Demon Slayer Recap: Entertainment District Arc

With the new Swordsman Village story arc about to begin, let’s go back and do a quick recap about the last story arc our favorite demon slaying trio, Tanjiro, Inouske, and Zenitsu.

The entertainment district arc in the Demon Slayer is a thrilling and captivating storyline that showcases some of the most beautiful and intricate graphics in the series… so far. From the stunningly detailed character designs to the intricate and breathtaking landscapes, this arc is a true feast for the eyes.

One of the most impressive aspects of the entertainment district art is the way in which it captures the unique atmosphere of this particular location. The district is portrayed as a bustling and vibrant hub of activity, filled with colorful street performers, delicious food vendors, and lively crowds of people. It’s like Mardi Gras meets Las Vegas, meets medieval age Japan. This is reflected in the graphics, which is full of bright colors and lively, dynamic compositions that perfectly capture the energy and excitement of the setting.

Another standout feature of the entertainment district art is the stunning attention to detail that is on display throughout the arc. The intricate character designs are particularly impressive, with each character featuring their own unique style, personality, and backstory that is brought to life through the beautiful and detailed art. Plus the trio team up with another Hashira (top ranked Demon Slayer), Tengen Uzui.

Overall, the entertainment district arc is a true masterpiece of art and storytelling in the Demon Slayer series. Whether you are a fan of the series or simply appreciate beautiful and captivating artwork, this arc is sure to leave you awestruck, amazed, and ready for the new story art coming out April 8th, 2023, or now if you head to the theaters you can catch the last 2 episodes of the Entertainment District Arc, followed by the new 1 hour episode of the new season of Demon Slayer!

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Death Note Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2. Before I begin SPOILERS! I will be discussing the plot, twists, and ending of this great anime.

Where we left off in part 1, the premise of the show revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. Light sees himself as a moral crusader, using the Death Note to rid the world of criminals and create a utopia where crime no longer exists. However, as he continues to use the Death Note, Light’s sense of justice becomes increasingly twisted, and he begins to see himself as a god-like figure with the power to decide who lives and dies. This comes into question early on, as police in the show or justice trys to stop him or his alter ego you can say named Kira. At this point he writes those who try to capture him names into the notebook.

The show also introduces a second main character, a mysterious detective known only as L, who is tasked with finding and stopping Light. L’s methods are unorthodox, and he is willing to use any means necessary to catch Light, including manipulating and deceiving others. He is almost the exact opposite of Light, except he has to figure out everything and needs to, to bring Kira to justice. Things get even more complicated for L once a second Kira pops up that turns out to be Micasa, a model and a loyalist to the real Kira, Light Yagami. The two team up to stop L finding out who they are.

During the anime, L comes close and at times knows Light is Kira, but has no hard evidence to prove it. It’s a great chess match of mind games as they both try to stay ahead of each other. Light from being captured, and can’t use the book to kill him since “L” Light believes is not his real name. I loved how when Light tells Ryuk to take away his notebook and in doing so he forgets everything about the notebook and what he has done with it. You see Light become this innocent person, never wanting to bend any rules, and at one point L tries to convince Light to use his advantage over Micasa (who L also thinks is the other Kira) to keep her close. But Light says he does not feel morally right about doing that. However later in the anime he does that exact thing to two women, once he gets his memory back.

This made me thing about how “power” of any kind, money, influence to get followers, authority, or a book that gives you the power to kill anyone, changes the person and lets that “power” get into their head, or does this power amplify the person you are already?

The conflict between Light and L raises questions about the morality of using extreme methods to achieve a goal, as well as the nature of justice and who has the right to determine it. The show also explores themes of power and corruption, as Light’s increasing reliance on the Death Note leads him down a dark path.

The series caught me off guard when L died, and leaving Light to continue his what he believed was his moral duty. For the next 6 years it says in the this world of Death Note crime has gone down almost 70% around the world. Everyone on the planet knows the name Kira, to a point it looks like there is a religion that follows him. In these 6 years Kira continues to kill criminals. This made me think about what about those criminals who may have been wrongfully arrested, or framed. Did those folks need to die? But who would judge that, Kira? I’m sure justice systems around the world would arrest those they have proof should be jailed, but nothing is perfect. Then there was a part where folks could post a post on the internet and if it caught Kira attention he would act on it. Yeah the crime rate dropped by 70%, and there is a cost. I guess if we had that choice would you be okay with that. Or as Spock says “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Would this be one of those situations?

