How Much Chaos Can SIX Death Notes Cause?
As the Death Note Live-Action drama drew to a close, many believed that that would be the end of new Death Note content for the foreseeable future. However, that was not the case!
At the very end of the series, a brand new live-action movie was announced! It will not be a sequel to the drama series – instead, it will be a sequel of the live-action movies from nearly 10 years ago. (It also happens to be set 10 years after the events of the original movies.) You can also see that in the actors, who look like the actors from the movies, not from the drama series. This is explained by L and Light’s “successors” “having the DNA” of L and Light, somehow. We can only presume that more explanation will be forthcoming in the future.
The trailer promises 6 Death Notes and “a battle of wits that defies imagination.”
Of course, with six Death Notes – and who knows how many main characters – it would be difficult to work the move/countermove dynamics that were a major part of what made the original Death Note so great…AND to fit it all into one movie. Can this new movie live up to the hype?
Watch the trailer below!
Read below to find more details!
The tentatively titled “Death Note 2016″ film will be a “forbidden sequel” to the two earlier live-action Death Note films, 2006’s Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name. The film will shoot in overseas locations, and Warner Brothers will distribute.
In the new film’s story, the present-day, highly advanced information society is beset by global cyber-terrorism in 2016. New charismatic figures, who inherited the DNA of Light (previously played Tatsuya Fujiwara) and the detective L (Ken’ichi Matsuyama), emerge. The successors of the two geniuses will wage a war over six Death Notes on Earth.
A crucial plot element will be the “Six-Note Rule”: Up to six Death Notes may exist simultaneously in the human world. Of course, the Shinigami (Gods of Death) themselves are limited to the number of Death Notes. Therefore, up to six Shinigami may exist in the human world. This rule existed in the original manga, but the movies, live-action series, anime, and stage play have not used this rule thus far.
The manga inspired three live-action films (including one spinoff centering on L), a 37-episode television anime series, and the recent live-action television series in Japan. The manga has 30 million in print worldwide, and the first two films earned 8 billion yen (about US $70 million). The L change the WorLd spinoff played in over 60 countries, and the live-action series premiered with a 16.9% rating and ran in 127 countries shortly after the Japanese airing.
The manga also inspired a musical by a Japanese and American team that ran at Tokyo’s Nissay Theatre from April 6-29. Warner Brothers has been developing a planned live-action film in the United States.
Source: Anime News Network
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As mentioned above, the six notebooks of the new movie is based on the “Six Note Rule,” which can be found in the original Manga source material. Here is the rule (and related rules) for reference.
- Only 6 Death Notes are allowed to exist at a time in the human world. Of course, the Death Note that the god of death owns does not count. This means only 6 gods of death that have passed on their Death Note to humans can stay in the human world.
- One god of death is allowed to pass on Death Notes to only 3 humans at a time.
- It is possible for a single god of death to hand out up to 6 Death Notes, for example, by handing 3 humans 2 Death Notes each.
- In other words, one human could own all 6 Death Notes.
- However, if a seventh Death Note is owned by a human in the human world, nothing will happen even if used.
- In the event that there are more than 6 Death Notes in the human world, only the first 6 Death Notes that have been delivered to humans will have effect.
- The seventh Death Note will not become active until one of the other 6 Death Notes are burned up, or a god of death takes one of them back to the world of the gods of death.