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At the end of last week, we saw L in a very defeated state with all the FBI agents in Japan dead. As well, Light is faced with the question of who is the mysterious Second Kira, knowing that he has the Shinigami Eyes. With the drama building, we begin this week with a new Death Note rule reveled in the intro: “The human who touches the Death Note can recognize the image and voice of the original owner, a god of death, even if the human is not the owner of the note”.
The episode begins with L and the Kira taskforce discussing the death of FBI agent Mark Dwellton and the little audio they have of his conversation with Kira. As the taskforce is ready to avenge the deaths of the FBI agents, L urges them to wait for he is setting up something. Also during this time, Light begins to write names in the Death Note one week in advance, in case he is unable to do so. He also starts leaving a slip of paper in his bedroom door to see if anyone enters his room when he is gone. As he leaves his house, a van pulls up carrying Watari and a group of people in suits. While at school, Light ponders about the intentions of the Second Kira, and why he didn’t reveal himself after killing Dwellton. After a photoshoot, Misa feels some burden of having the Shinigami Eyes, and said she only wanted them to find Kira. Rem is against her even approaching Kira, believing that he will kill her because she is so well known.
At the taskforce, L reveals that he has narrowed down his Kira suspects to two families that Mark Dwellton followed and has installed surveillance cameras in both households. The families are Chief Superintendent Goda’s and Soichiro Yagami’s. Such an act is illegal in Japan and the task force wish to uninstall the cameras and listening devices, but Soichiro says to continue down this road, believing it will prove the innocence of both families. When Light returns home, he sees the slip of paper still in his door, but suspects L may have installed something in his room. Outside his house, Light tells Ryuk that the slip of paper is a decoy, and the real test was with his door knob. The fact that the person put the paper back means that it was some sort of professional who went into his room, since his family probably wouldn’t have noticed the paper. With all the preparations Light has made, he figures that he can go ten days under surveillance without any issue. He decides to use Ryuk’s love for apples to convince him to look for all of the cameras in his room.
Why does Ryuk love apples so much?
Ryuk is a Shinigami of simple wants, one of those being apples. In the manga, he seems to enjoy them because they’re so “juicy”, unlike the apples that are from the Shinigami realm. The manga also reveals that he has become addicted to them and will even start having withdrawal symptoms if he doesn’t heat the regularly. The apple itself is a symbol for something more. With all the Christian symbolism that was in the original series, the apple can represent the fruit that tempted Adam and Eve, giving them the knowledge of the world. In the same way, the Death Note tempted Light and has lead him down this path.
L tells the taskforce that two weeks of watching both families should be enough time to expose Kira and they should have no bias on who to watch. Once both families are watching TV, a news report airs, saying that the ICPO has sent 1500 people to Japan to find Kira. Light figures that L is watching and explains to Sayu that this might just be something to shake Kira up. After another criminal’s death, L tells his taskforce that this criminal’s capture was reported in the morning, and Kira can set time of death, so no one is innocent. The only way to truly tell if someone is Kira is whether or not criminals reported on the news die while watching both families, as well as if any family member having any knowledge of the criminals reported on television or the Internet. Matsuda makes note that while they’re told to have no bias, L seems to only be focusing on Light.
At school, Light ponders on how he can kill criminals reported on the news without L knowing he watch the news. At the Kira taskforce, Soichiro tells the group that they have been scaled back, but should continue with their surveillance. When they monitor the families, Light hasn’t turned on his computer or television and has been studying for hours. Aizawa bursts in saying that two criminals reveled on the evening news have died of heart attacks, and the cameras confirm that not a single person in both households saw that news report. We then see that Light has put a small device that is streaming the news in a potato chip bag along with a pen and a piece of the Death Note. While the taskforce believes that both families are proven innocent, L still wishes to continue surveillance, which causes an uproar. L says for everyone to return home, but Soichiro stays, asking why he suspects his son so much. L tells him that he believe Kira’s first victim died when Soichiro was being held up by a criminal two months prior. When Soichiro returns home, he talks with Light about his view of Kira. While he believes that Kira is evil, he admits that the true evil is the ability to kill.
