BDN Archive – Death Note II: The Last Name – Movie Review

This was originally posted by me at (no longer available) on July 11, 2013. 

"Light and L" by RyuFujin4 (used with permission)
“Light and L” by RyuFujin4 (used with permission)

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Genre & Length: Thriller, 140 minutes

The Blurb:

Light Yagami has joined the investigation team in pursuit of the serial killer known as “Kira”. While L strongly suspects Light is “Kira”, Light continues to seek out L’s real name so he can kill him using the Death Note. things get more unpredictable with the appearance of a second “Kira” who possesses the “Eyes of Death God”, enabling the owner to see the true identity and lifespan of any person.

Light soon learns the identity of the second “Kira” and ants to join forces to get rid of L. Will L be able to unmask “Kira” before he gets killed? Which name will be the last written in the Death Note?

My Thoughts

Plot & Pacing:

Note: This is the sequel of the movie I reviewed last week.

This movie is when the plot really starts to change from the anime & the manga. And I really like most of the changes.

I think I like the ending to the movies better than the ending to the anime (which I assume matches the ending of the manga). There weren’t as many senseless deaths, and fortunately there were fewer new characters brought in 2/3 of the way through.

The ending is still just as sad, but in a slightly different way.

Casting: My only issue here was Rem. You can’t have a main character (in this case, Misa’s shinigami) portrayed as female in every other incarnation of Death Note… and then give the part to a male voice actor.

Sorry, nope. Doesn’t work. I was actually happy when Rem died this time around so I didn’t have to hear her as a male.

Because Rem is female.

End of story.

Would I watch it again: Possibly. If I can get past the Rem-thing. Because Rem IS NOT A GUY.

What do you think?

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Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.