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The Death Note franchise is proving to be ironically long-lived. Starting off as a manga in 2003, the saga of Light Yagami and his supernatural notebook that allows him to kill whoever he wants just be writing down his or her name has been adapted into an anime series and trilogy of live-action films, and there’s even a Death Note musical in the works.

This last Sunday saw the debut of a brand-new Death Note Japanese TV drama, and you can read our personal impressions of the show right here. In the meantime, it looks like the general viewing public was really excited by the premiere episode, but not because of its casting or changes to the original story, but because of a set-decorating coincidence.

During the first episode of the Death Note drama, a criminal, on the run from the police, holes up inside a home. Considering how one of the central themes of the franchise is the morality of using the titular Death Note to single-handedly execute society’s undesirables, we’re guessing the situation doesn’t end well for the crook.

As the camera follows him inside the building, many viewers found their hearts pounding with surprised excitement. But it wasn’t just the anticipation of Light’s swift and terrible justice that had their pulses racing, but the fact that they were seeing their curtains on the screen.

▼ “The curtains where the criminal is hiding out in Death Note and the ones in my room are the same!”

It wasn’t just one or two Twitter users was true for, either.

So why do so many people have these drapes? Well, it turns out the show’s set designers picked out a pattern from Nitori, one of Japan’s most popular low-priced furniture and interior furnishing chains.

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It’s not too much of a stretch to think that many of the viewers who tuned in for the first episode of the Death Note drama were fans of the anime or manga, both of which are generally younger people’s hobbies. At the same time, thanks to its budget-friendly products, a lot of Nitori’s customers are also young adults or college students, meaning there’s potentially a lot of crossover between the demographics of Nitori shoppers and Death Note viewers. And because Nitori touts the drapes’ ability to block out sunlight and keep your home cool during the summer, plenty of Twitter users had them hanging when the drama made its July premiere.

But while plenty of fans were happy to have a connection to the new show, some were a little startled.

▼ “It freaked me out that the curtains in Death Note are the same as mine.”

Still, if you’d like to decorate your home with these machine-washable Death Note drapes, you can order them from Nitori right here, with prices starting at just 1,334 yen (US$11). However, we recommend leaving at least one part of your home different from the drama’s set, just to remind yourself that you haven’t actually been sucked into the world of Light’s deadly game.

▼ Drying a bunch of laundry in front of them should do the trick.

Source: IT Media
Top image: Twitter/@86kunn
Insert image: Nitori