Movie Review: Death Note (2006)

With the recent release of the American Netflix movie adaptation of “Death Note”, I thought it was time for me to check out the first live action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba’s manga. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Death Note”.

Light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is a highly intelligent young man with a bright future ahead of him. And one day he finds a notebook that just fell from the sky. And it turns out that Light can kill pretty much anyone he wants by writing the person’s name in the notebook. So he uses this opportunity to become a mysterious vigilante simply know as Kira, killing criminals and fugitives left and right. This attracts the attention of mysterious investigator L (Ken’ichi Matsuyama), triggering a game of cat and mouse where they try to figure out each other’s identities to eliminate the other one. So now we have our plot. And is it any good? For the most part, sure. And I say that because it’s not without it’s flaws. The basic premise is great, and a lot of the developments in the story are good. Problem is that the plot at times also manages to drag, rush, and feel disjointed… all at once. This happens of course happens because they try to cram about nine episodes of anime into a two hour long movie. So some scenes feel like they’re rushed through, and some parts don’t have the smoothest transition which is the reason for some bits feeling a bit disjointed. And the dragging is because some scenes are just a bit slow, and not in a good way. But there’s still enough intrigue in the plot to keep it from being all out bad. It’s fine.

The characters here are pretty interesting. Light (like I said) is a highly intelligent young man, top of his class. So what happens when you give such a person a notebook that can kill people with the stroke of a pen? A really fascinating, smug, and slightly scary guy. I was rooting for him, but I also felt that he was a bit of a smug ass… which is what makes him so interesting. And Tatsuya Fujiwara is really good in the role. L, the eccentric and highly skilled detective that is hunting for Kira. He’s weird, he’s funny, and he’s just an interesting character. And Ken’ichi Matsuyama is really good in the role. Then we have Ryuk, the apple-loving god of death following Light around. He’s as cartoonishly hyper as he should be without sacrificing any of the creepy aspects of the character, which is great. He’s voiced by Shidô Nakamura, and he does a really good job capturing the feel of Ryuk. Then there’s a whole bunch of supporting characters/performances that I won’t go over in detail because I don’t have the time or will to do so, but let’s just say that they do a good job.

The score was composed by Kenji Kawai and I think he did a good job. The score is pretty eerie and helps create a feeling of unease in the movie. And it’s just overall well composed. Now, mild spoiler I guess, though it isn’t about a story scene, but rather the end credits. During the end credits they play the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Dani Calfornia”. I have nothing against it (it’s a great song), but it felt a bit random and I just had to bring it up. I have no opinion about it being used other than… weird. Oh well.

This movie was directed by Shûsuke Kaneko and he did an okay job. His directing feels a bit bland for the most part, though at a couple points he uses some pretty nifty camera tricks elevating those moments. But for the most part his directing was pretty bland. Also, can we talk about Ryuk? Not as a character, but his look in this movie. They decided to make him a fully CG character, and while his design is spot-on from the manga and anime, it doesn’t look very good. It’s like bringing a cartoon into a serious live action set… bit jarring. It’s not the biggest problem for me, but I did feel like it was worth noting.

While this movie doesn’t have too much of a presence on the sites I use, it does exist to some extent. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t exist at all. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10.

“Death Note” is a pretty good live action adaptation of the manga/anime. It has an okay plot, good characters, really good performances, good music, and okay directing. My only flaws with it comes from the plot feeling a bit messy (as I explained earlier), and Ryuk looking a bit… meh. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Death Note” is a 7,77/10. So while flawed, it is worth a rental.

My review of “Death Note” is now completed.

Don’t expect a review of the sequel. Maybe expect a review of the Netflix movie… maybe.

 

“Dragon Ball FighterZ” E3 trailer

Hello there, my friends. More E3 shit comin’ your way… so here we go!

Here we have a trailer for “Dragon Ball FighterZ”, a 1v1 fighting game based on the popular “Dragon Ball” franchise, which was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. I wasn’t really gonna talk about this trailer, but my best friend (RasmusTerra on twitter) said that it looked badass, so I decided to at least check it out. And now we’re talking about it because DAMN, it is badass. It looks like an anime but in game form, and I like that because it gives it a cool and unique look. And while 1v1 fighers isn’t my main thing when it comes to games, I do play ’em from time to time (“Injustice: Gods Among Us” being one of my favorites). And this looks like fun. Taking control of the “Dragon Ball” characters, and then having them beat the shit out of each other. Sure, it’s been done before, but I don’t think it has looked this extreme. So yeah, this could be fun. “Dragon Ball FighterZ” has no specific release date, but it’s at some point in 2018.

What are your thoughts? Are excited for “Dragon Ball FighterZ”? And are you a fan of “Dragon Ball” in any way? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy!

We now have a trailer for the “Death Note” movie.

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! As you know, sometimes certain trailers come out and I then talk about them. Well, it happened again, so here we fucking go!

