Death Note is considered one of the most successful anime that people around the world have watched. While the show ends with Light Yagami’s death, some fans are convinced that “Death Parade” provides a clue as to what happened to him.
The manga Death Note was released in 2003 and fans were introduced to shinigami such as Ryuk and the protagonist Light Yagami. Three years later, the manga’s popularity led to an anime being developed, and unsurprisingly, it also managed to attract a large audience. The plot, which revolved around the theme of death, revolved around a notebook that had the power to kill anyone whose name was written on it. Since the story ends with Light’s death, we can see Light’s cameo appearance in another anime called Death Parade, which brings about an important theory about the anime.
Light Yagami makes a cameo appearance in Death Parade
Just like Death Note, Death Parade also believes in the idea that there is no heaven or hell. The show instead focuses on arbiters who have the power to decide people’s fates after their death, that is, whether a person is reincarnated or their soul is lost into the void.
In Season 1, Episode 11, Light makes a cameo appearance in the series. Although his name is not mentioned in the anime, it is noticeable that the character’s facial features match those of the protagonist from Death Note. Additionally, his occupation was listed as “murderer.” Given that Light ends up killing several people, we believe the description matches the details.
It’s unclear at the moment why Light appears in the anime, but it’s entirely possible that it proves the narrative that there is neither a heaven nor a hell. Given that Light dies at the end of the manga, Death Parade suggests that his soul was transferred to be judged by an arbitrator.
Death Note manga and anime had two different endings
In the anime, Light is shot a few times but manages to escape when Teru Mikami commits suicide. He eventually collapses on the stairs and Ryuk ends up writing his name on the Death Note.
Meanwhile, in the manga, Teru doesn’t die. Instead, we see Light suffer a breakdown as he realizes his end is near. His emotions are too obvious as you can see fear, panic and stress taking over him. In the end, the always calm and strategic Light is seen as a weak individual who is losing his mind.
His life comes to an end after Ryuk writes his name in the Death Note. In the end, Light finally dies while begging for rescue.
Where to watch the Death Parade
Death Parade is available to stream on Crunchyroll or Hulu. There is currently only one season of the anime.
The 12-part series was released in 2015 and the likelihood of a second season currently seems slim. It’s important to note that, unlike “Death Note,” “Death Parade” is based on a short film by Tachikawa, meaning there’s a chance that there may not be enough content for another season.
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