How Netflix Ruined Death Note - Anime vs. Film

Jan 29, 2021
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How does Netflix’s Death Note adaptation hold up to the original?

The anime version of Death Note, which is a faithful adaptation of the original manga, is one of our all-time favorites. So how does it compare to the not-so-beloved 2017 Netflix version? Let’s find out in this "Book" (aka Anime) vs. Film: Death Note
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  • Don’t worry, I’m riding his name down.

    Light YagamiLight Yagami15 hours ago
  • i knew it was bad but i didnt think it would be THIS bad... they have light a totally op power because hes too dumb to use the original??? what???

    Kaitlyn MorganKaitlyn MorganDay ago
  • Mias character Arc in DN “I’m a _fuxkin cheerleader_ Light...”

    Dorian SanchezDorian Sanchez2 days ago
  • That's why I prefer the Japanese real life remake. I'm not sure if the one made in 2006 is good but the one I watched was the 2015 version and the acting was so good. It's just that Kento plays L and it feels different since it feels like L has so emotions in the drama. But the drama is recommendable✨

    KookiesKookies4 days ago
  • Glad you included the manga ending. I absolutely loved the manga ending as it shows Light could kill so many people and not give a shit but when it was his time to die he was completely afraid, even though he was a mass murder that could have potentially killed falsely accused innocents for all we know. While symbolic, the anime ending isn’t as good in my opinion but that’s just me.

    LibertyBallLibertyBall4 days ago
  • It was one of the worst movies ever made.

    Lucille LongLucille Long5 days ago
  • I wanted to watch movie, thanks for convince me not to watch.

    Predrag MilicevicPredrag Milicevic5 days ago
  • I agree that the lice action death note movie is bad but without it i would probably never have watched the anime. I do not think the movie is good but i did think that the concept was interesting. I knew people liked the anime so i gave it a watch and it's the only anime that i have watched that i like. I have only seen tokyo ghoul, death note and some other that i can't remember the name off

    Oh Yeah Yeah HdOh Yeah Yeah Hd5 days ago
  • Bruh Netflix made us look dumb✋🙄

    AnnieAnnie7 days ago
  • The Netflix live action is absolute trash

    StarryNight22StarryNight227 days ago
  • Why you ignoring the musical?! It’s so good. & definitely a way better adaptation than the Netflix movie

    Jubilee MoquinJubilee Moquin7 days ago
  • I read and watched death note (manga and anime) and so when I watched the live remake I hated every aspect of it, I was watching it with my dad and I asked to turn it off he said no and for the whole movie I was there watching hell.

    Vanessa The vanVanessa The van7 days ago
  • That NETFLIX version of Death Note literally shortened my life by 1h 41m and the sad part is I will never get that back....

    Osiris SirisoOsiris Siriso7 days ago
  • This guy looks like Lamar

    Mars TitanMars Titan10 days ago
  • I thought Mia's parents were killed by criminals and they got away with it but the rest I agree with.

    Emily VillamilEmily Villamil10 days ago
  • Whoever thinks the death note movie is good plz don't ever come near me

    SupereaglepvpSupereaglepvp10 days ago
  • I was going to watch that movie.. But i guess I got lucky

    owner of life&death noteowner of life&death note12 days ago
  • Baptise the people who watched the Netflix adaptation before the anime 😔😔

    aadiaadi12 days ago
  • *takes netflix adaptation of death note to a warehouse* sayonara b!tch *proceeds to cover it in gasoline and light it on fire*

    no oneno one13 days ago
  • I hated the film the second I saw it wasn't in Japan!?!?

    Rock paper studioRock paper studio13 days ago
  • i have one question, does light turn into kira again?

    Jaron MinceyJaron Mincey14 days ago
  • i made it 11 minutes in b4 i had to turn the movie off

    laurenlauren14 days ago
  • y is L black ????????

    Coby DybasCoby Dybas15 days ago
  • its so bad i couldnt finish it

    meowmeow15 days ago
  • Is there even a Mikami(the delete guy) in the movie?

