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Death Note, on the edge of justice

A mysterious serial killer is on the loose on Earth, but he's mainly eliminating criminals. An equally mysterious detective sets out to track him down, and a veritable strategic and psychological duel ensues between the two. This best-selling manga, published from 2003 in Japan and from 2007 in France, raises questions about the notions of good, evil and justice.

What would you do if...?

... if you came across a 'Death Note' along the way? It's pretty simple to use: if you know someone's face, all you have to do is write their first and last name in the notebook. Then that person will die of a heart attack... or of other causes if you want to add that kind of detail next to the name.

This is what happens to Light Yagami, a very intelligent but also very pessimistic high school student. He sees nothing but evil in this world and thinks it's run by scoundrels and criminals. So he's delighted to discover the Death Note in his path.

But obviously, this notebook didn't arrive there by chance. It was given to him by a god of death, Ryuk, with the simple cynical aim of distracting himself a little. And yes, Light sets to work straight away: he looks for all the bad people and starts killing them with his book of death. His goal: to become a god on earth, ruling over a just and good world.

But things get tricky when he also has to kill good people to protect himself. And even more so as he loses his mind.

The nameless detective

Of course, Light's greatest adversary is the man with no name, known only as "L". He's the world's greatest detective, and he's on a mission to unmask and stop the serial killer known as "Kira". Light can't get rid of him without a name to write in his notebook...

And L has his work cut out for him, because it turns out that Kira isn't just one person. Other people are acting the same way, including Misa Amane, a model with a gothic style. In love with Light and his actions, she also receives a Death Note from the goddess Rem, another deity of death.

L isn't alone either. He has two gifted assistants who hope one day to replace or even surpass him: Near and Mello. Both come from orphanages. Their rivalry and sharp intelligence add layers of complexity to Kira's hunt. As the tension mounts between the forces of good and evil, readers are swept up in a whirlwind of mystery, suspense and unexpected revelations. The confrontation between Light and L becomes the thrilling heart of this breathless tale, with every twist and turn bringing us a little closer to the final denouement.

Perverted notions of justice

The author of the manga is Tsugumi Oba, while Takeshi Obata is responsible for the drawings. Obata has always denied that Death Note deliberately sends out a message, so the manga is more a reflection of his unconscious conception of justice and its limits. In this captivating tale, the balance between good and evil is explored in a profound way, offering readers a stimulating reflection on human nature and morality.

Indeed, Light is right: our world is full of criminals, some of whom are even in power. But the way he acts makes him a worse criminal: he kills lots of people, without even giving them a chance to defend themselves. So if he were ever to become the god of a world purged of evil, it would be a terrible perversion, for he would be a god of serial killers. Light's every action raises questions about power, responsibility and the consequences of our actions, inviting readers to question their own convictions.

On the other hand, Detective L stands up for human justice and the rules of our society. While he recognises that most of the victims were awful characters, he cannot accept the method used. Nevertheless, in order to catch this killer who murders from a distance, he begins to flout the rules of justice, police investigations and society in general. He becomes a criminal himself. This duality between Light and L brilliantly illustrates the nuances of morality and the ethical dilemmas faced by individuals in a complex and often ruthless world.

And the irony is always there. For example, Light is none other than the son of the chief of police... This revelation adds an extra dimension to the plot, underlining the paradoxes and inner conflicts that underlie the main characters. In this dark and fascinating universe, the characters wrestle with their own inner demons, offering readers a profound exploration of the human psyche and the nature of justice.

Great success and controversy

Death Note was a huge success, not least because of its dark tone and gripping plot. This complex story explores themes of morality, power and justice, arousing the interest of readers the world over. The fantasised identification with the main character, Light Yagami, has contributed to its popularity, but has also raised concerns about its impact on young readers. Indeed, whole regions of China censored the manga, fearing that it would lead to inappropriate behaviour among teenagers.

With the success of the manga, released in twelve tankobon volumes, came the anime adaptation, which amplified its fame. The first anime came out in 2006, directed by Tetsuro Araki and produced by Madhouse, offering a faithful and immersive adaptation of the original work. In addition to the anime, live-action films have been made, bringing a new dimension to the Death Note universe. Netflix even released an American adaptation of Death Note in 2017, starring Nat Wolff as Light (Turner) and Lakeith Stanfield as L, while Willem Dafoe lends his voice and facial animation to the god of death, Ryuk.

In addition to the film adaptations, video games inspired by Death Note have also been developed, offering fans an interactive experience with the universe of the series. Particularly for the Nintendo DS, these games have allowed players to dive even deeper into the story and experience unique adventures in the dark and complex world of Death Note.

Relive the world of Death Note

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