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This is the one-hundred and eightieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous one-hundred and seventy-nine.
COMIC LEGEND: An apparent murder in Belgium involved the popular manga series Death Note.
Death Note is an extremely popular manga series that appeared weekly in the popular manga anthology, ShÅnen Jump, from 2003 until the series ended in 2006.
Like every other super popular manga, Death Note has been turned into basically any and all other media outlet that you can think of – an anime series, a live-action movie, a novel, a video game (and of course, American translations of the trade collections of the manga).
Suffice to say, Death Note is a big deal.
It was created by writer Tsugumi Ohba, who collaborated on the series with artist Takeshi Obata.
The concept of the series is that this teenager in high school, Light Yagami, is given a magical notebook from a “death god” that allows Light to kill anyone whose name he writes down in the notebook (provided he – or whoever writes the name – can visualize the person, or else it might kill the wrong person who happens to share the same name – heck, try searching for “Brian Cronin” – there are a bunch of me’s out there!).
The catch phrase of the series (particularly the anime series) is that Light will refer to himself, basically as, “Killer” (“Kira” in Japanese). He will cry, “I am killer!”
Well, late last year in Belgium, someone ELSE decided that THEY were, in fact, “the Kira.”
In September of 2007 (just shy of October), in Belgium’s Duden Park, body parts of an unidentified Caucasian males were found. The lower abdomen and two thighs, to be precise.
Next to the body parts were two almost identical paper notes (the only difference was that each note had different colored lettering), both saying “Watashi wa Kira dess,” which is almost certainly a misspelling of the Japanese phrase “Watashi wa Kira desu,” which means, of course, “I am Killer!”
So yeah, some sick person left ACTUAL Death Notes with human body parts.
Pretty twisted, no?
The body has not been identified as of yet, and no one has reported anything worth noting about the identity of the victim or the identity of the killers.
One possible (not AS sick) theory involved the situation being a prank by local medical students, who would have had access to human body parts.
But it’s just as likely that there is a twisted killer out there leaving actual Death Notes.
And that royally creeps me out.
Thanks to Paul Blanshard, once again, for this suggestion! Back-to-back weeks for Paul!
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