The theatrical musical Death Note extravaganza has launched to critical acclaim in Seoul.
The accolades flooding in thick and fast mostly focus upon K Pop idol Kim Jun-su in his role as L.
He's even made the front cover of Scene Playbill - a Korean theatre magazine - this week, wherein he's interviewed about playing L in Death Note the Musical.
Unfortunately, the online version of this is behind a pay wall, so I haven't ninjaed in with Google Translate to find out what he's saying.
However, KPopStarz have already been all over this one. You can visit them for many dreamy pictures of the pretty young L, along with a brief summary of how the actor is finding the point where he and L 'can both feel and express the same thing'. I like to think he's method acting, but it's difficult to tell with no Korean. :(
Scene Playbill have provided this YouTube video though, so we can all oooh and ahhh over the loveliness that is L. Well, Kim Jun-su the K-Pop star, which I think is pretty much the point there.
While Aoshima waxed lyrical about Mr Jun-su (who apparently even 'controlled his toes in depicting L'), Kwon Mee-yoo noticed that there were other actors in this show. The reviewer wrote that 'the Death Gods literally steal the limelight'. In particular, Kang Hong-seok as Ryuk was singled out for praise.
Mee-yoo's testimony also tells us a little more about the staging of Death Note the Musical. The two-storey, steel stage is simply set with the actors themselves providing the sense of 'dreary city life' and drama necessary for the story to play out.
This minimalism means that when special effects do appear - notably a revolving stage to signify the duel of wits between Kira and L - they have a much greater impact.
It all seems to be going well then.
And to finish, here's a dreamy picture of Kim Jun-su.