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Takeshi Obata Draws New Death Note 1-Shot Manga

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Part of manuscript debuts at exhibition in July

The June issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Thursday that Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga is getting a new one-shot manga chapter by Obata. The magazine teases that the story will be related to what Shinigami bring about when they descend to the earth. Part of the complete manuscript will debut at the "Kagyō 30-Shūnen Kinen Obata Takeshi-ten Never Complete" (30th Work Anniversary Takeshi Obata Exhibition: Never Complete) event, which will run at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo from July 13 to August 12.

In addition, Obata's completely original work that shares the "Never Complete" title with the exhibition will debut at the event.

In Ohba and 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 in July 2015, and ended in September 2015. 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 in October 2016. Viz Media released the manga, previous Japanese live-action films, anime, and other tie-in projects in North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the live-action television series. Funimation licensed the Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and Death Note Light up the NEW world films and will release the films on home video on January 22.

The original manga also inspired a Netflix live-action film that debuted in 2017.

Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical will get a new run that will premiere in Tokyo in January 2020. The musical debuted in 2015 and had a rerun in Japan in 2017.

Sources: Jump SQ. June issue, Comic Natalie


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