L begins to closely examine the footage of Light in his room, even ignoring a phone call from Near. He tells Watari he will be going outside tomorrow. There is a cut to Mello, telling Near to team up with Kira to kill L, but Near is against this. The next day, when Light gets to school, he notices that people are crowding around a new student. Light recognizes the stranger’s voice right away and even introduces himself as L in front of the class. He offers him the same kind of chips that Light was eating the night before, and challenges Light to a tennis match. If Light wins the match, L will tell him his real name, but if L wins, he will ask one favor of Light. During the game, Light wonders if this person really is L, and concludes that he will suspect he’s Kira if he wins or loses. Light does end up winning and L reveals his name to be Hideki Ryuga, which is the same name as a famous pop idol. Light immediately knows that the name is fake, and even if he wrote the name, he may accidently kill the idol instead of L. When the two are alone, L tells Light that he is a suspect in the Kira case, but also says that his one favor would be for the two to be friends.
How could Light “accidently” kill someone?
One of the main rules of the notebook is having the face of the person in mind while the name is being written. This is to prevent other needless deaths of people with the same name. Even if that was L’s real name, Light knows what Ryuga looks like. So if he were to write his name in the notebook, there would be a chance that the pop idol would appear in his mind and he would die. The death of Ryuga would also tell L that Light is Kira, since it would be proof that there was some sort of attempt to kill L.
When Light is alone, he reflects on what his father says, and tells Ryuk that he blessed by the Death Note, not cursed, but Ryuk couldn’t care less. At another crime scene, Aizawa reports another heart attack victim, this time the criminal was a peeping tom. When L returns back to headquarters, there is a set up with a list of recently deceased Kira victims, all of which having committed lesser crimes. When Rem asks Misa about her actions with the Death Note, she says it’s to show Kira that she is on his side. L notices that these criminals were not reported on the TV or Internet, where Kira usually gets his information. Suddenly, Aizawa and Matsuda enter with a threatening letter sent by Kira to the police and several news stations. They turn on the TV to see a woman explaining that the Kira note is genuine since it predicted two criminal deaths. There is a quick cut to Light, who believes this to be the work of the Second Kira. The newswoman goes on to read Kira’s letter, which explains that Kira’s ideals are to live in a peaceful world and to work with the police along with mass media. If the police choose to cooperate with Kira, then major members of the police force as well as L should appear on television to say they will assist Kira.
Soichiro tells everyone that the police are holding a press conference after the broadcast, but L is against it, even though they are using fake names. He believes that since the criminals who recently died were not broadcast anywhere, Kira now can only kill with a face. The superintendent appears on television saying that the police will not work with Kira, which causes Misa to write his name in her notebook and he dies of a heart attack. The Kira taskforce is monitoring the Yagami residence during the broadcast, and conclude that there is no way they’re Kira. At the end of the episode, Misa Amane appears at the Yagami’s front door, and asks Light what color “his” is. She pushes his hand into her bag, touching her Death Note, which allows him to see Rem. Misa hurries to Light’s room as he remembers that the cameras are still in his house.
What does L introducing himself to Light mean?
In many variations of Death Note, the first meeting of L and Light are very small and really between the two. In the manga/anime, they meet at a college ceremony, but they whisper to each other. At the end of the Death Note live action film, they meet at the very end in a museum. This time around, their meeting is very public. While most of the students overhearing him would probably think that he’s joking, Light knows too well to write it off. This is the first time in the story that L takes charge and leads an offensive attack. Even if it were to end up with his death, L feels that this move would help expose Light as being Kira.
What will happen next?
It’s interesting to see how Light will deal with the camera situation with Misa, since he can’t come out and say what’s really going on. While she might be a powerful ally to Light, it seems that Rem may be standing in his way of full control. The taskforce seem to be growing some sort of resentment against L, which may cause a great deal of damage in their relationship. This may lead all parties involved to not think rationally, and could lead to disastrous results.
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