Death Note

Many theaters around the country will be featuring screenings of the live-action adaptation of the popular manga/anime series Death Note tonight and tomorrow -- and if you're a fan of the genre, it's definitely worth a look.

For the uninitiated, Death Note is the story of a Japanese university student who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the "Death Note", lying on the ground. The Death Note's instructions claim that if a human's name is written within it, that person will be killed. Initially the student decides uses the power of the book to kill criminals -- but as you might expect, things soon become much more complicated.

The film will be released to DVD fairly soon (should you miss these screenings), but even with the recent rise in popularity of manga and anime, this is a rare opportunity to catch what looks to be a really good one in a theater setting with other fans.

Or if you're like me, it might be a good way to remove the bad taste Speed Racer left in your mouth, and give you something hopeful to think about while you read more and more stories about the live-action adaptation of Akira that Keanu Reeves is reportedly working on.

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