DEATH NOTE: THE MUSICAL Exists and Looks Kind of Awesome

Ghost In The Shell may be the anime of the moment in light of the live-action movie starring Scarlett Johansson, but soon enough, it will be time for Death Note to take the reigns. Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe are leading a live-action remake of the dark anime for Netflix, which is scheduled for release this summer on August 25. The show deals with murder, morality, and some pretty heavy topics, so while “musical” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Death Note, the show does have its own musical adaptation, and you can take a quick look at it now ( via Comic Book).

The musical has been running in Japan since April 2015, and Comic Book calls Death Note: The Musical “one of Japan’s most successful play adaptations of an anime.” It’s hard to get a feel of what the show is like based on the 30 seconds of footage above, but if there’s one thing we noticed, it’s that the actor portraying L seems to have his odd and sometimes creepy mannerisms totally nailed.

Aside from the theater production, music has always been an important part of the Death Note anime. Like a ton of anime, you tend to hear the same compositions over and over during the course of the series, but on its own, the Death Note soundtrack is actually a pretty solid post-rock-style album. My personal favorite tracks include “Death Note,” “Jiken,” and “L’s Theme B,” but listen to it for yourself below and let us know in the comments what songs stand out to you.

Featured image: ホリプロオンラインチケット/YouTube

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