The End of Death Note: Last Rites for Light

While the live-action Transformers movie totally disrespected its villain, the final episode of the Death Note anime gave its villain final respects. Light Yagami meets a much more poignant end in the anime than he does in the source manga: chasing the sunset and seeing the full extent of his fall from grace, contemplating his life instead of begging for it. As the man who would have been God of the New World closes his eyes for the last time, he is reunited with the only real friend he ever had: L Lawliet, the great detective he murdered in his mad quest for godhood.

Judging from the time on his watch when he received five bullet wounds from the betrayed Matsuda, and the color of the sky when he closed his eyes, Light must’ve been bleeding all over the place for at least four hours before he died. Kira was clearly one tough bastard.

The deaths of L and Light were the pivotal moments for Japanese animation studio Madhouse to add value to their anime adaptation of this hit manga, and they delivered in spades on both counts. The cruelty of L’s final moments made me hate Light, but the melancholy of Light’s final moments made me pity him. The source manga had a deliciously Hitchcockian twist at the end which some fans missed in the anime — but the anime’s final scenes of realization, resolution, and renewal were so beautiful they brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations to Madhouse on improving upon an already fantastic manga. See, this is how you use creative license on a hit property: with utmost respect for beloved characters.

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One Comment on “The End of Death Note: Last Rites for Light”
  1. wow what a great anime never seen great story hahahaha para nakakaawa ito pala

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