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Death Note: Light Up the NEW World (デスノート Light up the NEW world) is a Japanese live-action film and the fourth film in the Death Note live-action film series.

The film premiered in Japan on October 29, 2016. Several of the actors from the previous films returned to reprise their roles, but the main story focuses on three new lead characters.

The film aired on television for the first time on November 17, 2017, as part of the "Friday Road Show." The version that aired is a "Special Edition" (特別版, Tokubetsu Han) edited by director Shinsuke Sato.[12][13]


It has been ten years since the confrontation between L and Light. Once again, Shinigami bring Death Notes to the ground, and the human world falls to chaos.

Following in the late Soichiro Yagami's footsteps, Tsukuru Mishima leads the Death Note Task Force. Ryuzaki, who is the true successor of L, is also investigating. Yuki Shien is a cyber-terrorist and Kira supporter. A three-way battle ensues among these men over the notebooks.

The movie makes use of the rule that only six Death Notes can be active in the human world at once.


LNW Mishima Ryuzaki and Shien

The main characters Ryuzaki, Tsukuru Mishima, and Yuki Shien

  • Tsukuru Mishima, portrayed by Masahiro Higashide, is an investigator with the Death Note Task Force who is pursuing the Death Notes.
  • Ryuzaki, portrayed by Sousuke Ikematsu, is L's successor and a world-famous detective.
  • Yuki Shien, portrayed by Masaki Suda, is a cyber-terrorist who reveres Kira. He uses his exceptional hacking abilities to search for the Death Notes.
  • Misa Amane, portrayed by Erika Toda.
  • Ryuk, voiced by Shidou Nakamura.
  • Sakura Aoi, portrayed by Rina Kawaei. She is being described as the most terrible Death Note user ever, an indiscriminate murderer.
  • Sho Nanase, portrayed by Mina Fujii, is an investigator with the Death Note Task Force.
  • Touta Matsuda, portrayed by Sota Aoyama.
  • Kenichi Mikuriya, portrayed by Funakoshi Eiichiro, is a Supreme Court Justice in possession of a Death Note.
  • Alexey Ivanov, portrayed by Sergey Gonchanov, is a Russian physician in possession of a Death Note.
  • Roger Irving, portrayed by Sergey Kuvaev, is a Wall Street stock broker in possession of a Death Note.
  • Arma, voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro, is a new Shinigami.
  • Bepo, voiced by Tori Matsuzaka, is a new Shinigami.
  • L, portrayed by Kenichi Matsuyama.
  • Light Yagami, portrayed by Tatsuya Fujiwara.
  • Teru Mikami, portrayed by Kensei Mikami.


LNW countdown

Website countdown

The first indication that something was planned was on September 11, 2015 when Warner Brothers' website for the live-action Death Note films launched a countdown timer. The end of the timer corresponded to the series finale of the Death Note television drama that would air two days later.[14][15] The film was announced on Sunday, September 13, 2015 when the first teaser trailer aired after the drama's final episode. The trailer advertised the film as a "forbidden sequel" and mentioned some key elements such as the 6 notebook rule, cyber-terrorism, and L's successor, and said that the leads inherited the DNA of L and Light. The trailer also announced Shinsuke Sato as the director. The film went by its working title Death Note 2016.[16][17][18][19][20]

In February 2016, Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced the three lead actors: Sōsuke Ikematsu would star as Ryuzaki, L's successor; Masahiro Higashide would star as Tsukuru Mishima, an investigator pursuing the Death Notes; and Masaki Suda would star as Yuki Shien, a cyber terrorist who reveres Kira. Around the same time, the film's official website revealed that the film would open in Japan in the fall of 2016.[21] On February 23, 2016, the film's website announced that Rina Kawaei was cast as Sakura Aoi, a girl who possesses one of the six Death Notes.[22][23] On March 8, the film's official twitter and website announced that Erica Toda would reprise her role as Misa Amane, and that the release date would be October 29, 2016.[24][25][26] Also announced on the website, Mina Fujii was cast as Sho Nanase, an investigator on the Death Note task force.[27] On April 15, 2016, the film's twitter announced that Shidou Nakamura would be returning as the voice of Ryuk.[28][29][30][31]

