Right and wrong withstanding, there is a stigma to the anime genre. Society stereotypes those who read manga or watch anime as socially awkward nerds obsessed with Japanese culture, and I have to admit that until recently, I have ignorantly fallen victim to this way of thinking. Lack of exposure lead to my prejudice, as I had never really given the genre a chance until I overheard a friend talking about this show called Death Note. I had no idea what it was but was intrigued as she passionately discussed this particular television program.
When I asked her to describe Death Note, she qualified: "it's an anime, but it's good." I have to admit that I was somewhat turned away by this fact, but after some debate, I agreed to give it a chance.
After viewing two, twenty minute episodes, I am completely unashamed to say that I was hooked, which I find to be the case with most people I recommend the show to. I was surprised by the intelligence of the writing, as I had found Death Note to be better than most of the other programs I tuned into on a weekly basis, and is to this day, among my favorite television series.
When I seriously reconsider my preconceived notions about anime, I find that I did not really suspect that it was 'nerdy' or 'geeky,' but rather, I did not believe that Japanese cartoons could live up to a standard of quality that I had come accustomed to with some network television programming. I could not imagine that any of these anime shows could possibly appeal to an adult audience, but I was wrong.
Regardless of genre, Death Note is a great show. The voice acting, in both English and Japanese, is impeccable, the soundtrack is instantly recognized by anyone who has watched the series. As previously mentioned, the spectacular writing makes Death Note insanely addictive, and at only 37 episodes long, you can binge-watch the entire series in no time.
If you have yet to watch Death Note, I earnestly recommend checking it out. Whether you have never heard of Death Note before, or had previously written the show off as just another anime, I strongly urge you to bump it to the top of your Netflix must watch list. I am not trying to sell anyone on anime, as I am still not the biggest fan of many series in the genre, but rather, I implore those with prejudices to quit judging books by their respective covers and give this incredible series a legitimate chance.