Since its debut 15 years ago, Death Note has remained one of the most popular and successful anime series ever made. ‘Death Note’ is based on the same-named manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
The 37-episode anime television series adaptation premiered in October 2006 in Japan and lasted until June 2007. On MyAnimeList, the anime received an incredible 8.63 out of 10 ratings, with 2,191,877 votes.
Fans have been clamoring for a second season of the anime series for quite some time now. The hit anime’s creators, Madhouse, are keeping quiet about the renewal. Is this the end of the story? Let’s take a look and see what we can learn.
Is There a Season 2 of ‘Death Note’?
Status of Renewal: Incomplete
For a long time, we’ve been anticipating the sequel to the first ‘Death Note’ anime. There have been a lot of rumors that a sequel to ‘Death Note’ is in the works. Unfortunately, no official confirmation of a sequel to the original anime has yet been given.
You may be asking why, despite the popularity of the original anime, Madhouse took so long to produce a sequel. The scarcity of source material is one of the key factors. The series is based on a manga that has 108 chapters spread out over 12 tankbon volumes. The source material for the anime adaptation has already been exhausted.
Fans, on the other hand, have reason to be optimistic!
‘Death Note: Special One-Shot,’ authored by Ohba and illustrated by Obata, was released in February 2020. The standalone was set ten years after Kira’s adventures, and it told a whole new Death Note story.
When can we expect the second season of Death Note?
As famous as “Death Note” is as a franchise, its run as an anime appears to be coming to an end – at least for the time being. As many anime fans are likely aware, series often get new seasons years after their previous release, so you never know what will happen. After 14 years, there has been no word from Madhouse Animation about a second season being approved, but it hasn’t been canceled either.
Because Season 1 of “Death Note” covers the majority of the manga series’ narrative, a second season would have to be inspired by something new, most likely with a completely new storyline and primary characters. In the United States, “Death Note” premiered on Adult Swim in 2017 and is now available to view on a variety of platforms. Despite all of these circumstances, the anime’s status has remained unknown for more than a decade. It’s impossible to say whether or not more episodes of “Death Note” will be released in the future.
In Season 2 of Death Note, who will be the main characters?
Because any hypothetical “Death Note” prequel or sequel would have to do without Light (Mamoru Miyano/Brad Swaile) and L (Kappei Yamaguchi/Alessandro Juliani) as primary characters (see below), only a small number of characters and their original voice actors are likely to be asked back for such a series.
The immortal Ryuk, who was voiced by Shidô Nakamura in the anime’s original Japanese language version and Brian Drummond in the English dub, is one of the most likely characters to return (per IMDb). Near, played by Noriko Hidaka in the original and Cathy Weseluck in the dubbed version, as well as Mello, represented by Nozomu Sasaki in the original and David Robert Moore in the English dub, is still alive and well.
A follow-up anime might have an entirely new cast of characters, or it could focus on any of the original season’s living characters. Mello narrates “Death Note: Another Note – The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases,” and Ryuk and Near are prominently featured in “Death Note: The a-Kira Story.”
What can we expect from Season 2 of Death Note?
After attempting to write names down on pieces of paper from the Death Note he had hidden in his watch, Matsuda (Ryô Naitô/Vincent Tong) shoots Light. Ryuk scribbles Light’s name in the Death Note while Light is on the floor moaning in pain. While having images of his rival, the dead investigator L., Light succumbs to cardiac arrest.
With both of the protagonists from the first season deceased, the show would have to adapt one of several prequels or sequel mangas, or it would have to be a totally new plot. There’s also the one-shot “Chapter 109” (commonly known as “The C-Kira Story”) and the “L File No. 15” novel, which is set 10 years after the events of the original “Death Note.”
“The a-Kira Story” would be the most narratively rich vein to go into.
During the manga, Minoru Tanaka, a student, comes into possession of the Death Note and chooses to sell it to the highest bidder. When Ryuk tries to stop the Death Note from being sold, the world devolves into anarchy as American and Chinese officials fight over the notebook.