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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – The End (?)

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Like, really?

Really, really seriously?

I did not, and I mean did NOT, see this coming. It ended? Just like that? I watched it like I would any other episode, without so much as hint that this was it. These past few episodes have been a confusing blur. Too much happened and  most of it made no sense and it was so rushed. I have read only seven volumes of the manga, I couldn’t find the last two ones. But dude, I feel so underwhelmed!

I reviewed the episode up till the 17th episode and it ended on the 24th so I have a good seven episodes to cover now. Great. I’ll try to imbue as much disappointment into this as I possibly can because whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Episode 18: Forgive and Forget

Chise gets a new friend and Elias throws a tantrum. Add a very confusing cameo by some fae entity, a dragon kidnapping and the now traditional passing out of Chise and voila!

Honestly, I liked the Chise/Elias moments but the rest was pretty mixed. I’ve been really bummed with the magic aspect of this series from the beginning. There isn’t a clear sense of what’s what and the girl that showed up out of the blue and helped Ruth had me like, eh? Who dis? Cartaphilius came back and that was cool since I was itching to know more about that guy.

Episode 19: Any port in a storm

Cartaphilius kidnaps two dragons and sells one and Elias and Chise with a bunch of Alchemists plan to buy it from the same auction Chise was sold at.

Again, so many different things that are just not given enough time. The alchemists for one, they have this entire college dedicated to studying magic and yet as much as wanted to know more about it, its mention was restricted to just Elias not letting Chise go there and learn. There is a mysterious woman that shows up who wants God knows what from Chise but then the dragon transforms and breaks loose.

Episode 20: You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs

So despite knowing how fragile she is Elias straight up lets her do magic whenever she’s having these sympathetic “feelings” for others. Blegh. To stop the dragon, she drains its magic (great idea) while Elias conveniently gets blasted in the face and so Chise gets cursed transforming one of her arms into a monstrosity. Shannon, the fairy doctor tells her that she’s gonna die. What else is new?

And the woman that appeared out of nowhere in the last episode happens to be a witch who offers help in exchange of Chise joining her coven. There are witches and covens too and we only get to know about it in episode 20 and then five minutes in the next one. How DOES this world work?

Episode 21: Necessity has no law

The meeting with the witches bears no fruit, obviously, instead we see how their leader has been grown into a tree because of something I don’t remember. The witch from before cries and stuff and I was confused if I was supposed to give a shit about some random witch leader that literally just disappeared after 5 seconds.

Elias tries to sacrifice Stella to save Chise because it’s a stellar idea, Chise finds out, slaps him and walks out and Stella is actually Cartaphilius so everyone’s like damn but Chise goes with him anyway to save the remaining dragon and Stella.

Not gonna lie, Chise being pissed at Elias and leaving him, that was a development I actually liked. I still didn’t get the hint that the show might be about to end but they were delving deeper into that child freak’s mystery which was definitely a plus.

Episode 22: As you sow, so shall you reap

I should also mention that whatever coherent bit of summary I can manage here is by reading the Wikipedia page because watching didn’t tell me shit.

Cart (short for his too long name I’m tired of writing) wants to switch places with Chise, he wants to die but is cursed to live forever which vice versa for her so he proposes an exchange of arms but swaps eyes instead first to check if it would work. Yikes. I thought that was a clever idea.

So we saw Chise past and how his father left with his brother. Just like that. No shit, bro, thanks for showing us exactly what you told with no real insight as to why the heck it even happened. And Chise’s “moving on” bit was not moving in the least bit. The thing I actually wanted to know was what they skipped entirely.

Episode 23: Nothing seek, nothing find

Elias is throwing a tantrum, again and those two weridos Oberon and Titania try to coerce him into living in the fairy land with Chise but he refuses because sentiment and then they find Chise and chase Cart/Joseph around.

We finally see why he calls himself Joseph while others call him Cart-a-what-sits. So after they merged together, Joseph/Cart became an alchemist? Or was Cart always an alchemist, even when he “threw a stone at Jesus”. I guess we’ll never fucking know.

