Meet Light Yagami, a brilliant but bored high school student whose life is changed when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or... more » god of death, named Ryuk. When Light discovers that any human whose name is written in the book dies, he vows to use its power to rid the world of evil. But every action has its consequences, and Light soon finds himself in a life or death battle of wits with the mysterious genius detective called L. Humanity itself becomes the battleground to determine what form of justice will prevail!
What if you could kill someone simply by writing their name in a book while thinking of them? What if that book fell into the wrong hands? When Light Yagami finds the Death Note and learns of its power he believes he has been chosen to create a new world. As he uses the power of the Death Note to punish criminals, and anyone foolish enough to try and catch him, world famous detective "L" is hot on his trail. The intense battle of wits as these two extremely intelligent adversaries try to out fox each other is worth watching in any language, Japanese or English. This series is nail biting as it makes you question your beliefs in right and wrong, and stunning in its ability to keep one step ahead of your expectations.
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An anime DVD Box Set worth owning!
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 11/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first caught "DEATH NOTE" on television. I've heard so many impressive things in regards to the storyline and also saw the series featured on NPR. To get the critical acclaim that it has worldwide, this series must be special.
And special is what "DEATH NOTE" truly is. From beginning to end, this series has just grabbed my attention because of its well-written cat vs. mouse storyline.
"DEATH NOTE" is a 37-episode TV series that was created by Studio Madhouse and featured on Japanese television in 2006-2007 and featured in the US in 2007-2008. The series has spawned a popular manga series, a novel, three live action films and has captured the attention of anime and non-anime fans worldwide.
The series focuses on the character of a very smart high school student named Light Yagami. Bored with his life, he comes across the "Death Note" that has special instructions that if one was to write their names on the Death Note, the person would die. They would die of a heart attack if there were no instructions on how the person is to die. Or die the way the person possesing the Death Note wrote down.
The Death Note is from a Shinigami (death god) named Ryuk who seems to be bored in his own world and thus starts to enjoy how a person like Light starts to use the Death Note.
For Light (who goes by the name Kira), starts out using the Death Note by writing the names of criminals. He starts to win supporters due to his ideology of creating a new world without these criminals. But with so many deaths occuring, the police and the International community begin to fear this serial killer. And along the way, Light is suspected by the police as a person of interest (a person who could be "Kira") and then Light starts to use his Death Note on those who are onto him.
Thus a mysterious detective named L is assigned to the case and the series becomes a compelling storyline of will L find a way to catch Light Yagami or will Light Yagami kill L first? Two geniuses trying to outwit the other in a thrilling storyline that is so unique, I'm confident in saying that it's one of the most original anime to come out in the last decade.
The volume 1 box set features on the first half of the series (twenty episodes, five DVDs, four episodes per disc) as Light Yagami (Kira) moves forward to create his new world, while L and the Kira Task Force try to stop him. Also, that there may be another person in the world who may possess a second Death Note as well.
AUDIO & VIDEO:
"Death Note" was a TV series and I found the animation to be quite cool as it showcased a dark, stylish feel to it. Featuring a good dose of J-rock and style to it's overall presentation, Studio Madhouse did a wonderful job in this series and bringing out the illustrations of Takeshi Obata and the storyline of Tsugumi Ohba to television. The dark atmosphere really is well displayed in this anime series.
But the most appealing part of this series is the awesome voice acting. Being the Japanese language purist that I am, I watched the series with Japanese voice acting and it was done very well. But I have to admit that I was really impressed by the English dub voice acting.
Brad Swaile as Light Yagami, Battlestar Galactica actor (Felix Gaeta) Alesandro Juliani, Brian Drummond as Ryuk and Shannon Chan-Kent as Misa did a tremendous job. As did the other English voice actors. A job well done!
Personally, I wasn't sure what kind of "special features" would be included on the DVD box set but you do get a really awesome behind-the-scenes interview with the English voice dub talent. Here are the special features featured on the Volume 1 Box Set:
* Disc 1 - Behind the Scenes with Brad Swaile "Light", Clean Opening and Ending * Disc 2 - Behind the Scenes with Alessandro Juliani "L", Japanese Director and Character Designer Interviewer * Disc 3 - Behind the Scenes with Brian Drummond "Ryuk" * Disc 4 - Behind the Scenes with Shannon Chan-Kent "Misa" * Disc 5 - Behind the Scenes with Chris Britton, Vincent Tong and Trevor Devall "The Kira Task Force"
And on each disc, production art and trailers are featured on each disc. What I enjoyed about the behind-the-scenes footage is that they were lengthy and not super short. You really get a good insight on the actor's take (from the beginning of the series) of their character, the challenges they faced in doing the vocal work and much more. So, it was very cool to have these extras included on each disc.
