Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Justice and vigilantism: Anime series death note in perspective
Author(s): Pritha Biswas, Ramith Gopinath
Abstract: In different societies, there have been different interpretations and ideas, juxtaposing the ideas of vigilantism, and justice. This paper, attempts to shed light over this grey area where people break the law for doing good to society, and further elaborate with the example of the popular anime series, Death Note. For centuries, philosophers, anthropologists, and theorists have debated the question: does crime constitute crime, when done with the intention to do good? If yes, at what point does this begin to constitute something illegal? And if no, by what yardstick? This paper is an attempt to answer these questions and other underlying paradoxes in the lens of the popular anime series, Death Note. While borrowing from the core tenets of philosophy, this paper tries to draw at the core conflicts that the protagonist, Light Yagami, faced in his quest for an ideal society.