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Sam Watches Anime
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:30:08 AM »
This is gonna be my catch-all Anime TV watching thread. Blame roujin for this. It's all his fault.

Reviewed:

Death Note [1-5][6-10][11-15][16-20][21-26][27-32][33-37]
Paranoia Agent [1-4][5-7][8-10][11-13]
The Tatmi Galaxy[1-3][4-6][7-11]
FLCL [1-3][4-6]
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood [1-3][4-6][7-9][10-13][14-16][17-19][20-22][23-26][27-29][30-45][46-64]
Kids on the Slope (Podcast with roujin)
Samurai Champloo [1-4]
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Attack on Titan [1-3][4-6]
Anne of Green Gables [1-5][6-10]
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team


Upcoming:
Psycho Pass
Trigun
Haibane Renmei
One Piece
Cross Games
Noir
Hellsing
Ranma 1/2
Flowers of Evil

Recommendations:
Mushi-Shi (Oldkid)
Code Geass (DarkeningHumor)

Feel free to make recommendations, but I might not get to them this decade.  :P
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 08:31:00 AM »
Death Note



1 Rebirth

This show doesnít waste time. The conceit is that the titular Death Note is a book where if you write a personís name in it, they will die within 40 seconds. Both the power and distance the book presents gives the show a great setup to explore the morality of whether or not you use this book to kill someone who deserves it. And this could be such an evolving, constant struggle, except the book falls into the hands of Light.

Light is a high-school kids, but heís extremely smart, top of his class and, above all else, very jaded. He constantly sees the evil in the world and once he gets the book, he quickly gets over the moral conundrum and writes hundreds of names in the book. He thinks that even if his conscious suffers, itís worth it to rid the evil of the world and he thinks heís strong enough to do it. Heís arrogant, cocky and flat-out declares Death Note will be his pathway to achieving godhood in a new society. Like I said, this show doesnít waste time.

This allows the show to leap over the entire personal ethical struggle into a larger thought about the implications of mercilessly stomping out evil. What makes it interesting is that this is not a societal work, but the act of one man granted superhuman abilities. Ideas of power and corruption immediately emerge, as well as thoughts of men who must exist outside morality to the betterment of the world.

Iím not sure what to make of the Shinigami realm stuff or Ryuk, the owner of the Death Note. Itís interesting, but so far the connection between the two worlds is ambiguous. Also, the narration in this show is a bit over the top, sort of in an endearing way. Oh yea, and the opening and closing songs are terrible.



2 Confrontation

Itís funny to me that Light is trying to balance using the Death Note with keeping up good grades and getting enough sleep. He lives this normal life while aspiring to a grand vision of ushering in a new world. Thereís a strange disconnect there. He is able to get a bit of anonymous notoriety as he becomes a legend called Kira. Light sees this as an affirmation of his work, that people deep down believe in what heís doing even though theyíll reject him in public.

The emergence of this new legend brings back an old legend. L is this mysterious, anonymous detective who works seemingly unsolvable cases around the world. He begins working with  Japanese law enforcement to hunt down Kira. L sets up a quite clever trap for Kira and discovers that Light can kill people without physically being present. The gameís afoot!

This episode demonstrates how smart the story is so far. Not only is it moving at a breakneck speed, but it also is hitting a lot of legitimately clever twists and demonstrating how smart both Light and L are as characters. A lot of twists in fiction rely on shock value, but here, the twists are well-thought out and involve a bit of forethought in how theyíre set up and what the aftermath will be.



3 Dealings

It seems like the Death Note would be untraceable but L has already figured out a lot. This episode he narrows it down even more, figuring it must be a student because of the times of death and the idealistic sense of justice of only killing criminals. We also find out that Lightís Dad is one of the detectives hunting Kira. Itís crazy how many twists this show is going through already. This one, once again, feels smart as it gives Light an in to the police and heís able to trace what they are doing.

There are several rules attached to the Death Note that give the show a bit of leg-room to make the book be a bit more creative. So far, Light has just been writing names and causes of death and watching the bodies drop. But this time, he starts toying with how he can set a specific time of death, which means criminals can die while heís at school, making his behavior less suspicious, although L doesnít seem to be deterred from his hypothesis by the change in schedule.

