I got into the Death Note series because it was smart. I loved the complexity of the plot lines and
depths of characters. I was quickly addicted to the cat and mouse game of Light and L. Aside from the fantastical Shinigami, L was in fact the the main draw to the Death Note series.
This being said, I was not disappointed by ' Change the World'. L's character shines and even though the story line has little to nothing to do with the original, they weave the new with the old and soon you just want to see L in action again and you get over the absence of every character in the past series. It is still packed with dark humor and interesting twists.
I did miss the supernatural element and I have to say i enjoyed the first two movies (as well as the animated series) a little more due to that element, but if you are a fan of the the series, I think you will be pleased as I was. Just watch it as a separate, loosely based installment of Death Note.
WHY, anime nerds, do you need to ruin the whole movie for the rest of us with your nerdy and loud
comments? Seriously. I hate you. Use some Stridex and wash your hair. If had a Death Note, all your names would be in it.
Having said that, the film is thoroughly enjoyable, even for a non-anime nerd like myself. I have since started the animated series and thought they did a great job translating it on screen. Lots of plots twists and turns. Decent acting, though I would have much rather preferred subtitles vs. dubbing. The music was good and suspenseful, kept the film moving along. Especially enjoyed the Shinigami Death God Ryuk, he is both dark and humorous.
All in all it was a great follow up the first live action film and I daresay I enjoyed even more than the first.
PS Did I mention I hate anime goth dorks?
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