Episode 24: Live and let live

After Chise catches up to Cart it is followed by a bunch of crazy shit that I was barely able to follow but basically what happened was she linked herself with him and now they’ll live forever.

And then Chise accepts herself as Elias’s bride, she’s in a flipping wedding dress and they exchange rings so why the fuck not, eh?

Now, if there’s to be a second season this might be comforting because as it is, this was THE most lame thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t even begin to describe how disappointed and betrayed I feel though I certainly hope it’s apparent from the cranky commentary.

Here’s a list of things that needed urgent addressing:

  • Where did Elias come from? “Appearing out of nowhere” may sound intriguing for a while but it wears off surprisingly quickly. “Child of Thorns”, “Halfling” and many other nicknames are tossed around for Elias even a casual assumption that he might have dabbled in dark magic to become such a thing. However, NOT enough.
  • Was Elias never going to transform completely into a human? I meannnnn… you know what I mean!
  • Chise’s father just up and left with her brother in the middle of the night and never came back? RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.
  • I’m still vastly unclear about the rules of magic and the slay vegga/beggie situation but that is probably just me. But not really. The college, witches, covens, alchemists, mages, fae, there’s a lot but you can’t still grasp the essence of it all, know what I mean?
  • And, now that I think back on it, Elias just straight up expressing his hope of making Chise his bride after buying her from an auction made no sense! He wanted to learn more about humans? Well, he could have easily done it (and did too) without that part. So I ask again, WHY. (0-o)
  • I seem to have run out of questions just now but NO MATTER. These should suffice.

There are prequel episodes as well which I haven’t seen but I  read that these were incorporated into some of the early volumes which I have read so I guess I won’t find the answers I’m looking for.

I’m just genuinely so upset with the whole show. It should have had at least 30 episodes and taken the the time to satisfactorily explain things instead of just rushing past them while introducing new characters and things in every episode that just as easily fled from memory.

The show had its moments, funny ones, sweet ones but save from a couple of episodes I don’t think I was blown away by anything in particular. And the way I’m feeling right now is overshadowing the rest as well. Let’s not forget the utter disaster that was the change in the show’s theme song. Eurgh, so bad.


I would give this series a 3/5. I wish it made more sense than it did.



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The Ancient Magus’s Bride: Episodes 13 – 17 Review

Here’s a general rundown of the episodes I watched this month:

Episode 13: “East, west, home’s best”

First and most importantly of all, WHAT THE TRUCKING HELL WITH THE NEW THEME SONG?! Why, oh, why do these people change a perfectly beautiful theme to a disastrously horrendous one? They did it with DeathNote and they did it to this show. WTF. They ruined it. DESTROYED. THIS IS SACRILEGE. I FRICKIN’ HATE IT.

Now, the episode:

  • A lot of sweet Elias and Chise moments. Though, sometimes, when he picks her up it feels a tad unnecessary.
  • Those sheep thingies were so CUTE.
  • I like how little by little they’re both expressing themselves in front of each other.
  • This episode was great in terms of relationship development and eventful besides.

Episode 14: “Looks breed love” 

  • It’s funny how Elias always takes care to mention that Chise shouldn’t exert too much magic being a Sleigh Beggie and all and then when someone needs help he just casually steps aside and LETS her do everything.
  • I liked how Joel’s tale came to a close. Tying ends is a good thing.
  • Also, that weird Pokemon dude showed up outta nowhere just to mess with Elias. WTH. People like these make me hurl.
  • True to tradition, this episode ended with Chise and blood. She either goes missing, or gets stabbed or vomits blood…
  • Hello? Where is Ruth? He exists, you know.

Episode 15: “There is no place like home”

  • Aaaaand we’re back to the realm of the fae where you’ll find people with suck-tastic medical techniques and queens with sentient tits.
  • I liked only two things about this visit: a) time passes slowly in fairy land than human land. b) If a human stays in the land of the fae, he/she ends up becoming more fae like. That’s it. I hated the doctor and the stupid queen who’s in desperate need of a bra and her stupid husband.
  • Silver’s past was a little sad and I’m glad for the peek we got. She talks after all.

  • Hellloooooooooo? Ruth, you there?

