WARNING: Religious topics, particularly those discussed in the book of Genesis, will be used in this analysis. If that’s not your cup of tea, skip the post and move on!
What would YOU do, if you had a book that would kill anyone whose name was written in it? This is the dilemma presented to one Light Yagami, who chooses then, to become “Kira,” God of the new world.
Death Note has earned a huge following since its release all the way back in 2006, and for good reason. Providing a very, very unique concept that enthralled the minds of many, the idea of owning a “Death Note,” the series has become an anime legend. In the series, this concept was supplemented by massive amounts of symbolism, adding huge amounts of depth to the series that made it extremely memorable. That being said, I would like to take a quick look at just one of many aspects of the symbolism that can be seen in the series- sin, and how Light’s eventual downfall reflects the Fall of Man.
Despite being based at least partially on research and analysis, this is very much an opinion on how Death Note uses religious concepts, so if you do wish to continue reading, you can take whatever opinions I throw out with a grain of salt. There are many, many ways in which to interpret Death Note, but what’s for certain is that there is certainly meaning to find here. And of course, it might go without saying, but spoiler alert. Without further ado, let’s get into the intricacies that Death Note has to offer us!