Donald Trump Stars In Death Note's Free New One-Shot

In one of the most interesting and bizarre pieces of news to come out the world of manga, Death Note has returned for a special one-shot issue that you can read for free online, and it features the US President.

Writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata released the 88-page manga, titled Death Note: Special One-Shot, on Viz Media. As a part of this story, the death note ends up falling into the hands of none other than the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, in a wild twist of events. You can see a screen grab from the one-shot below.

Ryuk is the one who hands the book off to Trump, who purchases it through a worldwide auction. His appearance in the one-shot is brief, as the story revolves around a new rule created for the death note and the bidding war for it worldwide.

Death Note first came to life in 2003 by Ohba and Obata. The story revolves around a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill people. If you write someone’s name in the book, they will die. Ryuk is a shinigami–a god of death that uses a death note to carry out the natural end of a person’s life. After a genius student named Light Yagami discovers the death note, he consults with Ryuk about its purpose and decides to use it to rid the world of villainy, becoming the infamous Kira in the process.

In 2017, Netflix produced a live-action Death Note movie that did not go over well with hardcore fans, but the film was fun for the average person who hasn’t stepped into the world of the manga or anime adaptation. In GameSpot’s review, Mike Rougeau said, “With some issues, especially in its inconsistent pacing and dialogue, Death Note isn’t a perfect adaptation. But it is a fun one. Fans of the original should walk away happy, and newcomers to the morbid world of shinigami and sociopathic high schoolers with god complexes will get more out of the film’s relatively short runtime than they would from trying to tackle the anime’s full 37-episode run.”

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