My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Death Note

Alternative Titles:
Synonyms: Death Note: The First Name; Death Note: The Last Name; Death Note
Japanese: デスノート(Desu Nōto)


Other Information:

Genre: Detective fiction, drama, fantasy, mystery, psychological thriller, supernatural
Director: Shūsuke Kaneko
Licensor: VIZ Pictures, Warner Bros.
Run: 126 Minutes; 140 minutes


Ken’ichi Matsuyama as L

Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami

Erika Toda as Misa Amane


The series is about Yagami Light, a young man who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the “Death Note”, lying on the ground. The Death Note’s instructions claim that if a person’s name is written within it while picturing that person’s face, that person shall die. Light is initially skeptical of the notebook’s authenticity, but after experimenting with it, he realizes that the Death Note is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a shinigami named Ryuk, Light seeks to become “the God of the New World” by passing his judgement on those he deems to be evil or who get in his way.

Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the National Police Agency and a mysterious detective known only as “L”. L quickly learns that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as “Kira”, is located in Japan. L also concludes that Kira can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and a game of psychological cat and mouse between the two begins.


I was fully introduced to Live Actions by Death Note. Before it became a phenomena in the anime world in the Philippines, I was already hooked into it. My brother brought a DVD home one day and while he’s away on a friend’s party, my sister and I watched it. The subtitles were s small I was literally putting myself in front of the big TV screen. Anyway, it was totally worth it! 

STORY. They made some changes from both anime and manga. I personally like it because that it’s just between L and Kira. No Mello, No Near. Just the two of them. Because Death Note is more exciting with only them fighting each other. 

Score. 9/10. The story of both live actions were able to stand on its own. Without the anime or the manga’s help. When they changed some parts, it really fitted the story and it’s very addictive, Kira and L’s cat and mouse game, I mean. 

CHARACTERS. The actors picked to play the roles are good. I really like Kenichi’s way of portraying L. Tatsuya is also a good Kira. The supporting characters as well, were keeping up with the two.

Score. 8/10

FIlMS. The effects, and the film themselves were fantastic. That’s all I can say. Hands down.


I know I didn’t typed much… but I want to assure you that you’ll want to watch them over and over and still get amazed by the happenings



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