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Live-Action Death Note Show's Promo Videos Tease New Ending

posted on 2015-06-07 12:30 EDT
New cast, new characters, new story in drama premiering on July 5

NTV streamed the second promotional video for July's live-action Death Note television series on Saturday. It is the first video with the recently announced cast.


Narrator: Death Note returns on Sunday nights.
Narrator: A new cast inherits the roles.
Narrator: The final climax will surprise you
Narrator & Text: New Sunday drama Death Note starts in July

The previous promotional spot introduced the series:


Narrator & Text: Summer 2015
Narrator & Text: A new page is opened…
Narrator: …On that killer
Narrator & Text: Death Note made into a drama series
Text: New cast
Text: New characters
Text: New story unfolds
Text: NTV Sunday drama Death Note starts in July 2015
Narrator: Death Note, starts in July 2015
Text: New … resolution.
Text: New … ending.

In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original supernatural suspense manga, a teenager named Light finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective.

The live-action series will feature an original story not told in the anime or movies. The cast of the new live-action version, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, includes (from left to right in photograph below):

  • Kento Yamazaki (Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu's Nishiki, Another's Koichi) as L
  • Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Akira, Limit's Wataru, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru's Shinya) as Light Yagami
  • Mio Yuuki (live-action Assassination Classroom's Yukiko, As The Gods Will's Shoko) as Near

The previous live-action films and the musical did not feature Near.

Popular photo idol Hinako Sano (live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube) plays the idol Misa Amane in the new series, while Yutaka Matsushige (Sukiyaki Western Django, Miss Hokusai) plays Sōichirō Yagami. Misa is an idol, popularly known as "Misa-Misa," who literally dedicates her life to the main character Light. Sōichirō Yagami is Light's father.

Other cast members include Reiko Fujiwara (live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu) as Light's little sister Sayu Yagami, Megumi Seki (live-action Honey and Clover) as Shōko Himura, Gōki Maeda (life-action Gokusen, Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e ~Ikemen Paradise 2011, When They Cry - Higurashi) as the detective Tōta Matsuda, Tomohisa Yuge (Kamen Rider Ryuki, Paradise Kiss, Higanjima) as the detective Shūichi Aizawa, Kazuaki Hankai (live-action MW, Kaibutsu-kun) as L's righthand man Watari, and Jiro Satō (life-action Gokusen, Judge) as the detective Kanzō Mogi.

The show will premiere on July 5.

The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006, and its 12 compiled book volumes have 30 million copies in print. It has already inspired three live-action films and a 37-episode television anime series in Japan. Viz Media released the Death Note manga, the anime series, and a spinoff novel in North America.

Viz Pictures released the three live-action films in American theaters. The live-action films star Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami and Kenichi Matsuyama as L.

More recently, the manga inspired a musical by a Japanese and American team that ran at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre from April 6-29. The musical traveled to Osaka and Nagoya in May, and it will also run in South Korea from July to August, but with a different cast.

Thanks to Dennis R for the embedded videos


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