All these thoughts come to mind and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, but then we forward to the end when L’s next to take his place come into play. They find out L has died and two students of L step to see who ever solves the mystery of Kira takes L’s place. Those two characters are Near and Mello. Both smart individuals, and use their intellect and daring moves to capture Kira. Both already suspect Light Yagami as Kira, but again no proof.

Fast forward to the end it takes both Near and Tello to bring down Kira in his own ‘being a step ahead’ game. Not only do they get a confession, but they get evidence, witnesses, and humbles Light Yagami and brings him back down to earth. The option then comes down to kill Light Yagami or bring in to justice. When this scene plays out, you have to stop and think about how much influence the Kira character has and if taken to jail how big of a riot or mutiny or revolution the people who follow Kira would do to save him. Even if he did commit murder, killed anyone and everyone who was in his way, and put people in danger no matter the cost to protect his secret. One of those instances was the death of his father. One can debate keeping him alive could be a risk, but in the end its Justice that will decide his faith and Near and his team should bring him. At least that’s what I thought would happen instead Light with his last resort tries to kill everyone with a piece of the death note, but is shot by one of Light’s own team members. The end was sad, tragic, but with closure.

I think I can write more and more and I’m sure there are some parts that I am missing that I want to bring up, if anything maybe we can dedicate a podcast episode to this show. It’s definitely worth another watch, and is on my top list of great anime’s. With this one being a 37 episode series, this has to be the greatest short series Anime ever. I haven’t seen ALL anime, so as of right now this one is on that list for me.

Overall, Death Note challenges the viewer to consider complex moral and ethical questions in a compelling and thought-provoking way. The show is well-written and well-paced, and it encourages the viewer to engage with its themes in a way that few other anime or TV shows can match. Highly recommended if you haven’t watched it, even with these spoilers its still worth the watch.

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Death Note Part 1

So I (Rico) finally watched the highly rated Death Note! After almost 20 years of the anime being out I finally watched it. I know, I know where have I been. Well I did watch it and there is a lot to discuss. But first for those who have not watched and maybe want to know “What is Death Note?” or “I’ve heard of it, but why is it good?” then this Part 1 post is for you. I really want to give it a great description and hopefully for those who have not seen it, give it a chance after reading this.

Death Note is an anime that captured the hearts of many viewers around the world. A top10 or even top 5 and maybe the best anime out there to some. The show follows a high school student named Light Yagami who discovers, but really a God of Death Shinigomi named Ryuk drops it for him, a mysterious notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. The show quickly became a fan favorite due to its gripping plot, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes.

One of the things that made Death Note so great was its well-developed characters. Light is a complex and fascinating character who is constantly battling his own morality as he attempts to become a god-like figure named Kira. L is a mysterious and brilliant detective who is constantly trying to catch Light in the act. The interactions between these two characters are intense and always keep the viewer on the edge of their seat, especially me.

The show also tackles some heavy themes such as morality, justice, and power. At least for me there were several thought provoking scenes or some of those “what would you do” in that situation moments. It explores the idea of absolute power and whether or not it is ever okay to take the law into your own hands. The show doesn’t shy away from these tough topics and instead tackles them head-on, making for a truly thought-provoking viewing experience.

The animation in Death Note is also something to marvel at. The show’s use of light and shadow is particularly noteworthy, and the attention to detail in each scene is impressive. The show’s art style is unique and captivating, and it perfectly captures the dark and brooding tone of the show. Please note this animation was made back in 2006, so the animation for that time was stellar.

Another thing that sets Death Note apart is its musical score. The show’s opening and closing theme songs perfectly capture the tone of the show, and the soundtrack is both haunting and beautiful if that makes any sense. The music adds an extra layer of depth to the show, making it a truly captivating experience.

In conclusion, Death Note is a must-watch for anyone who loves anime or just great storytelling in general. Its complex characters, thought-provoking themes, stunning animation, and captivating score make it a standout show that is sure to leave a lasting impression on any viewer.

Let us know what you think about Death note in the comments, and stay tuned for Part 2 where we discuss more on Death Note, and possible spoilers if you haven’t seen it. Don’t forget to subscribe/follow us on our social media platforms @unsunggamers. Until next time we are the Unsung Gamers, saving the world one game at a time!