How the New ‘Death Note’ Manga Fits into the Franchise Timeline


The emblematic of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Death threat the manga is back with a special single volume, Death Note Short Stories, which even includes tales that have never been printed in the United States

The collection was released by Viz Media on Tuesday, May 10, and contains six stories in total, each set in a different period of the franchise’s timeline.

Death threat follows Light Yagami, a high school student who has just possessed the titular notebook that allows him to kill anyone in the world, in any way, at any time, simply by knowing their name and imagining their face.

Using the guise of “Kira” to carry out these murders, Light becomes obsessed with ridding the world of evil and does everything in his power to stay on top, including engaging in a tense game of cat and mouse with genius. Detective L, who tries to uncover Kira’s identity.

This is how the tales in Death Note Short Stories fit into the timeline.

An excerpt from the “a-Kira” chapter in “Death Note Short Stories”
DEATH NOTE TANPENSHU © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

How the New ‘Death Note’ Manga Fits into the Franchise Timeline

Fans of the manga may be familiar with the 2006 Japanese action movies that adapt the story, Death threat and Death Note 2: The Family Namewhich stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light and Kenichi Matsuyama as L.

These were followed by the 2016 sequel Death Note: Light up the New Worldwhich had an original story set 10 years after the events of the second film and sees the police trying to track down five of Kira’s successors using Death Notes.

Two of the unique stories featured in the special manga feature similar stories, as the focus is on a new generation of Death Note users, an unnamed protagonist in the “c-Kira” chapter and Tanaka Minoru in “a-Kira “. “

“c-Kira” is set three years after the end of the original manga series and sees Japan plagued by many unexplained elderly deaths that mark Kira’s return, but L’s successor Near sees him as a “uninteresting” case and quickly solves this.

“a-Kira” is a direct sequel to “c-Kira” and takes place over two time periods, 2013 and 2019, and it sees Shinigami (or Death God) Ryuk as he gives a Death Note to Tanaka to relieve his boredom in much the same way it did with Light in the original series.

Ohba and Obata first released “a-Kira” in February 2020, and it was read over a million times in its first week of release alone, while “c-Kira” was released in 2008 in Japan.

Another chapter features several four-panel comics featuring Light, L, Ryuk, and Light’s lover, Misa Amane, in a number of fun storylines.

Originally published in Japan between 2004 and 2005, the four-panel chapter is set in the time leading up to the events of Chapter 58, which can be found in Volume 7 of the Death threat manga series.

Two chapters in Death Note Short Stories center around L, and both are narrated by his master Watari.

The first, “L—One Day” follows a day in the detective’s life and the second, “L—Wammy’s House,” explores the character’s origins and how he was taken in by Watari. The two L-centric chapters take place before the events of Death threat.

“Taro Kagami” is the final chapter in the short story collection and focuses on its eponymous character, a 13-year-old boy who stumbles upon Ryuk’s Death Note and accidentally kills his school bullies after mistaking it for a newspaper.

It is not clear when exactly the chapter is defined in the Death threat universe, but Kagami’s adult self – shown seven years after the events of the chapter – has been compared to the original series’ supporting character Teru Mikami, who is a strong supporter of Kira.

The news was originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2003, which means it came before the Death threat series as this did not begin to be serialized in publication in Japan until December 2003.

Death Note Short Stories is out now through Viz Media, and it’s available to purchase digitally or as a physical manga.


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