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08 November 2006 @ 08:45 pm
Death Note: The Last Name.....  
As the subject implies, I went to see the second Death Note movie today. Rumors about there being a third one...? No, no, I don't think so. Not for a moment.

The movie followed the manga for the most part....... but I was sure, the whole way through that Light would die like in the end of the manga. That L wouldn't die, that they'd change that and just replace the other guy with L. I mean, logical, right?

For a lot of the movie, I wasn't as impressed as the first one. It took events VERY fast. They did actually squeeze pretty much the entire storyline of L and Misa down into 2 1/2 hours. I actually don't like Misa in the movie AT ALL, whereas in the manga she's one of my favorite characters. (Of course her hair being TOTALLY the wrong color doesn't help, but I also don't sympathize with her in the movie at all, unlike the manga)

Also, the same gripe that I had about the first movie: THE SHINIGAMI SUCK. They're horribly rendered and horribly animated!!! The company that did the animation should be shot. I certainly hope they're not proud. GAH. It looked like things that I did in college. I mean, it's on the level of a lot of PREGRAD work. Gah gah gah. I hate it. With the addition of Lem in this one in addition to Ryuuk, it was even more pronounced.

However.... Light and L were AMAZING. L was the same and I bought a whole bunch of chocolate bars on the way home from the movie just out of the need for sugar that he inspired in me (is sugar really connected to brainpower? I wonder..) Light was great, but I had a hard time sympathizing with him in the second half unlike the first half. But, my god...... he can do crazy PERFECTLY. Maybe it's the hangover from acting half-crazy in Battle Royale ages back, but he gave me the shivers near the end when he was dying. (yes, dying).

Much like the manga arc that ended Death Note's coolness, Lem sacrificed himself to kill the butler (I forget his name now) and turned into sand. And L. Or so we thought. It was the same as in the manga, with Light standing over him and L clutching his leg in the end, Light gloating in his face.

Then Light goes to Misa to get his Death Note back from her... and he plans to kill his own father. What we don't know is that Misa gives him a fake Death Note and that L 'dying' was a setup. L shows up, and explains the plan and how they convinced Light's father to help them. And then.... just like in the manga. It was PERFECT. Light's cornered (in L's gorgeous house instead of a garage) and surrounded by everyone. He tries to go for his watch, but Sota's character shoots his hand and breaks it. Then he gets shot in the leg trying to get to the real Death Note, which L is holding between his two fingers (in addition to a sucker in the other hand =D). Then he pleads with Ryuuk, while basically going extremely crazy. A creepy CREEPY laugh and GREAT acting. (I am SO impressed!!) And Ryuuk writes a name in the book...... and it's Light. Oh man. I knew it was coming and yet it still shocked me. I LOVED IT. Light actually dies in his father's arms here, pleading for him to understand.

And the best line in the movie?
Ryuuk: Oh, but you see, humans who write in the Death Note don't go to heaven or hell. For them, the end is.. NOTHING."

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

There is a bit of an epilogue with Light's mom and sister baking him a birthday cake a year after his death. It starts snowing and his sister goes to bring their dad an umbrella at the station. She's talking with her dad and says that it's really sad that there's no more Kira. Her dad is shocked and asks if he really agrees with what Kira did, but she says, "no... but Kira was Light after all...." It was very touching. Misamisa is also lighting candles to him that night and she has the feeling that she's forgotten something important, but she'll always remember Light. And outside, Ryukk is flying around the Tokyo tower laughing maniacally. The end.

Edit: Ichigojapan reminded me... L did die, just later. I'd totally forgotten!!! (because I was so happy that the ending was different) L had written his name in the Death Note earlier so that he couldn't be killed by Light. (since the death can't be avoided) So he killed himself 23 days later, essentially. It's too bad too, since he can't go to heaven or hell then, since he used the death note.

I thought it was really good. The manga, the movie, both were so well done. There's not many stories out there like that, that are so well written and conceived as this. I really, really loved it.

