We’ve never talked about it on this site–I meant to ages ago, but now it’s so popular that my opinion will probably just be redundant–but I think Death Note is great. The manga is great, the movies both had fantastic original endings (totally didn’t see them coming), and the anime, although definitely flawed in a few unique ways, has its own fair share of great. Death Note has its problems, but overall it’s super smart and miles ahead of most Shounen Jump stuff. And yes, you should read it until the end, because although the second half is weaker, it’s still full of great.
Although everyone and his dog hailed Death Note as great when the manga was first coming out in English, recently I heard a lot more criticism of it. And I don’t mean detailed and intelligent criticism, I mean “Death Note is bad” type criticism from people who are supposedly informed comics reader/critics/etc. This baffled me. But…Death Note is great? And then Zac Bertschy, better known as Anime News Network’s Answerman, said this in one of ANN’s forums:
Death Note is a good manga and a decent TV series. The people who say it’s “ridiculous” or terrible or whatever are kneejerk backlashin’.
Not that it’s impossible to dislike, which I’m sure plenty of people do, but to say it’s totally awful and all the praise is unwarranted is pretty much wrong.
Ha ha ha! I like that.
And I agree. You don’t have to like it, but Death Note is great. Like how Monster is great, but I still don’t like it. What you like and what is objectively good do not always match up. Isn’t that supposed to be a critic’s creed? Sheesh.
Sorry, now I’m just being really negative. I don’t hate all comic reviewers, I swear.