Death Note is a 37-episode anime series based on the manga series of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Death Note is one of the most popular anime series. Anime and Manga lovers all over the globe fan boy over this series. Kira’s willpower and strategic mind in competence with mastermind “L” and his power gives the audience chills.
Anime series are known for stretching for seasons after seasons with hundreds of episodes but this one just had one season. The craziness and fandom didn’t stop there. Last year Netflix came up with a movie based on this series. Everyone was excited what visual effects amazement would we get to see for Ryuk’s character.
Death Note started with a general concept of Shinigamis. But this show had complicated relationships with Shinigamis and the lead roles. Ryuk’s love or as some fans called it lust towards apples made for an interesting storyline. The animation techniques used in this series is not very different from that of what we see in other anime/ manga series.
Ohba’s vision started with creating L’s character anonymous who only contacted the world through his assistant Watari. He didn’t have to recreate the Shinigamis’ appearance but hours were tediously dedicated to form small and peculiar character symphonies.
The legacy of Death Note has been continued in merch, video games and obviously the movie. The film wasn’t released in theatres. Netflix bought the rights of this film and making it exclusively available there. William Dafoe got pretty upset when he heard that the film won’t be released on theatres. According to him, not everyone has a Netflix subscription and they might want to watch the film as well.
The visual effects used in this film were definitely worth the Netflix subscription. Death Note was one of a kind film. A world where the chaser becomes the chase or vice versa, director Ohba said that the film wouldn’t have been possible without visual effects and animation efforts of the post production team.
Death Note is a living example how going for a visual effects course allows you to explore your talents and create content as per your choice.