One of the reasons that I love Death Note so much is that makes me think.. In this case, would I use a death note? Am I such a person that I could honestly say that I wouldn't kill someone with such an easy method as that? It's not my place to play Death..... or if the note fell into my hands, isn't it?
?bleach_fanart on November 8th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
"is sugar really connected to brainpower? I wonder.."

Ever heard of sugar high~? Haha nah~ not sure. But my sis and i went to buy two packets of chips after we watched the first one. L is such TEH person to look for to promote calbee chips...=X....

If the whole movie are in 3D including Raito and L, i think Ryuuk will look more fitting =X

But awwwww.....poor L....oh well... i love the both of them ^_^~ But fujiwara is really good at acting as both good and evil isnt he? =D

Would I use a deathnote? .....hmm...I think I will and for many reasons. The sad part is, if the shinigami is Ryuuk, then so sorry to him coz I wun be entertaining him as much as Raito did since I dun really have clever brains~=D

catsluvdmb on November 8th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't because of the whole karma thing. And the chain reaction thing.

For example, what if I were to kill Bush with the Deathnote? Then Cheney would be in power *shudder* and the Republicans would be able to ride the assassination to victory, the opposite effect of what I would want to happen.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 8th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
But if you killed Bush, then you could kill Cheney and all of the others in the way! All of the republicans, too!! Why stop after just one, after all?
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jimmy_thesiger: and then i was squashedjimmy_thesiger on November 8th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. Thank you so much for the summary. I was just preparing myself for seeing L die ;_; and then having to see a screen flash, maybe, "I am L/N/etc" one day six years later to scare Light (and Hongo Kanata i.e. Cinepuri Ryoma, new Shin in Nana, etc as Near :p) ...

and my sister was ready to NOT see it. But now she will see it (plus, she's a massive Sota fan), and we are both, um, pleased. Kind of, because L is alive.

L's gorgeous house? Ohohoho! :) Also, the ending, the epilogue, at least sounds decent...reminds us of Light as he was. Thank you for the summary!
Am I such a person that I could honestly say that I wouldn't kill someone with such an easy method as that? It's not my place to play Death..... or if the note fell into my hands, isn't it?

I'm scared I would. I'm scared I'd start thinking it would be so much easier to kill people from a distance...and I would forget who really is terrible (Slobodan Milosovic, but he's dead, I think) and who isn't (ummm). I'd start thinking "who is terrible?" and forget to ask, "Well, who decides who is terrible, and should it be me?" etc.

To some extent, we all have a vague understanding of how we would react in various situations, but this one is one tough one to think about.

By the way, Ryuuk's line--gives us Hope that L went to a fluffy sweet-filled heaven! :)
jimmy_thesigerjimmy_thesiger on November 8th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Might I add, I wouldn't have minded seeing Hongo Kanata as Near. In my mind's eye, I had cast him for it, since I thought L would die. Haha.
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C L O V E Ridyllica on November 8th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Wow. It sounds really good. I love the plotline but the way you said about the animation makes me sad. I was hoping for a good animation [actually I saw some clips of Ryuuk] but, I guess not.

I don't think I will ever use death note. I don't want to be reincarnated. LOL [Although I will probably].
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 8th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
But Ryuuk said that the people who use the Death Note go into oblivion when they die. No more lives, no heaven, no hell, no nothing. ;__; I personally want to be reincarnated, but I wish that I'd remember my past lives instead of forgetting them.
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Xaveriexavierre on November 8th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the story!... this is so exciting! Now I really can't wait for the DeathNote 2 to be shown in my country... But that's till Dec... haizz...
r j00 teh nwe pimp l0rdz?: L samaryoko293 on November 8th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously happy that L didn't really die, though I'm a bit disappointed that the quality of the movie has sunk~
looking forward to it nontheless *MORE ASIAN MOVIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMAS, PLEASE* XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 8th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
No, the quality is the same as in the first movie. ^^ Just that Ryuuk was hideous in the first movie, too. Gah I wish they'd gotten better teams of animators.
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squashedtigersquashedtiger on November 8th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Haven't watched it so I was trying very hard to not look at the spoiler s XDXD. Have read the manga though, so...

