*Heavy spoilers for Death Note*
Light Yagami was no saint. He killed thousands with the use of the Death Note, a book which kills the person whose name is written in the book. But the tragic part of it is, Light started off with a righteous goal. Yeah, it was a bit dark, but purging the world of criminals isn’t a 100 percent right or wrong.
I usually compare Death Note with Breaking Bad, a live-action television series, with a different concept, but with an anti-hero descending into madness. Walter White, the main protagonist (if you can even call him that) starts selling meth after finding out he has cancer. He does so to make as much cash as possible before his inevitable death to ensure his family has a future. Walt’s reason was valid, but as he mixed with “bad” people, he truly broke bad himself.
Both Light and Walt started as a noble person with the means to achieve a virtuous goal, but plunged into the darker version of themselves.
That’s why Death Note (and Breaking Bad) had the perfect ending. It was a beautifully dark closing point of Light Yagami’s story. The power he had ultimately corrupted him, and he turned into a man who wanted to become a God. He was the main character that turned villain quickly … but it was still sad watching him go.
I rooted for Light for the majority of the show, but I understood why he lost. He made a mistake. The usually flawless Light Yagami messed up. He tried to become a God, but sadly, he was still an imperfect human.
Light’s journey had the perfect ending as a fan. Even though you might have cheered for him and you were sad as he died, you saw that there was no way out for this character. Farewell, Kira.