Death Note

I’ve begun watching the anime show Death Note, after seeing my brother Pete watching it.

I’m only halfway through, but I like it so far. In particular, I like its anime-typical story arc that is designed from the start. The anime lasts 37 episodes but no more. Like a long-form movie.

Second, it makes you root for the evil protagonist, which is kinda cute. It follows the action from his point of view. The show presents challenges for him, and you are thinking, “How is he going to get out of this? Oh no, he’s in trouble now!” You find yourself hoping he escapes so that the episode ends in equilibrium again.

Lastly, it reminds me of a long-term 2-player game of mafia. The protagonist and his pursuer come in frequent contact and suspect each other. The pursuer keeps trying to test him to see if he’ll reveal himself as the killer.

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