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Following up the last-minute twists of the last week, the third episode of Death Note really doesn’t waste any time examining what happens next. Before the episode even truly begins, we are shown another rule in the introduction that will play a major role in this week’s events: “Even if you do not actually possess the Death Note, the effect will be the same if you can recognize the person and his/her name to place in the blank”. While this particular episode can be considered the most fateful to the source material so far, it still has plenty of new things to keep viewers watching.
The episode opens right where we left off; L is on the phone with Light, explaining that his suspicion of him being Kira is based on the hypothesis that he may have manipulated Osodera into hijacking the bus and use that to get the FBI agent’s name. Once he hangs up, L tells Raye to keep following Light, and that once Kira is captured, he will be free to marry his fiancée. Once Light gets home, he has a breakdown, believing he has been caught and police are coming to arrest him. Ryuk tells him that the only way for Kira to survive is to kill those who are trying to capture him, which includes his father. Soichiro comes home with another officer who has come to question Light, who seems prepared to write a name in his notebook. The tension clears once the other officer brings up that his visit is about Yukida, who attacked Amane and died in a car accident. Light’s phone number was the last incoming call Yukida received before he died. Light says that the two met once, as fans of Amane, and is informed that Misa is alright. Once Soichiro leaves, Light is left to wonder why his father didn’t say anything about L or Kira while Ryuk wonders why Misa is still alive.
Why do they still refer to the FBI agent as “Raye”, even though it’s a fake name?
On a storytelling perspective, giving the FBI agent the name Raye makes it easier for the creators to identify him to the audience until his name is revealed. As well, in the show, it is also a safety measure between him and whoever he talks to, since he doesn’t want his real name out there. It’s similar to when Watari calls L by his alias, even though he probably knows his real name. When you’re dealing with someone who can kill with only a face and a name, so every kind of precaution must be taken.
The next morning, Light notices that he is still being followed by Raye, which leads him to think that maybe L was baiting him. He then realizes that the only way L can catch Kira is if he has proof. At the police headquarters, the Chief Superintendent is baffled that Soichiro won’t inform him of the location of the Kira Countermeasure’s Office, and even tells him that his daughter received a phone call from L, asking if she was Kira. When the Kira task force meets with L later on, Soichiro asks about the call, and discovers that L has called those who have made some kind of contact with the FBI agents, which is a total of 21 people. During this time, Watari passes out fake IDs for the agents to use as a precaution. L asks Soichiro about his relationship with Light, which doesn’t seem to be too good. At the same time, Light is at home, and seems to be sanding a piece of wood. Ryuk makes note of a transceiver that Light has. It was bought by his father when he was a kid, which has Light flashback to when they would play “cops and robbers” with each other. He then tells Ryuk “…there was a time I admired cops. Once I realized the job wasn’t like that, I lost my dream…Dreams are just about self-satisfaction. Everyone has a mission in life”.
It is revealed that Light was making a hiding place for the Death Note, using the piece of wood as a false-bottom. The only way to open it is with the cartridge of a ballpoint pen through a hole in the bottom, and a bag of oil will light on fire if it’s not done in this fashion. In more tests, Light has also found that he cannot use the Death Note to kill a third party, which means he cannot use Raye to kill L. Later on, Ryuk tells Light that for half of his remaining lifespan, he can have the eyes of a Shinigami, which means he can see anyone’s name and lifespan. The next day, Light has an epiphany on how he can use Cathy Campbell, the girl he saw in the photo with Raye, to kill all the agents in Japan. At this time, he also refuses Ryuk’s deal for the Shinigami Eyes. As Light plans, Ryuk notice’s his grin and says “That’s Kira’s face you’ve got on”. There is a cut to Near talking with Mello about catching Kira before L does. Near doesn’t want to do it because she feels it wouldn’t make L happy, and that Mello would probably kill Kira if they did catch him.
On the way to an Ichigo Berry concert, Light uses his friends as cover to look for a place that has no surveillance cameras. He finds that there are two cafés next to each other that don’t have cameras, and you can make reservations at one of them. When Raye gets a call from L, he notes that may be he’s wrong about his suspicions of Kira, but is cautious because Light did see the name of his fiancée. At the concert, there seems to be a weird connection between Misa on stage and Light in the audience. Afterwards, Misa writes down his name on the napkin, asking how the name is supposed to be read. When Light gets home, he finds that his father is there and he wants to talk. Light reveals that he got a “prank call” from someone claiming to be L, which causes Soichiro to confess that he is working with L and the call is real. Light urges Soichiro to quit the dangerous case, but he refuses to step down, that it is his “mission” to protect normal citizens. Soichiro tells Light that if anything were to happen to him, that he wanted him to take care of Sayu.
Why is Misa wondering how to read Light’s name?
This is brought up in the original manga, when Misa first notices Light. The kanji used to write out his name is “Night” and “God” for Yagami and “Moon” for Light, which is pronounced as “Tsuki”. It’s common for a Japanese name to be written one way, but read differently. The kanji for his name could also reflect his sinister nature in the manga, especially with an emphasis on “God”.
