Death Note

The Plot: The series focuses on Light Yagami; a 17-year old intelligence student, bored with his life and disgusted at the state of the world around him. One day his eyes fall over a notebook laying on the ground outside of his school. Reading the English cover, “Death Note,” and noticing that the writing inside is also in English, Light decides to take it home to read it. Within the next 5 days, Light has killed hundreds of people by just by watching and recording names of criminals from the news. The Death Note enables him to kill anyone whose face and real name is known. To know more about the rules of the notebook read the terms of the Death Note.

Later a Shinigami (God of Death) named Ryuk approaches Light and tells him that the note book in his possession in fact belong to him. Ryuk tells Light that only the owner of the Death Note can see him and that he, Light, is now the owner of it and may use it as he chooses. Light tells Ryuk that he plans on using the Notebook to kill criminals and clear the world of crime. Within the first chapter alone, he kills over 250 criminals.

Eventually, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization (ICPO) and a strange detective known only as “L” gets involved. L already knows that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as Kira, is located in Japan. L has also deducted that Kira can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realises that a detective is following him, and knows that L will be his greatest nemesis. A game of psychological “cat and mouse” between the two characters begins. Light is constantly trying to evade suspicion by the detective L while maintaining his identity as Kira.

Written rules: The Death Note comes with its own set of rules, the main rules are as follows:

The human whose name is written in this note shall die. This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject’s face in their mind. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected. If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject’s name, it will happen. If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack. After writing the cause of death, the details of the death must be written within the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Reception: To date the manga has sold over 6 million copies all over the world. In 2007 Play magazine named it as the best anime in the Anime Year in Review. It has been rumored that the author and artist of the manga; Ohba and Obata had been persuaded to lengthen the storyline when its popularity increased. Originally, they has only intended to make it half as long. To date there are over 100 Death Note fan websites, and thousands of fan fiction and fan art entries over the web, such as the Death Note Wiki, which currently has over 130,000 members and the Death Note Fan Site, which has over 1 million users. Over the course of 2009, a Hollywood movie was announced, drawing further fans into the series and sparking new debate over who should play various roles.

Personal Review: Death Note draws in the crowds because it is unique. The anime has a simple story line, with a complicated overall plot that had to be followed with real thought. The animation is one of the best, with excellent shading and detailed character drawings, with realistic expressions. The music was brilliantly created and matched the story exactly, some fans believe the epic music is what makes the series so watchable. Intelligent, witty and emotion, Death Note truly draws in viewers an is really one of those series that you can’t stop watching. Intense animation with likable characters and a brilliant plot-line. I give the animation 10/10 – the perfect animation which could not have possible been any better!

Talk about dedication

Star Kiefer Sutherland will be spending his duties in the cell, (for real) during the holidays to avoid interrupting the shoot for the hit series 24. The actor opted to serve a portion of his jail sentence for a DUI charge to minimize the damage caused by the recent writer?s strike in the United States. Reports state that the lead star of the series had been under some heavy strains recently what with the seemingly series of unfortunate mishaps regarding the show?s production. When the show goes back in shoot, they will be doing so without Joel Surnow, who has announced his resignation because of better project offers.

24 Is Making A Comeback

Yes! The Emmy-winning US television thriller “24” will have its return in 2014. IMDB is now showing it’s 9th Season. Everybody is awaiting, everybody is keyed up with Kiefer Sutherland come back. He will be back as CIA agent Jack Bauer. But this new one won’t be like a regular series. The episode will have 12-episode mini-series that will represent 24 hours in Bauer’s life, following the same real-time format that became the series’ trademark.

Like his fans around the world, Sutherland was very excited to see his character in return to TV as well. In fact on Fox News, he mentioned that “The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before, To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from (producer) Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh and will not disappoint.  Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off.”

We Want More Movies For Kiefer Sutherland

Over the course of eight seasons, Jack Bauer has rightly become a cult hero and the benchmark for badassery. And because of this I almost forgot how badly I want Keifer Sutherland in movies. Until yesterday when i get to see the classic cult “Flatliners”.