So as the title of this post suggests, we have now gotten a trailer for the American live action adaptation of “Death Note”. For anyone that is unaware, “Death Note” is a Manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It follows Japanese high school student Light Yagami who one day finds a mysterious notebook called “Death Note”. And very soon he finds out that he can use this notebook to kill people. An he starts using this to kill criminals. And what follows is a supernatural thriller that really is an exporation of morality and unchecked power. As with most mangas, it got turned into an animated series by Japanese animation studio Madhouse. And if you’re wondering, yes I’ve seen the series, and I think it’s great. Alright that’s kind of the backstory of this franchise. We good? Great! So now let’s talk about this trailer. So the basic premise seems to be the same, only now it’s set in the United States. So now his name is Light Turner (Nat Wolff) instead of Light Yagami. And what do I think of this trailer? Uhm… yeah, it’s not great. One of the worst parts was towards the end of the trailer where a fucking ferris wheel start falling apart and you see Light hanging on for dear life. Yeah, that’s just dumb. I’m all for re-imagining characters and stories in various settings, but I don’t like the “let’s add stupid action to it” angle. “Death Note” is a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist, and that’s what made it compelling. No big and stupid action set pieces… just suspenseful situations. Sure, the show had some action scenes, but nothing as big and dumb as a fucking ferris wheel crumbling. They seem to overall put a bit more of an action-thriller spin on it, which could be fine if they didn’t try so hard to make it… dumbed down and bloated. The best part of the trailer is at the end when you see the silhouette of Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) and he says “Shall we begin?”. For one, Dafoe is the perfect choice for the character. And secondly, I love Ryuk, he’s a really great character. What’s also interesting to note (pun intended) is that this movie is directed by Adam Wingard, the man behind the awesomely awesome “The Guest”. I don’t have much else to say on that, I just thought it was worth noting (pun intended). So am I excited about this? I don’t know… I am VERY skeptical about this, but who knows… it MIGHT be okay. “Death Note” (the rebootification) is set to come out on August 25th this year, only on Netflix.

So what are your thoughts? Are you excited about “Death Note” (the rebootification)? And are you a fan of the manga/anime/Japanese live action movies? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy.

Anime Review: Attack on Titan (2013)

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Interesting how some animes become popular/mainstream (Se shows like “Cowboy Bebop”, “Death Note”, “Naruto”). But a lot of the more popular ones are not some of my favorites (See Naruto, One Piece). The mainstream ones usually really blow up among…well everyone. Some animes become so popular, even normal people start watching them. Today we are looking at a perfect example of one of those situations. But what does this reviewer think? 
By the way, this review is a sort of Revisit to the show to accomodate the release of the dub.

My dear people…”Shingeki no Kyojin”, or as most people call it…”Attack on Titan”.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…sorry had to do that. But anyway, humans have lived behind three gigantic walls for 100 years when the titans arrived and almost killed everyone. They live happy behind the walls Maria, Rose and Sina. But that is only side stuff. The main story follows the young boy, Eren Jaeger who lives behind one of these walls. He lives there with his parents and his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman. In the town is also his friend, Armin. They all live happy, playing, getting firewood and just living. But one day, peace is disrupted as the wall gets smashed by a Colossal Titan (Most Titans are circa 15 meters tall, but this one is around 50) and all Titans in the area attack (on titan) the town. A lot of people die…including Eren’s mom. So after he and Mikasa have been evacuated, he vows to join the the Scout Corps and kill every fucking Titan, including the colossal one. And through the story we get background stories, plot-twists and generally great stuff. So yeah, the story is balls-to-the-all amazing. Nothing else.

The characters are…complex to say the least. They are not only that…they are also flawed beyond belief. It almost ruins the character aspect even though they are so cool and fun watch. A lot of love to the badass known as Levi. I can’t wait to hear his voice in the dub.

The soundtrack for “Attack on Titan” is fucking awesome. It is not only epic orchestrations…but also progressive metal. I love it, it’s kind of like “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance”. And major love to the two opening songs that are some of the msot epic I’ve heard in a long time.

Fun fact about the animation: When this show was made…the animation studio was new and un-tested. The studio is called Studio Wit. And I gotta say…this show looks fucking amazing. Well, at least for an un-tested animation studio. Sure, the studio is a sort of surrogate/extention of Production I.G (Ghost in The Shell, Psycho-Pass). So yeah…the animation is really fucking good. Good work studio Wit. 

I honestly have no extra trivia/stuff to say at this time.

Reception for this show was only up in the fucking clouds. No one said anything bad about it. But more recently, people have started to give a little more critique. People have started calling it “slow” and “boring”. But otherwise, stilll good. It got a 9,0/10 on imdb based on more than 14000 votes.

So I have made my opinions and I am ready to Attack (on titan) with my score. I’ll give this score a 9,45/10 and a recommendation to buy it. Funimation is releasing part one of the DVD’s in june or july…can’t remember properly.

“Attack on Titan” is now reviewed.

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