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Light and Ryuk meet in Death Note clip from San Diego Comic-Con

The film gets surprise premiere tonight

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Death Note, the popular manga-turned-anime created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, represents the network’s next big leap into genre programming.

To celebrate the movie, which will be released next month, Netflix brought along a new clip, which was shown during its presentation at San Diego Comic-Con today. It can be seen above.

Light, the story’s anti-hero, has his first encounter with the death god Ryuk in the two-minute scene. The pair soon forge a partnership as Ryuk gives Light the power to kill anyone he wants to with nothing but a pen and a name.

Netflix has released a handful of other trailers for Death Note already, which has concerned fans of the original anime and manga. From disappointment with the whitewashed lead cast, to turning the story into an action-horror movie instead of remaining true to the original’s psychological thriller elements, people haven’t kept quiet about how frustrated they are with what has been shown so far.

The movie, which is being directed by Adam Wingard, is slated to be released on Aug. 25.

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