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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Death Note The Anime

Death Note the very popular manga which finished it's publication with it's 108th chapter, this past spring. The first episode of the TV show aired in Japan on 10/3/06. These screen shots are from the first episode where we are introduced to Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuuku and the rules of the death note are explained.
This very popular anime is being fan subbed by at least 8 different fan sub groups that I know of, with the screen captures below taken from Episode One of the Toriyama`s World release. I also have releases by Live Evil and I'll post screen captures in a few days of one of their releases. Bit Torrents for many different groups releases can be downloaded here.
The Manga was also adapted into a very popular live action movie this summer part one was released in Japan on 6/17/06 and shot to number one in box office sales in the first week Da Vinci Code in the top spot. Part 2 of the movie will be released in Japan on 11/3/06.
The opening theme song is by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Live action cast include
Matsuyama Kenichi as L he has appeared in many Japanese dramas most popular was Gokusen
Fujiwara Tatsuya as Light Yagami most notable Japanese drama appearance in Shinsengumi
Toda Erika as Misa Amane has starred in Galcir , Nobuta wo Produce and Engine

Interesting indeed.
From Wikipedia
The Death Note Rules
Before the series began, Ryuk wrote instructions in English inside his Death Note, because he believed that English is the most widely used language in the world.

1) The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
2) This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
3) If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject's name, it will happen.
4) If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack.
5) After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

YouTube Sample of the Opening

YouTube Sample of the closing

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