Recently, the teaser trailer for “Death Note,” a Netflix exclusive movie, was released to the web and anime fans got into a frenzy. From what we have seen around the web, many fans of the anime adaptation are not pleased with the direction the movie has taken.
The main reason is due to the casting. Apparently, many were expecting a cast of all Asian actors, but this is not the case. In the movie, Natt Wolff (white) plays Light Turner, and Keith Stanfield (black) plays the character, L.
In the anime adaptation, both characters are Asian; in fact, the majority in the anime TV series were Asian. With that being the truth, one can understand why fans are angry, but I’m not in the same boat, and that’s coming from a huge fan of the series.
Wait, wasn’t there a Japanese movie?
Fans seem to have forgotten there was a Death Note movie back in 2008 that was herald from Japan and featured an all-Japanese cast. Furthermore, there was another in 2016 known as “Death Note: Light Up the New World,” so from what I can tell, so there are enough Death Note movies out there with an all-Japanese cast.
In all honesty, there doesn’t need to be another, especially when the film is being made in the United States. Folks need to realize the Netflix movie has a diverse cast, and while I am never one to pick up arms over something such as diversity, the creators made the right choice.
America is not Japan, it’s a country with diverse races and cultures, and as such, the movie could not feature an all-Japanese cast. Yes, there shouldn’t be an ounce of problem with the main character being white and the secondary being black.
Caught up in race and political foolishness
Folks are so caught up with the current political climate that they will find an issue with everything that doesn’t slither down their ally. It’s foolish, really, because there’s nothing wrong with different races playing popular characters when these same characters have been represented as expected several times in the past.
Do you have a huge problem with the casting of Netflix’s Death Note? Well then, the Japanese movies are available. There’s no requirement to learn Japanese seeing as English subtitles are available, so what’s your excuse?
At the end of the day, the American populace and the world at large need to keep politics and the constant problem of race out of entertainment when it’s clearly not needed. Furthermore, as fans of the anime, we should support Netflix’s take on Death Note.