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'The Simpsons' Goes Full Anime For Halloween Parody Special Of 'Death Note'

Set to premiere on 30 October, the episode falls in line with a seasonal episode special within the series known as 'Treehouse of Horror'.

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The Simpsons annual Treehouse of Horror series-within-the-series is back — and this time, they're repping a new genre of animation

Often referred to as The Simpsons Halloween Specials, the Treehouse of Horror series is a special anthology for the Halloween-themed episode in the season.

After the first instalment of the series aired in 1990, each episode typically consists of three self-contained segments within a singular episode, and revolves around the titular family's involvement in some comical horror, supernatural forces, or science fiction setting. 

For the 2022 version of Treehouse of Horror, the show is set to depict the first two-part anthology, making it the first time in The Simpsons history that the show has two episodes, instead of one, in a single season.

One of the segments that'll be featured sees a complete shift in animation style, with The Simpsons going full anime in dedication to the classic Japanese horror series, Death Note.

First look at Lisa Simpson in the parody for the episode.

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Teasing a few clips which show numerous characters in their anime form, the segment is said to follow Lisa Simpson after she discovers the "Death Note" book

For those who are unfamiliar with the original Death Note manga-turned-anime series, the story follows the central character of Light, a teen who discovers a notebook known as "Death Note", and grants the user a supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. The overall premise sees Light attempt to use Death Note as a tool to murder individuals he deems immoral to create a safer world.

The special parody for The Simpsons counterpart sees Lisa taking on Light's protagonist role, while her other family members make appearances throughout the segment as well. In one scene, Mr Burns can be seen having dinner with Marge and Homer in their home.

Krusty the Clown is also a reimagined counterpart of shinigami Ryuk, the God of Death who follows Light around in the original series.

South Korean animation house, DR Movie, is said to have assisted in the production of this segment for The Simpsons, to provide a more authentic feel to classic Japanese anime.

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Here are more screen grabs taken from sneak peeks of the upcoming episode:

The other two segments for the 2022 episode is said to include spoof versions of the Babadook tale and Westworld

With this year's Treehouse of Horror being described as a 'return to form' version for the anthology, some of the best classics made into segments from past episodes include the Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and many more.

'The Amityville Horror' spoof for the first-ever episode of Treehouse of Horror (1990).

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'Poltergeist' spoof for the first-ever episode of Treehouse of Horror (1990).

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Treehouse of Horror Episode XIII (2002).

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Check out a couple of sneak peek clips from the episode before it drops on 30 October:

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