Episode 16: “God’s mill grinds slow but sure”

  • This was fun, sure but the fact that Alice had no one to call but Chise seemed weird to me.
  • Now we got a look inside Alice and Renfred’s past which was cool.
  • I kinda want to see that demented child-man now. He’s been gone since Ruth’s introduction.
  • Chise and Elias’s kisses. LMAO.
  • Ruth, O Ruth? Where you at, bro?

Episode 17: “Look before you leap”

  • Pokemon freak back at it again with his lame and hateful games, messing with people for no good reason. Not amused.
  • Since Chise’s ring broke, Angelica made her a magic reduction bracelet. Which is gonna break too and Chise is gonna vomit blood and then they’re gonna go to fae realm again.
  • The teddy bear-crystal flower thing was pretty clever, I’d give Elias that.
  • Oh, there you are Ru-




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The Ancient Magus’s Bride: Episodes 6-12 Review

I’m loving this show right now. Not entirely obsessed with it but it is really good.

I haven’t kept up with the Manga after Volume 3 but now I will read the next one as soon as I can. Not comparing the two in this post as I did before. It’s too much work.

Episode 6: The Faerie Queene

After the whole cat fiasco Chise and Elias return but she’s spent a lot of her power so she passes out and remain so for two weeks. The faerie queen and her husband visit in the meanwhile.

  • I’m not really digging the magic system so far. There’s very little we know about it and each small bit comes after a week so you’ve already forgotten what little you were told.  I like being told straight up what is what and how and why and this isn’t happening here. I think at some point someone said something about why Chise is doomed to die because she is a Slay Vega or Sleigh Beggy I don’t remember now.
  • The queen had the most unfortunate boobs I have ever seen. They seemed to have a life of their own. It was extremely uncomfortable to watch and unnecessary as well. Eh. I guess people dig that stuff.
  • It was a rather boring episode.

Episode 7: Talk of the devil, and he is sure to appear


  • This episode was INSANE! Not only did we get to see that freak who screwed over Mathew and his wife, we also saw Yuris later named Ruth by Chise and the adorable bond between Renfred and his apprentice Alice.
  • Oh, and Elias’s true form as well. WHAT.
  • The premise was exciting and it ended with a huge LE GASP.

Episode 8: Let sleeping dogs lie

  • There were so many adorable things in this episode, all of them concerning Ruth. He belonged, I guess, to another girl who was killed by that man-child freak and used for his experiment. He considered her his sister and refused to let go when she died. So when he sees Chise he is struck by how alike they are. He asks to be Chise’s familiar.
  • I have no idea how Chise survived an IMPALEMENT.
  • So the freak tells Elias and co. why he does his experiments: he wants to find a way to stop his suffering? Which was something I don’t really understand. He’s lived for hundreds maybe thousands of years so it isn’t immortality he wants. Meh. Point is, he’s bonkers and potentially, the main villain.
  • These two episodes were one of my favorites.

Episode 9: None so deaf as those who will not hear

  • Another great and happening episode where Chise and Ruth have time to explore their bond. He is a cuddlymushbear by the way.


  • Elias can’t revert to his human-like shape after the events of the last two episodes so he stays in his room for days. Chise realizes that she isn’t as indifferent as she originally thought and misses him.
  • There were a LOT of people in this episode. The church priest, Angelica, a weird vampire fairy and the man she literally sticks with, a messenger from Lindel come to take Chise to the land of dragons again.
  • Angelica makes Chise realize that she’s being far too dependent on Elias and that was a good reminder. Not that she has a lot of choices but it was still something she needed to be aware of at least.
  • This leads Chise to break down in front of Elias and politely and tearfully demand answers. Obviously, he went with “gimme some time gurrrl”.
  • Now the fairy/vampire part. It expanded the magical world a little bit. Ruth played the protective big brother and told the fairy not to even touch Chise (and boy did she listen) and then he up and left! So Chise went inside the old man’s house, had tea, read his book and discovered that the fairy loved this man but he couldn’t see her yet still she stayed. This provided a parallel of sorts to Elias and Chise. But…

SO unnecessary…

I can literally pick put parts that are just there for sexual appeal and nothing else. A 99% naked fairy, ridiculous amounts of cleavage, and said fairy fondling a really old man while leaving nothing to the imagination being some of them.

