A couple of officially released stills from the Japanese live action Death Note 2016 have been circulating about the internet.
They depict actor Masahiro Higashide in his role as Tsukuru Mishima, main investigator with the Death Note Counter Measure Headquarters Special Team.
This was a sub-set of the Japanese law enforcement authority that was created by Soichiro Yagami in the aftermath of events shown in the previous movies. Following his death - sometime during the intervening years - Mishima took the lead.
His character is known as such an expert on all things related to Shinigami notebooks that his nickname on the force is Death Note Otaku. How many of us have previously claimed that particular accolade as our own?
While we have no context for the pictures, we do know that six Death Notes will be falling on the Earth in this next movie. Presumably that accounts for the grim expression worn by their chief researcher, investigator and all round know it all.
Perhaps in the image below, he has found some kind of lead revealing the enormity of the task ahead, or else demonstrating the horrors that one or more Death Note owners are set to unleash.
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have intimated that this will be the darkest Death Note story yet, one which puts firmly in the shade that surrounding Light Yagami.
Death Note 2016 (working title) will be released in Japanese theatres on October 29th 2016, just in time for Halloween. There is no word as yet about the live-action movie being subbed or dubbed for foreign audiences. Though we can assume that will be a thing, given time and patience.
Any thoughts on it at this juncture?
Images courtesy of Warner Brothers Japan.