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    Default Thoughts on the ending of Death Note (Spoilers be warned)

    So I've been thinking, what have other people thought of the ending to the anime/manga death note? Which ending was better, or worse, or sucked less? What other ways could have it turned out that would have been far more interesting; like having Mello be the overall victor?

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    As far as I'm concerned the series ended when L died.
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    I agree. I pointed out in one similar thread to this that I liked how the live action movies (which aren't bad) handled it.. I still llike the anime, but it'd be nice if it had some of the same storyline. Basically, it combined L with Near's Success (there was no Near though. The story just escalates with L winning).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    As far as I'm concerned the series ended when L died.
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    Although how do you think it would've ended if L had been the victor over Light? What alternative endings could and should have occured to end the series better?

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    Well, part of the problem with Death Note's (anime) ending is that killing L was the bonafide climax of the story. L presented so any more problems to Light than Near or Mellow ever did, even combined. Part of the reason L worked so well is because he dichotomized Light. Light was attractive, sociable, "normal"....L wasn't. It was really played up too, with Light's color of representation being red, and L's being blue. When Light was dealing with L, there was always the chance that He Could Lose. Tension (as a plot device) was extremely high, and as soon as you get rid of L, all of that tension melts away. The fact that Near and Mello were never referenced before they showed up made it really hard to consider them to be the successors of L. Also: Mello was such a stereotype of someone with a chip on his shoulder. That's been presented in anime over and over, it was hard to even care for him. Near was a child genius...still another archetype, hard to care for him. L was an original character, and it felt like his eccentricities were molded onto Near in a way that made him seem like he was just copying off of the original without improving upon it in any significant way, and that's probably the biggest issue with Near. He's a crappy version of a boiled-down L, and it just doesn't work.

    One way I think the story could have redeemed itself after killing off L, would have been to actually show Light try and create a crime-free, evil-person-free utopian society. Chances are, it probably wouldn't have worked out, and making Light realize this and/or deal with a psychological fixation on that, or his removal of L could have potentially been more satisfying than introducing Near and Mello.


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    is there any anime out there similar like death note?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    As far as I'm concerned the series ended when L died.
    Agreed. L was in so many ways more interesting than Near was.

    Mello was also in my opinion an unnecessary addition. The whole story of Mello and Near coming from the same organization and stuff, just screwed it up. They weren't likable, interesting or unique.

    The series with L and Light going at each other, that was epic.

    is there any anime out there similar like death note?
    As with most great anime's, they tend to be known for their creative and unique storylines. And as such, there isn't quite an anime that I consider similar to Death Note. There are anime's that I enjoyed as much as Death Note, but they were not similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic Tater View Post
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    Originally posted by knight
    is there any anime out there similar like death note?
    The main character of Code Geass is a lot like Light in terms of personality (INTJ's, taking over the world one grand plan at a time). It's an excellent anime, I'd say check it out.

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