    Hanley EnsdorfHanley Ensdorf15 days ago
  • theres a 2nd season apparently me and my aunt love death note and apparently a 2nd season is coming out in 2022.

    crypticgallixcrypticgallix16 days ago
  • I wish I could erase my memory of this movie, it makes me mad.

  • I'm embarrased to say that I used to like the movie, but I think it was only because I watched it instead of the anime first. Let's just say I dont like the movie anymore

    SmolBean_ StudiosSmolBean_ Studios16 days ago
  • Its bummer because the original the manga light is both better than the movies or the shitty live action

    Super GamerexSuper Gamerex17 days ago
  • I didn't know that there was a Netflix adaptation and now...I wish it stayed that was cause this 'movie' ruined my whole perspective on the death not anime 💀

    Erza ScarletErza Scarlet17 days ago
  • american ripoff vs original anime versions thats what i see

    NogardtistNogardtist17 days ago
  • Light Yagami vs Light Imagay

    Disguised PotatoDisguised Potato17 days ago
  • a friend of mine watched the film and he doesn't want to watch the anime, and i swear to God I'm gonna beat the living shit out of him if he keeps saying it's the same thing

    KappaKappa18 days ago
  • The f(x) were good but they changed it so much. I watched it with my parents, then we watched the anime and they agreed that the anime is much more better

    jacobaebaejacobaebae18 days ago
  • Light Turner is the pit of despair.

    Vivi-SenpaiVivi-Senpai18 days ago
  • The L in the movie is so cringey I swear 💀😭

    Lydia MunozLydia Munoz19 days ago
  • The fact that the movie is still on Netflix but their taking other animes off.

    Hanahaki TeaHanahaki Tea19 days ago
  • They didn't ruin the anime. They just made a shitty Movie

    Timmy NeutronTimmy Neutron19 days ago
  • They even removed the Anime in Germany so we are stuck with only the movie on Netflix.

    Kazuki NakamaKazuki Nakama19 days ago
  • Fuck the film the anime is so good

    DopemanDopeman20 days ago
  • I loved the film. For a 90 minutes picture, it was a very good watch. It was inspired by the original work but it was never meant to be a word by word adaptation. It Americanized the Japanese anime very well. And it represented Light Turner as teenager who was affected badly by his mother's death. Way more realistic than the the genius 18 year old Light Yagami. Why would an 18 year old be so calculative anyway? It works in the world of anime of course but in alive action, well IDK.

    Dina MeshrifDina Meshrif20 days ago
  • I liked the netflix death note more because anime is not my thing but the ending was quite interesting in the film. The anime one looks weird but the netflix one have the green goblin so it is better by default

    MikemcsmurfyMikemcsmurfy20 days ago
  • I was considering watching this film. Thank god I saw this video

    Oscar ArteagaOscar Arteaga20 days ago
  • Netflix adaptation sucks

    LL20 days ago
  • I didn't waste time watching the Cringy films so its cool Anime version is the BEST

    i like Coffeei like Coffee20 days ago
  • looking forward to the video about how they messed up the Cowboy Bebop adaptation (;

    Danny FordDanny Ford21 day ago
  • I have never watched the movie

    Faraz SiddiquiFaraz Siddiqui21 day ago
  • I've only watched the anime and now it's the ONLY thing I'll watch of deathnote

    Christine SussmanChristine Sussman21 day ago
  • The Japanese live actions are WAY better than the Netflix one

    Canceled TeaCanceled Tea21 day ago
  • The thing in the film is that Misa first has brown hair and it doesnt even fit second she was in the beginning also there

    Bhaddi3 _BeeBhaddi3 _Bee21 day ago
  • My friend that never watched the anime watched the movie and said she loved it. Sad. *Anyways shes not my friend anymore*

    Toxic DamageToxic Damage21 day ago
  • I know why people hate it cause it’s live action that never works

    Undead FriesUndead Fries21 day ago
  • Listen boys, THIS is ruining something, not MAPPAs aot

    AA22 days ago
  • 2 words neo yokio

    Da MrBeanDa MrBean22 days ago
  • Na bro I know Japanese I don’t use sub or dub

    CloudCloud22 days ago
  • The Netflix Death Note movie just horrible in my opinion

    Luka LukaLuka Luka22 days ago
  • I might be the only person that actually enjoyed the movie. It wasn't good, and some moments were too forced and dumb, but I found it very entertaining. I wish they comitted more to parody instead of being edgy though.

