Death Note Re-light #1: Visions of a God
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"See through the eyes of a shinigami… Light and L have battled to the bitter end over the Death Note-but what does the story look like from Ryuk's point of view? When rogue shinigami Ryuk deliberately drops his Death Note in the human world out of boredom, he has no idea how far the human who picks it up will take his newfound power. With the Death Note in hand, brilliant high school student Light Yagami vows to rid the world of evil, and when criminals begin dropping dead one by one, genius detective L steps in to track down the elusive killer known as Kira. An epic battle of wits pitting one brilliant mind against another unfolds-with the very future of humanity at stake! Ryuk's not bored anymore… Go back to where it all began and watch the epic battle from a new perspective-through the eyes of the one who started it all! "]]>
Except for the opening and closing bookends of the bored, alienated Ryuuk talking with another Shinigami (god of death), Re-Light consists entirely of re-cut footage from the TV series. Brilliant high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook Ryuuk drops into human space. If anyone writes a person's name in the notebook, that person dies. After testing the Death Note's powers, Light launches a grandiose vigilante campaign: he will rid the world of criminals to create his version of a perfect society. The most exciting parts of Death Note pit Light against the eccentric but brilliant investigator known only as "L." But cutting the 37-episode series into a two-hour special reduces the plot to so much animated coleslaw. Characters and subplots appear and disappear: the filmmakers include part of the sequence in which L has himself handcuffed to Light, but they don't explain why he does it or why they're unchained in later scenes. Fans of Death Note who want to see more of Light and L will have more fun with the live-action features Death Note, Death Note Movie II: The Last Name, and Death Note 3: L Change the World. (Rated T+ Older Teen: suitable for ages 15 and older: grotesque imagery, violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
Top Customer Reviews
I first caught "DEATH NOTE" the animated series on television. I've heard so many impressive things in regards to the storyline and also saw the series featured on NPR. To get the critical acclaim that it has worldwide, this series must be special.
And special is what "DEATH NOTE" truly is. From beginning to end, this series has just grabbed my attention because of its well-written cat vs. mouse storyline.
"DEATH NOTE" is a 37-episode TV series that was created by Studio Madhouse and featured on Japanese television in 2006-2007 and featured in the US in 2007-2008 (the whole series is available in two box sets from Viz Media/Shonen Jump Home video). The series has spawned a popular manga series, a novel, three live action films and has captured the attention of anime and non-anime fans worldwide.
After the series was completed, a new special (the first of two) was released on television in August 2007 titled "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" which features the whole series condensed into a 130 minute episode. But unlike recap specials aired in Japan, this special would be a retelling of the story in the point of view of Ryuk (Light Yagami's Shinigami) who is telling a story of his experience on what happened when he was on Earth and a story he is explaining to another Shinigami who is bored in the underworld.
"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" features new scenes and an ending that may or may not shock "DEATH NOTE" fans.
The series focuses on the character of a very smart high school student named Light Yagami.Read more ›
First, the good stuff: The animation of the new scenes is lovely; the colors & design are brighter and crisper than in the original anime. It's really the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. The extra scenes are interesting, but don't add that much to the original series.
OK, now the bad stuff: This is basically a clip show, following just over halfway thru the anime (where a particularly lovable character dies). It's framed by Ryuk telling the story to another shinigami. But that's about it.
I'd had high hopes for this DVD (given the description), but, alas, they were dashed [siiiiigh].
I'd recommend this for (a) Death Note completists, or (b) someone who doesn't want to invest the time in watching the entire first half of the original anime.
I've seen every episode, watched all three movies and now I have the Re-Light.
I even have a death note of my very own.
my life is complete!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful, dark series from Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata. The animation is beautiful, & the story is gripping. Worth it for hard-core Death Note fans!Published on December 3, 2013 by Scarlet
it was basically a recap of the first part of the series with only one small change near the end that actually could not have happened. Severely disappointed.Published on September 20, 2013 by tjaketheman
I like Death Note, keep me on the edge of my seat, but this movie help me not to have to watch the whole season.Published on August 29, 2013 by Luke
This is a great move that goes good with the series. I love it very much. I watched it along with the series.Published on May 26, 2013 by Unicornhal
this anime is really freaking cool! my ex has it though so i'm bummed:( cause it's just really freaking cool:)Published on April 28, 2013 by elizabeth loftis
If you have the series don't bother. The movies are just the series in a compact version. Although if you want to save some money and see the series this is a good option.Published on March 25, 2013 by Derek Schmitz