We cheered when it was announced that Near would be cast. That meant that the second arc would be included too. We'd finally get a live action Mello strutting his rock star persona, Mafia dark and angry, across our screens.
But it seems that our original presumption was incorrect. This isn't the same story at all.
The TV Death Note series will be a brand new storyline, which we now believe will continue where the last one left off. In short, Near versus some new Kira out in the wilds.
Maybe Ryuk got bored and just threw another stolen Death Note at a random Japanese teenager. Or the extant Death Notes - that Near had burned - weren't quite as incinerated as he was led to believe.
Though there's also the semi-alternative plot-line that exists as canon, via the novelisation L: Change the World, wherein a young Thai Near survived the Kira case. There's a strong possibility that the Death Note television show will continue from here instead.
In which case, how old IS little Narushi Fukuda now? And will he be back to reprise his role as Near?
Death Note Television Show
- The television Death Note adaptation was announced via a single forthcoming event strip in Weekly Shonen Jump (April 20th 2015, no 21). It was inserted into that edition's chapter of Gakkyū Hōtei - wherein Takeshi Obata is the artist.
- Death Note's TV drama will air on NTV, premiere in July 2015. It will run on Sundays.
- There will be a brand new cast and storyline. Not a rehash of the manga/movies/novels, as revealed in Japan's AnimeAnime.
- According to iDigitalTimes, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama will not be reprising their roles from the Death Note movies.
- The NTV official announcement featured Ryuk. His thought bubbles read: 'A serialized drama...' 'Interesting...'
- An official website and Twitter feed has been launched to keep fans up to date. The former has a central panel making it clear that Kira, L and Near will be cast. But no further details as yet.