Until now, this Shinsuke Sato directed Death Note movie has gloried under the working moniker of Death Note 2016. We always knew it would change with the only bets being about how bad that final title might be, for this live-action sequel to the earlier trilogy of Japanese movies. All things considered, Death Note: Light Up the New World isn't too bad. Not when compared to some that we'd contemplated here ourselves.
Perhaps a little cheesy, with the strong potential for disappointment, as we doubt very much that we'll see much of Light Yagami beyond reference or the occasional flashback. Probably just the former.
Warner Bros Japan announced the film's final and official retitle with a poster featuring its three main cast-members:
It depicts new characters Yugi Shion, Tsukuru Mishima and Ryūzaki perched on chairs above a scattering of six death notes, topped by that fruity shinigami favourite - a shiny, new, red apple.
(Be still your immortal beating heart, Ryuk. If we put together to get you a whole basket of the stuff, would you go and be bored somewhere else instead? Like another planet or plane of existence entirely, please. A few Granny Smiths really aren't worth the wanton destruction of humanity, with a theatre of war on a global scale enacted in genocide; forced rendering of all our civil and human rights; terror; and enslavement. Do it for oil, like everybody else.)
Reflected within the polished floor-tiles, we see the faded, pixelating visages of their predecessors - Light Yagami and L - both deceased with ten years standing between their stories told in the first movies, and the present day recounted in this.
Death Note: Light Up the New World will open in Japanese cinemas on October 29th 2016.