Move over Netflix, it looks like the best Death Note adaptation will hit Disney Plus instead, thanks to an unlikely assistant: The Simpsons.
The Simpsons is currently in its 34th season, and the series’ annual Halloween special Treehouse of Horror will air on October 30. Over the years, we’ve seen Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie in horror-filled parodies of The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Jumanji, and now they’ll enter the world of Obituary.
Death Note is a manga, anime and horrific Netflix film about the Japanese teenage genius Light Yagami. After discovering the Death Note – a book that could bring about the downfall of anyone whose name is in it – Light calls himself “the God of this new world” and takes it upon himself to execute anyone he deems evil.
However, not everyone believes in the justice of the cause of the Light. Detective L and his task force take it upon themselves to capture Light (whom they call Kira) and end the pain caused by his distorted justice.
In The Simpsons version of Death Note, none other than Lisa Simpson is the one who discovers the book – dubbed it Death Tome in the cartoon series. Based on the short clips of the episode that have already aired, Lisa will use the tome to end the lives of anyone who stands in the way of her mission to save planet Earth from pollution.
As if borrowing the story’s premise wasn’t enough, The Simpsons takes it a step further by abandoning the usual style for images that look like they could have been ripped straight from the anime. That’s probably because the animators from Death Note, DR Movie, are the ones who wrote the episode, and we have to say it looks absolutely fantastic.
The only disappointment is that Marge Simpson’s iconic tower of blue hair has been shortened to a bun – we would have loved to see her monstrous mane in Death Note’s more realistic style.
Despite this, fans of both Death Note and The Simpsons (including us) are very much looking forward to the latest installment of Treehouse of Horror. The reaction is especially noticeable because it contrasts sharply with the reaction Netflix received when it announced that the makers of Stranger Things would be adapting Death Note. While the Duffer brothers have proven their success with horror, Netflix’s track record in anime adaptation isn’t the best.
If you want to see the Death Note parody of The Simpsons, you’ll have to tune in to traditional TV, at least for now. It will almost certainly tie in with the other 727 or so episodes on Disney Plus eventually, but unfortunately for those of you who only watch shows through one of the top streaming services, it will take about a year to arrive in the US (based on season 33 doesn’t arrive until October 5 on Disney Plus). Instead, tune in to Fox on October 30.
However, if you have access to one of the best VPN services out there (like Express VPN), you’re in luck, as Disney Plus in Australia is already showing episodes of the 34th season of The Simpsons. It’s a little behind the last episode on Fox in the US, but in a few weeks you should be able to set your location in Australia and watch the episode of The Simpson’s Death Note in all its glory.