Death Note is a seinen manga by Tsugumi Ouba and Takeshi Obata. It was first published in December 2003 and finished in May 2006. It was then adapted in a 37 episodes anime and 3 live movies.
Summary of the anime Death Note:
Light, a clever japanese high-schooler, is bored. He is bored to death in a rotten world in which he does not recognize or know his place. When he looks outside the classroom through the window, he sees a notebook falling from nowhere in the middle of the school. Half-knowing this is crazy, he goes to see where it should have fallen during the break. And there it is. “This is stupid”. But he still goes with it. Back home, Light discovers that this notebook has the capacity to kill people whose name and head we know. He first proceed to reject this idea, but he can not lie any longer: this is what he has been waiting for. To deal with the criminals and build a perfect world. But there is a price tu pay when you use the Death Note: a heavy weight on your conscious than no man can stand.
My opinion of the anime Death Note:
The drawings are nice, but it is undoubtedly the incredible scenario which gives all its measure to this anime. Although some weaknesses are pretty discernable – as “L” appearance, the weird detective who comes to find Light – you can not be anything but baffled by the strengths of this manga. The show loose a bit of interest on its second season, but you will not want to miss its end which ultimately reflects one of society’s most common flaw : power corruption.
On a different note, I loved the music in the anime, and was very keen about the mythological symbolism present through in it.