I'm about 1/3 to 1/2 way through Death Note at the moment and I'm genuinely torn between carrying on with it and just reading a plot synopsis of the series online.
The show has a great premise (high school prodigy happens upon a notebook that will kill anyone whose name he writes in it, so he decides to scourge society in a self-righteous crusade) and it's created some interesting dynamics out of it, as Light and the anonymous detective L play against each other. And yet... It's also quite stupid, as L has invited Light into helping his investigation, despite openly suspecting him of being the killer (Kira). The chess like thinking gets kinda tedious to listen to at length and the show is quite boringly animated for the most part.
Worst, and perhaps the weirdest complaint given the premise of the show, is that Light's burgeoning sociopathy is just getting unpleasant to watch. The show's just introduced a copycat Kira, who is a young woman that basically throws herself at Light and wants to do whatever he tells her which is skeevy enough, but you also get Light disinterestedly stringing along women at college etc and I don't know. It's not a unique thing in fiction by any means - Dexter, Hannibal, The Master and more all mine the same areas - but there's a certain charisma that's missing in Death Note (or doesn't translate) that makes it much more unpleasant to watch. But I still want to know what happens.
Anyone got any opinions on whether it's worth sticking with or not?