Ok as promised I will have a series of interpretations of famous Manga and Anime here in english.
Problem is I cannot assume all my readers no all the Anime and movies that I will reference which is why I will usually do it in two steps:
Weekends I will present the Manga/Anime or what ever that I will analyze, that will give you the chance, to look into it before the actual post comes, or at least give you an overview. At the moment I plan to write the actual article on wednesdays but so far no promises ok?
So I begin with one of my favourite Manga/Anime/japanese Movies ever: Death Note
Deathnote is a a Manga series that ran from 2003 untill 2009, the story was created by Tsugumi Ooba and the art by Takeshi Obata. The Manga had a total o 12 Volumes, but there is also a TV Series with 37 Episodes and two real-film movies which basically cover the story untill the first half, giving it as different ending.
The basic plot is that a shinigami (a death god) called Ryuk
is getting bored in the world of the shinigami, so he decides to use his death note (a black note book shinigami use to kill people, which will prolong their own life span) and threw it on the earth, just to see what happens. The very smart and righteus student and son of a police officer Yagami Light
picks it up and finds it to tell him certain rules on how to use this book:
Although at first he doesn’t take it seriously, he tries it out and finds it actually sais the truth. He can kill using the book. And he does, quiet a lot of people actually but not simply anyone. Because of his righteous nature he decides to kill criminals. But since that is still a crime the police starts investigating and with the police comes Lights real rival: L.
L is a detective and a genius, he never reveals his name and usually also not what he looks like, well until this case that is.
For the first story arch is all about the little game L and Light have in trying to catch each other (since Light need Ls real name to kill him with his note book)
SPOILER ALERT! For all who are genuinly interested in the mangas/Anime now and do not what to know the ending or any other spoilers, better stop reading now!
In this first story arch, which I will mainly focus on in my coming analysis (since that is also the part that has movie adaptations, plus many many readers favor this segment and do not like the other half, including my self) L manages quickly to narrow down who „Kira“, which is the name people gave Light, and quickly Light is included in his list of suspicion, but L simply cannot find any evidence. So he decides to actively confront Light, they meet, and they decide to work together (since Light pretends to be also interested in this case, beeing the son of the police officer in charge!) in reality of course both just regard it as a way to get closer to their goal.
Then a long game of twisted thoughts and traps begins between the two, untill aa second Kira appears.
This second Kira is a girl called Misa who got the death note of a Shinigami that died to protect her (Shinigami are not allowed to use their power to prolong the life of a human, he killed a guy that would have murdered Misa and thus he dyed) and she received it from Rem, another shinigami that was friends with the one who dyed
Misa qickly finds out about Light, since she made a trate with Rem: She got Shinigami eyes by giving half her life span to the shinigami. This means, she can see the lifespan of other people but more importantly, she can see everyones name! She manages by accident to see light who, because he is the owner of a note, has no time span written over his head and she immediatly fall in love with him.
They team up but only shortly after L imprisons Misa for beeing Kira two. Using a trick (I won’t talk in deatail about it, since this post is already so long) Light can convince L of his and her innocence, and in the end even manages through tricks to kill L.
This is the end of the first half, and the part I will concentrate on, for various reasons, some I listed already but also because the analysis shouldn’t get too long and having both story arch in it would simply be too much for this and rather be a bachelor thesis XD
So for the next post, probably on wednesday: I will concentrate on the question: Who or what is the „other“ in this series? Is it Ryuk? Is it Light? Or is it L? I will of course explain the term ‚other‘ and then theorize about it.
I want to emphasize that, as with many literary and cultural study topics this has no „right“ or „wrong“ so if you have a different opinion or reading in this concern than I have I would be happy if you left a comment. ^^