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It feels rather odd to say that this is the most humorous episode of the Death Note drama thus far. Tensions are definitely growing high between Light and L, and throwing Misa into the mix only intensifies it. That is not say that this is a bad episode, but you can’t help but unintentionally laugh at some of the absurdity that develops. While it could be that things feel a bit lighter, Death Note doesn’t pull its punches on the developing plot, which is no laughing matter.
The episode begins with the detectives at the Kira Countermeasures Headquarters looking over the Kira letter while L watches Light’s interaction with Misa, whose name seems familiar to Soichiro. Misa starts to drop hints about her activities with the Death Note, so out of desperation, Light kisses her and softly instructs her to leave so they can meet elsewhere. The two meet at a nearby park where Light tells her about L’s surveillance cameras and asks how she found him. Misa explains that she cannot see the lifespan of Death Note owners, so when he went to a concert and could only see his name, she inferred that he was Kira. Back at headquarters, L shares his theory that there is a Second Kira with the detectives, explaining that many recent heart attack victims were criminals who committed lesser crimes and that the true Kira wouldn’t need to send such a message to the media. They also believe that this Kira can only kill with just a name, making him more powerful than the first Kira.
Back at the park, Light tries to convince Misa to give up her Death Note and go back to her normal life. She seems to refuse this idea, bringing up the fact that Kira killed the man who killed her parents, but the conversation is cut short by a call from Misa’s manager. Back at the headquarters, Soichiro remembers that Light knows about Misa through the Yukida incident, but remembers that he died in a car accident. He tells this to L, who seems to put doubt in his mind about the man’s death. Later on, Light talks to Ryuk, believing that he can use Misa’s eyes to kill L. However, Ryuk teases Light, believing that she could be his downfall.
What are Light’s feelings towards Misa?
Light’s feelings towards Misa seem rather moot. While he did go to a lot of her concerts, it seems that he’s more there to hang out with his friends. As an actual person, Light doesn’t know much about Misa, and from this first meeting, probably finds her as an annoyance. And while she does appear to be loyal to Kira, Light cannot confirm that to be totally true, and she could be a liability for his cause later on. This is very similar to the manga, although that version of Light was much more on the offensive when he first meets with Misa.
The next day, at the police station, Soichiro starts to investigate into Yukida’s death. While Light is in class, Misa comes to visit him, wanting to talk about her “treasure”. Back at the park, Misa gives Light her notebook, saying that he is only her hiding place for it, but she is still the owner so she gets to keep her Shinigami Eyes. Misa says she idolizes Light for doing what the law couldn’t do when it came to punishing her parent’s killer. Rem explains that her notebook originally belonged to Gelus, a Shinigami that fell in love with Misa. When Misa’s life was in danger, Gelus wrote down Yukida’s name in his notebook to save her, and because he did so to avoid her fated death, he turned to dust and “died”. Misa brings up that she and Light should “date”, so that their current relationship doesn’t seems suspicious. When Light gets back to his bedroom, he takes notice of a camera. Before he finds it, L calls him and invites him to the Kira Countermeasures Office as well as tell him where the rest of the cameras are located. When they hang up, L instructs the detectives there not to say anything about the possibility of a Second Kira in order to test Light.
When Light arrives at the headquarters, he is introduced to Aizawa and Himura under their pseudonyms before having him read through the Kira letter that was broadcasted. Light catches on that this must be a test and says he believes it’s the work of another Kira. The detectives believe this to be proof that Light isn’t Kira since he would want to hide the information from them, but L is reluctant to let go of his suspicions. L decides that the police should send a fake Kira message, hoping that it draws out both Kiras to respond. When discussing if this fake Kira should say anything about L appearing on TV, Light decides to earn L’s trust by saying it’s better to tell the Second Kira to cancel his appearance. The message is broadcasted the next day, saying that this Second Kira should not to act so selfishly. Light gives Misa instructions on how to give the Second Kira’s next message. He also tells her that if either of them were caught, they can’t bring up each other or the existence of the Death Notes. Misa agrees to this, going so far in saying that if she’s caught, he can kill her.
What are Misa’s feelings for Light?
Misa’s feelings towards Light feel very different than what has originally been seen. In the manga, Misa does idolize Kira, but when she does meet Light, she says that she fell in love with him. She wants to become his girlfriend for a purly selfish reason, and even shows signs of jealousy when he is around other girls. In this drama, it seems that her feelings towards Light are solely based on the fact that he is Kira. She seems to have devoted herself to Kira and want to help his cause, with any idea of “romantic” love being a cover, although there are hints of her feeling something deeper for Light.
That night, Teru Mikami (the lawyer Misa met with in episode 1) leaves a message on a Kira Facebook page, wishing luck to the two Kiras. L gets news from Watari that Near has disappeared. It is revealed that Near is in Japan, watching the Second Kira’s message, saying that he will cancel L’s TV appearance but he will continue to judge those Kira hasn’t judged. L feels that because their previous message did not draw out the real Kira, their plan has failed. Light brings up that the two of them should hang out and hands him a ticket for an Ichigo Berry concert for the next day. When Light leaves, Soichiro gets a call about Yukida, explaining that witnesses say he seemed to have a heart attack before he was hit by a car. He tells L this information, who seems to see this as new evidence for the case.
What is Mikami’s role in all of this?
While he was briefly introduced in the first episode, it wasn’t completely clear what kind of role he will play. Would he be important to the plot or just a cameo for fans of the original series? In the manga, Mikami shows up after a time skip of several years and Light uses him to act as Kira for a while. With how things have played out in the drama thus far, it seems that Mikami is devoted to Kira and has kept his own tabs on the various deaths of criminals, covering it up as being work-related. With him playing a bit more of a presence, it’s possible that he may play a bigger role in the future, with a window definitely opening up if they still follow the outline of the source material.
The next day, L shows up at the concert and tells Light that if he dies within the next few days, the detectives are instructed to assume he is Kira. Light sneaks away to call Misa, telling her that the man dressed in white next to him is L. However, when he gets inside, there are a lot of men dressed similar to L. Light is able to find him and the two discuss the Second Kira’s video from the day before. L believes that the two Kiras have connected since a lot of what was said felt redundant. Because of the message, L tells Light that his suspicion of being Kira is low, and that he’s his first real friend. When the concert starts, there is an announcement that Misa is unable to perform. L tells Light that Misa is under suspicion of being the Second Kira, starting from the basis of Yukida’s death being a heart attack. L leaves Light, telling him that finding out Kira’s identity will either clear Light of his 1% suspicion or bring it up to 100%. The episode ends on Misa in constraints, a blinder in front of her eyes, and in solitary.
Does L truly trust Light?
It’s very clear that L is unable to let go of the idea that Light is Kira. While the other detectives will take any bit of evidence as his innocence, L keeps entertaining the possibility of Light’s guilt. With taking in Misa as the Second Kira, it’s possible that he finds it suspicious that she comes into his life at around the time the Second Kira appears. Ever since the death of the FBI agents, L has played on the offensive and refuses to let up, so this next step only makes sense if he still believes that Light committed these murders.
What do you think will happen next?
From the previews shown, Death Note will probably follow closely to the original arc that involves Light giving up ownership of the Death Note. However, instead of Rem taking the Death Note to a member of the Yotsuba group (like in the manga), I feel that it’s going to end up in Mikami’s hands. How Rem chooses Mikami to do this task is still a bit up in the air, since he seems mostly independent from the main action of the series. And there is also the matter of Near, whose actions are completely unpredictable. It’ll be interesting to see how he affects the story if he is able to find L and attempt to work on the case, especially with his motives still shaky.
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