"Death Note" premiered on #Netflix last Friday, August 25. It received mixed reactions from viewers but they were mostly disapproving opinions about how the new one did not capture the essence of the original.

What makes "Death Note" from Netflix different?

According to the Los Angeles Times, director Adam Wingard even received death threats from fans of the original manga. Wingard said that it bothers him that the manga and the (probably lost in translation) 2017 remake are being compared to each other, calling his work "a completely different thing."

He added that he understands the disappointment of those who patiently waited for the remake to be finally released by the streaming service.

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Wingard said that the anime community has seen so many bad adaptations of their well-loved series, their negative reaction was probably out of haste - an "I will hurt you before you hurt me" effect.

Well, it seems that the new #Adaptation based on the Tsugumi Ohba original had suffered the same fate as the Hollywood version of "Ghost in the Shell." In a review from someone who knows about the original "Death Note," the criticisms were not as harsh as those who expressed their sentiments over Twitter. Here are some examples, per Refinery 29:

On the other hand, as someone who has no prior knowledge of the original, the Netflix version piqued my interest and now I want to watch the animated version or possibly read the graphic novels, as soon as I get my hands on them.

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For me, one factor which made "#Death Note" from Netflix alright was Willem Dafoe.

Other observations and questions about 'Death Note' from Netflix

Here are some opinions and questions from someone who hasn't seen the anime or read the manga. The only thing I knew about "Death Note" is that there is a notebook, and names can be written in it and people would die. Interesting!

When I started watching the 2017 offering from Netflix, it wasn't boring and Light Turner (played by Nat Wolff) seemed normal - he was a regular student, tormented by a bully, the normal shebang. I started paying more attention when the bully was decapitated, probably because I have a penchant for gore.

But I have a few concerns:

Is Mia (Margaret Qualley) really supposed to be that annoying? L (played by Lakeith Stanfield) made me anxious every time he appeared on the screen. At the end of the movie, I wanted to know more.

What happens to Light? Will his dad support him from now on? How does L stop "Kira"? For those who haven't seen "Death Note," it is available to stream on Netflix.

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