So what’s the craze on the supernatural anime? What is it about that it delivered a cult hit to anime geeks a decade ago? The upcoming live-action adaptation by Netflix features the story of a mystic notebook owned by an ancient being who eventually drops his Death Note to the reality world out of boredom. It has the mythical power to the holder known as Kira, to kill any known living person by just writing their names on it. The paranormal tale focuses on Light Yagami, a bright student in high school who eventually discovered the mysterious notebook. He was confronted by the owner named Ryuk, who proclaims himself as God and wanting to rid the world free of criminals and evil deeds.
However, complication arises as Light is not the only one in possession of the notebook thus leading to multiple deaths that sparks the attention of a detective simply known as “L”, to put an end to the killings. Determine in finding the name of iconic anime detective, Light joins and tricks “L” in finding the first Kira as the two archenemies would go back and forth in playing mind games with each other. The Netflix series is not the first live-action film as the anime has spawned multiple live-action movies and tv series as well over the last decade in Japan.
Death Note (2006)
Although we might expect some changes to the characters and storyline in the American series, especially the protagonist name of Light Yagami to Light Turner, with Willem Dafoe voicing the Shinigami Ryuk, let’s hope that the long-awaited remake could hit the nostalgia button on manga nerds and anime geeks to ignite the forgotten cult hit once again on its premiere in August 2017.