Episode 10: We live and learn

  • This was boooooring. So Chise goes back to the land of dragons because Lindel wants her to make her own staff/wand when secretly he’s worried about her. Even the fact that we see how Elias met Lindel, it wasn’t really exciting.
  • The grand-daughter in question is Chise and the ‘he’ is Lindel. That was cute.
  • So Elias just showed up out of nowhere, remembering nothing except the color red, in his monster form and Lindel took him as his apprentice. He might have been a human before, turned into a beast by dabbing in dark magic, Lindel’s master suggests. And at some point, Elias has eaten humans. Interesting.
  • I love it when the animation turns goofy. I just love it.

Episode 11: Lovers ever run before the clock

  • Lindel continues on telling Chise about the time he spent training Elias. There’s an exciting encounter with a bunch of villagers when they see Elias and hurt Lindel. Elias freaks out and in his anger, almost kills them all.
  • Chise works on her wand/staff thingy and talks to Elias via magic. They’re just steps away from full on confessing their love but tend to draw it out whenever the moment comes.
  • Lindel: “I’m sure I’d be very tasty. But please don’t eat me.”
    Elias: “Uuuuuuuuh… I won’t.”
  • A good episode, better than the previous one at least.

Episode 12: Better to ask the way than go astray

  • I was getting a little tired of the Lindel/Dragons/Wand story line which had stretched to three episodes and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like this one. But BOY! This one scene made up for it all! I loved those two minutes. I mean LOVED them so much I ended up rewatching it FIVE TIMES. That is a HUGE deal as I rarely rewatch. It was so epic! The music was awesome and the imagery was gorgeous!
  • Lindel adds the finishing touches to Chise’s wand and as soon as she touches it she’s transported to this realm(?) where she talks with that weird dead dragon again. She expresses her doubts, clears her head, gets a self-esteem boost and returns to the real world all confident-like. Then she uses her wand to transform herself into a fiery phoenix and returns home.

Then she faints, thereby not getting to the part where she tells Elias her “feelings”. Whatever, the phoenix scene makes up for EVERYTHING.

  • She dreams about a happier time of her childhood when her mother wasn’t suicidal, her brother was about to be born and her father was still there. Interestingly enough, both of her parents could see the fae creatures. Huh.

The title track of this show is so addictive even though I have zero clue about what it’s saying. It’s worth watching for sure.





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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 4 & 5 Review


Episode 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Episode 5: “Love Conquers All”


Chapter 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Chapter 5: “Misfortunes Seldom Come Singly”
Chapter 6: “Curiosity Killed The Cat”
Chapter 7: “Love Conquers All”

My Rating: 4/5

That’s a two-part story in the anime and it gets quite chilly, actually. Right after the events of the last episode, after dealing with the Dragon issue, whatever that was, Chise is exhausted and so she passes out and wakes up on a train en route to their next task given by the Church. While she sleeps she dreams of cats and the episode just happens to be about cats.

  • Another magical aspect: cats having nine lives, the ability to talk and a king.
  • The Manga has Wizards vs Sorcerers while the Anime has Sorcerers vs Alchemists.
  • Everybody has their own opinions about Elias. While Angelica’s and Lindel’s were positive, the Alchemist/Wizard they encounter at the end of the fourth episode calls him “The Evil Magician”.
  • I read this somewhere, the Anime calls Chise “Sleigh Beggy” instead of Slay Vega. Which is considerably less cool-sounding.
  • In one scene Elias licks Chise’s neck cut. Now, two things: one, so that bone head moves. That’s the first time he did something with it. Two, this was intended as a gentlemanly gesture perhaps or to show how caring he is but I’m getting very mixed feelings with this. She is FIFTEEN for the love of God. AND she’s filled with distrust for people. One would think that treading with caution would be the wisest course of action around such a person. Elias just goes there. Sheesh.
  • The Alchemist/Wizard Renfred calls him “Pilum Murialis” which of course, I didn’t catch in the anime. The Manga shows the translation beneath in faded letters: the one that tears and eats castles. Fascinating…
  • Elias’s reasoning for pushing Chise into destroying the blight and not doing it himself was so shady. If it was the truth, it was lame. If it wasn’t, maybe it was a test of sorts.
  • The fifth episode was AH-MAZING. It scared the living shit out of me and yet, by the end of it, I was crying. CRYING, DAMMIT!

