Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Death Note

So I went in to the new jdorama with no expectations. They start Light off as more of a regular guy instead of the proud asshole of a genius in the movies. The new dorama does not establish that he is a genius except the comment by his employer that he is very quick at calculations or something.

Changes I can take as long as they lead to something interesting. However the new L is, not interesting and seems more of an asshole compared to the original. The two things that really bugged me were that the Death Note dorama looks pretty 'cheap' and that scene where the police officer over explained Light's father's motivation. Seriously, why not let the audience put 2 and 2 together? Anytime I run into overt exposition, it tells me the writer is shit.

Anyway as I was watching the first two episodes of the series, the thought at the back of my mind was why am I watching this when I could be watching the movies. So I popped in the 2006 movie and oh boy, I never realised that Mitsushima Hikari was Light's sister.

I forgot how much I enjoyed watching this unapologetic bad guy as the main character.

I was too crazy about Toda Erika at that time to notice......

... but you can't really blame me, right?

The casting in the movies is so much superior,

and let's not forget Katase Nana (Ushijima-kun).

Why watch the dorama when you can rewatch the much better movies?


Ersby said...

I feel the same way. I watched the anime and the film, so halfway through the first episode I felt acutely aware of how much more of the story I had left. I knew that the TV drama was going to introduce new characters, but that just made me less likely to watch it.

The film version, which is just L vs Kira, is the best. And shortest.

Akiramike said...

Ersby: Yeah, I think the manga/anime got boring after L and went on for too long.

arc ray said...

Dorama version of Death Note is basically another gorioshi of Kubota Masataka and Yamazaki Kento. I don't hate them but there are better actor for two main leads, right?

Akiramike said...

There are definitely better leads. The question is whether they belong to the right talent agency. Mainstream shows are usually about who the agencies want to gorioshi.

ricecakestroong said...


And so are 99% of thespian movies nowadays (sometimes even more startling than the mainstream counterpart).