Ryuk has spent a lot of time in the background, but this episode he gives Light an interesting offer. He says he can give Light Shinigami eyes which will let him see the name of any person he can see. The price for these eyes is half of Lightís remaining life-span. It finally seems like a way the show might begin to bridge the two worlds, but the episode ends before we get Lightís answer.



4 Pursuit

Light doesnít take the deal. Heís thinking  long term and doesnít think the gamble is worth it. Light starts toying with whether or not he can control the events leading up to a personís death. The book allows him to control the circumstances of death, but he begins discovering limitations. Light is doing all this because he discovers that he has a tail and he wants to get the name of his tale so he can kill him. The plan is super elaborate, and quite smart.

What I wonder at this juncture is if the show is ever going to burn out because each episode seems to come up with something more elaborate and impressive than the last episode. Iím liking it, but I wonder if itís setting the pacing of the show to eventually plateau, at the least. The irony of Lightís impressive plan is that his tail is about to back off anyway for lack of seeing anything suspicious and if Light did nothing, his problem would disappear on its own. His drive to do something might be his undoing.



5 Tactics

First of all, Lightís plan in this episode is dark and crazy. What he does this episode is really dark. Itís one thing for him to kill criminals, but in this episode he wipes out a whole crew of FBI agents and he does it by making his tail, Ray Pembler, unknowingly write in the Death Note. This brings up all kinds of questions. First of all, does Light have any guilt about doing this at all? Heís been about wiping out evil men, to this point, but now heís killing law enforcement agents. Although, he has tried to kill L before, this is the first time heís crossed a clear-cut moral line of killing someone he has no proof of evildoing.

How many pages does this Death Note have? Is there something about it being endless, because the body count is crazy in this show. Also, is the the pages itself that have the power and not so much the actual book? Iím hoping the show deals with these issues because as good as this episode is, it seems like the show has a lot to answer for now and, at the speed the show is going, Iím worried it will glaze over some of these.

Turning to L for a bit, Iíve felt like heís been on the backfoot for the last few episodes. The first episode with L set up this great back and forth, but now L seems really passive. Heís even been getting these messages from the victims Light has been killing and while they seem gibberish, he gets this message that seems to be an insult. Is it from Light or is it from someone else?
At this point, I think the fatal flaw of the show is I donít  have a strong desire to see one character triumph. The enjoyment of the show is just watching the game unfold and see how each side plays the other. Itís a bit ambiguous because while Light/Kira is doing something bad, heís a kid and we can see that sense of skewed justice making some sense.

The show hasnít given us a character to invest in emotionally. I feel like Ryuk, indifferent to who wins, but just interested in seeing how it unfolds. I hope that changes though, with both the FBI agentís fiancť having a personal vendetta and L finally deciding to work face-to-face with a small group of Japanese police, the show might finally give us characters to care about.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 04:10:22 PM »


6 Unraveling

I complained about Kira taking a jump in his moral stance, moving from killing criminals to FBI agents. Itís a weird leap that didnít get explained in Kiraís narration. L begins to unpack this shift, saying that Kira is now going against anyone who threatens his crusade for a new world. I can buy that motivation, but it feels odd that weíre getting it from L instead of Kira. However, it does demonstrate how similar the two of them are.

And speaking of L, we see him fully for the first time. Heís this slobby, almost primitive looking late teens kid with this weird air of being almost detached from everything around him. He has an odd habit of sitting on his chairs with his feet on the edge of the seat, knees near his chin. The overall sensation is that heís a scrawny ape. Not what youíd expect from the worldís greatest detective. Given his youth, I wonder how long heís been famous, but I guess since heís anonymous and brilliant, he could have been solving crimes in his early teens.

This episode is surprisingly low-key. After a relentless five episodes of elaborate plans, this episode is more about processing the aftermath of events. Itís a change of pace, and one that demonstrates that most of what this show has going for it is how terribly clever it is and nothing clever happens this episode. There is an interesting setup as Light meets Shoko, the fiance of Ray Pembler, who has key information about Kira.



7 Overcast

This is a dark show from the onset, but this episode goes down into the abyss. It starts out with Kira straight up writing Shokoís name in the death note in front of her. Heís got no qualms about killinging her, but the Death Note ends up not working because she uses a false name. Kira then has to spend the rest of the episode trying to get her real name. Itís an interesting episode more about character interactions and quick bluffing than elaborate plans.

