Death Note: Rewrite

Death Note: Relight

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Death Note Director's Cut: The Complete Ending Edition Special, Death Note Special, Genshisuru Kami, Visions of a God, L o Tsugu Mono, L's Successors
Japanese: ディレクターズカット完全決着版 〜リライト
English: Death Note: Relight
German: Death Note: Relight
Spanish: Death Note Relight: La Visión de un Dios
French: Death Note: Relight
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 31, 2007 to Aug 22, 2008
Producers: Shueisha
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 52 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.711 (scored by 9217692,176 users)
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Ranked: #11682
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Popularity: #1157
Members: 205,088
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When approached by a fellow death god tempted to visit the human realm, Ryuk recounts his own journey to the other side and the story of Light Yagami—a brilliant young man who impressed him there.

One day at school, Light stumbles upon Ryuk's lost Death Note and realizes it is not an ordinary notebook. He learns that it has the ability to kill every person whose name is written inside, provided that the user can visualize the victim's face. Having long deplored the decadence of current society, Light believes this sinister weapon offers him an unexpected opportunity: to eradicate all evil and bring about a new ideal world.

Following a string of fatal heart attacks, the authorities start to suspect that the alarming number of dead criminals is not coincidental. Determined to uncover the mysterious culprit, they join forces with L, an internationally renowned detective. As the death count escalates, Light and L clash in a breathtaking confrontation of wits and deception—a duel that will decide the future of humanity.

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Death Note: Rewrite is a recut version of the Death Note anime series, comprising two movies. The first film, titled Death Note: Rewrite Genshi Suru Kami or Death Note: Relight Visions of a God, condenses the events of the series' first half. The second film, titled Death Note: Rewrite 2 L o Tsugu Mono or Death Note: Relight 2 L's Successors, does the same for the series' latter half.

In addition to being shorter, the story's setting and timeline have also changed. Some new scenes and dialogue were introduced—especially in the second film—and the first film is now presented as a reminiscence of the death god Ryuk.

Death Note: Rewrite Genshi Suru Kami was released on DVD on March 19, 2008 in Japan and on June 23, 2009 in the US. Death Note: Rewrite 2 L o Tsugu Mono followed on November 21, 2008 in Japan and on October 27, 2009 in the US.

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Ending Theme

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Mar 6, 2008
[Since writing this review originally, the two specials of Death Note Rewrite have been merged, this review refers to the first episode: Genshisuru Kami]

For all those who've seen the main TV series, this special episode is essentially a summary of all the events leading up until the end of L's arc in the overall story.

Story (8): Nothing new really. It simply takes the events of the main TV series and compresses it into the space of a little over 2 hours. I gave it an eight simply because it is essentially the overall story line which I was already familiar with. At first, I was ...
Jul 12, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Death Note is one of my favorite anime series of all time. That's why it pains me to give these specials such a low score.

Death Note: Rewrite suffers from many of the same problems as other similar adaptations. It's nearly impossible to take a 25 or 12 episode portion of a TV series and condense it into ~2 hours without having to sacrifice important elements. In Death Note: Rewrite's case, those core elements are character and pacing.

When rushing through the plot, important character moments often get cut down to a bare minimum in order to move onto the next plot point. When an audience isn't ...
Jan 23, 2013
If you watched the full Anime Series, watch the first and last 3 minutes of each volume. That is the extent of the newness in these volumes and I saved you at least 2 hours of your life. You are welcome.

If you didn't watch the full series, very calmly take these back to the store and get your money back then watch the full Deathnote series online or on netflix.
I promise that is a better investment of your time then watching these first or even at all.

I bought both volumes for $5 each and they look great on the DVD shelf, but that's really the ...

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