The novel is an adaptation of the live action film of the same name, although there are a number of major changes. One of the changes to the novel is that Near is no longer a Thai boy and is more similar to the manga character, and he is already training under L as his successor. The novel also reveals more information about L, his past, and his thoughts about Light Yagami and the case.
M is the pen name used by the author of the novel. The style of the letter "M" the author uses to represent themselves is written in Cloister Black/Old English Text MT font, which is the same font used for Death Note characters who use a letter to represent themselves, such as the "L" for L and the "W" used by Watari.
M is also credited with assisting with the film L: Change the WorLd.
- Note from M
“I am deeply grateful to writer Hiroto Kawabata and Toshihiko Komatsu of the NPO Biomedical Science Association for their invaluable guidance. This work is a novel adaption of the film L: Change the WorLd as well as an homage to the original comics, novel, and live action films that preceded it. While it is loosely connected with the previous works, I hope you'll enjoy reading this novel as an L story from an alternative continuity. M.”
- The pages in the novel were designed to bear resemblance to pages in a Death Note.
- In the title L: Change the WorLd, the L in "WorLd" is capitalized; this is presumably done in order to represent L.
- The author "M" is the pen name of a real person; it is not Mello, the in-universe author of Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.
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