Death Note is a Japanese manga and anime series that revolves around Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill anyone just by writing his face in the notebook while picturing their face. The notebook belongs to a Shinigami named Ryuk, who was bored and dropped the notebook to the Human world just to have fun.
Back in 2015 it was announced that Netflix had taken upon themselves to bring a Live-Action version of this beloved anime/manga… but Americanized, which created controversy. Not only the cast will be an American one, but the setting as well, choosing Seattle as the city where everything unfolds.
This is not Hollywood’s first attempt at recreating anime/manga with white people, Ghost in The Shell being the most recent one, and over the past few months, since the release of Death Note’s first teaser trailer, fans have made it clear how they feel at this “trending” Hollywood seems to love.
The director Adam Wingard, has stated that this is not a “conspiracy to erase Japanese culture from Death Note, that this is a fresh look at the beloved series set in Seattle, but… c’mon.
Despite everything, Netflix released today the first full-length trailer for Death Note. The trailer is just over two minutes long, and we see the same story we saw at the teaser, only this time we get to see more.
In this trailer, we see how Light, played by Nat Wolff, got the Death Note, a better look at Ryuk, played by Willem Dafoe, at Mia Sutton, played by Margaret Qualley and at Detective L, interpreted by Lakeith Stanfield.
Here is the trailer so you can see it for yourself:
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Death Note is scheduled for an August 25, 2017 release on Netflix.