As someone who recently binge-watched all thirty-seven episodes of the Death Note anime series, I can say with certainty that it was more addictive than crack. Not that I’ve ever tried crack, but my point is that Death Note is a great show which should be watched by everyone. The series focuses on a gifted young Japanese student named Light Yagami who discovers a notebook from the realm of the Shinigami (the gods of death in Japanese mythology) which allows him to kill people by writing their name. Light then embarks on a crusade to use the Death Note to rid the world of evil, with a mysterious detective known simply as L hot on his heels. Hailed as one of the greatest anime series of all time, Death Note received particular praise for its unconventional depiction of morality, with one of the principle themes being how society influences what we know as right and wrong.
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the creators of the original Death Note anime, are currently working on a one-shot sequel which will be published in the third issue of the Japanese magazine Jump SQ. on February 4. This announcement was made on the Weekly Shounen Jump Twitter account, and we’d like to thank ComicBook.com for the heads up. The one-shot will focus on the events which unfold after the Death Note belonging to Ryuk, the main Shinigami from the franchise, yet again finding its way into the human world. The white-haired guy standing beside Ryuk in the above image is a detective named Near who also played a key role in the original series, so it looks like he’ll be turning up in this new story too.
It’s also been confirmed that the one-shot will run for an impressive 87 pages in length, although there’s currently no word on whether it will be translated into English. But given Death Note’s enormous popularity in the west, we think it’s a safe bet that it will be coming to US bookstores. We wish we had more to go on at this point, but the fact in itself that the original creators of one of Japan’s defining media franchises are returning for a new story has certainly peaked our interest. We’re already feeling hungry for potato chips.
As well as the aforementioned anime series, the Death Note manga has also been adapted into a series of live action Japanese films, video games, a live action TV show, and a stage production. There was also a Death Note movie produced by Netflix, but we don’t talk about that.