The Simpsons anime makeover has to be seen to be believed

After three decades, The Simpsons still manages to surprise us. The long-running series is known for its experimentation, sometimes taking surreal turns. But just when we thought it might have run out of ideas, it delivered a surprising Halloween makeover that a fan might have inspired with the idea.

The Simpsons is famous for its Halloween specials, and this year’s offering is a win-win. One of the installments in the latest Treehouse of Horror anthology gave the Simpsons a completely authentic anime makeover. Fans have been in awe ever since we got our initial glimpses online — in fact, it looks like the idea may even have been inspired by a piece of fan art (for a few pointers on your own work, check out our character design tips) see).

The Simpsons Halloween Special Has a Tribute to Death Note (Image credit: The Simpsons)

The Simpsons anime makeover is a tribute to the Japanese manga series Death Note. Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the original series follows a teenage genius who discovers a notebook that gives the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages.

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