Hey, Death_Eyes! Long time no see!
It's recently come to my attention that in two months' time, in December 2013, it will be the 10th Anniversary of the Death Note manga's first serialisation in Shounen Jump, making it ten years since Death Note's birth.
(Of course, it is not the 10th anniversary of its 'conception'; forty years before in 1973, in an unknown month, creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitano and unanimously considered Japanese Horror Master Shigeru Mizuki first utilised the idea of the killer notebook in his oneshot piece The Miraculous Notebook. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it), the piece failed to win the ultimate prize of serialisation, and it wasn't heard of again. For more information, look to the pilot chapter of Death Note starring Taro Kagami, in which The Miraculous Notebook is referenced, or better yet, try your hand at finding the original piece.)
(That isn't to say that Ohba Tsugumi was inspired by Mizuki's piece - it, apparently, was a mere coincidence, one that Ohba merely paid homage to in the pilot. Comparing even TMN and the DN pilot will show how different they are.)
Let's not quibble it over the small stuff.
Meanwhile, this means that we have the opportunity to make December 2013 one long month-long celebration of all things Death Note. This is a time to rediscover our love for this manga (and for the anime and films while we're at it). This is an exploitable opportunity for fun and peace: It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of MattxMello, MelloxNear, or even NearxGevanni. It doesn't matter if you believe Kira is a Force of Good or an overwhelming Shadow of Evil. It doesn't matter whether you think Misa is sweet or irritating. All that really matters is that we all have that common love for Death Note, be it still fresh and strong or faded over the years into a wavering nostalgia.
Never has it been a better time, even ten years on, to be a Death Note fan.
So, my darlings: What are we going to do to celebrate? How are we going to mark this December?
If you have any ideas or suggestions, or have something to say about this coming anniversary in general, feel free to put your thoughts below~