There are three kinds of Death Note fans in the world: 1. Those who’re miffed that Netflix’s adaptation is set in Seattle rather than Japan and feel as if the movie is whitewashed. 2. Those who think the first group is operating. 3. Folks who are apathetic about the whole shebang.

Regardless of what camp you fall into, the first full trailer for the upcoming film is almost certain to give you something to talk about which, you know, is what a trailer is supposed to do. From the looks of it, Death Note is going to hit a number of recognizable beats from the manga and anime series that it’s based on. Light finds the Death Note. Light uses the Death Note. People freak out. You know the story.


Of all the things that Netflix’s Death Note pulls from its source material and recreates in an interesting way, the one that stands out the most from the trailer is Willem Dafoe’s take on Ryuk, the Shinigami. The death god is supposed to be eerie and difficult to look at (and he is,) but there’s something about Dafoe’s delivery that gives Ryuk a dark edge fitting for the film’s foreboding tone.

Death Note hits Netflix August 25th.

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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