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Live-Action Death Note Show's Cast Unveiled in Costume

posted on 2015-05-24 16:20 EDT
Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki, Mio Yūki star in July live-action TV series

The cast for this year's live-action Death Note television series debuted in costume on Monday.

The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, includes (from left to right in photograph above):

  • 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 include Near.

The live-action series 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.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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