It’s been almost six months since we last released an episode of this podcast, but that doesn’t mean we stopped recording it! On the contrary, we’ve got a dozen episode backlog that I need to work through. It might be a while yet before some of those episodes come out, but we’re getting back on track by releasing the most recent episodes we recorded and working backwards. Which means starting with the episode we recorded last week.

On this episode VLordGTZ and I are joined by Colton to follow-up on our Death Note discussion on Manga Mavericks by talking about Netflix’s recently released live-action film adaptation. We discuss why the movie fails to work as an adaptation and as a standalone story, what didn’t work about the characters, and just how stupid the whole mess was. At the end we answer some questions about the manga itself, including our favorite moments and the dumbest things Light and L ever did. Manga Mavericks @ Movies is back and better than ever!

Oh yeah, in case you didn’t notice we’re called Manga Mavericks @ Movies now. Apparently Movie Mavericks was already the name of another podcast and they sent a C&D to make us change the name. Whoops!


00:00 – Preamble

03:39 – Introductions
06:05 – Preconceptions
19:15 – Our Viewing Experience
30:30 – Why This Film is a Bad Adaptation
49:35 – Light Turner vs. Light Yagami
57:47 – Mia Sutton vs. Misa Amane
1:05:50 – Black L vs. Japanese L
1:13:54 – James Turner vs. Soichiro Yagami
1:21:23 – Evil Ryuk vs. Neutral Ryuk
1:26:05 – Should You Watch Netflix’s Death Note?


1:33:20 – Do You Hate Misa?
1:34:30 – Favorite Things About the Near and Yotsuba Arcs?
1:36:33 – Do You Think That Naomi Misora Should Have Had a Bigger Role?
1:37:33 – What’s the Dumbest Thing Light Ever Did?
1:40:47 – What’s the Dumbest Thing L Ever Did?

1:42:55 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at, and subscribe to us on Youtube. You can follow the hosts at @lumranmayasha, @VLordGTZ, and @sniperking323. If there’s something you want to ask that’s too big to tweet, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at! Thanks for listening!


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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