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Who does 'Death Note' need to please? Manga fans, Japanese creators, whitewashing critics, Netflix?

Who does 'Death Note' need to please? Manga fans, Japanese creators, whitewashing critics, Netflix?

“Death Note” director Adam Wingard doesn’t seem to mind the death threats he says he’s received from overzealous fans of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s original manga, about a supernatural book with the power to kill and the morally dubious teenager in whose possession it lands.

What really bothers the indie-horror veteran (“You’re Next,” “The Guest”), who opened his “Death Note” remake to mixed reviews from critics and fans over the weekend, are the angry manga mobs comparing the new Netflix thriller to a certain Hollywood studio remake that was woefully lost in translation.

“It’s kind of annoying when they say, ‘This is the next ‘Dragonball: Evolution,’” he said on a...

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