Animenewsnetwork - The Death Note live action show has had steadily decreasing viewership numbers in its native Japan. One writer for Yahoo! Japan thinks it's because of Kento Yamazaki's unconvincing portrayal of L. I don't completely disagree with her; while Yamazaki has improved from earlier episodes, he's still unconvincing compared to his anime counterpart. Some of that's also due to writing changes, removing what made his character compelling by making him sexier and less socially awkward. Either way, it makes his famous head games with Light far less fun to watch.