An intriguing premise asking intriguing questions, the idea of the Note and the ideology of Light fascinate me. Shinigami apathy contrasted with the intricate game of wits between L and Kira, the rise and fall of tension to a precise rhythm. Serious in all the right ways, I often forgot it was an anime, being swept along in the story. Characters: solid and defined. World: realistic, not pandering or too gritty. Exploring personal questions without feeling wooden or preachy, it fuses supernatural mystery with philosophical musing in a way that works perfectly.