L Lawliet (エル・ローライト) Profile *death note
Birthday: October 31, 1979
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 50 kg.
Blood type: unknown
Dislikes: Wearing Socks
L Lawliet (エル・ローライト), widely known by the letter L (エル Eru?), is the main antagonist in the manga and anime series Death Noteby Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Considered the world's greatest detective, he lives in secrecy. During the story, he acts as the main antagonist to Light Yagami, otherwise known as the mass-murderer "Kira". However, his popularity as a character inspired the release of a spin-off live-action filmL: Change the World and a novel adaption of said film where he is the main protagonist. The character of L is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in the anime, and portrayed by Kenichi Matsuyama in the films Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name and L: Change the World. He is dubbed by Alessandro Juliani across the English-language media. Since his introduction in the series, L's character has been praised by several manga and anime reviewers. -------------------------------------------------
Creation and conception
Tsugumi Ohba, the writers of the series, created L to represent justice, as a "super detective" who stands in Light's way. Since Ohba believed the story would not hold much interest if L were significantly older than Light, the character was created as a young adult. For L's name, he wanted to use a single letter with a lot of significance; he considered "I" and "J", but eventually chose "L" after careful consideration. The alias of "Ryuzaki" was given to him because of a previous murderer L had captured, who went by the name of "Rue Ryuzaki." Ohba said that he left everything about L's character design to Takeshi Obata, artist of the series. Obata asked Ohba if L could be "unattractive". Afterwards Ohba included ideas in his thumbnails, including L's manner of sitting, "he's English", and "he's listless". Ohba added details regarding L's mannerisms and his interests in sweets. Ohba credits Obata for the character designs. Obata commented that L's thumbnails by Ohba had no bags under his eyes, and that he had a "plain face with no expression" which was very useful. Obata drew L as an "attractive young man" until chapter 11, when the character appeared in person. After chapter 11 he decided to contrast his appearance with Light's appearance; Obata and Ohba shared this idea. Obata said that, during the development of the early manga chapters, he feared that L would appear "so suspicious that Light would know instantly it was L if they ever met". When Obata's editor told him that he wanted L to have a face "looking cool based on the angle", Obata added black bags under L's eyes. Obata cited Devilman's Akira Fudou when stating that he believed that black bags were appealing. In addition, Obata thought of a "dead eyes" concept, which involved L having "all-black eyes" and "mostly no eyebrows". Obata believes that black eyes usually makes a character goofier, but the bags "sharpen the character's gaze". Obata believes that the design evokes "a feeling of mystery" and that the reader cannot determine L's true thoughts. Obata also said that the bags under L's eyes were useful for inspiring speculation about his lifestyle and background. The outfit Obata designed for L was a "simple" white, long-sleeved shirt and jeans, to convey that L does not put thought into choosing his clothing. In Death Note 13: How to Read, Ohba presented an initial rough draft of L and said that, with a "cool expression" and without the bags under his eyes, L looked like a different person. Obata stated that the peculiar traits exhibited by L are best revealed "gradually". Obata added that if he drew L eating "mountains of sweets" before revealing his face, he would not have "much credibility as a super detective" and people would ask if he was "crazy". Both Ohba and Obata chose L as their favorite character from the series,...
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