Flatliners is about a group of medical students who begin exploring the realm of near death experiences hoping for some out of this world insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions.

The movie was so great and it stars Kiefer Sutherland and other industry leaders too such as Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts. What I love about it is that It has a ghost story part, a medical thriller part and a love triangle part. What more can you asked for? I’ve realize I always liked Kiefer Sutherland as a movie actor, and he does a remarkable job here. I really would’ve rather seen him as a full time movie actor rather than going for TV.

Dont get me wrong. 24 paves way for Keifer Sutherland’s career to stay afloat. It had became the longest-running espionage-themed television drama ever, surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers. But it would be cool to see Sutherland in the big screen again. He’s long been in television shows – in fact he has another television show nowadays called Touch – that people almost forgot he does movies too. And a “24 Movie” would be the perfect comeback movie for him, dont you think? So let’s cross and fingers and hope that the Hollywood Gods will hear us.

24 Series and Writer’s Strike

medium_2070237174(1)Some time in 2007, the broadcast of the gripping and heart-stopping suspense drama 24 stopped. Many other television shows across America followed suit, and American TV fell silent. The Writer’s Guild of America and a number of other labor unions went on strike, and demanded for higher monetary compensation in comparison to the larger payments of more successful studios.

Other examples of shows that were affected were popular late-night talk shows, such as The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, and Late Show with David Letterman. Other shows that shared the uncompleted fate of 24 before the strike were Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

When the Writer’s Strike ended, 24 went back on air, albeit with a ret-conned storyline to allow more growth in its plot and more character development. In 2009, FOX released a two-hour film-for-TV special entitled 24: Redemption. This was to bridge the one-year-and-a-half gap, and reveals Jack Bauer’s experiences as a missionary in the fictional African nation of Sangala.

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Got Duct Tape?

Whether you’re a regular Joe or a man on a mission, whether your arch enemy’s a terrorist planning to take1028883_207ac37ef2_m over the world or just a ripped shoe, duct tape will always be there as your trusty sidekick in completing all your missions from sun-up to sun-down.

Why duct tape, you ask? Well, it’s one of the most useful all-around tool for repairs. It can repair objects quickly, secure even heavy objects to odd surfaces and spaces, and build items in ways regular glue or rope just can’t. It helps you secure your boxes when you need to move house, strap down a ruined shoe to keep you together until you get home, or keep yawning construction work together until a better solution turns up. There’s, of course, strapping down a captured criminal to a seat to keep him from escaping and sealing his screams shut, but that’s for another post and another time.

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Getting To Know Jack Bauer More

Harsh, Unpredictable but consider as Agent’s best Asset, that is Jack Bauer. A fictional character portray by Keifer Sutherland in the television show 24 and already has its own video game. Jack Bauer, aside from being physically strong, he is an intelligent man too, no doubt. He knows several languages such as Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Serbian and he even speaks fluent in German. (I hope he would learn Thai and other Asian language too like Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean and so on).

Jack Bauer was a Federal Agent working for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. He is the one who leads for putting off numerous major terrorist attacks in US, saving both civilian lives and government administrations. Bauer’s usual way of gathering information is by means of a torture, making it a controversial television show. He has also proven his skills when it comes to using firearms, explosives, electronic devices, flying planes and helicopters, and a man that is capable to pain and suffering.

The 24 TV movie had run for 10 years. A very impressive time in television movies. Movie channels are still running reruns until now because they just cant get enough of Jack. As a fan of 24, I can say I miss Jack so much. Until next time.

Anonymity – An Agent’s Best Asset

Jack Bauer, James Bond, Jason Bourne – the life of an agent is no joke. Every day on every mission, they’re tasked to get the mission done, whether it be to retrieve information, bug a high-security hotel room, or off a person on their hit roster. Movies will often serve you two varieties of agent. One wears an immaculate tuxedo which stays immaculate under any given circumstance, has all the cool gadgets, and always romances the ladies in the end. The other flavor of agent wears nondescript street clothes that still happen to make him look cool, drives a subtly-colored and massive vehicle, and has all the cool hand-to-hand combat skills. Both have a propensity from walking away from explosions, looking 20% cooler.