I enjoyed this story line a lot and though things keep popping up here and there seemingly randomly I see can it will all make sense eventually.


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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 2 and 3 Review

I forgot to express how much I love the theme song of this show already. It is ETHEREAL. I kid you not. So dreamy and beautiful.  I’ve only listened to it twice and totally fallen for it. I wish there were subtitles to it so I could understand what the girl is saying. I’d have to google it.

Episode 2: “One today is worth two tomorrows.”

This was so good! I really liked it. There was a glimpse of Chise’s mother, a visit to a fellow mage and a visit from a friend.

  • Because of the hilarious thrashing he got from Angelica, his fellow mage, it was confirmed that Elias “Bonehead” Ainsworth was acting pretty weirdly. That scene was literally my favorite. Like, you’ve literally bought an emotionally unstable and potentially powerful girl and now you think it wise to tell her that she is to be your apprentice because she is special and that you are going to make her your bride. Sheesh, dude. Develop some tact.

  • The Manga calls her “Slay Vega” but I swear in the anime they say something like Slay “Beggie”.
  • Angelica explained a little about magic to Chise. Only, the explanations of the anime and Manga were different. In anime, she is told her that Sorcerers break the laws of nature to do things while Alchemists alter the laws. In the Manga, she differentiates between Wizards doing spells by understanding then altering the laws of nature while Sorcerers doing magic by borrowing it from the fae. This was confusing so it makes sense that they changed it in the show.
  • The Manga also had this hilarious scene where Chise asks if Angelica and Elias were lovers. His reaction was priceless.
  • The priest that visited Elias mentioned something about his “superiors” and giving Elias tasks as payback. That was interesting. I also find it hysterical that whenever he’s annoyed, he resorts to saying “Die”.
  • Also, when the animation gets goofy to show the characters’ funny reactions, I absolutely love it.

My Rating: 4/5

Episode 3: “The scale distinguishes not between gold and lead.”

Eh, this wasn’t that exciting. I mean, we are learning more about Mages and the world they live in and stuff but this episode was almost entirely about watching an almost dead dragon die. So, no, I didn’t find it that exciting.

  • Elias takes Chise to Iceland to run one of the errands for the priest I think. They are there to check in dragons. Chise is suddenly abducted by one. It turns out to be nothing serious as it’s Lindel, another acquaintance of Elias, who brings Chise to the land of the dragons.
  • Lindel is older than Elias who just happens to be 300+. Cool.
  • I just didn’t see the point of those endless minutes spent hallucinating with the dead dragon. There was a lot of nothing.
  • So, mages need wands, do they? Elias doesn’t have one as of yet. He was seen chanting two times and the other couple of times he didn’t even say anything. Angelica didn’t have a wand either, rather she took help from a water spirit. Maybe since mages use non-human sources to channel magic it’s different for everyone?
  • Another tantalizing bit from Chise’s past, the dragon mentions something about her “not jumping being a good thing”? No idea what that was. Presumably, she tried to commit suicide after her mother’s death. Oh, and her mother died in front of her and her father was still alive but she didn’t know where. That was in the second episode.

The Manga and anime do have differences here and there so I’ll be reading and watching side by side.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you seen this show? Let’s discuss!



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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episode 1 Review

About a month ago, my brother told me about this anime show he was watching. He explained the gist of the show and thought that I should watch it. What he said was interesting enough to pique my curiosity but I didn’t get to it immediately. A month later with virtually nothing for me to watch I finally gave in.

It’s called Mahoutsukai no Yome in Japanese which translates to The Ancient Magus’s Bride.

The story is about a young girl called Chise Hatori sold to a mage who goes by the name of Elias Ainsworth. He means to make her his apprentice since she happens to be able to see fae creatures and channel magic. And also, to make her his bride.

