Netflix has decided to adapt the infamous Death Note anime. Death Note is a Japanese animation revolving around a high school student that aims to change the world through a book of death (hence the name Death Note) . While the animation has made a quite a mark on audiences this American adaption of the series is likely to expand the fan base. Normally transitioning an anime version to a film version requires careful planning and is difficult to implement. The Dragon ball Z and the Street Fighters adaptation are prime examples how directors fail to capture the true spirit of the animations into live film versions. However there have been a few Japanese films released under the Death Note umbrella and they have fared quite well.
Production for the Death Note series is expected to initiate in June. We take a look at the different characters that would be part of the series and also at the intriguing story line which seems to keep fans rooted to the screen. Netflix is set to be for mature audiences with a R rated theme. We are optimistic over this development. Normally where film adaptations fail is when directors and producers come up with their own story lines and deviate from the original versions. Japanese animations normally tend to be on the darker side which we feel is their USP. Staying as close as possible to the animation might ensure effective results. The following synopsis may contain spoilers
The Death Note series depicts two different worlds. One world is the human realm or the earth. The other world or the realm is of the Shinigamis. Shinigamis are part of the Japanese mythology which are equivalent to a God of death. These beings are called God by some and even spirits and demons by others. In the animation different shinigamis are shown carrying out their normal activities. One of the shinigami named Ryuk is bored and tries to interact with the humans of the earth. Ryuk then throws his diary into the human realm hoping to be picked by a human.
The diary thrown by Ryuk is not like any ordinary diary. To start off, anyone who holds the diary would be able to see the Shinigami which in normal cases are invisible to humans. The diary can be used to kill people. The rule of the diary is as follows. The human whose name is written in this note shall die. This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s face in their mind when writing his/her name. If the cause of death is written within the next 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen. If the cause of the death is not mentioned then that person would die of a heart attack.
The diary is picked by Light Turner (Light Yagami in the Manga) in the human world. Turner is a highly intelligent student and is bored with his monotonous life. Turner also is weary of humans and has a nag of ending corruption from the face of the world. At first Turner thinks of the diary being a prank played by someone else but then he decides to try out the diary by himself. When Turner finally finds the reality of the diary he decides to kill all criminals and forming his form of justice. Plus he plans his efforts in a way becoming recognizable and calls himself as the God of this world.
When the killings become prominent, the world decides to take the issue on hand. When no one is able to make sense of what’s going on the case is taken over by L. L is considered the world’s best detective who has never lost a case. L decides to not reveal his real name and forms a small team in Japan on investigating the case.
Death Note’s initial success and fan following can be attributed to the fact that it plays with the concepts of right and wrong , and challenges its audience by portraying the two concepts as mere abstracts, in other words Death Note takes an interesting twist on lessons of morality as it depicts 2 equally matched foes fighting against each other for their own brand of justice , and it is left open to the viewers interpretation of who is right and who is wrong.
It will be interesting to see how Netflix goes about with the same story line and concepts or not. But we recommend not to miss this breathtaking series when its adapted by Netflix.