The Japanese manga series “Death Note” was created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The series, which was an adaptation of an anime series, aired on Nippon Television in Japan from October 2006 to June 2007. It garnered a total of 37 highly anticipated episodes that were filled with psychological thrillers, mysteries, and breathtaking entertainment. The series was also produced by Madhouse, a superb animation studio that consistently makes even the most bizarre things appear even more excellent due to the enormous detail they put into their work, resulting in the series’ consistently exhilarating vibe.
The series has also received numerous awards and nominations. The awards and nominations include Scream Awards in 2007, Tokyo Anime Award in 2007, and Tokyo Anime Award in 2008. All of these accolades illustrate how outstanding the show is and how highly recommended it is for all audiences, especially those who enjoy an animated series with a mystery filled with characters who make mind-blowing decisions that provide a breathtaking, suspenseful experience.
The Death Note is undoubtedly one of the most popular anime among viewers. And one notable reason is because of its well-written characters, each of whom adds their own distinct style, which contributes to the film’s overall appeal. The progression of these well-written characters during the course of the show is incredible, which ultimately enables the performance to be absolutely spectacular and hold the audience’s interest.
Below are the 10 well-written Death Note characters:
- Light Yagami
The protagonist of the series or antagonist, as some fans who are still perplexed refer to him, is undoubtedly the best Death Note character ever written. The conversion of a high school student named Light Yagami into a criminal with a god complex who goes by the name Kira and sees himself as the new justice of the world. It goes without saying that Light wouldn’t be as fascinating to watch without his cunning and brilliant manipulation of everyone and everything surrounding him.
Throughout the series, you’ll notice how Light consistently finds himself in life-or-death situations, yet he always manages to get out alive and still be in complete control. Fans can remark that he’s the type of villain character that you wouldn’t dislike because of all the fantastic, mind-blowing decisions he makes and the intriguing, exciting atmosphere he creates, which elevates him to one of the greatest and smartest characters in the anime industry.
One of the series’ oddest characters is L Lawliet, also known by the alias Ryuzaki. Fans debate between L and Light about whose character in the show is the smartest. Still, the answer really depends on personal preference since both characters were superbly crafted to exhibit thorough strategies, deduction skills, and secret schemes. His demeanor would be intriguing, strange, and his real name and past are kept a mystery.
The series also illustrates that L is the world’s finest detective. L also has an odd appearance with terrible posture and unsettling mannerisms, which you wouldn’t anticipate from someone with this important title. This, unquestionably demonstrates his superior brilliance, resulting in him losing the first formidable threat to Light’s dominion. This allowed them to engage in a long and spectacular war as they each fought for their own interpretation of justice.
The young detective Near, whose real identity is Nate River, takes over for L by necessity and shows signs of eventually surpassing L. He was raised in Wammy’s House, Watari’s orphanage for gifted children, and is the youngest of L’s two successors. Following L’s passing, Near launches his investigations into the Kira case and spends the next year gathering information. He is also the leader of a group established to apprehend Kira, the SPK (Special Provision for Kira).
Like L, Near is a peculiar character in terms of behavior. While strategically preparing, Near likes to play with toys and do puzzles. Near performed exceptionally well in the investigation of Kira. While everyone in the series has their assumptions, only Near can present concrete proof of Light’s offense, which means that Near is truly a great character which aided the plot through his intelligent plans and decision-making until the very end.
The eldest of L’s two successors, Mello is a young fellow with golden-blond hair and blue eyes who was raised in Wammy’s House, Watari’s orphanage for gifted children. He had L’s personality trait of enjoying food. Contrasting Near and Mello, they are completely different since Mello is arrogant and conceited while Near is quiet and childlike, almost exactly the same as L. Despite this attitude, Mello is nonetheless one of the sharpest people in the series.
Mello and Near were expected to team up to capture Kira after L was killed in the show. Still, Mello declines, pointing out their differences and choosing to go alone rather than cooperate, even though they both want to capture Kira. Despite the savagery of some of Mello’s actions, such as using the Death Note, he still shows and exhibits exceptional planning abilities. He did this for the greater good, providing Near with the proof he might need to help beat Light, which significantly contributed all the way to the finale.
- Misa Amane
Misa, a well-known model, singer, and actress, is obsessed with Light Yagami in the series. It’s amazing how Misa Amane overcame this hurdle and initiated herself as a clever character in her own privilege. She refers to herself as “Misa-Misa ” and tends to be agitated. After obtaining a Death Note, Misa searches for Kira to express her gratitude to him for murdering the person who killed her family and to provide him her assistance. After making the transaction for the Shinigami Eyes and discovering that Kira is Light Yagami. Misa decides to dedicate herself to Kira.
