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Death Note Gets 12-Hour Audio Drama in English, German

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Writer/translator Jonathan Clements writes audio drama based on anime

Writer and translator Jonathan Clements revealed last week that German publisher Lübbe is adapting the Death Note anime into a 12-hour audio drama. The drama will be have both English and German versions. Clements is writing the drama. The drama is based specifically on the anime adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga, and not the manga itself.

The drama is slated for a 2018 release.

In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original 2003-2006 supernatural suspense manga, teenager Light Yagami 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.

In addition to the 2006 television anime adaptation and tie-in specials, Death Note also received a Japanese live-action film adaptation in 2006, with a sequel titled Death Note: The Last Name, and a spinoff titled L change the WorLd in 2008. A live-action television series adaptation premiered last July, and ended last September. A new film titled Death Note: Light up the NEW world, described as a "forbidden sequel" to the first live-action film, opened in Japan on October 29.

The manga also inspired a stage musical by Broadway veterans in 2014. Viz Media released the manga, Japanese live-action films, anime, and other tie-in projects in North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the live-action television series.

Netflix debuted a live-action English-language film adaptation of the manga last Friday. Adam Wingard directed the film.

Thanks to Andrew for the news tip.

Source: Le Monde (Ophélie Surcouf)

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