On April 20, 2016, the official site put up a new countdown,[32][33] which ended with the release of the film's official title, Death Note: Light Up the NEW World (デスノート Light up the NEW world),[34] and the film's first official poster.[35][36][37] On April 26, the second teaser trailer was released.[38][39][40] On May 18, the film's official twitter announced that Sota Aoyama woud reprise his role as Touta Matsuda. He'll be a member of the task force, and the only individual in the film with full memory of the Kira case since Misa lost her memories.[41][42][43] On June 4th, Anime!! Anime!! reported that actor Funakoshi Eiichiro will play Supreme Court Justice Kenichi Mikuriya (御厨賢一, Mikuriya Kenichi) who possesses a Death Note; the article was removed within a few hours without comment,[44] and the story officially broke two days later on June 6th when the film's official Twitter updated with the news.[45]

On June 29, the film's official twitter announced that the character Ryuzaki would make his onscreen debut in Death Note: The Escape, a real escape game attraction being held at Universal Studios Japan for their "Universal Jump Summer" event. Ryuzaki's mask would be showcased at the event's Universal Jump Exhibition.[46] On July 7th, the three lead actors appeared live at the event for a select audience. Masahiro Higashide (portraying Tsukuru Mishima), Sousuke Ikematsu (portraying Ryuzaki), and Masaki Suda (portraying Yuki Shien) tried the game and answered questions onstage.[47][48] On July 14th, the third trailer was released, revealing more of the characters and a new shinigami.[49] On August 5th, the name of the new shinigami glimpsed in the recent trailer was revealed as Arma (アーマ, Aama).[50]

On August 9th, a prequel miniseries titled Death Note: New Generation was announced. Each episode will focus on the backstory of one of the three main characters of the film. The first episode will be available streaming on Hulu September 16th.[51][52][53] On August 12th, Sota Aoyama, who portrays Matsuda in the films, did a live promotional event for the film. The event featured "Ryu-kun," a version of Ryuk portrayed by an unknown performer in costume.[54] On August 25th, the official news account announced that Japanese artist Namie Amuro would perform the film's insert song, "Fighter," and theme song, "Dear Diary." Both songs are new for the film. "Dear Diary" is a ballad that is based on the film's title, and "Fighter" is a dance number written from the point of view of Misa.[55][56] On September 5th, the fourth trailer was released which also previewed the song "Dear Diary."[57][58] On September 12th, the voice for the new shinigami Arma was revealed to be Miyuki Sawashiro.[59]

In September, it was confirmed that the names of the Death Note owners have been revealed via twitter account the Death Note owners are Alexey Ivanov and Roger Irving, and the two owners will be portrayed by Sergey Gochanov and Sergey Kuvaev. On the same day, it was announced that Kensei Mikami will play the role of Teru Mikami, the guardian of Hikari Yagami and Misa's prosecutor.

On October 7th, it was confirmed that Kenichi Matsuyama would be reprising the role of L.[60][61][62] A few days later a new countdown went up on the official site,[63] and on October 14th, it was confirmed in a new trailer that Tatsuya Fujiwara would also be returning as Light Yagami. New videos went up featuring the Kira Virus with newly-filmed footage of Light announcing that he is Kira. Three new mini-trailers also went up on the official YouTube channel.[64][65][66][67] On October 20th, the main cast had an onstage premiere event.[68] On October 24th, the novelization went on sale.[69][70] That same day, the new shinigami Bepo was announced to be voiced by Tori Matsuzaka.[71][72]

The film premiered on October 29, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.


The film topped the Japanese box office its opening weekend, beating the popular film Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.) which had held the top for nine consecutive weeks.[73][74] Within a month of opening, the film earned over 2 billion yen (about US$17.85 million) and had sold over 1.5 million tickets.[75]

It averaged 2.8 out of 5 stars on,[1] 2.73 out of 5 stars on Yahoo,[76] and 6.5 out of ten stars on IMDB.[77] The main criticism of the film was that it was not as clever as the previous ones with little reminiscent of the intellectual games that were played between L and Light. Misa's role was generally praised, as were the CGI of the shinigami.

DVD and Blu-rayEdit


DVD (standard version)

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on April 19, 2017. Four versions were available: the standard film on DVD or on Blu-ray, and the Complete Set version on DVD or Blu-Ray. All versions include the film with Japanese subtitles.

