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Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki Star in Live-Action Death Note TV Series

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Actress Mio Yūki to play Near in series premiering in July

This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing the main cast on Monday for this year's Death Note television drama adaptation.

The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, is as follows:

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

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

The drama will also feature an original story not featured in the anime or movies. The series will air on NTV on Sundays starting in July.

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 12-volume manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006.

The manga 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 will travel to Osaka and Nagoya in May, and it will also run in South Korea from July to August, but with a different cast.


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