Now, here’s the fun part. This is what he looks like:

He’s one big dude.

My original intention was to read the Manga first. There are eight or nine volumes I think, while the show is on-going with about 8 episodes already aired. I read about 44 pages of the first volume after I watched the episode last night. The length had the entirety of the first episode so I’m guessing there are about 4 episodes in each volume.

And it was really good.

I’ll try to summarize without spoiling anything.

The first episode was mainly all about the Mage buying Chise and bringing her to his home. But there’s a lot there just waiting to be told.


  • Chise can see fae creatures and she is supposedly a very unique person called “Slay Vega”. People who attract the fae and are able to use magic through them. There were all sorts of magical and fantastical creatures in the episode including a mermaid, fairies and a bunch of others. There was also a gateway to the fae world so there’ll be more of that surely.
  • The world is modern, there was a shot of skyscrapers. Too modern, in fact, because slavery is accepted again. The “organization” Chise was bought from was seen housing all manner of creatures for sale.
  • There is a glimpse of her past, she was turned away from her own family then different relatives because she was “odd” until she was approached by the organization and she relented. I don’t think her being odd was the entire reason. She was fairly sane so I’m not sure what exactly happened to cause all those people to abandon her.
  • She is 15 and I found that quite disturbing. It’s a little suggestive, the first episode.
  • The mysterious Elias Ainsworth. I’m most excited to learn about his origins. Was he ever human?
  • I find his behavior toward Chise a little endearing, a little weird, the way he calls her “child” and “my puppy” (not unkindly) and pats her head and abruptly hugs her, and also a little disturbing because again, she is just fifteen and he’s quite possibly doing those things not only because she craves positive human interaction but also because he intends to marry her. His actions feel as if he doesn’t know how to behave around other people, though there is another maid in the house. Guess we’ll see.
  • He mentions a war after which Mages were distrusted. This bit made me remember Howl’s Moving Castle  where Howl fights in the country’s wars as the king or queen’s personal wizard.
  • The manga covered everything the episode did. I was able to catch things that went by too fast for me to grasp in the episode, otherwise it was 99% the same as the Manga. I still intend to read it all.

All I can say at this point is that I am suitably intrigued and will definitely see this through.

Rating: 3/5


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Original Versus New: Death Note

Rule # 1: The person who watches this film expecting no deviation from the original and a completely faithful adaptation is stupid.

Rule # 2: After starting the movie, drastic changes from the Japanese version will become evident withing six minutes and forty seconds.

Rule # 3: A person who still doesn’t get over it and rages at the variation should a) watch the Japanese adaptations instead or b) get a life.

Rule # 4: If you are reading this, expect spoilers.

Just sayin’.

Willem Dafoe’s Ryuk voice is DA THANG, YO HOMMIES!!! He absolutely nailed the “Humans are so interesting” line. I didn’t catch wings on his Ryuk, though but that is probably because I didn’t pay much attention. Otherwise, his rendition was flawless and so damn scary.

So, shall we begin?

Differences between the Anime version and the Film version:

