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L: Change the WorLd (stylized as L: change the WorLd) is a novel written by M. It is a spin-off story focusing on L after the events of the first two films in the Death Note live-action film series.

Although the novel is marketed as an adaption of the live-action film of the same name, it has a number of major differences and explicitly exists in a separate continuity. One of the changes to the novel is that Near is no longer a Thai boy and is more similar to the manga character, and he is already training under L as his successor. The novel also reveals more information about L, his past, and his thoughts about Light Yagami and the case.

Synopsis[]

Official description of the novel from the English edition by Viz Media:[1]

In an alternative continuity in the Death Note setting, ace detective L's name has been placed in a Death Note. He has twenty-three days to bring a terrorist group to justice, or they will use a deadly new virus to change the world...by killing off most of humanity.

Characters[]

The main characters listed at the beginning of the novel:

Contents[]

The book contents are displayed on a timeline, counting down to the day of L's death. The chapters have the number of the countdown preceding the title.

Chapter list:

  • 272 LA (L's Affair)
  • 23 Fate
  • 19 Destroyed
  • 18-1 Suruga
  • 18-2 Anguish
  • 18-3 Plan
  • 17-1 Break-In
  • 17-2 Job
  • 16 Kujo
  • 15 Agreement
  • 14 Strategy
  • 13-1 Hostage
  • 13-2 Exchange
  • 13-3 Hate
  • 13-4 Spoils
  • 12-1 Joke
  • 12-2 Rescue
  • 11 Nes
  • 10-1 Surrounded
  • 10-2 Cybernet
  • 10-3 Counterattack
  • 09-1 Attack
  • 09-2 Purge
  • 07-1 Escape
  • 07-2 Multiple
  • 07-3 Flight
  • 06-1 Arrival
  • 06-2 Discovery
  • 06-3 Production
  • 05 Piratess
  • 04 Bug
  • 02-1 Kidnapped
  • 02-2 Deception
  • 02-3 Hope
  • 00-1 Reunion
  • 00-2 Friends
  • 00-3 Promise
  • 00-4 Journey

M[]

Old English Text MT M

The author's stylized "M"

M is the pen name used by the author of the novel. The capital letter "M" the author uses to represent themselves is written in Cloister Black/Old English Text MT font, which is the same font used by L and Watari for their identifying initials, "L" and "W."

M is also credited with assisting with the film L: Change the WorLd.

Note from M

I am deeply grateful to writer Hiroto Kawabata and Toshihiko Komatsu of the NPO Biomedical Science Association for their invaluable guidance.
This work is a novel adaption of the film L: Change the WorLd as well as an homage to the original comics, novel, and live action films that preceded it. While it is loosely connected with the previous works, I hope you'll enjoy reading this novel as an L story from an alternative continuity. M.

Releases[]

Language Publisher / Imprint Format Released ISBN
Japanese Shueisha Hardcover Dec 25, 2007 978-4-08-771210-0
Japanese Shueisha / Shueisha Bunko Paperback May 80, 2014 978-4-08-745186-3
English Viz Media / Shonen Jump Hardcover Oct 20, 2009 978-1-4215-3225-7
French Kana / Dark Kana Hardcover Sep 23, 2010 978-2-505-00841-5
German Tokyopop Paperback Nov 2008 978-3-86719-550-8
German Tokyopop Paperback 2014 978-3-8420-1177-9
Indonesian m&c! Hardcover Jan 02, 2018 978-602-428-590-6
Italian Panini Comics / Planet Manga Hardcover Dec 17, 2009 978-88-6346-487-0
Italian Panini Comics / Planet Manga Paperback 978-88-6589-158-2
Mandarin Chinese - Taiwan Tong Li Publishing Hardcover Feb 14, 2008 978-986-10-1310-7
Portuguese - Brazil JBC Paperback 2011 978-85-7787-417-0
Russian Azbooka Hardcover Aug 2021 978-5-389-17970-7
Spanish - Spain Glénat / Editores de Tebeos Hardcover 2009 978-84-8357-537-6
Spanish - Spain Norma Editorial Hardcover 2014 978-84-679-1677-5
Turkish Akılçelen Kitaplar Paperback Apr 29, 2016 978-605-5381-61-5

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