DEATH NOTE was adapted from a manga series of the same name, created by Tsugumi Ohba in 2003. Tetsuro Araki, renowned for ATTACK ON TITAN franchise, took an interest in the project and with a screenplay by Toshiki Inoue, animated by MADHOUSE and released on October 5, 2006, and ended on June 27, 2007.
Death Note Plot
The series consists of 37 episodes of around 20 minutes each. We are introduced to the Shinigami (God of Death) Ryuk. We meet the protagonist Light as he watches the Notebook fall out of nowhere. He finds the contents of the notes to be lame as if you write a person’s name in the note while picturing the face of that person, they will die within 40 seconds.
He then writes the name of a criminal shown on TV, who has taken some children as hostages. I know for a fact that I’d have done the same to test what was written in the notes! To his surprise, the criminal dies of a heart attack in a few seconds.
Light is now determined to wipe out the scum of the earth, and Ryuk visits him and says that the note belongs to Light now and whoever possesses the Note can neither go to heaven nor hell after they die. Thus, begins an intriguing journey of our righteous Light with Detective L after him.
Death Note Popularity: How Popular Is The Anime?
The series took the world by storm. Viz Media licenses it for the people of the United States from where you can download it to own or rent. After the DVD release, the first 15,000 copies contained collectible figurines, at the Comic-Con International 2007. Also, Play Magazine named it as the best anime in their feature ‘2007 Anime Year in Review’.
Adaptation of the Manga: Is Live-Action good?
Right after the series was released in Japan, a live-action film of the same title was released on June 17, 2006. Followed by two sequels; Death Note 2: The Last Name released on November 3, 2006, and L: Change the World released on February 2, 2008.
Films like Death Note Relight 1: Visions of a God and Death Note Relight 2: L’s Successors, covered the series in two parts to make it a features length film.
From a TV drama adaptation in 2015 as well as a musical, Death Note: The Musical, which are still quite controversial, further adaptations were being released regardless of their success or failure to give the audience that original DeathNote feels.
A miniseries, Death Note: New Generation, and a feature-length film, Death Note: Light up the New World, were also released which had many expanded and added scenes to make them different and exciting. Netflix joined the band-wagon with the release of a feature film on August 24, 2017.
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Will there be Death Note season 2?
As we know, the series ended with the demise of Light. Another season seems implausible. The popularity of the series has everyone waiting for its comeback with bated breath. Since the series had an incontrovertible end, it is not likely that they pick up where they left off.
Maybe a different storyline or the continuation of Light’s work by Detective L might be explored. Toshiki Inoue said that Light’s presence was the most compelling aspect. Therefore, the series chronicles Light’s thoughts and actions as much as possible. So, if there ever is a Season 2 of the series, we might not have Toshiki Inoue associated with the project.
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Death Note English Dub Anime Episodes
The English dubbed episodes of the anime are available on Amazon Prime Video. Moreover, you can watch it on Netflix with Japanese audio and English subtitles, i.e., English subbed episodes.