published in Empire No.78, Sydney
Death Note is a clever and wry postulation on how one can play the game of life by cheating death – and vice versa. Yagami ‘Light’ is not your average teenager: son of a police chief, a super-student, and afflicted with a severe Nietzsche complex. Trust him to come across the ‘death note’: a blank book dropped by the irascible ‘death god’ Ryuk. Basically, you write someone’s name in the book – they die. But the unwritten laws of the book’s usage are revealed in tantalisingly fragments by Ryuk, who seems to be playing his own game with Light. Knotted with enough twists to confound any lawyer, Death Note is a thrilling mind-game.