“I am the way into the city of woe,
I am the way into eternal pain,
I am the way to go among the lost.
Justice caused my high architect to move,
Divine omnipotence created me,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.
Before me there were no created things
But those that last forever—as do I.
Abandon all hope you who enter here.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno
It took Light Yagami the deaths of many to finally admit that he is, after all, Kira. Among the casualties – L, a prospective friend who knew his agenda and his own father who desperately hold on to hope that his son is not a murderer. In both deaths, Light pretended to mourn but is actually celebrating – how can someone be so ruthless, so heartless?
The answer lies in becoming a god. A god who walks tall among men, who is both judge and jury.
In the final episode of Death Note, Light Yagami (Masataka Kubota) died in flames, still holding on to his desire to become omnipotent and punish men for their sins.
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I could not help but remember Daedalus and his young son Icarus. As father and son escaped from the Labyrinth using two pairs of wings made from feathers and wax, Icarus was so thrilled that he can almost touch the sky. In his frenzy, he flew too high and the sun melted his wings and he died a tragic death. Light and his father, who both adhere to law and justice had a similar fate – as dedicated as he is to his son, Soichiro knew that he is doomed to rescue Light, so as to make the ultimate sacrifice he dedicated his life for Light’s salvation.
Whether or not you are a fan of the Death Note manga and its subsequent anime and movies, the NTV drama series is more than just a companion to the earlier adaptations. It explores the whole issue of the struggle between good and evil, of the crusade of justice and the ultimate sacrifice for the ones we love. Unlike the movies which require condensing and editing the source material, the producers of the drama version knew they have a lot of time in their hands – enough to develop the characters and offer surprising twists and turns.