It definitely was a great contest - and, yes, there were quite a lot of Death Note vids. I was honestly surprised. I couldn't just cut them though, I did pay attention to quality when it came to putting the contest's final list together.
I think part of the reason is because it's hot right now with the discs having been recently released in North Amercia, and the fact that it's just a popular series period.
*I* like using it because, like Azumanga Daioh before it, it seems very adaptable to many different sorts of amv's. And I know for me personally, there's something about the seriousness of Light that just makes me want to mess with him.
I was at the con-chair's place and was told they were going to be shipped on the 1st of November. I haven't heard anything about it since then. I will try to figure it all out though.
EDIT: Apparently they all got sent out this past weekend (the 15th I believe) because of some ongoing transportation problems. If you'd be so kind as to respond when you get them and/or post pics it'd be great.