Death Note: Complete Series And Ova Collection [Blu-ray]

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Death Note: Complete Series And Ova Collection [Blu-ray]

Death Note: Complete Series And Ova Collection [Blu-ray]

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Sure enough the quality is as good as you would expect; however given it’s age – and the way the series is animated – a fair amount of grain can be seen on the screen; so don’t expect that crystal clear quality from Blu-ray sets released today. Fast-forward nearly a decade into the future and Death Note remains as popular as it ever was; with both older and younger generations being familiar with the entire series – including those who have no real interest in anime in general – and now Manga Entertinment UK are re-releasing the series on Blu-ray.

Death Note offers a great concept, and it delivers it in a character driven, psychological drama that is a far sight different from the usual shonen action tropes. As you would expect from a show with such dark themes, there’s plenty use of shadows and moody lighting. That’s fine for US DVD, passable for UK PAL DVD, but for Blu-ray, that means an upscale, and you would be forgiven for thinking that it would really just look the same as the DVD, just more expensive. Collected across 6 discs containing all 37 episodes of the hit anime series plus the bonus Death Note: Relight OVAs in an exclusive collectors edition rigid box packaging. During the golden-age of anime there were numerous franchises that broke the ‘boundary’ that had been pre-determined by people and became more main-stream with the general public.

In the end, the best thing to do is watch this series and decide for yourself, because it is a brilliant story with so much going on around it. In the UK we get the added bonus of replacing PAL DVDs either with 4% speed-up and higher-pitched or pitch corrected audio, or NTSC-PAL standards converted discs with ghosting and judder. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil… namely the people he believes to be evil. It is hard to think of another anime character so complex that they can be described in so many different ways. The character and world designs are excellent, and the level of detail and fluidity of motion speaks to a high investment in the animation.

But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god.

In a surprising turn of events Manga Entertainment have opted to author their own Blu-ray Discs as opposed to using the masters created by VIZ Media in America; a fact which also explains the relatively lengthy delay this title received.

The second thing is that the colour palette on DVD is limited in comparison to Blu-ray, so you don’t always see the colours that the creators intended. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. Well you’ll have to wait it to find out; but this is just a small piece in the ever-changing-puzzle that makes Death Note so thrilling to watch.Line detail has to be finessed to avoid aliasing, while gradation of colour has to be smoothed out to eliminate macro-blocking. Throughout the next handful of episodes we see both Light Yagami and L play mind-games with each other; sometimes in the open and sometimes in private – both of which are waiting for the other person to slip up and make a mistake. Products labelled '*item fulfilled by Exertis on behalf of hmv' will be supplied to you directly by Exertis via their approved couriers.

I have to admit to being disappointed at the Manga release, with the only extra features being the most redundant of the lot, a couple of digest movies which are pointless after watching the series. When so many criminals start dying all other the world, Interpol gets into contact with the world’s greatest detective, a man simply known as “L”. Well it means we lose out on all of the extra features that were previously included with the DVD release. If you are suspected of having done something wrong, regardless of your race, gender, sexuality, class or whatever, you are down for the chop. It’s one of those epoch defining shows, like Sailor Moon, Full Metal Alchemist, and Cowboy Bebop, a show that is a signpost for anime fandom, making the anime industry pause, and re-evaluate what it’s doing, most likely change direction as well.

The Shinigami exist to shepherd souls across to the other side, and where convenient give them a helping hand. It’s bizarre how a series that is only thirty-seven episodes long manages to contain an extensive amount of story as well as continusiouly change its character; and while at times elements of the series may seem slow paced they do nothing but build-up to the events of another death, or trick, being played out by the key characters. If you were to ask me which character in western fiction Light is most similar too, oddly I would go for a sitcom character: Rik Mayall’s right-wing MP Alan B’Stard in the satirical sitcom The New Statesmen from the late 1980s and early 1990s. L is the world’s greatest detective, an enigmatic figure who stays out of the limelight, his raven-haired appearance and eccentricities setting him apart from his peers, but he can solve cases that leave others baffled.

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