Misa may not be as frightening as Light, but Misa may be just as cunning and ruthless as Kira. Misa can truly be smart in a given scenario. But ultimately, she is a fool for having been so easily manipulated by Light, which is a major disadvantage since she will be used as a pawn in Light’s future schemes. Her bond with Rem and Light throughout the series distinguishes her character and makes her an intriguing person.
One of the most fascinating characters in the story which contributed to the plot is Ryuk, a Shinigami who, after growing weary of the Shinigami Realm, unintentionally gives Light Yagami a Death Note. To entertain himself, he takes a second Death Note and leaves it for someone to discover in the human world. Yet all throughout the rest of the series, his entire signature of finding intriguing humans remains unchanged.
Ryuk and Light have an intriguing partnership because they work together throughout the series while not considering each other to be friends, as they both just go about their own ways the way they perceive it should be done. The fact that Ryuk is merely following Light around for amusement purposes makes it clear that Ryuk actually doesn’t care about Light.
Rem is the Shinigami who gives Misa Amane one of her Death Notes in the series. Which is comparable to Ryuk, although she did not acquire them by deception. It is made apparent throughout the series that Rem genuinely cares about Misa, that she defends her, and that her fundamental viewpoint is that she only wants to serve Misa, no matter how horrible her acts may turn out to be.
Rem also despises Light Yagami, who sees Misa as a weapon to exploit in his future schemes. However, Rem cannot change this because Misa’s happiness and success are the only things she wants. Unfortunately, she eventually meets her own demise due to her affection for Misa.
- Naomi Misora
Former FBI agent Naomi Misora is engaged to agent Raye Penber, who investigated Light after becoming a suspect in the Kira case. However, Raye Penber ended up passing away along with the other 12 FBI agents who had been helping L with his investigation in Japan, resulting in her having to conduct her own investigation to find Kira and seek vengeance on her fiancee after the relentless killings of Light.
Naomi Misora then makes every effort to get in touch with the leader of the Kira Investigation Team. Still, she only manages to run into the murderer, Light Yagami. Unfortunately, she fails because Light manipulates her thoughts and gets tricked into disclosing her true identity, which leads to her death. Despite being yet another victim of Kira’s rule, she is a remarkable character due to her intelligence showcased in the series.
- Teru Mikami
Light Yagami selected Teru Mikami, a prosecutor, to serve as the Hand of Kira. After Light is once more suspected of being Kira, Mikami takes possession of Gelus’ Death Note because he needs a Kira who can operate independently. Teru Mikami is introduced later in the anime, yet his involvement is crucial. Mikami is an additional character who shares Light’s enthusiasm for justice in a world where it is only good and evil, and where evil must be eliminated to build a better and more peaceful world.
Light felt Mikami was the ideal candidate to play for another Kira due to the distorted sense of justice he had acquired as a result of a difficult childhood, which is one of the character’s most enduring traits, resulting in him saying “delete” after writing a name in the death note. Mikami has also grown to be overly adept at using his skills, particularly when it comes to accepting the eye bargain with Ryuk after obtaining Misa’s Death Note. However, his being too competent and making a huge mistake resulted in a huge drawback to his and Kiras’ plan.
Watari initially presents as a shady-looking individual who conceals his identity by donning a big hat and a long trench coat. He is the only person who is aware of L Lawliet’s real name and speaks on his behalf. In addition, he founded the Wammy’s House, an orphanage for gifted kids. Watari seems to have been a father figure to L ever since his time at Wammy’s House, even though in his capacity as L’s handler, he serves as a manservant.
Watari is also credited with producing some of the world’s top detectives. Although Watari may appear to be a modest old man, he is actually a very shrewd and cunning individual such as how he took the time to prepare before shooting up the automobile in a moving helicopter and firing at a moving vehicle. Therefore, Watari is truly one of the series’ underdog heroes.
Overall, the series is excellent since it provides viewers with top-notch entertainment, especially those who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers focused on crime. All of these were supported by well-written characters, who helped the entire series work magnificently. Not only did the characters contribute, but the series’ animator as well, since the animation just perfectly suited the genre because it conveys a genuinely odd and cryptic atmosphere. The series has also received numerous awards and increased in popularity worldwide, indicating how highly suited it is for audiences.