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Hide your name, hide your face – 'Death Note' TV drama set to air this summer

By KK Miller, RocketNews24

There has been a successful anime, a trio of movies, various games and even a musical, but one form of media the "Death Note" series has been noticeably missing is a TV drama.

But just like an entry into the infamous Death Note itself, a one-line news report revealed that a live-action drama was finally in the works. And we’ll be seeing it a lot sooner than you think.

It’s been nine years since writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata finished their thrilling story of Light Yagami and L that answered the question, “What would you do if you could decide who died and when?” For Light, the easily bored high school genius, he wanted to use the Death Note to cleanse the world of all evil, or what he judged as evil. His nemesis/counterpart, the eccentric, candy loving detective L, strongly opposed the killings, and tried to do whatever he could to stop “Kira”, Light’s alias.

With a continually strong fan base around the globe, it’s a bit of a surprise that a major announcement appeared between panels of a comic and with it, the only information that’s been released so far: a July start-date for the series.

What can we expect from the TV drama, though? The anime followed the manga storyline quite closely, while the live-action movies had a delightfully unexpected twist that kept true to the original manga but also kept it fresh for those familiar with the series. The musical is set to premiere on April 29 so it’s not yet known how the duel between Light and L will play out. Since it has been nine years since the completion of the manga, there has been plenty of time for writers to come up with variations on the plot to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

Casting news has also been suspiciously absent. Who will we see starting in the titular roles? The actors from the live-action movies haven’t played those parts for almost nine years, so it’s likely that they will cast new actors. Whoever they bring in though, will have a tough time trying to surpass Kenichi Matsuyama’s performance as L.

More information will certainly be released in the coming months, but who would you like to see portraying the star characters Light and L? Are you excited about the TV drama or should "Death Note" write its own name down? As always, let us know in the comments section below!

Source: Hachima Kiko

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Whoever they bring in though, will have a tough time trying to surpass Kenichi Matsuyama’s performance as L.

And Tatsuya Fujiwara in the role of Light was pretty decent too

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I really don't think they care about performance, they'll just toss in the usual boy band crew and call it a day

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The original movie adaptation was decent until the CG demon came in -- which was near the beginning, which meant it sucked from near the beginning. 'Tis a shame, because the story is a fun one. I hope they don't ruin the TV series with it... but given the crappy video quality of most Japanese television they probably can't use CG anyway.

I remember the first time I heard older people talking about their 'death notes' if speaking to me in English, and not knowing that was the word for "will" (as in last will and testament), translated badly. I thought for a second the movie/manga had a lot more adult fans than it should... and wondering why they would actually carry around books to write others names in. Didn't take too long to figure out what they meant, though.

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