Crunchyroll officially announced plans to simulcast this summer's live-action Death Note drama. The latest adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga kicks off with a 90-minute long first episode on July 8 at 7:30pm Pacific Time.
Death Note live-action will be available to Crunchyroll members in the following territories: USA (and Canada, Central and South America (including the Carribean), UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Europe (except for Italian speaking territories), the Middle East, and North Africa.
Based on the wildly popular manga and anime series of the same name, Death Note centers around a teenager named Light Yagami, who finds a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or death god. Once he discovers that any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, he begins to use it as a vigilante and bring justice to criminals. However, as criminals begin dropping dead left and right, the authorities become suspicious and turn to genius detective L to try and track down the killer. A deadly game of wits begins as Light tries to stay one step ahead of the police with Light hot on his heels on pursuit.
The drama will feature a different cast than the previous live-action movies, with Masataka Kubota, who also starred as Akira in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie, being cast as Light, Kento Yamazaki, who also was in the drama No Dropping Out -Back to School at 35- as Ryo Akutsu, will be playing L, and Mio Yuki, Yukiko in the live-action Assassination Classroom, stars as Near.