Ooba:Like the "human-looking Ryuk" you mentioned before?
Obata: Yes. But in Death Note, shinigami are only minor characters watching from the sidelines, so it was better for them to not be human-looking or good-looking. And I never would've gone in that direction myself, so I believe the results turned out for the best. (Source)
Looks like Beyond Birthday and Mello got together and gave birth to that. scary. i can already imagine the Yaoi fan girls shitting bricks everytime someone gets that thing together with Light or L.