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Death Note is a German audio drama written and translated by Jonathan Clements. It is based specifically on the Death Note anime series, not the original manga series. This adaptation moves the setting to the late 2010s, and adds a divergent ending with unique lore about the Shinigami and Mu.[2]

The audio drama was announced on August 25, 2017.[3][4]

The German version released in four batches of three episodes, for a total of twelve. The first three episodes released on October 26th, 2018 and the final three on February 28th, 2019.[1] The episodes are available in both disc form and digital download form.[1]

Both an English and a French version were planned, but it is currently unknown when/if either version will be released.

Characters and cast[]

Character German cast Episodes
Light Yagami David Turba 1 - 12
Ryuk Marlin Wick 1 - 5, 8 - 12
L Fabian Hollwitz 1 - 12
Soichiro Yagami Thomas Schmuckert 1 - 10
Misa Amane Yesim Meisheit 3 - 12
Rem Gabriele Blum 4 - 9
Sachiko Yagami Arianne Borbach 1, 3, 4, 9 - 10
Touta Matsuda Mario Hassert 1 - 12
Shuichi Aizawa Simon Jäger 4 - 6, 11
Paula Virilio Liane Rudolph 1 - 3, 10 - 11
Yui Sascha Nathan 1
Clemenceau Urs Remond 1
Watari Lutz Mackensy 1, 2, 4 - 9
Kanzo Mogi Benjamin Plath 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12
Yuri Caroline Walch 2
Raye Penber Andi Krösing 2
Naomi Misora Vera Teltz 2
Sasaki Reinhard Kuhnert 2
Kiichiro Osoreda Felix Isenbügel 2
Koreyoshi Kitamura Jürgen Wolters 3, 6, 9
Hideki Ryuga Sebastian Kaufmane 3, 6
Hitoshi Demegawa Christian Holdt 4, 7, 8, 10 - 11
Yoshi Heide Domanowski 5
Mary "Wendy" Kenwood Tanja Geke 6 - 8
Thierry "Ivor" Morello Urs Remond 6 - 8
Kyosuke Higuchi Oliver Bender 6 - 8
Takeshi Ooi Gregor Höppner 6 - 7
Reiji Namikawa Viktor Neumann 6 - 7
Donald Trump Hans-Eckart Eckhardt 9 - 10
Near David Wittmann 9 - 12
Mello Maximilian Artajo 9 - 12
Sidoh Constantin Lücke 9 - 10
Armonia Justin Peter Sura 9
Teru Mikami Rainer Fritzsche 10 - 12
Kiyomi Takada Yara Blümel 10 - 12
Halle Lidner Ulrike Stürzbecher 10 - 12
Mrs. Sugai Traudel Sperber 10
Stephen Gevanni Peter Lontzek 11 -12

Additional German voice actors:

Episode 1[5]
  • Ranja Bonalana
  • Jonas Hartmann
  • Roland Wolf
  • Tino Kießling
  • Marc Tiwi
  • Thomas Nicolai
  • Boris Laaser
Episode 2[6]
  • Karim Khawatmi
  • Hubert Burczek
  • Randolph Herbst
  • Helen Blaschke
  • Roland Wolf
  • Thomas Nicolai
Episode 3[7]
  • Detlef Bierstedt
  • Sandrine Mittelstädt
  • Helen Blaschke
  • Dela Dabulamanzi
  • Luise Schubert
  • Jonas Hartmann
Episode 4[8]
  • Felix Isenbügel
  • Thomas Nicolai
  • Nurcan Özdemir
  • Randolph Herbst
  • Tino Kießling
Episode 5[9]
  • Ranja Bonolana
  • Jonas Hartmann
  • Karin David
Episode 6[10]
  • Sandrine Mittelstädt
  • Dela Dabulamanzi
  • Boris Laaser
  • Stephan Baumecker
Episode 7
  • Sascha Nathan
  • Stephan Baumecker
  • Bernd Egger
  • Karim Khawatmi
Episode 8
  • Elmar Börger
  • Sabine Winterfeldt
  • Jonas Hartmann
  • Ranja Bonalana
  • Nurcan Özdemir
  • Karin David
  • Felix Isenbügel
  • Karim Khawatmi
Episode 9
  • Ulrike Hübschmann
  • Andi Krösing
  • Sandrine Mittelstädt
  • Daniel Schütter
  • Thomas Nicolai
  • Boris Laaser
  • Marius Clarèn
Episode 10
  • Jan Spitzer
  • Helen Blaschke
  • Jonas Hoffmann
  • Michael Wiesner
Episode 11
  • Karin David
  • Caroline Walch
  • Luise Schubert
Episode 12
  • Sascha Nathan
  • Heinz Kloss
  • Tino Kießling

