Tag Archives: Death Note

Arria Cross in 3 Anime Characters (Twitter Tag Challenge)

Hello, folks! Inspired by the lovely Katrina Sade (Grimm Girl) in her post “Three Anime Characters That Describe GrimmGirl”, I also decided to expand on my answer to Twitter’s tagging challenge: “Describe yourself in 3 fictional characters”.

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Racewashing in “Attack on Titan” Films & Other Adaptations (OWLS Blog Tour)

Hello, folks! Today is finally my tour stop for OWLS’ April blog tour. Please check out Rai’s tour post about “The Colorful World of Avatar”. She did a great job. For this month, our Chief Creative Officer LynLyn assigned us yet another awesome and meaningful topic: “Colors”.

We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering are the dangers of stereotyping bi-racial characters, and the importance of “inclusion”.


The majority of the characters in Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 / Shingeki no Kyojin) are white, presumably European. Based on the surnames, many of them are of German origin like the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. Mikasa is the only known surviving character so far who is of Asian descent. She is bi-racial: her mother Asian and her father white.

Asianwashing?

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13 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Death Note

FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  Greetings, shokun!  It is I, Cross-shishou, back again for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons.  In our previous republished lesson “10 Things From Shoujo Series That You Should Learn “Not” To Do”, I reminded you of some of the genre’s cliché that aren’t worth emulating by you.  Today, I’ll help you diagnose if you’ve watched too much Death Note.  Shall we start?  Here we go.  Osu!


13 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Death Note

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10 Ways Anime Transforms How You View Life & the World

FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  Greetings, shokun!  Cross-shishou here again for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons.  I assume that you’re experiencing a better love life because of last week’s lesson, 10 Things From Shoujo Series That You Should Learn NOT to Do.

Today’s lesson is about the important influence anime has in transforming your entire worldview (for the better, of course).  Don’t believe that anime can change you?  Think again.  Let’s start the lesson now.  Osu!


10 Ways Anime Transforms How You View Life & the World

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The Shocking Death of L

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 24:  Moment That Shocked You The Most in An Anime

I love twists and turns in plots.  I like it when I guess them correctly, but I especially LOVE it when the plot develops in a completely unexpected way, especially if it’s way better than my own prediction.  Perhaps the moment that shocked me the most in an anime is L’s death from one of my favourite series Death Note by mangaka duo Ōba Tsugumi-sensei (大場 つぐみ) and Obata Takeshi-sensei (小畑 健).

l-death note

L is my #1 favourite character in Death Note.  I think that he’s the hero of justice in the series, albeit a shady one at that with more than a bucketful of eccentricity.  Nonetheless, nobody could deny that he’s a genius with principles in the right place.

So imagine my shock (I know I’m not the only one) when he actually DIES.

This moment. . . . (tears all my hair off)
This moment. . . .
Oh no!

I was speechless when I first watched this scene.  Then I laughed nervously.  Surely, the series creators won’t just kill him off.  Surely, L planned this from the very beginning and he’d emerge again–alive and well–triumphant in the end.  I hung onto this sliver of hope.  As you may already know, I was wrong. (sniff, dabs eyes)

No! Don't close your eyes!!!
No! Don’t close your eyes!!!

I’ve never hated Light so much until this moment.  Even if he was a completely twisted evil lunatic, I couldn’t help but admire his superb intellect and almost unbeatable maneuvers.  There are many times that I even wanted his evil plans to succeed, just to see how L’s team responds.  Both L and Light are chess masters in this deadly battle.  I couldn’t help admiring both of them.  Then Light succeeds in killing L.

Although Light didn’t murder L directly, he’s still the mastermind as he used shinigami Rem’s weakness to make her do all the dirty work for him.  Rem cares deeply for Misa, and Light made Rem believe that L poses a threat to Misa’s life.  Rem falls for it, and ended up sacrificing her existence as a shinigami to kill L, believing that she’s saving Misa’s life.  What a nasty piece of work you are, Light! (grudgingly:  Although I admit that you’re a genius. . .but still. . .)

EVIL~
Pure EVIL~ Kono yarou!

Just look at his freaking evil face, as he holds the dying L in his arms.  But at least, L finally knows for certain that Light is indeed Kira.  L finally discovers the real Light before he dies.

But still I hung onto the hope that L’s not really dead.  Then his two successors, Near and Mello, take over the mission of capturing Kira.  My hopes are cruelly shattered.  I finally began to accept that L is REALLY dead.  It’s a really shocking moment that left me torn.  On one hand, I think that it’s a genius turn of events because it’s completely unexpected, emotional and dramatic.  On the other hand, I think that L’s death is equivalent to killing the hero of the story (although he’s not really the “hero”, if you know what I mean).

Nevertheless, I still think that Death Note is one of the most gripping stories out there.  It just shatters the boundaries between what you think is good and evil.  Now you know that L’s death is the moment that shocked me the most in an anime.  What’s yours?


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