    • First of all, Light Yagami, or, Light Turner as he is in this film. He is not an asshole, he is not a psychopath, he is not a veritable JERK and he’s not messed up in the head. He’s a teenager who has a somewhat difficult life after losing his mother and he’s bullied in school. Relations between him and his dad are strained because he blames his father for not doing anything about his mother’s murder. Long story short: His life’s not perfect, he is not completely evil, his motivation for picking up the death note stems from his tough experiences rather than idealism.
      Whereas Yagami was the exact opposite: horse’s ass, perfect life, evil and idealistic.
    • This is a 2-hour film which adequately explains the fact that a huge chunk of the original story is missing. In fact, apart from the central idea and a few main characters, everything is new. So no Matsuda, Aizawah, Rem, Near and a lot of other characters.
    • The film does a much, MUCH better job at explaining things, particularly Light and L’s pasts and why they are what they are. With the anime I was disappointed in terms of L’s origin story.
    • Misa Amane is Mia and she as worse as the original one. While Misa was gullible, willing to go to extreme lengths for Light, Mia displays the same love but it’s overshadowed by her need to have the Death Note. In this version, she is more idealistic than Light himself. He tries to draw a line multiple times but she fights against it.
    • Their relationship is obviously not one-sided this time as Light isn’t dead inside.
    • Ryuk is considerably more malevolent. The shinigami don’t  goad the owners or “keepers” of the Death Note but he coerces Light whenever he gets the chance.
    • Yagami encountered Ryuk in his room while being calm AF while Turner lost his shit while inside a classroom during detention. It was hilarious. Nat Wolff really has a very nice scream.
    • L remains L and Watari remains Watari. I have EXTREMELY mixed feelings about the American version of L. He’s black, which in itself is absolutely fine, BUT, I wanted to see him, above all others, true to the anime version. He’s supposed to be pale as death, queer in his habits with dark circles under his eyes, evidence of his lack of sleep and sun. I put it past me after a while and was able to enjoy the actor’s portrayal. His mannerisms, way of speaking and the incessant munching was so accurate I was almost delighted. Until, L turned out to be insane. Yup. He’s aggressive, hysterical, he shouts (which the original L never did) and he seems unhinged. Again, the L I love was odd and everything but he had this way about himself, that soft way of speaking. The actor mimicked this softness pretty well but it didn’t last long.
    • The gory details, though.

  • I loved how Light turned the situation in his favor at the end despite being double-crossed by Mia. I thought that was AWESOME and reminded me of  Light Yagami for a second.

I had my qualms but this was as good as it was gonna get. I’m chilled but that’s gotta be because I’m not a die-hard fan of Death Note. If someone did something like this to, say, Harry Potter I would have totally flipped out and destroyed everything in my path, BUT, the thing is, where adaptations are concerned, you have got to keep your head and realize that if a different country/language is interpreting something, they’re likely to either modify things according to their culture or take some form of artistic license. You want a faithful adaptation? Well, then go watch the Japanese versions. Easy peasy. But showering a man with death threats AFTER he was given permission to do his own spin by the CREATORS? You are messed up, people. That’s all I have to say.

My Rating: 6.5/10


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Death Note Episodes 31-37 Review: Well, it’s certainly been Interesting!

That’s the one word I’d use to describe this show: interesting. I loved the idea. The concept was so fresh and unique. Instead of a protagonist, we had an antagonist as the main character. 37 episodes were spent hating his guts and cursing his soul. Maybe that is why I didn’t completely go ga-ga over this show. It’s hard to like something when it’s dominated by the thing you hate the most.

And so, Light Yagami suffered the fate he deserved. He didn’t die quick, that is my only consolation. Misa attempted suicide and Matsuda and Aizawah came away unscathed. Phew. As for Riyuk, he was true to how he was when he first met Light: bored and in need of entertainment so as Light lay dying, Riyuk could be heard saying that he had an interesting time in the human world because of Light. He was never as emotionally attached to Light as Rem was to Misa. I wish he could have said all that to Light’s dying face.

Matsuda was the BOSS in the last episode. He was hurt beyond imagining by Light’s revelation and when he tried to be smart Matsuda shot at him with quick precision. BANG BANG BANG. So satisfying.

The creepy asshole that Light picked as his ‘chosen one’ or second Kira also died a death that was hilarious to watch. He and Light both turned so effing scary at the end. Light came completely unhinged as he wasn’t familiar with defeat, humiliation and being caught so he became a deranged lunatic in a matter of seconds.

I think the whole ‘successor of L’ thing was completely unnecessary. L could have been alive and had he been the one solving this case and convicting Light, it would have been much more satisfying and fitting. The incorporation of Near and Mellow was pointless as little to no backstory was told by their inclusion.

My favorite characters have been L, Matsuda, Aizawah and Chief Yagami. Two survived, two didn’t.

Oh, well. I had a jolly good time. Sometimes I was bored, most of the times I wasn’t but it was an excellent show regardless. There’s nothing more I can add to this, my mind is totally blank at the moment.

Now, I’ll get to the thing that prompted me to watch this in the first place: the Netflix movie!!!