The Complete Set, for both Blu-ray and DVD, has three discs total with extra features on the two additional discs:

  • The complete Death Note: New Generation series
  • Making Of video
  • Stage greeting collection video(s)
  • Interview collection video(s)
  • Booklet

Funimation will be releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on January 22, 2019. The film will include English subtitles. Unlike the previous Japanese live-action Death Note films that were released by Viz Media, this one will not be dubbed.[7]



External linksEdit


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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Death Note: Light up the NEW world in Cinemas 2016, Madman Entertainment, 2016 August 25.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Funimation Licenses Japanese Live-Action Death Note Films, Anime News Network, 2018 September 21.
  8. Madman 2016 Anime & Asian Cinema Slate, Madman Entertainment, 2016 October 14.
  9. Death Note 2016: Light Up The New World [เดธโน้ต/เรื่องย่อ/ตัวละคร/ตัวอย่าง], Metal Bridges, 2016 October 20.
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  12. Official tweet announcement of the film's TV debut, official twitter account @deathnote_2016, October 26, 2017.
  13. Official page for the TV schedule, retrieved October 26, 2017.
  14. 映画「DEATH NOTE」公式サイトで謎のカウントダウンがスタート, Comic Natalie, 2015 September 11.
  15. Live-Action Death Note Films' Site Starts Countdown, Anime News Network, 2015 September 11.
  16. Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato, Anime News Network, 2015 September 13.
  17. 映画『デスノート 2016』(仮)製作発表 完全新作、10年ぶりに続編がスクリーンに, Anime! Anime!, 2015 September 13.
  18. 映画『デスノート』10年ぶり続編製作!2016年公開 ドラマとは別物に, Cinema Today, 2015 September 13.
  19. 映画『デスノート 2016』(仮) 特別映像 (Death Note 2016 Movie Teaser), Death Note 2016 Official YouTube account, 2015 September 13.
  20. Death Note 2016: live-action movie sequel to feature new Six-Note Rule【Video】, Rocket News 24, 2015 September 16.
  21. New Live-Action Death Note Film Stars Sōsuke Ikematsu, Masahiro Higashide, Masaki Suda, Anime News Network, 2016 February 4.
  22. 元AKB川栄李奈『デスノート』で無差別殺人鬼に, Cinema Today, 2014 February 24.
  23. 2016 Live-Action Death Note Film Casts Former AKB48 Idol Rina Kawaei, Anime News Network, 2016 February 23.
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  25. Tweet (2) by the film's official account, @Deathnote_2016, 2016 March 8.
  26. 「デスノート 2016」に戸田恵梨香が海砂役で出演!事件の重要人物に, Comic Natalie, 2016 March 9.
  27. 2016 Death Note Film Brings Back Erika Toda as Misa, Anime News Network, 2016 March 8.
  28. Tweet (3) by the film's official account, @Deathnote_2016, 2016 April 15.
  29. 「デスノート 2016」リューク役は中村獅童が続投、肌や羽の質感もアップ, Comic Natalie, 2016 April 15.
  30. Shidou Nakamura Reprises Ryuk Role in Live-Action Death Note 2016 Film, Anime News Network, 2016 April 15.
  31. Shidou Nakamura Reprises His Role as Ryuk in "Death Note 2016", Crunchy Roll, 2016 April 15.
  32. Tweet announcing the countdown, 2016 April 20.
  33. Tweet also about the countdown in progress including a snapshot, 2016 April 21.
  34. Tweet releasing the film title, 2016 April 21.
  35. Tweet with the poster, 2016 April 21.
  36. 2016 Death Note Film's Official Title, Poster Visual Unveiled, Anime News Network, 2016 April 21.
  37. "Death Note 2016" Live-Action Film's Official Title, Teaser Poster Revealed, Crunchy Roll, 2016 April 21.
  38. Tweet releasing the second trailer, 2016 April 26.
  39. 2016 Death Note Film's Teaser Shows Main Characters, Anime News Network, 2016 April 26.
  40. "Death Note Light up the NEW world" Teaser Introduces New Characters, Six Death Notes, Crunchy Roll, 2016 April 26.
  41. Tweet announcing Sota Aoyama's return, @deathnote_2016 (film's official twitter), 2016 May 18.
