When it comes to Netflix's Death Note versus the anime, it stands to reason many viewers feel nothing will live up to the original's glory. After all, many of the series's original aspects never appear in the Netflix Death Note. Most Death Note reviews do not favor the live action film.
In fact one issue arose the moment they revealed the cast - Death Note is yet another anime adaptation that whitewashes its characters. Because the Netflix version is a movie rather than episodic anime or manga, major plot holes exist, character development feels inconsistent, and it fails to capture the tension that made the original so engaging. The anime tackles age-old questions about the hubris of man and the meaning of justice, while the film's characters feel as if they are embodying an edgy trope. That might have flown on its own, but when made in the image of such classic anime, it was only ever going to crash and burn.