Day 15: What would you do if you got a Death Note?
I’ve actually thought about this question before. Let’s start from what I thought when I was younger (childhood and adolescent years).
When I was younger, I thought that I would keep a Death Note if the shinigami cared about you. For example, the way Rem cared about Misa and even gave up her life to save Misa. Lots of anime protagonists have companions (i.e. Sailor Moon, Hikaru no Go, Shaman King, Cardcaptor Sakura, Shugo Chara, Full Moon o Sagashite). I saw it as the same thing but only if the shinigami cared about you. After all, they are gods of death. I wouldn’t want a menacing shinigami to follow me everywhere. I would not write in it though.
At the time, I thought that a Death Note would be useful for self-defence. I think differently now. What are the chances of actually needing it? Furthermore, you would have to 1) recognize that you’re in danger and be certain of it, 2) have enough time to write down their name, and 3) know their face and name (assuming you don’t have the shinigami eyes). I don’t think we need one for that reason.
If I picked up a Death Note today, I would give it up. If possible, I think I would destroy it because we don’t need such a destructive weapon in the world. No good follows those who use them.
Take Minoru Tanaka from the Special One-Spot from this year. (You can read my review here). He didn’t have a grand vision like Light did. He was more selfish, like most of us. He was smart enough and succeeded in earning a lot of money by selling the Death Note. He was never caught and his memories of the Death Note were erased. Spoiler alert: He meets a bitter end.
That’s a wrap! I actually blogged for 15 days in a row. Next month, I’ll be participating in Inktober. We’ll see how far I go with that. As always, thanks for reading.
My favourite Kira tactic is when Light hid the Death Note.
Let’s say you obtained a Death Note AND you decided to use it. You would need to hide it, right? It’s not realistic to keep it on you at all times. How would you hide it? You can’t just stuff it in your drawer. I mean, you could but that wouldn’t be very smart of you.
Light made a false-bottomed drawer… and put an ordinary diary there. The real Death Note was under the false-bottomed drawer. It’s not hard to figure out there’s a false bottom. But would you expect there to be a false bottom under the false bottom? That’s not all. The best part is that if you realize it and use force to get the second notebook, it’ll go up in flames. If that happens, you’ll see the remains of a notebook. You wouldn’t know it was a Death Note. Light even thought of how to explain it.
There’s a certain way to get the Death Note and you need to use a part from an ink pen. Do you see how smart Light is?
Gevanni is highly underrated. He’s one of my favourite characters.
For those who don’t remember, Gevanni worked for Near. He was the one who replicated the Death Note in one night. Without him, Near probably would not have succeeded.
Gevanni is incredibly talented. He was asked to join Near because of his skills. If he was a character in Danganronpa and younger, I think he would be an Ultimate student.
Kill no one
This is a lose-lose type of question. If I say a name, some people might think that I’m violent or whatever. If I don’t say a name, some people might think that I’m no fun.
Although there’s a handful of characters I don’t like, there isn’t a character I would want to kill. If anything, Kira is the evilest. Funnily enough, Light is also my favourite character (Day 1). Villains are essential to the plot.
Surprisingly, I don’t really have a favourite quote by Light. This one is not bad:
You can’t ever win if you’re always on the defensive. To win, you have to attack.” – Light Yagami
One of the games I’m playing is Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. You play Prisoner’s Dilemma in the game, where you choose “Ally” or “Betray.” It seems that choosing “Betray” often leads to the better outcome. Some food for thought.
This quote makes me think of the survival of the fittest. I’ve talked about this topic a few times. If you’re interested, here are a couple of posts:
This may be surprising to some of you but I think the most epic scene is in the first episode.
It’s the scene where Light explains to Ryuk that he wants to be the god of the new world. He talks about his vision.
Let me just say that I do not agree with Light’s vision. From a moral stance, I do not agree. I also think his way of thinking is flawed and I have a lot of questions.
I bet you that some of the people he killed were actually innocent people. Meaning, they were falsely accused of a crime. It happens.
It seems there is no threshold for the crime. Kira kills them all. I disagree with this. Light has a God complex, which forms the basis of the whole show. As someone who obviously does not have a God complex, his way of thinking is just so irrational to me.
One of his reasons was that it would deter people from committing crimes. It’s not that simple. Unless we address and dismantle the systems that perpetuate inequality, not much will change. We see this after Kira’s death. After he died, things went back to normal… including crime rates.
This scene was the most epic because it made me interested in watching the rest of the series. While I disagree with Kira and think that he is evil, I was curious and wanted to know what he was planning to do next. I like series that show us different perspectives because we learn something new. If we just enjoyed series that aligned with our way of thinking, I think we would quickly become bored.
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.