Adult Swim Throwback: Death Note

Anime-Death Note
Are you good or evil?

Hey guys, my name is KrisSimsters, and today we’ll be talking about one of the greatest animes of all time happened on Adult Swim’s Adult Swim Action block from 2007-2008, had three live-action films between 2006-2008, and currently has a live-action drama on Crunchyroll. Today, we’re going to be talking about one of my personal favorites, Death Note. I highly recommend this anime after Cowboy Bebop and Akira, its that good. If you haven’t seen this anime or you want to see it again after reading this recap, then click here. Lets get this recap started!!


Like most anime, Death Note started out as a Shonen Jump manga that lasted from December 2003 to May 2006 with 180 chapters in total. The series was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, a duo whose other work was Bakuman, which ran from August 2008 to April 2012. Five months after its initial manga run, Death Note got turned into an anime and ran from October 2006 to June 2007.

An English-dub version of the anime ran from October 2007 to July 2008 ending its first initial run. From 2008 to 2010, the popular anime had two more runs (a back to back episode run for its second run and for its third run four back to back episodes), and was also available to watch on Adult Swim’s website. In 2010, the airing rights to Death Note expired and the show ended its run on American TV along with another popular anime series Blood+.

Besides a manga and anime, the popular series also spawned three live-action movies; Death Note, its sequel Death Note: The Last Name, and spin-off L: Change the World. In 2015, Crunchyroll announced a live-action drama of the series and its currently 11 episodes in.


The story begins with Light Yagami, an intellectual high school who stumbles upon the Death Note, which Ryuk, the Shinigami dropped into the Human World prior to the beginning. When he meets Light, he says that he will not help Light and when the time comes, Ryuk will write Light’s name in his Death Note. Light decides to use the Death Note to rid the world of evil and dons the name, Kira. The mass murders soon catch the attention of the NPA and Light’s father, Soichiro Yagami, who teams up with L in order to find Kira’s true identity. As the story progresses, Light starts descending into madness and power corrupts him. Along the way, Light has to make sure he’s one step ahead of L and the two begin a cat and mouse. Light will also make an ally in Misa Amane who has a Death Note of her own along with a Shinigami named Rem, who defends Misa against Light and will kill him if anything happened to Misa before her time. You’ll also meet Near and Mellow as well, but that won’t be until after () dies.


Yes, highly. Death Note is one of those animes that’ll make you think afterwards. Yes, Light had a good goal as getting rid of evil, but it made him evil along the way. And if Ryuk and L wasn’t bored, then this wouldn’t have happened, at least not with Light. If Misa Amane was the only person with a Death Note, would she have made the same choices as Light did? Was Light’s choice of ridding the world of evil really a great decision? Did Ryuk foresee this happening and decided not to help out not only for his entertainment, but because he didn’t want to mess up the future? All in all, watch this series or re-watch if you want to. Until next time, I’m KrisSimsters.

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