    ChaoticStarFishChaoticStarFish22 days ago
  • In short, the movie is obviously "If Light was an average high school American".

    Preston Geosh SmithPreston Geosh Smith22 days ago
  • The guy in the thumbnail looks like KrmaL

    Altaria GDAltaria GD22 days ago
  • 6:13 even ryuk is like "bruh"

    John Romulus Laco MoralesJohn Romulus Laco Morales22 days ago
  • So... they decided to go a wildly different way with the movie: takes place in America, Light is an average not-so-bright teenager, the girlfriend Mia is as complicit in using the death note as Light is (if not more), no intellectual cat-and-mouse game. Disappointing for fans, but fine, we can always just watch the anime again. BUT, taking the movie on its own terms (if someone who never watched the anime watches this) it still isn't good. For one thing, the Death Note rules can be different than the manga/anime but the movie sets out its own rules and then totally breaks them in order to move the plot along. And L's character is not cool at all.... Telling a different story is OK but they don't tell it well.

    Chris TamigiChris Tamigi23 days ago
  • who else here thinks that the anime one is better and also why Netflix why would you ruin death note

    Elizabeth AftonElizabeth Afton23 days ago
  • This is how netflix does things: americanize and ruin the plot

    Uranium GlowsUranium Glows23 days ago
  • Good thing I never watched the movie and just saw an explanation of it.

    Impact SenpaiImpact Senpai23 days ago
  • at least ryuk looks creppy cuz the whole movie is shit

    suga _yoonjjiisuga _yoonjjii23 days ago
  • There’s already live action ones why tf would they make this😃🔫

    Dat_Bitch345Dat_Bitch34523 days ago
  • 🤣 4:39 they did him dirty

    Sauce GodSauce God24 days ago
  • Me: mom can you turn on death note on the TV (i downloded it on flash) My mom: sure! *turns the netflix adaption on* Me: WHAT. IS. THIS My mom: death note! Me: 🤦🏻‍♀️

    Fr3ak3rz GaChAFr3ak3rz GaChA24 days ago
  • the Light in the anime: i will surely hide this notebook with every scientific way possible the Light in Netflix: Here you go

    Emergency risky risky *Emergency risky risky *24 days ago
  • I don't like how In the film, they made L a scary cat.

    Dawson CasimirDawson Casimir24 days ago
  • What i most hate about the movie is that they made ryuk tell him what to do with the death note. Like, the first thing hw stated in the anime is that he won't help is just there to watch what happens.

    Enikő LutorEnikő Lutor24 days ago
  • Anybody got a link to that musical? Lmao

    MUNCheeTz420MUNCheeTz42025 days ago
  • You should do an analysis of Demon Slayer, the anime and the movie. The movie became the most seen in Japan, even against a giant like Spirited Away

    JuanMa CarusoJuanMa Caruso25 days ago
  • 12:14 Hm. No wonder film Light is only *half-witted*

    MistyRainMistyRain25 days ago
  • I havent Seen this movie and im very happy

    Lena LovegoodLena Lovegood25 days ago
  • not only does the the actors not have any similarities with the original characters (looks, personalities, etc) the whole movie misses its point. There’s no story development whatsoever, Light is as dumb as he looks and has no idea how the real world works, which throws off the whole idea of “Light wanting to become a god” because in truth he didn’t really do any of that for justice, he only did that to get laid, which is obviously not how Light think, he is a high intelligent psychopath who manipulates people to his advantage so that he could come closer to achieving his goal, for example Misa. The movie missed the whole point of the L and Light chase, L didn’t have enough time to let people even feel invested in the story, which was the big draw in the anime and made the viewers see both sides and two different perspectives, which made it far more interesting and intriguing. L is non existent, Light is an idiot and at some point Misa is smarter than Light and does all the work for him. I feel sorry for the creators of Death Note who watched the movie, and for everyone who’s watched the movie before the anime or manga. It’s a shame really.

    daddy yondaddy yon25 days ago
  • This movie was so bad and dumb, the Japanese live action series did it better than them.

