Death Note: Manga, Anime, Movies, and More

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If there is one manga/anime series that is in my top faves, it’s definitely Death Note. There is so much about this manga that makes it interesting and current, even if it’s been years since it was first introduced into the world. The main thing is what it centers on, good and evil, what one would do if given the chance to decide who deserves to be judged by those standards, and the consequences that come from all those choices made.

“This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me?” – Light Yagami

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“The real evil is the power to kill people. Someone who finds himself with that power is cursed. No matter how you use it, anything obtained by killing people can never bring true happiness.” – Soichiro Yagami

There have been many adaptations made of the manga, including: anime series, video games, mini series, and movies. One of those movies was the 2006 version starring Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama. I felt it kept closer to the manga series, everything that made it stand out and how many fans were hoping it would be. Another one that kept pretty close to it, and was just as good, would have to be the 2015 tv drama starring Masataka Kubota and Kento Yamazaki.

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“I am justice!” – Light Yagami & L Lawliet

Most recently, Netflix released their own version on August 25th describing it as a re-imagining rather than a remake of previous versions. There’s a lot that is being said about it, even before it was released, and much of it is how disappointed the fans are with it and everything it has to offer. I’ve personally seen it and can say that I am not a fan of it either. I get that it’s not made to be a copy of the manga series, but it really had none of the qualities that I loved from the original story.

It felt to me more like a Final Destination movie, but instead of death being the one after all the characters it was a human taking the lead; and instead of it being about taking out people who have cheated death, it’s about getting the girl and taking out those they both feel deserve the extremely gruesome death (and they are over-the-top gory). If you’re going into this movie expecting a lot of what you loved or what captured your attention from the original writing, it will leave you with a bad taste. It really is only a re-imagining, as much of everything in it is different. It’s not that it’s a bad movie, or all bad, it just isn’t like the original.

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If you do see it, just go into it not expecting any of the main things that make Death Note what it is. It might leave you wanting to see a movie more closely related and for that I might have found the perfect movie… okay maybe not perfect, but it might just make you smile a lot more than the Netflix version. Death Note: Light Up The New World (2016) is the third installment to the movie Death Note (2006) and L: Change the World (2008) sequel, with a little more death notes added to the mix.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I will be soon. I just found out about it recently and was waiting to watch the Netflix one first. It absolutely left me wanting to re-read the manga series so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Let me know if you’re a fan of the series and if you’ll also be watching these new Death Note movies. I’d love to hear what you guys think about them; if this manga is new to you, did the release of Netflix series peak your interest? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy reading & viewing!

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  1. C

    October 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Wait…there’s a third Death Note movie?! 😀 I loved the first ones…developed a crush on Tatsuya Fujiwara after watching Battle Royale, which probably helped…and I’m nearly done with the anime, though I haven’t read the manga yet. I made myself watch the Netflix movie, so I could actually give an opinion on it and know what I was talking about, and I absolutely hated it.




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