Eventually, he gets her name, passing himself off as an agent on Lís secret task force. Her death is beautifully animated. Snow begins to drift in as time slows to a crawl. The already muted visuals become even more desaturated, one agent on the actual team casually walks by in the background, oblivious. She begins walking away, entranced, towards an illusion of a noose. So haunting, so cruel, so cold.



8 Glare

L and the police investigate Ray Pemblerís murder over some ice cream. Once again the show juxtaposes violence and death with childlike behaviors. Rayís death leads L to investigate the chiefís family since that was one of Rayís leads. Since the chief is now working with L, thereís an obvious tension, but he agrees even though it invades the privacy of his family.

The invasiveness of the camera is first time the show has ever presented any potentially negative aspects of the established justice system. So far, the show hasnít painted them as inadequate or immoral, but just as people unable to stem the tide of evil. Here, they use a means that one could argue violates the rights of the people the police are supposed to protect.

Light instantly picks up on the surveillance and ends up getting Ryuk to work with him for once. With the cameras, Ryuk canít get his apple fix because the cameras will see the floating apples and be tipped off. While it means that Ryuk finally is doing something in the show, it also demonstrates how dull he is as a character and the attempts to use him for a comedic gag falls completely flat.

However, there is a scene, a glorious scene, an amazing scene, the kind of scene that is the stuff of legend. Light must continue using the Death Note and he devises a nefarious plan whereby he hides a miniature camera in a bag of potato chips. This leads to the most dramatic chip-eating scene of all time. Words cannot convey the ridiculous level to which the sequence goes, the epic music with piercing vocals, the rapid edits, the swift movements. Itís Death Note at itís corniest and itís something to behold.



9 Encounter

L ends up shadowing Kira at the university entrance exam. Both end up making perfect scores and end up delivering a speech together. Itís a great contrast of their characters. L is a slouch, a complete mess on the outside, while Light is professional, clean and controlled, looking perfect on the outside. Both are driven geniuses, but Light seems far more obsessed with control than L.

L ends up telling Light who he is and that he wants Light to be on the case. Light is convinced that L has the upper hand now. The unexpected move forces Lightís hand. He becomes frustrated with the limitations of the Death Note, the limitations of the power he controls. It just isnít enough for him. He wants to be a god, reinforcing something L says earlier about Kira having a god complex but a childish outlook on life.

Itís a setup for a new game and it will be fascinating to see how this chapter unfolds. The twist is quite clever as itís not expected that either character will reveal their hand, but L realizes he has a better hand as his real name and identity still remain a mystery even if he reveals he is the legendary L. However, the college setting has me bracing for something that could become rife with cheap cliches of characters, situations and settings that the show has avoided thus far.



10 Doubt

The scene opens with the most epic tennis game ever. When it comes to being dramatic, Death Note likes to turn things up to 11. In moments like this, it makes it endearing. But more intriguing is the game within the game. Light contemplates what the tennis game might allow L to infer about him. He figures that throwing the game or winning the game could be interpreted either way as a sign that heís Kira so he just goes for the win.

Itís crazy how Lís honesty allows him to put Light in a corner. He says he thinks Light could be Kira, but that he thinks its worth the risk to have him on the team. Itís a win win. If Light is Kira heís near L who would eventually be able to see a slip-up. If Light isnít Kira, L gets a brilliant member on his team that will bring him closer to finding Kira.

This forces Light to constantly have to hide things, constantly be in control and hold back those bits of information Kira would know that L is trying to force out of him. Light tries to turn the tables on L by asking him to prove his identity as L. Itís great to see these two characters play against each other in close proximity. Itís taking the show to another plane, one that isnít as much about the killings, but about this game of who knows what and who can use that information to trip up the other person.

Lightís dad ends up having an heart attack. It ends up his father isnít dead, but I have this nagging feeling Light is behind it because he asked Ryuk about how far in the future the Death Note can kill. If he can control the events leading up to someoneís death he could write a feigned heart attack and then set his Dadís death into some impossibly long future. Thatís my crazy theory.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 04:13:37 PM »
I remember this. Glad you're enjoying this. My favorite moments are always the ones where the show goes crazy over the top.

