Directed by Shusuke Kaneko/Produced by Toyoharu Fukuda, Takahiro Kohashi, & Takahiro Satō/Music by Kenji Kawai/Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Erika Toda, Shinnosuke Ikehata, Shidou Nakamura, Shunji Fujimura, Takeshi Kaga, & Nana Katase/Based on the manga by Tsugumi Oba & Takeshi Obata
Following his girlfriend’s death at the hands of the mass murderer popularly known as “Kira,” Light Yagami has finally been allowed to join L’s investigative team. Which is, of course, the best possible place for Light to keep an eye on things and to steer suspicious away from the fact that he is actually Kira. All is going according to his precise plans, of course. However, when a second Kira emerges, acting flashily and carelessly killing even the innocent, Light’s cover is definitely threatened. It’s a close race between L and Light to find this second Kira and secure their cause’s victory.
I really, really enjoyed watching Death Note II: The Last Name. This is the sequel the the first Death Note live action film and picks up the story right at the point where L and Light begin to have more interaction. I really love the dynamic between these two, and I feel like their actors pulled this off excellently (loved the chess game!). The cat-and-mouse interplay is extremely intense (in a cool fashion). I though all the actors did well, and I was particularly pleased with the casting for Misa–Erica Toda pulls her off beautifully. I must admit, while Rem was quite well done, he totally didn’t fit my mental image for voice and such, so that was a bit of a clash. They did change a few plot points compared to the manga, particularly at the ending of this movie; however, I found the choices to be consistent with the characters and premises of the manga, so it works. I do miss M and N, though. . . . If possible, read the manga first. But if you like the Death Note manga, I think both the first live action movie (see above) and Death Note II: The Last Name will also be enjoyable for you.