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    • Hahahah Kim, it is one of best ways to waste your time! The manga is on a whole other level, so is the anime. Only those who are willing to torture themselves should check out the movie! 😛 Hope you get the chance to try out the source material!

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  • I LOVED the movie portion of this review. It just made me laugh 😀 By the time I’d watched it, I had no emotional connection to the manga any more, so it just didn’t bother me that it was a complete butchering of the original. It is a real example of why I’m always leery of Hollywood getting their hands on something though, as they always try to be “clever” and end up ruining a good franchise with bad whatevers. I found the casting and acting by L to be the worst though, as you noted, there was zero evidence of him being a super genius.

    Great reviews overall. Do you think you’ll ever review the japanese movies (all 4 or 5 of them) and tv show?

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    • I sort of had a liiiiiitttle bit of hope when you told me that you were able to “enjoy” it and see it as a different take on the manga but man, that was too much. I couldn’t digest this. No casting choice here was proper, except maybe Ryuk, and even then, nothing about the story allows me to enjoy this version of Ryuk!

      I do plan on revisiting the Japanese movie, and watching the 4th one that I hadn’t had the chance to try. I’ll keep the anime for much later, when I’ll have a craving to revisit the story. Watching the anime will be a nice alternative to re-re-reading the manga now. 😀

      I did hear… that there are some secret plans to do a sequel to this Netflix movie… I’m internally bleeding and crying at the idea of a sequel…

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  • Ugh, too bad about the movie. Unfortunately it’s quite often that parts aren’t adapted in movies, but this sounds like they didn’t even try. That stinks, especially if the graphic novel was so great. An excellent review, Lashaan. I will have to check this at my library. The graphic novels section has really improved immensely over the last two years. My favorite section to browse in 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    • Oh no, I assure you, Scarlett, they didn’t try at all to respect the source material. They figuratively spat on it. I’d definitely recommend checking out the manga or the anime if you’re ever curious. And even if your library doesn’t have a manga section, I’m sure there graphic novel section must be quite impressive! Have an awesome weekend! 😀

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  • Oh no! Urgh how did they get it so wrong? I have always considered The Golden Compass to be the worst book-to-movie adaptation ever made but by the sounds of this I might have to reevaluate.

    On the plus side though thank you for reminding me that Death Note exists. I also want through a pretty intense high school manga phase but never got around to reading this one. The concept sounds so interesting! I think I might have to pick it up.

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    • I think a lot of it depends on how much you love the source material. In this case, it’s not only that I loved the manga, they really made no effort in making the movie appealing in any form whatsoever!

      Oh my! If you had any interest in manga, then I believe Death Note might be one worth checking out! 😉

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    • You have great taste, good sir.

      Unfortunately, they decided to “Americanize” the manga and completely change a lot of content to be able to deliver some sort of movie-length story. It’s quite the massacre we end up getting…

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  • After reading some initial reviews, I decided never to watch this adaptation, and you made me even more sure that choice was the correct one 🙂

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    • I knew the moment they dropped the trailer way back then that it was going to flop. The casting was so wrong (except for Willem Defoe as Ryuk but that couldn’t save the movie). You can definitely avoid this happily. Unless you need a bad movie here and then, then this is a perfect candidate!

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  • Well Lashaan manga and anime are my son’s jam. But I am not totally honest saying this as even if I am closer to fifty than fourty now when I was a kid we had “japanese cartoons” that looked furiously like anime and that I really liked (The Zodiac Knights? I don’t know if it’s the correct name in English for example. Goldorak, Albator among others …). Now I agree with you on the artwork above that’s a really really good job!

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    • You definitely got a nice background regarding Japanese cartoons hahah I’m sort of convinced that your son might in fact know what Death Note is and why you should avoid the Netflix movie adaptation as well hahah

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  • Excellent reviews!! Death note has always sounded like such an interesting concept and world to me- I’ve been interested in picking it up for a while, but you’ve got me completely sold. Shame the Yotsuba group storyline tested your patience though. But the artwork and discreet emotional changes sound like they were done well. And great that the ending was so satisfying. Such a shame that the adaptation is so cringeworthy. It really sucks that it didn’t even try to adapt the original story- I hate when adaptations do that.

