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Manga Mavericks EP. 38: “Death Note”

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Even though the original manga ended over a decade ago, Death Note has never really died. It has remained ingrained in the zeitgeist, transcending the status of merely being a popular anime series to being a story even those outside the community would recognize. Hence why it’s getting a Netflix live-action film adaptation, the newest in a series of attempts to cash in on the franchise since it concluded. So Death Note is an evergreen series everyone still talks about, but does it actually hold up? Was it really as tightly written and thrilling as you remember? Do its themes of justice, good and evil hold any actual weight? That’s what the Mavericks intend to find out as they re-read the series for the first time in nearly a decade. VLordGTZ also joins us to give his impressions of the series as a first-time reader, to see if the story could still grab the attention of modern fans. Together they discuss the good and the bad, and why Death Note still captures the imagination of fans nearly fifteen years later.

PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:22 – Intro & Show Plans

News:

03:30 – Detective Conan Surpasses 1000 Chapter Milestone
06:55 – Sankarea Author’s New Manga Gets Full-Length Series
07:35 – Ne Ne Ne Has Ended
09:05 – The Seven Deadly Sins Spinoff About Ban & Elaine Ends
10:35 – The Legend of Koizumi Returns with “Tyrant Trump” arc
12:50 – Yoshihiro Togashi Draws 2-Chapter Manga for Grand Jump Premium
15:25 – Shimabukuro Will Publish Two New One-shots in Grand Jump
16:20 – Kaitou Shonen Jokers & Yokai Watch Shadowside Launch
17:25 – Yen Press Simulpublishes The Witch’s House
18:35 – Kodansha USA Licenses Cosplay Animal & Beauty Bunny
21:25 – Viz Licenses Takane & Hana & The Young Master’s Revenge
26:35 – Cross Infinite World Licenses Obsessions of an Otome Gamer Light Novel Series
28:10 – Sekai Project Licenses The House in Fata Morgana Manga
29:20 – Weekly Shonen Jump’s Print Sales are Decreasing, but Digital Sales are Increasing
32:32 – The Live-Action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Film is a Bomb
39:20 – Film Critic Comments on Netflix’s Rise in Japan

Death Note Discussion:

44:35 – How We Got into Death Note
52:36 – The Appeal of Death Note
1:02:00 – Light is Evil
1:15:18 – Soichiro is Noble
1:21:52 – Matsuda is Earnest
1:29:05 – The Ending of Death Note
1:38:35 – Misa Deserved Better
1:46:40 – Sexism in Death Note
1:57:05 – Why the Second Half isn’t as Good
2:28:00 – Has Our Opinion of Death Note Changed Upon Re-reading it?
2:37:17 – Tonal Differences Between the Anime and Manga
2:41:25 – Thoughts on the Upcoming Netflix Live-Action Film

2:45:00 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks and on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, and the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha and special guest VlordGTZ at @VlordGTZ. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! You won’t have to wait two weeks before the next show, because we’ll be putting out a special discussion out next week focusing on piracy in the anime/manga community. If you have any questions or topics concerning piracy that you’d like us to discuss, you can drop us a line in the comments below, comment in the Manga Mavericks thread on Animation Revelation, tweet at us, or send an e-mail! As always, thanks for listening!

 

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