I'll confess that the first time I watched Death Note I turned it off about halfway through. That was a few years ago, when the live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name was first making its way around the world. I didn't hate the movie mind you, I just found that its execution fell far short of its premise. After that, I never really gave much thought to the series, this despite a growing chorus that the second film in the series was definitely the better of the two.

Now that Death Note Volumes 1 & 2 are available on a 4-disc Blu-ray set in the UK, however, I finally got around to checking back in with the series. Much to my own surprise, I liked it considerably more this time around. Funny how actually watching a film from beginning to end will do that.

I absolutely love the premise of the series. The idea of a human having control over a grim reaper's notebook - which will take the life of anyone whose name is written within its pages - and using it to right the wrongs of the justice system is rife with promise. It's the kind of premise that's so simple and yet so rich I'm jealous I didn't think of it first.
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