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Death Note: New Generation (デスノート NEW GENERATION) is a three-episode miniseries that is part of the Death Note live-action film series. It bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films and Death Note: Light Up the NEW World, focusing on the three new lead characters of the film.

The series was announced on August 9th, 2016, and it premiered streaming through Hulu Japan on September 16th.[1][2][3]

List of EpisodesEdit

EpisodeTitleRelease Date
1 Mishima's Chapter: Rebirth
(三島篇・新生, Mishima Hen: Shinsei)
September 16, 2016
2 Ryuzaki's Chapter: Dying Wish
竜崎篇・遺志, Ryuzaki Hen: Ishi
September 23, 2016
3 Shien's Chapter: Fanaticism
紫苑篇・狂信, Shien Hen: Kyoushin
September 30, 2016

CharactersEdit

LNW Mishima Ryuzaki and Shien

The main characters Ryuzaki, Tsukuru Mishima, and Yuki Shien

  • Tsukuru Mishima, portrayed by Masahiro Higashide
  • Ryuzaki, portrayed by Sousuke Ikematsu
  • Yuki Shien, portrayed by Masaki Suda
  • Touta Matsuda, portrayed by Sota Aoyama
  • Sho Nanase, portrayed by Mina Fuji
  • J, portrayed by Noemi Nakai
  • Near, portrayed by Daisuke Sakaguchi
  • Sakura Aoi, portrayed by Rina Kawaei
  • Taichi Kunugida aka Taichi Amazawa, portrayed by Tomoya Nakamura
  • Ryuk, voiced by Shidou Nakamura

PlotEdit

The miniseries focuses on the three new lead characters of the film Death Note: Light Up the NEW World: Tsukuru Mishima, Ryuzaki, and Yuki Shien. Each episode provides backstory for one of the characters and bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films, which canonically took place in 2005-2006, and the new film taking place in 2016.

The first episode, "Rebirth," focuses on Tsukuru Mishima and how he came to join the Death Note Countermeasure Task Force, which continues to operate to look into deaths that might be caused by a Death Note. The new Task Force is led by Touta Matsuda and the new members are also featured, notably Sho Nanase. The title "Rebirth" is a reference to Kira's return.

The second episode, "Dying Wish," focuses on L's successor Ryuzaki. The story involves him looking into a case regarding a locked-room murder on request of J, another member of Wammy's House, with encouragement from Near. The new film character Sakura Aoi also appears in this episode.

The third episode, "Fanaticism," focuses on Yuki Shien. The story involves the trauma he carries from the murder of his family, why he became a cyber-terrorist, and why he follows in Kira's footsteps. It also features the character Taichi Amazawa, a reformed criminal who regrets his past, and the nature of crime and punishment. Ryuk briefly appears in the episode.

ReceptionEdit

The series topped Hulu Japan's rankings for the month of September 2016.[4] Reviews have been favorable.

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GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tweet announcing the new series, Death Note film's official twitter @DeathNote_2016, 2016 August 9.
  2. huluオリジナルドラマ配信決定! 映画へと続く衝撃作!, Death Note film's official news release, 2016 August 9.
  3. 2016 Death Note Film Gets 3-Episode Prequel on Hulu Japan, Anime News Network, 2016 August 9.
  4. 【Hulu】月間首位“デスノート”前日譚 ([Hulu] "Death Note" Prequel First Place for the Month), NTV News 24, 2016 October 3.

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