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 08:35:04 AM »
Death Note



11 Assault

Death Noteís animation isnít excellent, but itís usually good. From time to time there is a visually striking scene and the opening scene of this episode with the striking lighting is a great little piece of animation.

And just when the show seemed like it was going to be less about killing, Kira ends up killing a bunch of TV anchors who oppose him. It seems heís going to try to usher in his new era by silencing all public opposition. But then something unexpected happens: Kira kills a cop without a name. What? He has the TV stations broadcast an ultimatum to the cops to cooperate and give up L or heíll start killing high-ranking police personnel. Soichiro, Lightís Dad, storms the police station and stops the broadcast, setting the tone that they wonít work with Kira.

Then comes one of the best twists of the show so far (and thatís saying something), all of this is done by a poser. Kira finds it amusing that someone else might rat out L for him and L figures out quickly that this is the behavior of someone not quite as smart as Kira. The episode ends with us seeing this mystery person, a woman, and we discover that she has her own Death Note and Shinigami eyes. What a twist!



12 Love

L puts Light on the case while still suspecting that Light could be Kira. Light ends up making the same deductions as L, and L decides that the best course of action is to let Light play the real Kira to this fake Kira. Once again, L is finding great ways to keep Light on the backfoot and in the perfect position that his whole illusion might fall apart. Itís a magnificent, elegant balancing act and so far the writing has made it teeter right on the edge of all falling apart, but Light hasnít fallen yet.

The second Kira does spill the details about the Shinigami, and L flips out, not certain he can believe in such a thing. Light is worried, but suggests that it could be a code that only the Kiras would understand. L seems to buy it. If L doesnít accept the supernatural, then how does he think Kira is killing people? So far the show has been enamored with L searching for the who, but not so much struggling with the how. Shouldnít that issue be a large part as well?

We learn the fake Kira is Misa Amane (Aya Hirano), a model who is everything Light is not: a bubbly woman who is flippant about her powers and seems to operate more on a whim than any grand master scheme.  Rem (Kimiko Saito), her Shinigami, tells her a fascinating story about how a Shinigami can die: ending the life of a human instead of simply taking off time. A Shinigami did this to save Misa.

The episode ends with both Misa and Kira at the diner, sitting at separate tables wondering who the other is. It does make me wonder about the geography of the show. So far, everyone is Japanese and located in the Tokyo area. Give how Light, L and Misa all have a sense of global reach in their power, it seems strange that all of them just happen to be from the same place and around the same age. Fictional conceit might dictate such a coincidence, but I wonder if the show will ever bother to address this.



13 Confession

The second Kira wants to meet at a ballgame, L and Light really wonder if this person is that dumb. Surely if they announced such a fact, the game would be canceled. However, there is a code amid the stupidity that Light discovers, but it hardly matters because we discover that Misa set up the whole thing as a way to get a drop on the real Kira by having him pass by a place she was waiting. She knows it's him because oddly she canít see the day he dies.

I wonder how much the show is going to have to bend and twist rules to continue to build and sustain conflict. Ryuk already told Light he could see the day he dies, so why can Misa with the eyes of a Shinigami not see the day Kira dies? Itís too convenient to suddenly have this information become unavailable because it leaves another question unanswered.

Iím not sure how I feel about Misa. She comes across as the stereotypical bubbly anime girl. Also, sheís pining way too hard for Kira/Light. Sheís also the one character in the show so far who lets her emotions dictate her actions more than her intellect, and so of course sheís the first major female character, which is sexist.

However, she can be clever. When she introduces herself to Light this episode, heís quick the scold her, but itís clear sheís thought more out than he anticipated. But she also comes across as way too submissive and cooperative to Light. What does she get out of this?

She does say Light killed the person who killed her parents, but it hardly seems like the kind of thing that would garner such blind devotion. Perhaps sheís just not as selfish as everyone else, but her devotion to Light seems almost religious in nature in certain moments.The gist of it is that she agrees to help Light see Lís real name.

Also, not only is eating chips over the top in this show, hugging is as well. Epic signs of affection!



14 Friend

Itís not surprising that Light is already planning to kill Misa once he gets Lís name. Affection has no place in his new world order. Misa is more interested in having Light as a boyfriend than in their potential potency as two owners of Death Notes. In fact, sheís so obsessed with him, she claims sheíll kill him if she sees him with another girl. Oh great, one of those girls.