I can't tell you how awesome this TV series is. "Death Note" is truly special as it really show how power can corrupt but taking that cat versus mouse type of storyline of two geniuses trying to outwit each other.
There are literally so many twists and turns in this anime series that it really captures your attention and has you on the edge of your seat.
As for the DVD box set, I think it's just great that Viz Media chose to feature 20 episodes of the series and sell the box set for a great price! I definitely like Viz Media/Shonen Jump Home Video really doing anime fans a great service by following a US TV Season Box Set style of pricing instead of selling the episodes as separate volumes. You're definitely getting your bang for the buck.
Overall, a well-acted anime series (on both the Japanese and English side of things), cool characters, well-written episodes, stylish animation and a unique, compelling anime series that I highly recommend! A+"
One of the best animes out there
Blitz Patel | Napa, CA, USA | 11/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The hugely popular anime from Japan comes to the U.S. in this season 1 set. I started watching this show when it replaced Bleach in the Saturday night line-up last year and I was really surprised. I can confidently say that this show has the best story of any anime I have ever seen (and will be within the top few of any anime-fan's list). When buying seasons of shows I'm kind of cheap so I try to go by the rule of (at most) $1 per episode. Animes are a little more expensive so I go by $2 per episode. Amazon has lowered their price to allow for it to fall into my range so I was quick to pre-order it; that's just how good it is. The whole series is pretty short, probably 3 or 4 seasons but it definitely ranks within my top three animes (and I'm not a huge fan of anime so even people who aren't will enjoy this series; an awesome story about doing the right thing and stretching its limits to the point that it becomes a threat to the world)."
Really well done drama
K. Coover | 11/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This show is a must see not just for anime fans but for anyone who enjoys well written and well thought out drama. The story follows the young and brilliant Light who happens upon a notebook with the power to kill people. With the best of intentions at heart he sets out to use this new power to create a better, safer world. Unfortunately for him not everyone agrees with his methods and Light soon finds himself under investigation lead by the world's premier super detective know only as "L". The intellectual struggle between Light and L is nothing less than riveting. I was stuck helplessly watching episode after episode because I couldn't wait to see what these two boys were going to come up with next. I also found that Light's decent from good natured student to sociopathic mass murder was really well done and an interesting look at how power corrupts. I'm always reading these reviews to see what people think before I buy stuff but this is the first time I've ever bothered writing one myself. I was just that impressed with this one. Warning though, it is pretty dark and somewhat depressing so if you're looking for happy,happy,feelgood this is probably not your cup of tea. But, if you're looking for a great original storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish then I highly recommend you give this one a try. It's one of the best shows I've seen. "
One of a kind.
.:BryanN:. | California | 11/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So, this box set includes the first 20 episodes out of 37 of Death Note.
This anime is totally different than the one's I usually encountered and watched. It is a mystery/psychological/supernatural genre, the first that I watched in that genre. It is a really, really good series. The story is top-notch, and the production is great. It always has something to keep you at the edge of your seat, literally. It manages to grab my attention all the time, you don't encounter much anime that does that. Everything about it is great.
I dont' regret buying this because it is worthy to be on my collection. And the packaging is great."
One of my favorite anime series
silhouette_of_enchantment | USA | 11/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"of all time. "Death Note" is about Light Yagami, a bored, highly-intelligent, 17-year-old high school student who is the son of a police chief. One day, Ryuk (a Shinigami - "death god"), who is also bored decides to drop a "Death Note" into the human realm. Any person's name who is written in the Death Note either dies, (which depends on whether the cause of death is specified or not.) Light discovers the "Death Note," and wants to become the "God of a New World." Under the alias "Kira", Light uses the note to kill off criminals and "bad people," but his new power quickly corrupts him.L Light begins to kill off law enforcement agents and anyone standing in the way of his goals.
The police and public doesn't know who Kira is, but Ryuzaki (aka L) is -- is a brilliant detective determined to stop Kira's killings and bring him to justice. The battle of wits between Kira and L is intense. The viewer is always left wondering who will outwit the other. But just when the intensity begins to sear, it's lightened unexpectedly with humor (like in the episode "Wager.")
I've already watched this box set more than three times, and replaying favorite episodes or moments from the show.
The episode "Makeshift," sums up the tension between Light and L.
Light asks L/Ryuzaki, staring in his eyes (with conviction), "Ryuzaki, Do you think I'm actually capable of becoming a murderer, Kira?" Light asks, "Even after I help you catch him? Do I seem like that kind of person to you?"
"Yes, you do," Ryuzaki replies calmly, "I've always thought so."
Afterward, the two begin fighting.
Seiyuu (Voice Actor) Brad Swaile strikes the perfect balance of the detestable, likeable faux-squeaky clean as Light Yagami, Alessandro Juliani does a brilliant job of portraying L, Shannon Chan-Knight does a wonderful job as "Misa Amani."