List of episodes[]

# German title Translation First released Length
01 Mustererkennung Pattern Recognition Oct 26, 2018 53 min[11]
02 Kollateralschaden Collateral Damage Oct 26, 2018 58 min[12]
03 Geliebter Feind Beloved Enemy Oct 26, 2018 50 min[13]
04 Treuebeweis Proof of Loyalty Nov 30, 2018 50 min[14]
05 Ausschlusskriterium Exclusion Criteria Nov 30, 2018 58 min[15]
06 Grauzone Gray Zone Nov 30, 2018 57 min[16]
07 Doppelagenten Double Agents Jan 31, 2019 54 min[17]
08 Live-Sendung Live Broadcast Jan 31, 2019 43 min[18]
09 Erbschulden Inherited Debts Jan 31, 2019 57 min[19]
10 Karma-Polizei Karma Police Feb 28, 2019 57 min[20]
11 Flamme Flame Feb 28, 2019 53 min[21]
12 Spitzenprädator Apex Predator Feb 28, 2019 54 min[22]

Trivia[]

  • The Death Note audio drama was announced on the same day that Netflix released its Death Note film adaptation.
  • Jonathan Clements was initially hesitant to make significant plot changes in the last three episodes, and was concerned his script would be rejected. [23]
  • Clements was inspired by Anime Feminist's critique of Misa Amane in creating new material for the character.[24]
  • Although Donald Trump is never mentioned by name in either the drama itself or the credits, it is heavily implied that he is the US President in this adaptation. For example, he is said to have called Kim-Jong-Un "small and fat", plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico, and to have forgotten the name of China's capital. Also, Near refers to him as a "clown in orange".
  • The character of Paula Virilio serves as a replacement for Steve Mason as head of the FBI.

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lübbe's website listing for Episode 01: DEATH NOTE - FOLGE 01
  2. https://mikami.tumblr.com/post/186522663526/death-note-audio-drama-12
  3. « Death Note », la mort lui va si bien, Le Monde, August 25, 2017.
  4. Death Note Gets 12-Hour Audio Drama in English, German, Anime News Network, August 29, 2017.
  5. German episode 01 CD booklet: [1].
  6. Episode 2 cast listed on fan forum: [2].
  7. Episode 3 cast listed on fan forum: [3].
  8. Episode 4 cast listed on fan forum: [4].
  9. Episode 5 cast listed on fan forum: [5].
  10. Episode 6 cast listed on fan forum: [6].
  11. Audible listing for Episode 1: Mustererkennung.
  12. Audible listing for Episode 2: Kollateralschaden
  13. Audible listing for Episode 3: Geliebter Feind
  14. Audible listing for Episode 4: Treuebeweis
  15. Audible listing for Episode 5: Ausschlusskriterium
  16. Audible listing for Episode 6: Grauzone
  17. Audible listing for Episode 7: Doppelagenten
  18. Audible listing for Episode 8: Live-Sendung
  19. Audible listing for Episode 9: Erbschulden
  20. Audible listing for Episode 10: Karma-Polizei
  21. Audible listing for Episode 11: Flamme
  22. Audible listing for Episode 12: Spitzenprädator
  23. "I knew I was taking a risk with the last three volumes, and I sent each script off to the licensors, biting my nails and half-expecting them to tell me not to do it. But they approved every word! I hate it when adaptors change important plot details for arbitrary reasons… it usually looks as if they just don’t get the original. But in this case I thought it was a justifiable and worthy use of the material." https://schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com/2018/11/01/death-note-auf-deutsch/
  24. Did my best with what Anime Feminist called “The Problem of Misa”. She is a very difficult character to write because she is so contradictory, but I realised that the effects of multiple retreads of her memory might help explain some of what was happening there. Even if she is a psychopath, she is a psychopath who has maybe *forgotten* what she is, which helps with her odd reversals and counter-reversals. https://schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com/2018/11/01/death-note-auf-deutsch/
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