According to the dates given in the anime, Death Note Near's 21st birthday will be celebrated today - both in its canon!universe and throughout the Near fandom too.
Created any Near cosplay, fan-art or fan-fiction to mark his milestone birthday? Leave links in the comments below, so that all might find them.
We know precisely what our new L looks like now - and what will happen to him this year - as Near was twenty-one when we revisited him in the Death Note One-Shot Special (Weekly Shonen Jump, 2008).
There he is above, as drawn in that 46 page manga tale, and again on its cover. An adult Near appearing slimmer and more gaunt, with L like bags under his eyes and white hair touching his shoulders.
Then again the manga dates would have him celebrating his 24th birthday today instead. The events told in the one-shot happened nearly three years ago.
They grow so fast...
Forever eight, thirteen, or sixteen, seventeen or twenty-one.
As today is Near's birthday, here's a run through the different portrayals of him and how old they pertain to be today.
Near in the Death Note Manga
Born: August 24th 1991
Age then: 13 before the time-slip; 17-18 after it; 21 in the one-shot
Age today: 24
Near in the Death Note Anime
Born: August 24th 1994
Age then: 13 before the time-slip; 17-18 after it
Age today: 21
Near in the Death Note Live-Action Movie
Aka: Next (L calls him Near in the film; the credits name him Next)
Born: Not stated, but Near actor Narushi Fukuda was born in 2000
Age then: 8
Age today: 15
Near in the Death Note TV Drama
Born: Not stated, but Near actress Mio Yuki was born in 1999
Age then: 16
Age today: 16