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Matsuda Spinoff

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The Man who was Made a Fool by L the Most - Detective Matsuda's Case File
Based on
Death Note
  • Tsugumi Ohba
  • Takeshi Obata
Written byKiyomi Fuji
Directed byHideo Nakata
  • Sota Aoyama
  • Kenichi Matsuyama
  • Miyuki Komatsu
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of series1
No. of episodes1
Running time16 min
Original networkNippon TV
Original release
  • February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Preceded byDeath Note 2: The Last Name
Followed byL: Change the WorLd

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The Man who was Made a Fool by L the Most - Detective Matsuda's Case File (最もLにバカにされた男~松田刑事の事件ファイル), alternatively known as Spin Off Matsuda (スピンオフ松田) is a 2008 TV special that's part of the Death Note live-action film series. It focuses on Touta Matsuda and his struggle to come to terms with the end of the Kira investigation and with L's impending death.

Matsuda was originally suppose to be in the film L: Change the WorLd, and actor Sota Aoyama reprised his role for filming. However, Matsuda's scenes and subplot were entirely cut. All the scenes that were cut from the film were later used to create the TV special along with some newly filmed footage.[1]


Matsuda's signature is needed on some final documents to wrap up the Kira case. Despite Sanami's encouragement, Matsuda refuses to sign. He doesn't understand Light or L's sense of justice, and he lacks closure. Sanami slips him a note from Soichiro Yagami telling him to go visit Ryuzaki.

Matsuda visits L, bringing him a slice of cake. Matsuda is upset and wants to understand why L continues to work despite his life ending in just a few weeks, but L doesn't offer an explanation and appears unmoved by Matsuda's outburst.

Matsuda leaves and calls Soichiro to tell him he visited and he lost his temper. A crepe truck stops beside Matsuda in the street, and the driver brings him crepes along with a note from L. L tells him to eat sugar so he'll have more brain power, ending the note by calling Matsuda "you idiot." Matsuda exclaims, "L, you Hyottoko guy!" as Matsuda eats the crepes and breaks down crying, upset that L is still carry on knowing that he only has 23 days left to live.


  • Sota Aoyama as Touta Matsuda
  • Miyuki Komatsu as Sanami
  • Kenichi Matsuyama as L / Ryuzaki
  • Tanaka Tadashi as Crepe Seller
  • Nakahara Takeo as Director Matsubara


It premiered on television on February 8, 2008 in Japan as TV special.[2] It was later released as an extra on the three-disc L: Change the WorLd Complete Set DVD collection.


  1. "Death Note Film Spinoff for Matsuda to Air in Japan". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  2. "Did You Know About the Canon Matsuda Spin-Off Movie?". Death Note News. Retrieved 2020-12-15.

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