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The Simpsons is the latest TV show to create its take on Japanese anime in its upcoming tribute to Death Note.
South Korean animation studio DR Movie animated the parody episode titled ‘Treehouse of Horror XXXIII’ scheduled to air Sunday, revealed The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman.
In a podcast interview with Four Finger Discount last week, Selman said the episode is “legit anime.”
“[The episode] is animated by this fantastic animation company called DR Movie, who executed The Simpsons universe in pitch-perfect Death Note anime style,” he said.
Footage of the episode was leaked on social media on Oct. 25, causing stir among fans. The leaked clip shows The Simpsons’ character Lisa Simpson discovering the Death Note, called the Death Tome in the parody.
October 26, 2022
In July, Selman hinted that this year’s Halloween episode will parody Stephen King’s horror novel IT and the anime adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note manga.
The official Simpsons Twitter account revealed the poster for the episode in September, showing Lisa drawn in anime style with the iconic Death Note shinigami Ryuk.
This would not be the first time the US TV show gave a nod to anime and Japanese pop culture. In 2014’s Halloween episode, the Simpsons family was reincarnated into various versions of themselves, including parodies of Attack on Titan, Naruto, Pokémon, Bleach, One Piece, and Spirited Away. The series has also parodied Godzilla and Pokémon Go.
The episode will air on Oct. 30 and will be the second of three segments. The other two will be a Babadook homage starring Marge Simpson, and a Westworld parody.