Backlash is frequently a byproduct of great success. The very things that made Death Note a “masterpiece” were also the things that led to its worldwide ban.
In Death Note, Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student, discovers a magical notebook belonging to a Shinigami, which tells her story (a God of Death). With the knowledge that he can now kill anyone at any time, Light decides to exact vengeance on those who have wronged him. The line between justice and murder becomes increasingly blurred as the mission progresses, and self-righteousness quickly turns into a God complex.
The intensity of the plot and the dark psychological themes it explores are two of the reasons for the show’s success. However, not everyone appreciates its masterful storytelling. Death Note has been banned in some countries and remains a source of concern for parents and authorities for the following reasons:
Why Is Death Note Banned In Some Countries?
Death Note has been banned in some countries due to its mature themes (including China and Russia). The show is said to have a profound impact on young minds, and the content is deemed inappropriate for children by the authorities.
As you might expect, the anime is notorious for presenting the viewer with a moral quandary, which is not something parents want their children exposed to.
Since the anime’s release, children in the United States and China have been creating their own Death Notes. Students (usually in middle school) scribbled down the names of their adversaries and teachers in these notebooks, which alarmed local cops and parents.
Volumes of the DN Manga were discovered near a suicide note written by a 15-year-old girl in Russia. Researchers discovered that the manga was not to blame, but they were powerless to change its negative reputation. As a result, a group of local parents wrote an open letter to President Obama requesting that the series be banned in all forms (movies, anime, manga, etc.).
After a group of murderers in Belgium left notes inspired by Kira, it was dubbed “Manga Murderers” (the protagonist and antagonist of the series).
In Which Countries is it Illegal to Possess a Death Note?
The publication of Death Note is prohibited in Russia and a few Chinese provinces (namely Shenyang and Gansu). China banned the series in 2005 due to its “corrupting influence on children,” but Russia’s decision surprised many.
It’s fortunate for Death Note that it isn’t the only anime that has been banned. A Russian court recently declared illegal some of the most well-known and beloved anime series, including ‘Akira’ and ‘Tokyo Ghoul.’
Is it Harmful to Children to Read or Watch the Death Note?
Death Note is appropriate for children. Despite the show’s adult themes, viewers appear to have no negative reactions. The show is rated 16+ on some websites, but viewers as young as 12 can safely watch it.
It’s important to remember that many Death Note fans (including myself) began watching the show when we were 15/16, and some even before that! My 11-year-old brother grew up loving the anime after I first suggested it to him.
What is the Point of Watching or Reading Death Note?
Because of its brilliant writing, Death Note is one of the best anime series ever made. Even if you’re not an anime fan, Death Note’s brilliant storytelling and tense plot will not disappoint.
Rather than following Light Yagami and his newfound role as vigilante/God (as in Death Note), this series focuses on his deadly cat-and-mouse game with mysterious detective L.
The story transforms into an immersive 3D Chess game with each move, pitting the two greatest minds in history against each other – and keeping you on your toes. If Light and L had been unstoppable in any other show, you’d be left wondering how the show would end.
While Death Note makes a few unintentional gaffes in the middle of the story, they aren’t anything that can’t be remedied by the end.
Furthermore, the protagonist’s transformation from a bored high school student to an obsessive evil mastermind is fascinating to watch. And, whether you agree with him or not, the show does an excellent job of making you root for him.
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