Tsugumi

No, la colpa è della notte. In una notte con un’aria così pulita, le persone finiscono col raccontarsi. Senza accorgersene, aprono il proprio cuore e, rivolte a chi gli sta accanto, cominciano a parlare come se stessero confessandosi con delle stelle che splendono nello spazio. Nello schedario del mio cervello, alla voce “Notti d’estate”, ci sono un sacco di immagini di notti come questa.
—  Banana Yoshimoto - Tsugumi
It’s a marvelous thing, the ocean. For some reason when two people sit together looking out at it, they stop caring whether they talk or stay silent. You never get tired of watching it. And no matter how rough the waves get, you’re never bothered by the noise the water makes by the commotion of the surface - it never seems too loud, or too wild.
—  Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi

Death Note and Perspective

When I first watched Death Note as a teenager, I thought Light Yagami was this untouchable, incredibly mature character.

Re-watching the series now, all I can think is “Yup, definitely a teenager”.

And THAT is the mark of a good writer! Ohba did a great job with Light and here’s why. To teenagers, Light seems extremely mature (which, to that age group, he is) but to older people the immaturity (Particularly his views on justice and how it should be handled) is on full display. Light is a three-dimensional, complex character who presents himself differently depending on the perspective of the audience with both interpretations being equally valid to that audience.