Sin, the Book of Genesis, and Playing God: a Death Note Analysis!


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!

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Reading Between Reviews: Death Note!

One of the most well-known, notorious anime out there, Death Note has certainly made a name for itself.  Between its manga run, anime adaptation, spin-off movies, video games, TV drama, and even a MUSICAL, Death Note is getting a lot of milage, even in 2016, a decade after the release of the anime.  Does Death Note deserve this attention?  In my opinion, certainly.

Confronting the moral questions that come with the power to kill anyone in the world, Death Note put forth a rarely seen story at the time, putting us into the shoes of a brilliant main character that was blatantly the “bad guy,” as well as having intense conflict without a need for explicit violence.  Death Note is very unique, and stands out in many ways, thanks to its stand-out premise, characters, and themes.  However, all this being said, it has its flaws.

Today, I’ll be going through the anime adaptation of Death Note, looking at everything it has to offer, and offering my opinion on it.  There will be NO SPOILERS in this review, so if you want to enter it blind, don’t worry about a thing.  Regardless of my personal opinion, it is an iconic story, and worth checking out on that alone.  That being said, let’s get into it!

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