My Rating for this show: 8.5/10

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Death Note Episodes 21-30 Review: Scared New World

Before I begin the review, lemme just say, …


Heavy Metal? More like Hideously Mental.
The first one was so catchy and fitting and perfect and I had just warmed up to it and started enjoying it. Curse you, you, who is responsible for the change. May your name be made public.


So, about these 10 episodes. To summarize: SHIT HIT THE FAN, YO.

  • For starters, L and the investigative team finally discovered that the tool of death for Kira was a notebook. AND they saw the shinigami. The scene where Light recovers his memories in the helicopter scared the living shit out of me. That asshole.
    • That leaves Matsuda and Aizawah. I’m scared.
  • The entire investigative team saw Riyuk and Matsuda fed him apples.
  • We sort of maybe kinda learned about L’s past and where he came from (SERIOUSLY, WRITERS? Itni zehmat bhi karney ki kya zaroorat thi. Rehney hi daitey)
  • People have started to accept Kira and his methods so much so that the president of the United States stated in a press conference that he and his country won’t oppose Kira.
  • Oh and lest I forget, Light considered killing his sister at one point.

Like the asshole is leaving no stone upturned to prove that he is an asshole and deserves to be executed by being burned alive.

Misa is such an extra. She likes licking Light’s low feet (ALLITERATION FOR THE WIN!!!!). He behaves as a jerk, because he is one, uses her, manipulates her, controls her, and she just lets him do it. Ugh. She’s just as bad as he is.

As far as my expectations are concerned, since the show is quite steady going both in terms of pace and the “shocking moments” it provides, I’m not too worried about being disappointed by what happens next. I cared about L, and they killed him off so there’s nothing that can upset me more.

Things I would like to see:

There are literally only 7 episodes left so I’d appreciate it:

  1. L’s past in detail.
  2. Misa’s decapitation.
  3. Light being stabbed at the heart.
  4. Matsuda and Aizawah walking away unharmed.
  5. Riyuk realizing what a world-class a-hole Light has been and leaving him.
  6. All the Death Notes being destroyed.
  7. New theme song.
  8. A little more humor.

Uh, yeah. That’s it for now.

My Rating: 8/10


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Death Note – Episodes 11 to 20 Review

I became quite bored during these episodes. Same old, same old. There were some major developments and crazy plot twists that I’ve come to associate with this show.

Riyuzaki/L suspects Light and keeps him under surveillance, Light succumbs to the pressure and feeling cornered comes up with an elaborate plan that involves him and Misa Amane, the second Kira, relinquishing their ownership of their respective Death Notes which ultimately leads them to forgetting everything to do with the shinigami and the terrible power they both possessed.

The rules keep coming in every episode but I’ve sort of stopped paying any attention to them. There are a few fun episodes in between but mostly it’s just L sitting in front of the screen spying on his targets. He chained himself to Light which I thought was particularly awesome. As for Misa, she’s probably the most useless and annoying character in the entire show. I say useless because I dislike her but in actuality, she’s quite resourceful and Light took full advantage of her misplaced loyalty.

The guy just cannot stoop any lower. I haven’t seen that part yet but I bet all eyes of the shinigami that as soon as Light recovers his memory, he’s going to have zero remorse over what he has done.  My favorite episode out of these 10 would have to be “Matsuda”. He’s plain adorable and I hope nothing happens to him.

You know, it shouldn’t be this hard to reveal a little bit of a character backstory at this point. I’ve seen 20 episodes, for God’s sake and I still don’t know why L does not sleep. Why he walks bare feet and why he always sits hunched. Eccentricity alone isn’t enough, there MUST be a reason.

I absolutely LOVE how he speaks. It’s so gentle, his voice, almost soothing and bored out of his wits. He is my favorite character of the show. And Matsuda too. They both deserve hugs and kisses but L probably more.

There has been no sign of Ryuk since Light relinquished his ownership although we do see Rem, Misa’s shinigami now and again.

I can’t say I’m exactly “hot” for this show. I would not miss it, now that I’ve come so far. But days go by before I’m tempted to watch anymore.