Unfortunately, real agent life is anything but glamorous. Anonymity is the best thing an agent can have on his side, and therefore must protect it at all costs. He or she cannot reveal important work details to his partner, nor even let on anything about being a secret agent. This may also mean being away from home on months on end on either that “high profile conference abroad”, or even with nary a word to their worrying partner. It’s a tough life.

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Dream Team: Bauer and Holmes

Jack Bauer is the man with the plan. Every episode finds him in high-octane action, nail-biting suspense, and gut-wrenching ordeals. He’s infiltrated water-tight security systems, strongholds, and more to catch terrorists by surprise and save the day.

Now, across the North Atlantic Ocean and airing on another channel is a kindred, albeit slightly anti-social, spirit. A member of the Scotland Yard Forensics team is quick to call him a psychopath, but really and truly, he’s a “high-functioning sociopath, do your research”. He’s doted on by his landlady Mrs. Hudson (“not your housekeeper, dear”), and groaned over by his older brother with a propensity for umbrellas, anonymous pick-ups by classy ladies in gorgeous cars, and cake. Most importantly, his doctor-cum-ex-soldier flatmate teams up with him as they solve cases, chase down criminals, and bring truths to light. Ladies and gents, I speak about none other than Sherlock Holmes.

Now imagine this cross-over: what would happen if the great consulting detective were to team up with tough-as-nails Jack Bauer? You’re looking at the possibility of high-octane action coupled with mind-blowing deduction, served with a generous side of snark. Would the sparks fly? Would their chemistry bubble, squeak, or go with a boom? No one can say for sure, but when two strong personalities collide, you can be certain that this will be one for the record books.

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Primetime 2007 – The CW’s Lineup

Aliens in America – High School is tough enough, imagine how tough it is for a Pakistani exchange student in Wisconsin.

CW Now – A half-hour newsmagazine focusing on the 18-24 crowd and featuring the best the net and the world has to offer.

Online Nation – With the explosion in user-generated content available on the net, everybody has their chance at 15 minutes of fame nowadays. Online nation pulls the best user-created content and features it in a funny irreverent weekly series that shows the best that the net has to offer.

Life Is Wild – Take a New York blended family headed by a wildlife vet, put them in the middle of a wildlife preserve in South Africa for a year, and see what happens.

Reaper – Sam had it easy until he turned 21 and learned his parents made a deal with the devil himself. Sam’s soul is owned by Satan and the Devil wants his due. Sam becomes Reaper, Satan’s bounty hunter, ridding the world of evil souls that have escape and need to be pulled back to hell. Kevin Smith of Clerks fame is behind this newly creative series.

Gossip Girl – From the creative mind of Josh Schwartz comes a new series based on a highly successful young adult novel series. Who is Gossip Girl and how does she know all the juicy details on everybody’s personal lives?

Crowned: The Mother of all Pagents – Featuring a group of mother-daughter teams, this 8 episode reality TV series will focus in the rivalries in one of the most competitive fields out there – beauty pagents.

Farmer Wants a Wife – Based on the UK series, take 10 women from the big city and put them into a farm life setting as they vie for the affections of a successful but lonely farmer. Can they find love in the country?

The CW’s Fall airing schedule


8 p.m. – “Everybody Hates Chris”

8:30 p.m. – “Aliens in America”

9 p.m. – “Girlfriends”

9:30 p.m. – “The Game”


8 p.m. – “Beauty and the Geek”

9 p.m. – “Reaper”


8 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model”

9 p.m. – “Gossip Girl”


8 p.m. – “Smallville”

9 p.m. – “Supernatural”


8 p.m. – “Friday Night Smackdown!”


7 p.m. – “The CW Now”

7:30 p.m. – “Online Nation”

8 p.m. – “Life is Wild”

9 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model” reruns