And then Light, being a great diplomat, threatens heíll kill Misa if she wonít do what he wants, and then Rem, Misaís Shinigami, threatens to kill Light if Misa dies. Sheesh, people. Certainly there has to be a solution that isnít kill this person because they donít do what you want. It does put Light in a bind where he has to keep Misa alive and since sheís such a public figure, it puts him at major risk.

This episode has a couple of really dumb turns. First, Light gets Misa to fabricate a video and it basically throws L off the trail because he says itís clear both Kiras have met and he thinks Light canít be Kira because of how dumb the video is. Really? One stupid misstep makes you reevaluate months of masterful plans? Also, Light says that if Rem really loves Misa and Misa really loves him, Rem will kill L for him because that will make him the happiest, and, by proxy, Misa happy as well. Rem agress. Really? That seems a dumb agreement for a Shinigami to make, even more so because Rem knows Light wants to kill Misa.

But even more problematic than that, L and Light become friends. This show has taken some dark turns, but now the show has become about friendship and romance? I donít know if I can handle something this dark.



15 Wager

Misa is so needy that it become a bit annoying. Sheís already talking about her and Light as lovers and Light figures the best way to shut her up is with a kiss. She basically is in a trance the rest of the day. Iím pretty sure this is not how women work in the real world.

And so while Misa has her head in the clouds, Light decides heíll kill L tomorrow. But then the next day L says hey friend, I told everyone that if I die in the next few days you are Kira. Light starts freaking inside because in his mind he realizes he canít kill L right now. Misa shows up and sees L. Light wants his name as soon as possible, calls Misa, but it turns out L swiped her phone and thereís this moment where L smugly seems to know. He announces that Misa has been arrested under suspicion of being the second Kira.

Thereís a sequence where Light imagines himself falling off a tower, a moment where he monologues in his mind about how it is all coming to an end. But he finds he still has a bit of fight left. Itís an interesting visualization of his will and seems to be the same abstracted cityscape that weíve seen in the opening credits.

The show once again wonders at when police methods might go too far in their quest for justice. Misa is bound and blinded by the police and itís perhaps a bit too brutal and cold for such a small girl. In this moment, Misa wants to die. She doesnít want to give up Light and asks Rem to kill her. Instead, Rem tells Kira to help save Misa. If he save Misa, she can give up ownership of the Death Note and lose all memory of using it and that Light has one as well. Rem says sheíll kill Light if he doesnít help. Sheís too much of a loose cannon that can be used to force easy conflict.

At this point, Iíd like to suggest that despite having some great twists, this batch of episode suffers from having some twists that are more convenient than clever. Now Shinigami can kill people and this lets someone Kira canít kill threaten him. Also, L just happens to get this sense that he might be discovered soon so he says if he dies it is Light who killed him. Oh yea, and if you give up the Death Note, you lose all memory of using it. These twists come out of left field in a way that doesnít make sense and too easily build conflict.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 09:11:11 AM »
To be fair, Shinigamis could always kill people. It's just the first time that one would have a personal reason to do so.

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2014, 09:15:43 AM »
I missed that detail. It's a dense show. I can't keep up with all the rules!

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2014, 04:41:33 PM »
Yeah, there's still a good bit of stuff that I like after Misa becomes part of the story, but you're correct that the attempt to keep the twists coming starts to muddy the logic at this point. And that's a trend that will keep going, I'm afraid. It's still enjoyable at least.

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2014, 05:20:50 PM »
It's still fun. I'm still enjoying it. I want to see how it ends. Just feels like the first 5-7 episode set the bar high in terms of plot and twists and everything after that so far is straining to reach that quality.

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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2014, 11:44:27 AM »
Death Note



16 Decisions

Light decides heíll rescue Misa. The first step is that Misa has to give up her Death Note which means she forgets everything and starts acting like sheís been imprisoned by a stalker fan. Light suggests to L that he might be Kira, but might not be conscious of it. This kinda covers with Misaís loss of memory. but L says Light has been recorded, so he doesnít quite buy that Light could unconsciously be Kira. L decides to arrest Light and see what happens. And then Mr. Yagami says he wants to go to jail because heís afraid of what heíll do if Light turns out to be Kira. Letís all go to jail!