I don't like playing God. So, no. I do believe that everyone has a good or bad side, I mean, there's people that I absolutely abhor, but then I also notice their good side, so I will not want to write them off the face of earth. So yea, I will be a totally boring person to own a Death Note XD.

Plus, I'll feel so guilty if I kill someone. I'll be like Lady Macbeth, only I'll be constantly erasing the book or smthg...

(PS: I added you a while back, n thanks for the add back. Was kind abusy lately so, yea... Anyway, got here from expatjapan and your journal is very interesting! I like your general attitude and personality as well. Just in case you're wondering anyway, lol)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 8th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^__^

LOL but once you write the name, even if it's erased, the death is inavoidable according to the book's rules. ^____^ I hope that I can never come to own a Death Note, because honestly, I think that the temptation would be too great. I mean, even knowing that it would ruin my life/death, there are people that I would rather just didn't exist. ^^;;
jean_kun on November 8th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, so L doesn't die in the movie? That's cool, I didn't really think Near and Mello were all that great compared to L anyway. Mello freaked me out, actually XDDD

I see that they changed some things, like Light's dad not being dead, but at least the situation in the end was the same! That's really exciting, I want to see the movie! I've heard that Death Note might be shown in America, but I reckon that this won't happen for a while.

And the thing about sugar and the brain... The brain is really picky about what it takes in, and the only substance it will "eat" is glucose. So basically, L is right when he says sugar is good for thinking. I'm glad something I learned in biology is paying off XD
-stringalchemist on November 8th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)

It sounds so exciting (well.. except for the part where they left out N, but... x3). In the manga I found it very lame how Light died actually. I thought he'd have at least gone out in a cooler way or something. :3
ichigojapanichigojapan on November 8th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
but actually L did die in the end of the movie..I went to see the premiere...well you know them other LEM shinigami write name and is asssistant name..and them is assistant dead and L facked to be death.. but 23 days after he died just after talking to the father of Raito.

Because L (ryuzaki) already wrote is name in the death note 23 days before so that he cannot be kill before u didnt understand that part? me neither lol actually my husband who is japanese told me =DD hahha first I didnt catch at all.
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Fiammattafusakugyoku on November 9th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
It sounds AMAZING. I'm pretty happy to hear that Mello and Near weren't involved. I think these edits-- like showing what happens after Light's death-- are pretty legit. Kind of mixed feelings about letting Misa live.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 9th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
I thought that Misa lived in the manga, though.. I don't remember her dying. Misa was always my favorite character, though I didn't like her in the movie.
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xiyu: GinGinxiyu on November 9th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Death Note 2! I have to wait another 2 more months to watch it. Great.

I think I would like the ending in the movie better, because L was the one who finise Light off in the end.

And *nods* DN is such a deep manga... It makes people think alot about life...
-eLyN-elynzzz on November 9th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
oh! the movie does really sound interesting!! can't wait for it to be screened in my country.. heard that its going to be screened during Dec. ^_^ can't wait! Thanks alot for the review!

PS: " is sugar really connected to brainpower? I wonder.."
Yes it does! ^_^ it contains glucose and glucose is the only substance dat our brain can metabolise! thus we'll feel like fainting if we dun eat enough cos there isn't enough glucose! ^__^
...Maybe i shall eat more chocolates to to be as intelligent as L.. ^_^;;
Cheers ^_^
chocoxberrychocoxberry on November 10th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
ooo I cant wait to watch it :D
Ahaha, but I agree, the CGI for the shinigami is horrible.
I remember in the 1st movie there was a scene were Ryuku's shadow was going a different direction than all the other shadows in Light's room o_o geez, you'd think they'd notice...