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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.


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 killing off most of humanity.


The main characters listed at the beginning of the novel:


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


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.


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