Gamera Director Shusuke Kaneko Making Live Action Manga Adaptation "Death Note" With Battle Royale's

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Many thanks to Don Brown for finding and translating the following for us:

"Shusuke Kaneko ("Gamera" series, "Azumi 2: Death Or Love") will direct Battle Royale star Tatsuya Fujiwara in a two-part movie adaptation of popular manga "Death Note."

The story follows the mysterious "L" and others as they try to catch cool and brainy high school student Raito Yagami (Fujiwara), who has come into possession of a notebook that allows him to summon a murderous demon simply by writing the name of his intended victim. Although Raito is aware that killing is wrong, he strongly believes that the violent crimes he perpetrates are justified because "evildoers must die in order to create a better society."

Published in weekly manga Shonen Jump, "Death Note" is written by Tsugumi Oba and drawn by Takeshi Obata. Its nine "tankobon" collected editions currently on sale have sold over twelve million copies to date.

"Death Note" will be distributed in Japan by Warner Brothers. Part one is scheduled for release in June, with the second following in October."


With a summer release date locked down I'd expect that images should be turning up online relatively soon, but in the meantime you can check out fan translated versions of the manga here.

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NatzoJanuary 25, 2006 4:18 AM

Hey, this is pretty cool news. I've read the manga up to Chapter 66 now, and it's pretty good. The beginning is pretty intense, but then it gets a little too dragged out. It picks up steam again, but then slows down. It has a tendency to go up and down -- one of the reasons why I stopped reading it.

Tatsuya Fujiwara..hmm. I don't really like him. His pained faced really bothers me. It looks like he's always suffering from a gunshot wound or something. I really don't see him in the role of Raito. I wonder who'll get to play L. He's quite an eccentric character, so hopefully they'll be able to find someone that suits L's image.

DaturaJanuary 25, 2006 5:47 AM

Nice! The manga sucks after chapter 60. I don't think this would adapt very well into an anime (too much talk, not enough action), but a movie could work nicely.

Don BrownJanuary 25, 2006 6:35 AM

No official site for the movie yet, but here's the one for the manga.

By the way, on further reading I realised that the deadly notebook doesn't summon a demon but kills its victims according to the type of death specified by the writer. The book originally belonged to a "shinigami" (god of death) who plays an important role in the story.

SwarezJanuary 25, 2006 11:48 AM

Kaneko seems to be pretty busy these days with that horror film that comes out soon as well as this one.
Never did see Azumi 2, was it good?

RoninJanuary 27, 2006 6:17 AM

Viz Media has released the manga in the USA:

The first two volumes were excellent!

MayelaFebruary 2, 2006 12:08 AM

L will be played by actor Matsuyama Kenichi. I hope he wears a wig or something.

LincoFebruary 5, 2006 11:35 PM

I agree with the guy who thinks a movie fits Death Note better than an Anime. The first part of the manga (L vs Raito) is great, but the second part (Near vs Raito) has a lower quality. Anyway, it'll be nice to see the movie.

DennisFebruary 15, 2006 4:45 AM

Yeah I agree L vs Raito was awsome but it gets a little worst in the begining of Near vs. Raito but it seems to be picking up now

DevolinFebruary 17, 2006 8:09 PM

Im actually pretty worried about how the actors will turn out. All im going to say is that they better have like 50 billion people who are awsome at faking heart attacks. and im worried about the graphics for the shinigami...they better look badass. I have read the manga up until 94...its pretty hectic. Of course my favorite was L vs Raito after that little fiasco it got kindof dull. Its picking up again and im really anxious to see how it ends...even though it was pretty predictable for a while. Basically everyone is screwed.

Chibi-chanMarch 6, 2006 1:50 AM

OMG! *fangirly squeal* Sorry, that was retarded, but I am so happy right now I'm jumping for joy.

roseMarch 7, 2006 6:37 AM

oh wow!!! Death Note really is the best. I've read the other comments, and I have to disagree with some of them. I really enjoy the manga, and continue reading it with the new releases of chapters.

I see Raito as a really intelligent guy who has some glitches - he does things which are kinda stupid to me, which would turn out as something incredible. -__-

I admit I kinda felt bored when L died (he's my fave character), but as the story developed and Raito's close to being found out as Kira, it gets interesting again.

whaaaa I just can't wait to see the movie! I hope we get copies here in the Philippines.

yuukaMarch 17, 2006 5:10 PM

um yes...>.but anyway, i've been dying for an anime of deathnote, but after seing the trailer, my goodness, i just can't wait to get the original (and hopefully first press) copy of the movie.

Keme-kunMay 29, 2006 9:57 PM

I think the actor who's gonna play L is fit for the role. He really does look like L. *he wears a wig* He's really hot. XD XD *spoiler* Roo bad L dies, I liked the tension between him and Raito. Now that I mention it, the actor for Raito doesn't look like him at all. X_x And I really like Raito so I'm really sad. X_X But still, can't wait for the movie.

amane ai haraSeptember 8, 2006 6:59 AM

desu noto,,, siippp dech.... n I like raito_kun... u are a special...btw erika toda,,,hmm... i like story engine... n than inti.... I love you Tatsuya fujiwara...... bye.. chuuu...

risaSeptember 22, 2006 7:36 PM

is it just me or my comment were cut in half?
you see, takeshi obata is really impresive! how can he make such story?! best of all, he did it by himself!!! (right? )

blue_lionxSeptember 29, 2006 8:27 AM

Amazing!! Deathnote is my favourite anime ever....!! He3 XD
I hope Death Note movie will success just like the anime...

nerviOctober 6, 2006 12:15 PM

I think the ending is kind of weird you know, how come near caught raito assistant who hold the death note and put him to jail(as his final rest^^) but he didn't caught Misa, eventhough she's the second kira for god sake. she killed people right????!!!!!! btw i'm kinda hoping raito is played by

LunaticOctober 10, 2006 2:51 PM

Anyone knows when the first part of the movie will be released on dvd with english subs?