Friday, July 06, 2012

Manga Crush #2: L

Daydreaming Bookworm 
 Manga crush is a weekly meme hosted here,at Daydreaming Bookworm where you rant about the manga character on whom you have recently developed a crush.For more info on the meme,click here .This will take you to the Manga Crush! page of my blog.You can find my older Manga Crush! posts at the Weekly memes at Daydreaming Bookworm page.

For today's Manga Crush! the character I'll be ranting about is L from Death Note. Those of you who are already familiar with Death Note,I know you're wondering about my sudden change in taste.Why am I not in love with the villain this time?Let's say that L is a rare exception and by the way,I said before in my other posts that I always fall for lunatics,not villains!You could say that L himself is a lunatic,in a way.His appearance,behaviour and personality all prove that fact.But just because he's a lunatic doesn't mean that he has to be evil.A lunatic can be a good one as well.Batman himself is a lunatic as well,but everyone still loves him,don't they!?So before I start with more rantings about L,here's some info on the manga:
Title: Death Note
Year of  Release: 2003-2006
Status: Completed
Author: Ohba Tsugumi, Asami Yuuko
Artist:  Obata Takeshi
Genre: Drama,Mystery,Shounen,Supernatural
Blurb: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal... or his life?

Death Note -  L (: L is a world renowned detective that takes on the challenge of catching the serial killer known only as Kira. In his investigation L becomes highly suspicious of Light Yagami, and makes it his goal to prove that Light is Kira.

L is very intelligent, though his disheveled and languid appearance masks his great powers of deduction and many question his abilities upon viewing him. L tends to second-guess everything he is presented with, and is extremely meticulous and analytical. He is good at deceiving his opponents, and is willing to take drastic measures to solve a case.

Using subterfuge, misinformation, disinformation and an analytical knowledge of human nature to help lure a suspected murderer into a false sense of security and possibly make him carelessly over-confident, whenever L gives percentages to indicate how much he suspects a person of committing a crime, such as "five percent" he may in fact be over ninety percent convinced of their culpability.

He also has several quirks, such as preferring to crouch rather than sit, eating only sweet foods (like desserts, candies and fruits) and holding items by using only a thumb and a finger. He is often seen arranging objects and very intently stacking, or in other ways playing with, his staple food items. L is almost always encountered while performing actions that are considered inappropriate or rude in public. These actions/habits include biting fingernails, placing feet on furniture, slouching, chewing with an open mouth, talking with his mouth full, calling out personal observations that may offend others, etc.

Although he is often seen sitting and inactive, L retains a high athletic ability. L stayed in England for five years, and during that time he was the tennis champion in the England Junior Cup. He also has a knack for martial arts, which is demonstrated in his brief fight with Light. In chapter 38 of the manga, L suggests that even though he eats only sweet foods, he remains underweight because the brain uses the most calories of any organ in the body. He also says that if he sits normally, his reasoning ability would drop 40%.

So okay,you can see why I said before that he's still a lunatic even though he's supposedly the good guy.His carefree like personality is something you don't usually see.Sure he's got bags under his eyes and always dresses up like a homeless person but that's what I like about him the most.If you haven't checked out Death Note yet,you'd better,'cause you really don't wanna miss seeing L in action!

So let me know about your manga crush this week!Leave the link below.


  1. NOOO!!!! You stole my crush!!!!

  2. Hi,
    I really need to watch "Death Note"! I like your crush too...
    Mine should probably be Kou Mabuchi from "Ao Haru Ride" but I've discovered Lord Nabunaga from "Sengoku Strays" and his scary face intrigued me...

  3. Hmmm...,I haven't read/watched them but I'll have to make room.You can participate too,if you want.All you have to do is leave the link to your post after doing the meme on the Mister Linky's Magical Widgets. :)

    Thanks for commenting,by the way.

  4. BTW the blog looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks! :D
      I finally got around how to do it.i can help you with yours too,if you want. :)

  5. I knew he would be on your manga crush list! I don't know how I knew, but I just did :P
    Though I liked Light/Kira better. Which is weird because I don't usually like villains (or lunatics) :P But yeah, here's an exception.
    But L's pretty cool too! I love Death Note!!


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