Death Note's original creators, writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata, are returning to the series with a collection of short stories set in the aftermath of Light Yagami's attempt to change the world.
Death Note Short Stories will be a collection of one-off manga shorts that show how the world was affected by Light Yagami's use of the deadly Death Note in the original series. The new collection was announced at VIZ Media's panel at this year's New York Comic Con, and is currently scheduled to be released sometime in the summer of 2022.
Announcement: Kira's story is over, but the Death Note’s is not…This imaginative complete collection of short stories by the series’ creators explores the impact and influence of the legendary Death Note. Releases Summer 2022! pic.twitter.com/VSu7Xo4Gur— VIZ (@VIZMedia) October 9, 2021
The original Death Note told the story of Light Yagami, an idealistic and intelligent young man who randomly discovers a book entitled "Death Note" on the ground one day. Upon picking it up, Light is greeted by a monstrous-looking creature named Ryuk, who is a member of a race known as the Shinigami -- grim reapers who have the power to determine when human beings die. Light learns that the Death Note gives him this power as well, and he now has the power to kill anyone by simply writing their name in the book. Light starts executing known criminals, but his vigilante campaign to rid the world of evil eventually attracts the attention of the authorities and the genius private detective only known as "L."
Death Note remains the most famous creation from Ohba and Obata. The supernatural thriller was serialized from 2003 - 2006 in Weekly Shonen Jump and was successfully adapted into a popular anime series by One-Punch Man animation studio Madhouse in 2009. Both the anime and manga were massive hits, with the manga selling over 50 million copies worldwide. The series became a cultural phenomenon worldwide, and schools in several countries attempted to ban the series, citing situations where kids created their own homemade Death Notes by writing down the names of classmates and teachers that they wished ill upon. The series was also adapted in a live-action Netflix original movie in 2017 that starred Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Willem Dafoe. Despite an overwhelmingly negative reception, Netflix is producing a sequel to the movie, with Mortal Kombat (2021) writer Greg Russo attached to the project.