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Death Note creators offers the US President a notebook in new manga

Published: 3/Feb/2020 23:43 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 9:25

by Brent Koepp


Death Note author Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata joined forces to give readers a new one-off manga of the popular series. However, the latest story went viral on Twitter when it was discovered United States President has a cameo in it.

Death Note is one of the most popular mangas in Japan, running from 2003 to 2006. The series centers around the dark story about a high school boy who’s given the power to decide life and death through the power of a notebook.

Despite ending over 14 years ago, the groundbreaking property made its return on February 3rd when its creators surprised fans with a special one-shot. However, the release quickly went viral when it was discovered the President of the United States has a bizarre cameo in it.

The 2006 anime is one of the most popular series in Japan.

The President of the United States in Death Note manga

The groundbreaking story is about high schooler Light Yagami who stumbles upon a supernatural notebook. The item gives him the power to kill anyone by writing their name down inside.

While the manga ended in 2006, fans were treated to a new one-shot story by series creators, but were stunned when it featured US President. The special release depicts a scene of Ryuk – the Death God responsible for the notebook – offering the US leader the chance to be its new owner.

After its February 3 release, the story quickly went viral on social media platforms such as Twitter. Even trending in the ‘Politics’ section given its unexpected inclusion of the American politician.

The Japanese Manga was trending on Twitter in the Politics section.

Fans of the series were surprised by the cameo, such as user ATTACKTlTAN who exclaimed, “DEATH NOTE COMING BACK JUST FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE THE NEW OWNER IS NOT SOMETHING I EXPECTED THIS YEAR”

The manga’s inclusion of the world leader exploded on Twitter with thousands of people finding the strange scene to be amusing. C_Dobbins commented, “This is an actual panel from the new Death Note one-shot and I am absolutely losing it.”

While the revival of the groundbreaking property was only a one-shot, the creators sent shockwaves with its latest release. Perhaps there is a room for more stories in the series universe in the future?

Death Note originally released as a manga in the iconic Japanese magazine the Weekly Shonen Jump. However it found worldwide success when it was adapted into an anime by studio Madhouse in 2006.

Fans that have never seen the show before can catch the whole series on streaming services Netflix and Hulu.


Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp


Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
Wit Studio / Funimation
The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.