Netflix Live Action Death Note “Blasphemy”

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The reputation of live action adaptations of anime classics have been done no favors with the unveiling of the first trailer for Netflix’s live action Death Note film, generating a great deal of rage online for a multitude of reasons, from the non-Asian actors to the alteration of Light’s name – not an entirely surprising outcome considering the similar ongoing fiasco with Ghost in the Shell.

The trailer and all its “despicable” elements:

Those not convinced that the Death Note movie will be completely awful can witness it on August 25th.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 23/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So bad it doesn't even reach pathetic level.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 25/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets be honest though, the Japanese live action adaption was campy as all fuck and just as bad..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 25/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two crap don't make a right.

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    Comment by Hatsune Curado
    23:46 23/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    no No NOOO
    Why, just why.
    It's going to be terrible, we already know it.
    First Ghost In The Shell and now Death Note , STOP THIS DAMMIT >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO! NO! NOOOOO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 23/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    why the fuck would you write on the wall "Justice is Kira" when you decide to fucking axe, all of the Eastern Names and Influence?

    Kira in that context makes zero sense, and should be straight changed to Killer already if you truly go the full westerner route...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually agree with this.
    It is common knowledge that "Kira", in Death Note and in JoJo, means "Killer".
    They should just refer to him as "(The) Killer", especially since they're obviously trying to play this thing completely straight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is going to suck balls and everyone knows it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    But what kind of balls? Is it going to suck rat balls? donkey balls? rotten dead donkey balls?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    MY Ballz!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "dragon balls" evolution tier

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Death Note, the concept, is fantastic and begs for other original interpretations. However, the original manga and anime series is all we need as an interpretation of the original story.
    I kind of hoped Netflix would do Death Note: the series, and have it episodic or arc based, with a different person obtaining a death note each arc and deals with how they dealt with the power the death note brings.

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    Comment by klon
    03:20 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This would be the perfect idea, with just some references to what happened on the tokyo original arc! But seeing Light being chased by the police like any regular/low IQ gangster is just an insult, a real shame!

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    Comment by Ekam
    00:17 25/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hollywood movies are like fanfics
    They think it is good to have such twists to the story and extras, but they are usually so wrong

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck all the retards that think only Asian actors can play roles originating in manga from Japan. Are we to ban all non-English actors from playing Shakespearian roles? Well? Get over it. Movies produced by American companies for American audiences have every right to cast who they want for whatever role they are casting. I find this to be just racist bullshit. Now, if they were dressing up white actors and putting them in yellow face makeup...THAT I would have a major problem with. Most of all, the location is not even in Japan. It is Seattle. So all you haters...STFU.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I concur, this whole Asians for Asian character roles is silly.

    On the flip side I have also seen a brilliant rendition of Othello done in the style of a Japanese Period piece set in the Reformation Era.
    Plus I've heard there's a Chinese production of MacBeth floating around somewhere.

    Shakespeare isn't English exclusive - neither should anime/manga stuff be Asiatic exclusive. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, we diss the shit out of it and tell the world for all to hear...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea see, the reason why people have a problem with putting not white actors in the roles of people who clearly weren't originally white is because white people have a leg up anyway, because that's just how Hollywood is to begin with. Trying to look smart and say well Shakespeare doesn't make a better point. Hollywood whitewashing is boring. It used to be that you'd be able to get break out roles in movies for people, and now GOTTA have that big white actor name. Or on rare occasion Chris Rock I guess.

    Are you seriously actually complaining about people wanting their characters cast as the actual race they are? REALLY?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's worth pointing out that less than half of one percent of the US population is of Japanese descent. It stands to reason that there will be a much more limited selection of Japanese actors than of the more common ethnicities.

    And of course, the exact same thing could be said about actors in Japan. You'll often see roles of caucasian characters in Japanese films or anime performed by Japanese talent. It just makes sense, since actual caucasians make up only a fraction of a percent of the Japanese population.

    As for the trailer, it looks surprisingly not-bad, although trailers are often deceiving. At the very least, it "looks" better than the Japanese live action renditions of Death Note. Much of the casting doesn't fit with the original characters, but they're likely not explicitly targeting fans of the original series anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is not "whitewashing"(PC for "I hate white people") since it is a new story set in Seattle, not Tokyo. And yes, Shakespeare is a perfect example of why it is ok. Shakespeare is quite often re-imagined into new more modern and more pertinent locations for the audience that the producers want to reach. Redoing Deathnote in America reaches an American audience who would be totally clueless about the social norms of the characters if they had set it in Tokyo. It's is being made for a much wider audience then the English speaking fans of the original.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are we to ban all non-English actors from playing Shakespearian roles?
    Yeah, especially when they think they're using a real British accent! They get it wrong so often it's a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 25/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you cunt. All live actions are crap including Kenshin. Just level of crappiness.

