Drop by Netflix, it looks like the best Death Note adaptation will appear on Disney Plus, thanks to an unlikely assistant: The Simpsons.
The Simpsons is currently in its 34th season, and on October 30th the annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween special will air. Over the years, we’ve seen Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie appear in horror-filled parodies of The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Jumanji, and now they’ll enter the world of Death Note.
Death Note is a manga, anime and terrifying Netflix movie about Japanese teenage genius Light Yagami. After discovering the Death Note – a book that can cause the death of anyone whose name is written in it – Light calls himself “the God of this new world” and takes responsibility for executing anyone he deems evil.
Not everyone believes in the justice of Light’s cause, however. Detective L and his task force take it upon themselves to catch Light (whom they call Kira) and end the pain caused by his twisted justice.
In The Simpson’s version of Death Note, none other than Lisa Simpson is the one who discovers the book – called the Death Tome in the cartoon. Based on the short clips from 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.
If borrowing the story’s premise wasn’t enough, The Simpsons goes further by ditching its usual style for visuals that look like they’ve been ripped straight from the anime. That’s likely because Death Note’s DR Movie animators are the ones who wrote the episode, and we must say it looks absolutely splendid.
The only disappointment is that Marge Simpson’s iconic tower of blue hair has been shortened to a bun – we would have loved to have seen her mane monstrosity rendered in the more realistic Death Note style.
Despite this, Death Note and The Simpsons fans (ourselves included) are very excited to see the last installment of Treehouse of Horror. The reaction is particularly notable as it stands in stark contrast to the response Netflix got when it announced that the creators of Stranger Things would be adapting Death Note. While the Duffer brothers have proven successful with horror, Netflix’s anime adaptation track record isn’t the best.
If you want to watch The Simpsons Death Note parody, you’ll need to tune in to traditional TV, at least for now. It will almost certainly join the others around 727 episodes on Disney Plus eventually, but unfortunately for those who only watch shows through one of the better streaming services, it will take about a year to make it to the US (based on season). 33 coming only to Disney Plus on October 5). Instead, you’ll have to tune in to Fox on October 30th.
However, if you have access to one of the best VPN services on the market (like Express VPN), you’re in luck, as Disney Plus in Australia is already airing episodes from season 34 of The Simpsons. It lags a little behind Fox’s last US episode, but in a few weeks, you’ll be able to set your location to Australia and watch The Simpson’s Death Note episode in all its glory.