Death Note auf deutsch

My Death Note audio adaptation is finally available for sale in Germany.

Already out in German are:

1: Pattern Recognition

2: Collateral Damage

3: Frenemy Mine

Coming next month:

4: Virtue Signal

5: Deal Breaker

6: Gray Scale

And in 2019:

7: Double Agents

8: Live Feed

9: Legacy Code

10: Karma Police

11: Old Flames

12: Apex Predator

At the moment this is a German-only production. There are supposed to be English and French editions in the works, but I haven’t heard any details of those yet.

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2 thoughts on “Death Note auf deutsch

  1. Just listened to the last three CDs last week and I’m still somewhat flabbergasted because of the ending’s boldness, if I may put it that way. Fidelity is in my opinion never the only and highest criterium to judge adaptations, since the author can reinterpret the original work and thus give it a new meaning. And, golly, your ending certainly did that. You definitely managed to surprise those who are already familiar with the source material, both in animated and book form. Mission accomplished, I guess? šŸ˜€ You also did a very good job at adapting the Death Note series for the current time, i.e. portraying how the ficitionalized U.S. government deals with these events. šŸ˜‰ In addition, I liked this little detail of Light’s technical preparation before the infamous potato chip scene, really had the feeling that some research went into this, despite it only being a brief event in the overall story. Moreover, some really interesting development regarding Misa took place in the last two episodes, that is only hinted at in the Anime and the Manga, however you made it a vital part of the story. And although you changed some other details and left some stuff out, it was fascinating to hear how the story always ended up with the same outcome of the source material. I sort of wonder about the challenges that one faces in adapting a work that relies so much on (mostly) hand drawn visuals for a medium that you can only listen to. I read about one fan who was a bit disappointed that Lā€™s and Nears little quirks weren’t included, however I imagine that stuff like this is especially difficult to only convey via dialogue, without making it seem too forced, even though the series in itself is quite dia- and monologue heavy.

    • Thank you, Shiro. I knew I was taking a risk with the last three volumes, and I sent each script off to the licensors, biting my nails and half-expecting them to tell me not to do it. But they approved every word! I hate it when adaptors change important plot details for arbitrary reasons… it usually looks as if they just don’t get the original. But in this case I thought it was a justifiable and worthy use of the material.

      Ah yes, the potato chip scene. Every now and then, I would be struck by just how much had changed in the 20 years since the original Death Note, and one of the recurring issues was the pervasiveness of social media. I thought I would have a little bit of fun with it.

      Glad you liked the modernisation of the Americans. I feel rather fortunate that I was writing this adaptation today, if you know what I mean, considering the rich presidential material available.

      Did my best with what Anime Feminist called “The Problem of Misa”. She is a very difficult character to write because she is so contradictory, but I realised that the effects of multiple retreads of her memory might help explain some of what was happening there. Even if she is a psychopath, she is a psychopath who has maybe *forgotten* what she is, which helps with her odd reversals and counter-reversals.

      Your comments on the ending are the first that I have heard; I hope other reviewers are as kind.

      Jonathan

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