Fans of Death Note – rejoice!
Live-action anime haters – breathe a sigh of relief!
Netflix’s Death Note adaptation has been deeply criticized, mostly because live-action anime rarely does justice to the original, and because they white-washed another show when fans would be just as happy with an Asian cast.
But let’s be honest, we’re still going to watch it. I mean… its got Willem Defoe being all creepy!
Since we’re going to watch it, we’ve kept our fingers crossed, hoping it’ll be good. Which is why this latest news comes as a breath of fresh air!
During a screening of the final product for Death Note’s creators, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, both said that they loved the final product! The show’s producer, Masi Oka, had this to say during San Diego Comic-Con:
The greatest moment for me was going to Japan and showing the film to [creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata], and we had a private screening for them. And when they came out and said, ‘Thank you,’ and ‘We love the film,’ it really just brought a tear to my eye, because I’m an otaku and a geek just like everyone. I grew up on this, so having the senseis be proud of our films makes me proud, and hopefully in turn will make the fans proud of the film as well.
Of course, everyone mentioned above has a vested interest in the show’s success, so you have to take these comments with a grain of salt. But others who have seen the show (and have less riding on its success) have had similar reactions. The general consensus – it’s not perfect, but way better than most attempts.
Maybe this marks the moment when western studios finally get one adaptation right! If I had to put my faith in any studio, it’d be Netflix. They seem to take their time to make their shows and movies good, while big studios just crank out garbage, hoping something will stick.
Netflix’s Death Note adaptation is released on August 25th.
Who else is gonna binge Death Note when it’s released?