Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Death Note

Today, the fourth volume of the Japanese cartoon series Death Note is released on DVD. I've just started watching the show from the beginning—I seem to forever find myself just slightly behind the pop-culture wave—but I am really enjoying it.

The show focuses on Light, a super-intelligent high school student who finds a mysterious notebook with written instructions that state any name entered into the notebook will lead to the death of that person. Light takes the opportunity to make himself a sort of Dostoevsky-eque, Crime and Punishment super-human and starts killing off criminals of all sorts. So, the show immediately kicks off exploring the intense moral ground of do bad people deserve to die, and who has the right to decide such issues?

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