Do you know shinigami love apples?

For those who may not know: a shinigami is a god of death and every god of death is given a death note (a black covered notebook) of which to write down the names of humans to die; a way of extending their own lives and maintaining the overall balance of life.  A fact that may not be so surprising is that shinigami aren’t exactly known for their upstanding moral attributes and when boredom strikes one particular shinigami named Ryuk, he decides it would be a fun idea to “accidentally” drop a Death Note into the human world for someone to pick up.  That particular someone just so happens to be a young man named Light Yagami – a perfect student readying for college with superior intelligence, good looks, and popularity.  Light quickly understands and accepts the Death Note and Ryuk; the more he learns, the more power he realizes is at his disposal.  He then concocts a plan that will change the face of evil within the world. He decides he will become Justice.

However, the Death Note is not merely a blank notebook where anything goes – there are strict rules and warnings which must be followed – no exceptions.  These rules are written in the worlds most popular language – English – so that the greatest percentage of people would be able to comprehend.  A few of these many rules include:

1. The human whose name is written in the note shall die.

2. The note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s face in their mind when writing his/her name.  Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.

3. If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen.

4. If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack

5. After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

6. The note shall become the property of the human world, once it touches the ground of (arrives in) the human world.

7. The owner of the note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner, i.e. a god of death.

8. The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell.

While many other rules are written, even shinigami do not know everything of which the notebook is or is not capable of.  Information on the shinigami themselves (such as how to kill a shinigami) are for the most part left unknown, even to them.

Suddenly, the world begins to notice a trend of killings and this mysterious, un-named murdered becomes known as Kira (due to its similarity to the English word “killer”).  Kira does not just randomly choose his victims but rather kills only criminals. This becomes his own way of purging the world of evil; setting an example for others of what happens to those who stray off the path of righteousness.  Kira is unique from most serial killers though in numerous ways; the most significant difference being that the only thing Kira needs in order to kill is a name and a picture.  It is soon realized that only criminals who have been reported on the news or internet are being killed. People fear what they do not understand and as no one knows of the death note (and even if they did it would only instill more fear), this information sends people into a panic to protect their true identities at any cost or else risk becoming the next victim. The Japanese police and the American FBI are soon given the assignment of stopping Kira under the direction of a perfect detective known only as L; a detective who has yet to ever fail at solving a case.

It becomes a battle of the masterminds where one hesitant moment can mean life or death.  As soon as the task force has Kira nearly within their grasp some new, ingenious angle presents itself derailing the investigation even further.  It is a fast reeling game to see which side will reach the finish line first: should Kira be captured he is evil, should Kira prevail he is justice.  As time goes on and Kira’s killings continue, crime rates around the world drop significantly and far less criminals roam the streets. This is the making of a bright, new world…isn’t it?

So consider these questions:

Is obtaining peace through any means really worth the cost?

Can murder ever truly be justified?

A world of black and white could easily see an answer to these questions; but this world we live in, captured in shades of gray, must preserve life until its very last.  With that final understanding – no matter what good may have stemmed from Kira’s domination – Kira must be stopped.  The question that exists now is if he can…