  • Death Note (2017) is a big pile of shit. I like Adam Wingard but this ain't it

    8Teen Official8Teen Official26 days ago
  • The movie was so cringy

    Lizard DudeLizard Dude26 days ago
  • I swear Americans always gotta ruin good foreign films, shows, etc. by making adaptations out of them , just let it be goddamn 🙄

    Stephanie MendozaStephanie Mendoza28 days ago
  • Dude they didint mess up shit

    Kelly GallagherKelly GallagherMonth ago
  • Cowboy Bebop is next on the Netflix chopping block. This makes me very sad...

    Far ShooterFar ShooterMonth ago
    • REALLY ?

      Burnt RiceBurnt Rice23 days ago
  • kill it.. kill it with fire

    DionysusDionysusMonth ago
  • I hated this movie since the first 40 sec in, i knew it was bad... It's incredible how they took everything important about this great story and just forgot about it

    Eduardo EsquivelEduardo EsquivelMonth ago
  • what a minute: wisecrack!! Where did Chris come from and why have I never seen him before??!!!!

    Mariam P-CMariam P-CMonth ago
  • In the manga brutal ending, in the afterwards section you see Light walking around in Sinigami Land, making plans there. My god the manga was so so great! Followed closely with the lighter ending of the anime. The japanese movies were nice. There is no natflix adaptation. never was never will be!

    ElionElionMonth ago
  • Wait what, they really made a musical, like it really happened and is part of our history...

    Aadilah AbrahamsAadilah AbrahamsMonth ago
  • Glad I never watched the movie

    יעקב ייגריעקב ייגרMonth ago
  • Light was right but LIGHT wasn’t right. His philosophy makes sense but he didn’t go about it well

    panda mucherpanda mucherMonth ago
  • I’ve watched the anime 3 times and I’m on the 4th rewatch.. I started the movie and couldn’t get through more than 10 minutes of it. Such garbage. Can’t believe Netflix would insult Death Note like that. I had such high expectations bc Netflix usually does well with movies and TV shows but they really shit the bed with this one.

    Bb CrlBb CrlMonth ago
  • The trick to survive from the ferris wheel should work though, similar to how the japanese movie light finds a loophole around not being able to force somebody to kill. Manga/Anime light never used the notebook to manipulate people as extensively, but there is no reason he couldn't. Oh, and I think the Netflix version fails not because it doesn't stick enough to the source material, but because it doesn't know what it wants to be about instead. I think you do a good job at pointing out all the things the Netflix version decides NOT te be about.

    S2076S2076Month ago
  • Amazing analysis of the Netflix Netflix adaptation. Your breakdown Of the differences between the story and characters In the movie and anime and your points were extremely valid. Everybody else just wanted to talk about how they didn’t like the fact that it was Blak. Thank you for actually doing the work

    Maurice NapierMaurice NapierMonth ago
  • how the hell did L become black

    Prince andrylle EspiloyPrince andrylle EspiloyMonth ago
  • i feel like casting waan't very good the actors playing the rolls didn't fit the character archetypes they had in the anime and manga. and cat and mouse type movies depend heavily depends on the characters and world building around the cat, and mouse. although i did like L , to a certain extent i hated light

    eduardo lopezeduardo lopezMonth ago
  • There was only two good things actually good about the (American) movie, Ryuk in general was amazing and LaKeith Stanfield copied L's mannerisms fairly well

    Kimberly KenyonKimberly KenyonMonth ago
  • The movie wasn’t even that bad you guys just need to separate the movie from the anime watch the movie as if u have no clue what it’s about like it’s completely new to you

    sarwieh .tsarwieh .tMonth ago
  • How does it compares to Dragon ball evolution?

    fatsun8fatsun8Month ago
  • Wait a damn minute... There's a MUSICAL??

    empty soulempty soulMonth ago
  • The Netflix movie is the Twilight version of Death Note.

    KhaleesiOfTheGreatDairyStateKhaleesiOfTheGreatDairyStateMonth ago
  • *Subtle briliance* ! 😂😂😂 Like Your sense of humor. 😁

    M BuszkaM BuszkaMonth ago