  42. Tweet about Matsuda's role in the film, @deathnote_2016 (film's official twitter), 2016 May 18.
  43. 2016 Death Note Film Brings Back Sota Aoyama as Tōta Matsuda, Anime News Network, 2016 May 18.
  44. 「デスノート Light up the NEW world」新たな“所有者”は最高裁判事 船越英一郎が怪演, Anime Anime, 2016 June 04. The article was originally located here, but it's been removed and replaced with a completely different article. Google's caches have been overwritten. See documentation of the early release here. Anime Anime later re-released the news article with modifications here.
  45. Tweet announcing Funakoshi Eiichiro's role as Kenichi Mikuriya, @deathnote_2016 (film's official twitter), 2016 June 06.
  46. Tweet part 1, Tweet part 2, announced on the film's official Twitter account on 2016 June 29.
  47. 【サプライズ】ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパンに東出昌大・池松壮亮・菅田将暉の『デスノート LNW』キャスト陣が登場!, Death Note film's official blog, 2016 July 7.
  48. Tweet with video of their onstage appearance, USJ_Official (Universal Studios Japan's official account), 2016 July 7.
  49. Tweet announcing the release of the third trailer, @deathnote_2016 (film's official account), 2016 July 14.
  50. Tweet revealing the shinigami's name, Death Note film's official twitter @DeathNote_2016, 2016 August 5.
  51. Tweet announcing the new series, Death Note film's official twitter @DeathNote_2016, 2016 August 9.
  52. huluオリジナルドラマ配信決定! 映画へと続く衝撃作!, Death Note film's official news release, 2016 August 9.
  53. 2016 Death Note Film Gets 3-Episode Prequel on Hulu Japan, Anime News Network, 2016 August 9.
  54. Tweet just before the performance, Death Note film's official twitter @DeathNote_2016, 2016 August 12.
  55. 主題歌&劇中歌、安室奈美恵に決定! (Theme Song & Insert Song, it's determined to be Namie Amuro!), Death Note film's official news release, 2016 August 25.
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  58. 58.0 58.1 最新予告編完成! (Latest Trailer Finished!), Death Note film's official news release, 2016 September 5.
  59. 白い死神・アーマ、声優は沢城みゆきさんに決定! (The voice of the white shinigami Arma is determined to be Miyuki Sawashiro!), Death Note film's official news release, 2016 September 12.
  60. 松山ケンイチ演じる、あの世界的名探偵・Lが8年ぶり降臨!後継者に遺した言葉とは?!, Death Note film's official news release, 2016 October 06.
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  62. 2016 Death Note Film Brings Back Ken'ichi Matsuyama in L Role, Anime News Network, 2016 October 06.
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  64. Official Tweet with the trailer, film's official twitter account, 2016 14 October.
  65. 「僕が、キラだ――」夜神月、復活?!キラウィルスが全世界に拡散される!? ("I am Kira." Light Yagami, revived?! The Kira Virus spread across the world!?), film's official Tumblr account, 2016 October 14.
  66. 【連載】「2006年からのデスノート」page.26「デスノートLNW」“月と三島と紫苑、藤原竜也と東出昌大と菅田将暉”, film's official LineBlog, 2016 October 14.
  67. 2016 Death Note Film Also Brings Back Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light, Anime News Network, 2016 October 14.
  68. 豪華キャスト登場に1500人が熱狂!! ジャパンプレミアに実物大リュークが!, film's official news Tumblr account deathnote-movie, 2016 October 20.
  69. ノベライズが本日発売開始!小畑健先生による描き下ろしビジュアル「10年後のDEATH NOTE」が目印!, Death Note official LINE blog, October 24, 2017.
  70. Tweet announcing the novelization, film's official Twitter account @deathnote_2016, 2016 October 26.
  71. 新情報! 金色の死神・ベポ役は松坂桃李! (New Information! The New Shinigami Bepo is Tori Matsuzaka!), film's official news Tumblr account deathnote-movie, 2016 October 26.
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  73. 『デスノートLNW』2日間で4億超えの快挙!, Cinema Cafe, 2016 October 31.
  74. New Death Note Film Beats Out your name. To Top Japan's Box Office, Anime News Network, 2016 October 31.
  75. Death Note Light up the NEW world Film Has Earned 2 Billion Yen. Anime News Network. November 29th, 2016.
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