Light in Death Note
Nathan in Gossip Girl (Chace Crawford)
I wonder who Chuck Bass resembles. Any ideas?
Usually, one would expect the extent of a work, especially a graphic novel, to reflect the physical characteristics of the inhabitants, except for some divergences. Manga is also an art form, notoriously influenced by Disney, that emphasizes to put it crudely, large eyes, big faces and childlike figures. But I have always noticed that in the majority of manga especially, one would see in either (1) the main love interest (2) The main protogonist (3) the main evil villain the prescence of extremely light hair and eyes. I wonder, why is it so?
Is this a reference to dying one’s hair, a sort of a fashion statement? is the person who’s potrayed making a daring fashion statement. Physical appearance is rarely unintentional. When a significant number of manga star blond haired blue eyed protagonists, there must be some dynamics to it. For example, every high school t.v. show in America has the blond haired cheerleader and a dark haired protagonist if he was a man. But I am not exactly sure why a land that is overwhelmingly dark haired and eyed stars so many light eyed and haired protagonists unless it might refer to a local dynamic: to a sort of implied character, perhaps wild, curious? The only characteristic that I remember light hair, for example, being associated with is innocence. Does blond hair connotate innocence or naivety?
Perhaps, it is a reflection on fashion trends. These are a bunch of Japanese popstars just from the top of my head and many of them have dyed hair.
Perhaps it just looks better and is more creative which is why we see many white haired villains. Or perhpas, since manga and anime is a bunch of wish fulfillment, it is a fantasy with all the things one would wish to have along with the ability to save the world.
I guess the title should be good, but relatively unknown if you want to be specific. People have heard of these I would think since I have, but I’ve gotten funny looks for telling people the names of some of these.
For starters there’s Penguin Revolution by Tsukuba Sakura who is also the manga-ka of The Land of the Blindfolded. Penguin Revolution is a shoujo that follows the life of a girl who sees star talent in the form of wings. She eventually becomes the manager of someone that is very talented but is in the lowest ranking of stars at the company he works for. She claims she wants to be a government worker but is that really what she wants?
Next there is Urooboe Uroboros which is a one shot with the art by Obata Takeshi who also drew Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Its only a one shot which means its a story in the size of a chapter. Its kind of strange but the main guy looks a lot like L. There’s a lot of fighting squeezed into 50 or so pages, but its interesting. There’s a super powerful girl who’s over protective of her clumsy sister and she scares the entire school. The guy that looks a lot like L is new to the town and the only one not to fear her. This shounen is a good short read, but I’m not sure how or when it’ll come to the US. It wouldn’t feel up a book.
Lastly, but not least is Ludwig Kakumei by Yuki Kaori, the manga-ka of Angel Sanctuary and Count Kain. This dark shoujo is as addictive as it is dark. Ludwig, the prince of a country is sent to find a bride. He comes across the women from fairy tales such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood. Thing is their stories are not the ones you were read at bedtime as a child. Read this if you’re into dark humor. (And for people who already know this manga and have been reading it. I’ve heard that the Manga-ka is continuing this manga again because Count Kain is over. I for one am looking forward to more twisted fairy tales).
While watching an anime have you ever wondered where the father was? Or if you know where he is like in Dragon Ball Z have noticed that they are never home? Goku was gone so much he was unaware of his second son’s existence. The father is present in Death Note but then he doesn’t really know his son does he? And the only reason he is present is because Light works alongside him. Fathers are not present in the lives of their children in anime as various as Evangelion, Last Exile, and Rave Master.
Where are the fathers in anime? Lots of times they have gone on journeys or something and are not present. Why is this? If you look at Japanese society you see that men often have to stay away from home for so long that they rarely get to see their families. Salary men, as they are called, have a long work day and then are forced to hang out afterwards with the boss at a bar or kareoke if they want to move up in the work place. This means that the man raises early and gets to home so late that he does not even get to see his family.
This is portrayed in anime with the ever absent father. Maybe the animes in which the youth is search for his father is the Mangaka’s longing to be with their father, but you never know.
Okay so now you know how Death Note affects China and Korea, but what about America (beyond Madonna)?
Well a high school student in Virginia was caught with a Death Note. Okay not a real one, but basically it was a hitlist with other students names. Here’s a link to the situation on nbc12.com. Unfortunately someone didn’t know how to spell Japan. They wrote Japen instead. I thought someone was supposed to edit what was typed for the news networks. Apparently not. Click here. It’s a lot of publicity for anime and manga but not in the way that anyone wants. Its probably going to end up as another ban in schools. Remember when Pokemon cards were banned?
There’s also a website for death note where you can type in how you want someone to die. Here. Sounds scary? If you don’t want to write in it, you can read what others have written and I have to say people are mean when they can hide their identity. But then doesn’t the manga Death Note teach us that?
There are strange instances all over the globe of people copying Death Note or at least attempting to. Elementary school children in Korea are now writing hit lists of all the kids they don’t like. China banned Death Note, but I’m sure kids can still find the manga. As bad as it is in Asia, people in the Belgium seem even crazier about Death Note.
Some crazy person dismembered someone and then wrote watashi wa kira des , which means they mispelled desu. Watashi wa kira desu means I am Kira in Japanese, which was the name that Light used as an alias as he killed people. Now crazy people are using Death Note as a reasoning and method to kill.
In Death Note Light, the main character, is basically a bored genius who thinks he can make the world a better place by killing all the bad people in it. This idea could be appealing to people not in their right mind. This could be one reason why China does not want Death Note in the country. Another reason would just be that they do not want undue Japanese influence on their youth.
And who else seems to have been influenced by Death Note besides Korean students and crazy people? Madonna of course. Her outfit in the music video Jump which takes place in Japan looks very much like the clothes of the character, Mello.
Mello is in the picture below. Do you see any similiarities in hair and clothing style or am I just making things up?
All types of people have been influenced by Death Note. As long as you don’t try killing people or get a very pessimistic view of the world I guess its okay to be influenced by this manga. An anime, two movies, and an L spinoff with possibly more on the way has been made.