Light is able to lose Raye at a public restroom, leaving behind a café reservation card in the name of “Cathy Campbell”. Raye goes to the café, and at the reserved table, he finds a paper bag with a transceiver, a pen, and envelopes with slits cut out with paper inside. Light communicates to him as Kira through a voice scrambler, and has him ask another agent for the files of those who are in Japan. L can listen in through another mic on Raye, seeing this as an opportunity to learn how Kira kills, but Light notices he is talking with someone else, and orders Raye to take it off. There is a flashback to the night before, where Light is writing descriptions of death, which are the same pages in the envelopes. He has found that a name written later on for the description will die in accordance to what it says (calling back to the rule seen at the beginning of the episode), and that pages ripped from the Death Note will still work. When he is done writing names, he tells Raye to write his name in a red highlighted slip, which has instructions for him to take the paper-bag to an abandoned factory and die there.
Why doesn’t Raye suspect Light at this point?
It really bugged me that Raye didn’t just assume that Light was Kira, since he had been trailing him until he reached the public restroom. He even goes to a café that Light was at a few scenes ago. There can be a few explanations for this; one being that Raye doesn’t necessarily remember this café. While he is an FBI agent, he is also a foreigner to this country, and probably wouldn’t remember certain landmarks, especially if it had been days since he visited there. Also, it is briefly noted that he is also following the Super Intendent’s family, so Light isn’t the only one connected to him. Another thing to add is that he feels that Cathy is in danger, which causes him to think and act in an irrational manor. Still, none of this would stop L from suspecting Light, who would have known Light went missing again because of the microphone connected to Raye, and that Kira would happen to leave something behind in a public bathroom that would only specifically be attributed to him.
Soichiro bursts into L’s headquarters to find out that 5 agents have already died of heart attacks. L reveals that one agent was contacted by Kira, and has traced his location. At the abandoned factory, Light finds Raye’s body on the floor, but finds out he is alive after trying to retrieve the paper bag. Raye pulls a gun on Light, saying he has to die so his fiancée won’t live in fear, but dies of a sudden heart attack. Light is able to escape just before Soichiro shows up, during which we see Misa in the background with her own Death Note. At L’s headquarters, Watari tells L that all the agents in Japan are dead, and that the FBI will no longer be attached to the Kira investigation, in which L admits defeat. When Ryuk appears in front of Light, he says that he didn’t save his life, but it was the work of a second Kira. There is a cut to Misa’s room, where Rem makes note that she is finally using her eyes and Death Note. Misa reveals that when she saw Light at the concert, she could not see Light’s lifespan, and figured he must be Kira. Saving his life from the FBI agent, who is revealed to be named Mark Dwellton, was thanks for avenging her family. The episode ends on L sitting alone, proclaiming that he will catch Kira.
Why couldn’t Misa see Light’s lifespan?
The reason for this is a bit overlooked in this episode, and will probably be pointed out later on, but without this information, audience members watching might be a bit confused. In the original manga, Misa was able to find Light in a similar fashion; that is, not being able to see his remaining lifespan, and she cannot see her own. One of the rules reveals this as: “…By possessing the Death Note, an individual gains the ability to kill and stops being a victim. From this point, a person with a Death Note cannot see the life span of other Death Note owners, including him/herself…”. They are sort of the same as Shinigami, who cannot see the lifespans of their own kind.
There seems to be an emphasis on family this episode.
While Sayu and Soichiro have made some impact in Light’s life so far in the series, their roles seem to be very clear in this episode. It feels like a bit of a coincidence, but the third chapter in the original manga is titled “Family”, which connect with this being the third episode. We see a flashback to Light’s childhood where he was happy, with his entire family being present, and it’s pointed out that he changed around the time of his mother’s death. This even connects to Raye, where he is ready to kill Light, saying it’s to “protect” his family. It’s interesting that this dynamic is brought to the forefront this episode, and it will be interesting to see how it is played with later on, especially with the building drama between Soichiro and Light.
Is Light “transforming”?
In this particular episode, it seems that Light has truly taken to the mantle of “Kira”. He seemed to be ready to write his father’s or the officer’s name in the notebook at the beginning, and Ryuk’s observations seems to hammer the idea of a transformation home. It also seems that his emotions don’t have such a strong hold on him as they did before. He is being careful now, and going for the best outcome for himself, and he is using others for his personal gain. Sure, not everything goes as he plans, but those are more related to external forces than of his own doing. His personality is slowly changing, and it will be interesting to see how far he’ll go and how his motivations will change.
What’s going to happen next?
Looking at the preview to next week, it seems that the second Kira is going to make herself known, although it’s not necessarily clear how. As well, there will be an in-person meeting between Light and L, and it will be interesting to see what each party takes away from that. L seems to be metaphorically weakened at the end of this episode, but prepared to go back on the offensive, so this meeting may be his way of a retaliating against Kira. Since Misa knows that Light is Kira, finding a way for those two to meet is very important, but could also be very dangerous. Cathy Campbell’s story doesn’t feel completely finished either, since her character in the manga (Naomi Misora) was also an FBI agent, but not a part of the Kira investigation. If that carries over to this series, she may assist L into pushing the case forward.
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