Currently, the tag reads as follows:

Questions regarding the manga and anime adaptation of Death Note

Note that this tag is currently used only 7 times, so it's not very popular.

But with the recent release of an American live adaptation, there arises the question: how to properly tag it?

The storyline diverges a lot between main material and the 2017 movie, so a new tag might be justified. But then remain the cases of the other movies, video games, and potential future adaptations.

Updating the current tag to include movies and games might be simpler, seeing its low usage.

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    death-note-2017 - simple and unambiguous. Sep 2, 2017 at 20:29

1 Answer 1


We have a couple of choices here.

  1. We could simply expand the tag definition to include the movie as well;

    ("Questions regarding the manga, anime and other adaptations of Death Note")


  2. We could create a new tag for the film - to distinguish it.

Given that there are likely to be more questions about the film than about the Manga or Anime combined and given that the film is not going to be a faithful rendition of the manga (unlike the anime which was pretty close), an entirely new tag seems the wise route to go down.

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    title-year is our naming convention, so #2 is the right answer. We've also used it for other Netflix titles
    – user31178
    Sep 3, 2017 at 0:40
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    It's not a series - it's a feature-length film. though I think folks who made it are still considering a sequel. Sep 3, 2017 at 14:17
  • @Gallifreyan - Oops. Shoulda looked harder
    – Valorum
    Sep 3, 2017 at 14:19
  • I myself only learned that the day after the release. Sep 3, 2017 at 14:23
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    #1 seems more reasonable. We don't have separate tag for the 2006 movie either. Maybe we could add 'movie' or 'parody' tag if we want to discuss the 2017 adaptation.
    – user68762
    Sep 3, 2017 at 14:56
  • @D.O.B.Y2.0 ouch!
    – SQB
    Sep 3, 2017 at 18:46
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    @D.O.B.Y2.0 Our tagging policy is each individual work gets its own tag. #1 ignores that. We could use death-note as a franchise tag, but the new movie needs its own, too, minimum.
    – user31178
    Sep 4, 2017 at 13:25
  • @CreationEdge oh? That's good news. I didnt know we had a clearly defined policy on tags.
    – user68762
    Sep 4, 2017 at 13:29
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    If a question is specifically about the movie, and not "Death Note" as a whole, it should be using a "death-note-2017" tag. You wouldn't want every question about Star Wars to be using just a "Star Wars" tag, after all. Sep 4, 2017 at 14:05
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    @Creationedge - Our policy is that each work can have its own tag, not necessarily that they all do.
    – Valorum
    Sep 4, 2017 at 14:06
  • @Valorum all book works apparently have their own, and many to most movies, although I think there is a policy that says they all should.
    – Edlothiad
    Sep 4, 2017 at 17:08
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    @valorum No, the policy is all works should have their own tag, but we've grandfathered in some exceptions, or outright allow general exceptions, for things like trilogies, or individual runs of comic books (we generally collapse to the main character).
    – user31178
    Sep 4, 2017 at 23:00
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    @CreationEdge - Clicky-link, please
    – Valorum
    Sep 4, 2017 at 23:07
  • this seems to be related
    – JAD
    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:01
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    Same one we bring up every time there's a discussion on individual works... scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/7924/31178
    – user31178
    Sep 7, 2017 at 21:02

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