Death Note is one of the best manga and anime of our time. Although a number of film adaptation already exists, in a first Western adaptation, Netflix is releasing Death Note on August 25.
The film is basically an adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. For those who don’t know the story is about a high school student named Light Yagami who comes across a supernatural notebook called the Death Note. The book had belonged to a Shinigami named Ryuk. The Shinigami (basically gods or supernatural spirits) was bored, and he deliberately dropped the notebook to create chaos in the human world.
The trailer of the film was launched on March 22, and it got over 4 million views with the first twenty-fourhours.
Premiering on August 25, 2017, stars Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) as L, Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe.
Of course, as you can see, the actors are mostly white. Just like the casting of theDragonball Evolution and Ghost in the Shell, Netflix’s Death Note has been criticized as for white-washing.
Collider reporters, producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin have responded to these criticisms saying: “Our vision for Death Note has always been to…introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece. The talent and diversity represented in our cast, writing and producing teams reflect our belief in staying true to the story’s concept of moral relevance — a universal theme that knows no racial boundaries.”
Being a very popular manga, Death Note has been adapated several times into films, light novels, video games and even TV dramas. In 2015, the manga had sold over 30 million copies worldwide.