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    • Thank you! There’s plenty to appreciate in the manga/anime/Japane movies. It might seem like it’s sometimes overstretched but in the long run, it’s a story that explores some fascinating concepts. On the other hand, the Netflix movie adaptation is one that is worth staying away from. I don’t even think that a person who has never read or seen anything Death Note would be able to appreciate this movie either hahah

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  • I’m so sorry the movie turned out so awful. It’s one I have been ever so slightly curious about, just because of the title (I didn’t know it was based off of Manga, either), but I haven’t really looked into it at all and I think I will stay far away from it. I really enjoyed your review on it, though!

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  • Haha, wow…so you didn’t like the Netflix movie then? Seriously though, a great comparison review! I’ve heard bits and pieces about Death Note and the anime series was on my viewing list at one point…until Netflix removed it (same has recently happened to me with Young Justice, a few episodes in and Amazon decided to remove both seasons…arg)! I’m much more into the sci-fi end of things but will always check out something more supernatural/horror based if it’s well conceived and well written.

    I really need to get into some Manga, as you know I love a lot of the older iconic anime like Ghost in the Shell, Akira so seems like a no-brainer really. In fact I’m watching the Ultraman anime series at the moment – have you checked that out at all? There’s not a great deal of depth to it and it’s more action driven but it’s a decent watch. Think I may look at the Manga run it’s based on.

    As for Netlifx’s Death Note, hopefully they’ll do MUCH better with the live action Cowboy Bebop series (man, they better not mess that up)!

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    • Oh man, that’s got to be the worse. I haven’t yet experienced that but I would have been pretty saddened by it. Odd that they took out Young Justice though, I think we still have it. But the Death Note anime is one that we don’t.

      Ah yes, I think you can pick up a nice selection of manga to check out, since your interests filters out a lot of the less “goofy/silly/serious” ones!

      I haven’t tried the Ultraman series out since I wasn’t too sure if it would deliver. It is a bit tempting but the visual art style is a bit of a double-edged sword for me on that one.

      I hear they might even give the Netflix Death Note movie a sequel… Gosh… Don’t know what’s going through their minds. And yes! I’m very skeptic about the Cowboy Bebop adaptation too but I think the cast rumours (or maybe they’re not rumours anymore) is quite promising!

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  • I haven’t seen the movie, but it definitely sounds really bad. From what you mention here it only continues to sound worse and worse. I’ll probably see it one day, but I’m certainly in no rush

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  • Ouch. 1 star… what a shame! And your review of the manga series was so compelling. I haven’t followed any manga but you have me interested…. 😉 But I’ll pass on the movie.

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  • I’ve avoided watching the movie adaptation so far (seen the anime, not read the manga) because the trailer looked like a piss poor idea of what the original was trying to do. Thanks for this review, it confirms my worst suspicions – that they saw the concept of a Death Note thought ‘oh that’s a cool idea’ and then completely stripped it of its nuance.

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    • I started with the manga and the anime way back in high school myself. When I first heard Netflix was going to do an adaptation of Death Note, I was at first excited (it was around the time where Netflix was quickly growing into a huge powerhouse for great movies/shows) but then when the casting came.. it went downhill.. and the trailer then put the nail on the coffin. I can assure you that it’s a waste of time and should only be investigated if you’re curious on HOW bad it really is. And it’s… preeeeetty bad! 😮

      P.S. Is it just me or I can’t seem to access your blog? Is your URL something else and not: arubunpublished.wordpress.com? Or maybe your blog is just offline nowadays? 😮

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        • Usually, it’s through the Gravatar page that you can modify that link so that it’s easier for people to click on your name and find your blog. But thanks for letting me know! I’ll definitely drop by soon enough! 😀

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          • I did update everywhere I could think of, including Gravatar, since reading your comment so let’s hopefully it works!
            Thanks Lashaan 🙂

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  • I kinda preferred the animated series 🙂
    Actually started reading the books, but then came across the anime series and just watched that instead.

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  • Hahahha yeah its why I have a huge to watch list on Netflix! 😀 I’ve tried to read this several times and just never got into it. Every time I read a review of Deathnote I try to read it again because I just don’t get why I don’t love it to pieces. Even though the premise is so neat! Why wouldn’t like the good guy being the villain of the story?! That sounds so cool….

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