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In the original series, Ryuk is a Shinigami who’s bored. He’s in the human world cuz he has nothing better to do. he’s not so much evil as a chaotic neutral. He wanted to see what a human would do with a notebook that kills people.
He could kill people if he chose to, but it’s not like he was being malicious. It’s his job, he’s a Shinigami.
He’s a monster, but the real monster is the human.
The fact that Ryuk was frightening in appearance was something of a fakeout, because he’s an observer, not the main evil or anything.
NOT some mean-spirited babadook-type demon that’s whispering into the human ear, always trying to convince people to do evil.
He SOUNDS like the green goblin, actually, which is just really stupid.
Because it makes him sound like he’s the one pressuring Light to turn to the dark side, or some shit.
I really don’t like this story change.
It just undermines the fact that Light was the true evil.
He was never pressured to do what he did in the original series. HE CHOSE to because he was a crazy megalomaniac.
This makes it look like this demon is the antagonist, you know?
Like he says, “you don’t have to use it, but I’m going to give it to someone else in 7 days.”
They made it seem like Ryuk’s notebook had to be “passed along” like that stupid fucking box in Wish Upon, you know?
Like “He who wields the Death Note is going to die…and then I’ll find another person to curse with it!”
But in the original it’s literally just a book. You could use it or not. Ryuk didn’t care, he’d still get his souls eventually.
I think Netflix was trying to make Ryuk look like the typical scary demon. Like one of the many generic demons they have in their horror movie section.
They wanted Death Note to be like a horror movie, hence the Final Destination deaths instead of the boring, mundane “heart attacks.”
Hence the stupid scene in the abandoned orphanage, where L’s name was.
And by doing so…they’ve essentially abandoned the more cerebral, high-minded nature of the original Death Note.
They decided “hey, let’s make something terrifying and ominous” instead of making it about a battle of wits, a suspenseful detective kind of drama.
Where you get to see the serial killer and detective play a dangerous dance of sorts.
Instead you get…gory deaths.
Final Destination deaths.
Hence why Light is in HIGH SCHOOL, not college.
Because he can be the victim of childish school bullying, for one thing.
But also because high school puts you at that high-emotional period of your life where injustice feels much more dramatic and personal than the deadened college student feels.
And in general,horror movies like high schoolers.
Like their vulnerability. And the angst gold mine.
Light is doing other people’s homework for them.
He’s a “troubled” youth who’s angry at the world. His mom died to a criminal who’s going to get off with connections and money. His dad is “weak.” He has an edgy girlfriend who “understands” him.
But what’s dumb about that is that the original Light Yagami was highly educated. He didn’t panic or get furious that often. He was an evil mastermind with lofty aspirations and condescending arrogance that lead to him trying to make himself the “god” of a new world. He didn’t care about his girlfriend. He was calm and collected and ready for the challenge of outwitting L.
He did NOT start crying and panicking the second L was on his tail.
Him being a college student was an important part of that. It made him more mature, more ready to be an “adult.”
Light being a teenager just makes him look like a dumb kid being tricked by an evil demon.
Edit: I don’t know why I thought light was a college student in the original. I guess he just seemed like one and Japanese high schools are just much cleaner and better taken care of, so it looked like it…my bad. But my opinion still stands. Light wasn’t a bullied edgy teen. He was arrogant and intelligent. Not pouty.
Another edit: Also, the fucking prom scene and the “romantic” ferris wheel? They were trying to make him look like an “Average teenage boy” who accidentally fell into the wrong crowd, the demonic crowd lmao, and was bullied into doing “bad things” and manipulated by his girlfriend.
It was lazy.
A lazy way of making Death Note look like a horror movie.
one of my favourite things about Heathers is the lyrics
like, it can range from deep shit like this:
‘we can start and finish wars, we’re what killed the dinosaurs. we’re the asteroid that’s overdue. the dinosaurs choked on the dust, they died because God said they must. the new world needed room for me and you.’
They say that great beasts once roamed this world. As big as mountains. Yet all that’s left of them is bone and amber. Time undoes even the mightiest of creatures. Just look what it’s done to you. One day, you will perish. You will lie with the rest of your kind in the dirt. Your dreams forgotten. Your horrors faced. Your bones will turn to sand and upon that sand a new god will walk. One that will never die. Because this world doesn’t belong to you or the people who came before. It belongs to someone who is yet to come.
— Dolores Abernathy