Mr. Hat'n'Clogs (post: 1488921) wrote:I've read it all, and I don't think any of it is worth it, because it's a pretty mediocre manga, but since you liked the first half my opinion is probably invalid.
Mr. Hat'n'Clogs (post: 1488933) wrote:For starters, it's the fact that the only likable characters are Matsuda and Light's dad. Light's only real characteristic is "Oh I'm a genius" and L's is "Oh I'm quirky because I'm smart." L is pretty unlikable for the fact that he's just doing this because he's bored, and we're supposed to root for this guy? Heroes should be heroic, not apathetic losers.
Mr. Hat'n'Clogs (post: 1488933) wrote:"Let's watch L and Light battle in increasingly convoluted plans, where the only real justification for how convoluted they are is that L and Light are smart." There's some pretty atrocious pacing issues, especially in the second half of the manga, and this is the first thing I've ever thought "Oh, that's pretty sexist."
If we aren't supposed to root for L or Light, then there isn't anyone to want to win. Neither Light nor L are people you should like, as you can see from their character traits you described, but a story needs to have people you should like. You read because you want the people you like to go and win. Again, Matsuda and Soichiro are both good people that you have a vested interest in seeing win.Yamamaya (post: 1488968) wrote:Likeable is pretty subjective. Not to mention that some characters aren't meant to be likeable.
So no mention of Light's god complex, boredrum, selfishness, competitive nature then? I fail to see how his only characteristic is his intelligence. L is simply an apathetic Light. He has a vague sense of justice, but mostly just does things out of boredom and a silly childish desire to compete and win. The main difference between Light and L is that L actually admits he's totally just doing this for himself while Light tries to deny that he's childish. In addition, Light isn't apathetic like L.
My main issue with this post is that you assume that the writer want you to root for L. The writer is just showing the battle between an apathetic genius and an active genius with a god complex. You are never given any indications as to who you are supposed to root for at least in the story.
I would like it more if it was portrayed in a more ridiculous way than it was, though that would clash with the dark mood it was trying to convey, and, well, again, if it was happening with someone I cared about. The suspense of it would be much better if I actually cared about the characters.I found that enjoyable though. And to be fair, they did show what the world that Light was ruling was becoming like after [SPOILER]the death of L[/SPOILER]
Don't get me wrong, I'm not some raging feminist or anything. If there's a female character who is dumb/useless, I'm not going to get mad and call it sexist or anything because there are a lot of male characters who are useless/annoying. But Death Note is the first time I noticed that every single female aside from Naomi, a bit-part minor character, was useless and was only there to hold back Light, even I can see the sexism.I never thought about the manga being sexist, but I can see why you say that. The only female who really had any degree of the intelligence exhibited by the lead cast was Naomi. However her husband Raye Penbar was rather sexist with his "get back in the kitchen" attitude.
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