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Death Note Gets Smartphone Escape Game

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Real-world escape game also celebrates 10th anniversary this year

The "Death Note Shinsekai e no Izanai" (Death Note Invitation to a New World) escape game launched for iOS and Android mobile devices on Friday. The app is part of the celebration for the manga/anime/live-action franchise's 10th anniversary.

In the game, players are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles and navigate traps to escape. The game will have four stages with the second, third, and fourth consecutively launching in mid-April, mid-May, and the end of May.

The franchise is also getting a real-world "real escape game" that will be held from May 30 to July 27 at the Harajuku Himitsu Kichi of SCRAP ("Secret Base of SCRAP") and at an unannounced location in Osaka. Real escape games are crowd participation events mostly held in Japan that involve using clues and intuition to escape a locked room within a designated time limit. Recent years have seen popular anime and manga franchises like Case Closed and Attack on Titan used as set-ups for these events; the premise of this new game involves a second Kira who will "kill" the participants if they don't escape the room within an hour. Tickets went on sale on March 21 and cost from 2,200 yen to 3,300 yen ($22 to $32).

Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original manga is also being adapted into a stage musical that will run in Japan and South Korea in 2015. The manga has already been adapted into three live-action films and one television anime series in Japan. Viz Media released the Death Note manga, the anime series, and a spinoff novel, while its Viz Pictures affiliate released the three live-action films in American theaters.

In the supernatural suspense manga, a teenager 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 12-volume manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006.

More smartphone app images are available at the link below.

Source: Comic Natalie

Images © Tsugumi OhbaTakeshi Obata/Shueisha

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