A lot of people think of Misa Amane but I think she has a lot of strong points. I actually prefer her over Kiyomi Takada. In the end, Light used both of them. This is a side of him that I despise. They were his victims.
Demegawa, on the other hand, is the type of person who places money above human lives. He doesn’t care about anybody else unless he has something to gain. I find these kinds of the people especially irritating.
For those of you who don’t remember, he was the director of Sakura TV. He was a scammer who claimed that he was Kira’s supporter. I highly doubt that. In the end, he was killed off by the Death Note.
“Relatable” and “Ideal” are not the same. For me, anyway.
Ideal Character: L Lawliet
L is the best detective in the world. He has “rivals” (detectives) but they are actually all him. He created those fake identities. Near, Matt, and Mello are geniuses as well, but they can only surpass L if they work together. L is one of a kind. You can’t find anyone else in the world like him.
Relatable Character: Touta Matsuda
While I wish I was a master detective like L, sadly I am just an ordinary human being. Matsuda is an ordinary character. He’s a police rookie but he has good morals. He’s the youngest and most inexperienced one on the team but he’s good to have around. Matsuda is a little clumsy but he can be useful sometimes.
The ordinariness is killing me. I hate it.
I wrote a post titled, “Ordinary Person.” It talks more about this topic. You can read it here.
This is unrelated, but spam comments are getting super annoying. I had to disable comments on a post because I had more than 70 spam comments on that post! They kept coming every single day.
I check through my spam folder because I sometimes see comments made by my blogger friends. It’s rare but it happens, unfortunately. Yomu recently wrote a post on AI generated posts, which reminded me of this. These bots… =_=
My favourite L moment is when L tricked Kira on live television. He effectively proved to the world that 1) Kira exists, 2) Kira does not need to be there in-person to do the killings, 3) Kira could not kill L (Therefore, Kira probably needs a name and a face), and 4) Kira is in the Kanto region of Japan.
There were so many wins in that episode. L knew that Kira was childish and used that against him by talking about justice. Light lost his composure and messed up. L won that round.
In Day 1, I said that Light is my favourite character. That doesn’t mean that I am on his side. I don’t feel upset when Light loses to L. Unlike the shows, Kaiji and Rainbow, I do not support a certain side. I just like watching Death Note.
I love Light and L’s game of cat and mouse. One of my favourite Light moments is when he created an alibi.
A bit of context: After Light learned that there were surveillance cameras in his house, he remained calm, thought of a way to get Ryuk to search for the cameras, and then came up with an alibi.
Not only did he successfully execute his plan, the way the scene is framed is very interesting. The music is intense. This scene is also known as the infamous “potato chip” scene in Death Note. I feel like people often poke fun at this scene due to how dramatic it is (understandably so) but it’s a great scene.
My favourite character is Light Yagami, but only in the beginning. I’m not saying that I agree with Light’s vision nor am I saying that his crimes are justified. We know right from the start that Light is a villain because he is the main character. We follow him around and know what he is thinking. We quickly learn that he is a genius. He is a brilliant protagonist.
We also see him succumb to evilness as the story progresses. He loses himself as Light and Kira “takes over.” I think I like Light but I do not like his Kira side, if that makes sense. Kira has no regard for Light’s family. Below is a clip of Kira’s infamous laugh from the last episode. Notice how the video is titled “Kira’s Laugh” and not “Light’s Laugh.”
So I’ve been wanting to blog more but the hard part was not knowing what to blog about. Then a memory randomly resurfaced. I distinctly remembered being interested in a blogging challenge back in June 2018. Well, better late than never… right?
The blogging challenge is the 15 Days of Death Note Challenge by Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner. Blogging for 15 days in a row is a little ambitious for me but I’ll try. I’ll start today.
In other news, Moya has been sending me nightly reminders to sleep on time. I’m not joking.
I’ve been using Moya’s service for three days now. She is timely, consistent, and professional. Oh, and her sleep facts are great.
I just finished the anime and wanted to write down my thoughts about the series overall.
Watching Rainbow was an experience. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster. There were moments of calmness and simple joy. Those moments were disrupted by bumps, twists, and turns. I felt nervous and stressed for most of it. I cried a lot but I also celebrated the successes. I silently prayed and often wanted to take a break from the series. However, there is something about the anime that sucks you right back in.
Rainbow has intense and horrific scenes. It is definitely not for people under 18. In the end, the anime is about perseverance, hopes, and dreams. Most of all, Rainbow is about the unbreakable bond between friends. It takes friendship to another level.
What struck me the most were the characters’ willpowers to live and to fight for their dreams. To fight for their friends and family without any bit of hesitation. They’ve gone through so much. Yet… they are still hopeful. It’s incredibly inspiring. It made me think, what am I even complaining about? Why *do* I feel so blue?
Rainbow is not for everybody. If you like Kaiji, then I think you’ll like Rainbow. They’re similar in some ways. I would argue that Rainbow is hopeful and optimistic but do not expect to feel good. Expect to feel all kinds of emotions including sadness and anger. It is an excellent show, an underrated gem.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band – I own all of the Sherlock Holmes novels but this is my favourite Holmes story. It is a locked room mystery. It was scary!
The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (TBR) – This is one of the two stories narrated by Holmes. It’s sitting on my desk.
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Jekyll Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
As a child, I watched the Jekyll and Hyde inspired Bugs Bunny episodes. I fell in love with the musical songs during my second year of university. I bought the book and loved it.
Richard Dawkins – The Selfish Gene (1976; PSYC)
This is a book on evolution. Human nature and selfishness are things I’m super interested in. It was also referenced in the anime, Parayste. You can read my post on it here.
Osamu Dazai – No Longer Human (1948; ASIA)
This is the second best-selling novel in Japan. Dazai committed suicide not long after the book was published. You can read my review here.
Wu Cheng’en – Monkey (Earliest known edition was published in 1592; ASIA)
This is also known as The Journey to the West. Like most Chinese people, I grew up watching the live-action adaptations of the folk tale. It is regarded as one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. You can read my review of the first part here.
Marie Kondo – Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (2016; SELF-HELP/ASIA)
This self-help book works. I started tidying up midway through the book! You can read my review here. Marie Kondo also has a show on Netflix.