    So STFU apologist cunt, your are probably new and maybe don't even anime or manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are so retarded you have no idea how retarded you are. I've been watching anime and reading manga probably longer then you've been alive. Speed Racer? Kimba? do you remember when they first hit American TV? I do, Channel 52 out of LA, CA back in the early 70's. Giant Robo? I have probably deleted more anime then you have even watched. So quit with your racist rants about white privilege and learn that the world does not revolve around you. I apologize to no one for seeing the world as it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Said the retard. No one bought up SJW nor whitewash except you. All live action sucks and that is what was said.

    How much anime and manga have you bought and how do you support the industry? Exactly. I own a roomful and some more, paid for it by working since thirteen.

    You probably even watched some of the rarer stuff I bought over to Midwest, which tricked down to CA, before the days of the internet.

    Speed Racer? Kimba? Giant Robo? Yawn, rewatched them all. Have you watched the much older mecha shows? Older than Mazinger Z, that was not aired in the States? or Kinnikuman? or a ton of other ancient stuff? Or knows the basic story of a number of animes before they are air, from the manga or VN? I thought so.

    You are older and an apologist for live actions, and that is about it.

    Piss me off I will be seeing the reruns of GitS or Death Note as live actions on TV, before the origanl source are ever shown.

    Now STFU apologist cunt. But you are probably gonna delete this anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    People keep harping on about whitewashing. Who gives a fuck about the fact that it's set in America with a bunch of white people. The idiocy of this is the fact that it's a 2 hour movie that is unlikely to replicated the cat and mouse game paced over 40 episodes. It's not like it would've even cost a lot of money to make a tv series, it's a low budget affair. There is literally 0 reason to condense this into a 2 hour movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone forgot that their are 2 japan version of death note out right now before netfilx was even thought out coming out with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need to just stop making anime into movies

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    Comment by UraSapMrJap
    00:28 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This already looks better than the Chinese version. I hope they change the ending because it made no sense in the original comic and movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It made perfect sense, they guys behind the manga were tired of stretching it time over time again by their publisher demands, so they simply cut it beyond repair, kinda like what David Lynch did to Twin Peaks. If you read Bakuman it's quite easy to notice too...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't say I feel the same outrage at Light being re-cast as caucasian as I do with GITS or Dragonball. For one thing, the anime is just one instance of a Death Note coming into play. Light isn't the first to use the Death Note, he isn't even the only person at the time. So, the Death Note being dropped in Seattle isn't that big of a deal. As for the Justice is Kira, the trailer shows Ryuk (or some Death God), speaking in Japanese. Not only that, for all we know this takes place after Light's demise and he is just picking up the sword.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    @00:45
    "for all we know this takes place after Light's demise and he is just picking up the sword"

    yea? so how do you explain L being alive after Light's demise? was he resurrected as a black guy?

    stop trying to defend this bs.

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    Comment by darkjoe400
    19:02 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...actually really want to watch this. Could be awesome or hilariously bad (would be fine with either).

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    jews: Proving Hitler Rights Since 1945

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    i fuck ur mother since 0001 <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't know what it was if they didn't show shots of the Death Note.

    Also sick of trailers suddenly cutting to black and cutting the sound.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my opinion the real issue here is not the so called "white-washing" or the westernized names, but if this show will be a decent one or total crap.
    History told us that practically every time that someone took a japanese manga/anime, trying to making a live-action movie, utterly failed.
    Hopefully this time will be better... maybe... let's hope...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no hope, only Zuul

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:11 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no hope. It's a 100% guaranteed failure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly you're wrong. It's likely to be a commercial success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    anyone above 18 wouldnt give a shit either way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um dude, it's on Netflix. That means tweens/little kids will go omfg aweessummm!!! while watching on their parents Netflix accounts, but anyone above the age of 18 who isn't a bumbling retard will have concerns about the movie.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Another very Whitewash anime adaptation indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Since I love Death Note I'll watch it and hope for the best. It doesn't make any sense to WANT this to be bad. Anime never translates into live action well so we'll see. Willem Dafoe as Ryuk is the main draw for me.




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