Letís make up more rules! Light can get ownership of the Death Note within a certain number of days after giving it up. So Light gets rid of it so heíll no longer have memories of being Kira. But in losing the memories, he begins to contradict himself. And Kira starts killing again. L isnít sure what to make of it all. The pieces donít fit. At this point, the show is getting more and more contrived.



17 Execution

It turns out, someone else is using Misaís notebook. Light, Misa, and Mr. Yagami are in prison for over 50 days. Light doesnít know that Kira is killing again, L tells him no criminals are dying, hoping to get a confession. Light and Misa are taken to be executed. L says heíll kill himself if murders donít stop after the execution. Mr. Yagami says heís going to kill Light and them himself. Itís so nice that we finally get some good old father/son bonding. Of course, it ends up all being a bluff. L releases them, but both under 24/7 surveillance. L and Light end up being chained together.

Misa is really concerned about how this will affect her dating life. She admits to L that she likes Kira but that she likes Light more. As the show progresses, Misa becomes more and more unlikable. However, there is a great scene where the detectives grimace as Misa and L fight. Afro detective, Aizawa (Keiji Fujiwara) slams down some epic truth after some crazy editing. L detects Light is a bit more morally centered than before and that Light feels off.

The audience discovers that the owner of the Death Note is a member of a corporation called Yotsuba. He is one of the member of a council of six, but the council doesnít know who the killer is, only that it is one of their group as they collectively decide whom to kill. Itís a great way to have a mystery while also having a definable antagonist in a collective.



18 Ally

This episode opens with a great piece of comedy. Aizawa keeps setting off the security system and decides to run his pants through the item system. He goes into works with pants in hand. Speaking of comedy, L and Misa have some good bander this episode. L admits he has no lead (they donít know about Yotsuba yet), thought Light was Kira, and heís depressed. He thinkís Kiraís power might have passed to another person. L and Light fight when L admits he wants Light to be Kira. We also discover that thereís been a two month jump in time. Once again, the show is leaping forward in time a lot between episodes.

The new theory is that criminal killing is a front Kira puts up to cover the killing of executives and manipulating the market. The team figures out the people running the Yotsuba corporation benefit from the killings but they donít know who Kira is among them. I like the larger implication of the Death Note being used for a different end now. In light of this new knowledge of Kiraís methods, the police decide to back off.. L brings on Aiber (Takuya Kirimoto) and Wedy (Miki Nagasawa), a con man and a thief, to investigate the company.

Aizawa decides to leave the team. Thereís a beautiful moment where he meets his family in the park and the elation of his daughter reminds him how distance heís become from his family in pursuing the case. Itís a surprising glimpse of humanity in a show that is usually emotionally cold.



19 Matsuda

Detective Matsuda (Ryo Naito) deciding he wants to do some proactive investigating on his own and look into Yotsuba himself. He inadvertently stumbles right into their secret meeting, bungling Lís plan before he can even finish explaining it to the group back at base. I do like the shift in making the show more about the team of detectives and less about the L and Light antagonism. Itís also interesting to see what Light is like on the goodguyís side.

The episode becomes a rescue mission with Misa posing as a potential spokesperson for Yotsuba. They end up throwing a big party, because thatís how every evil secret corporate meeting should end. The party culminates in Matsuda doing an epic drunk handstands and falling off the edge of the building. Itís all a way to fake Matsudaís death. Crisis averted! And then they have their con man Aiber blackmail the corporation unless he gets on their payroll and works jobs for them.



20 Makeshift

Wedy taps on the Yotsuba group conference room, and they can hear their discussions. Of course, they donít know who Kira is among them. They have have enough to arrest the entire group but L says they have to let them kill more to get Kira. Light and his dad disagree with this, say they are obligated to stop them. Kira calls one of the board members and gets him to be a cooperator inside the group to try to delay the deaths. He gets them to redirect to searce for L and cut back on the deaths.

Light stepping up impresses L. L says Light could be his successor if anything happened to him. Light  figures out itís another one of Lís traps to see if he was Kira. If you know that I know that you know. It makes me wonder how many episode of Death Note are basically that scene from The Princess Bride. L still thinks Light could be Kira and get his power back once L is out of the way. L split with group, decides they should investigate separately. L has some plan for Misa, end up having a long talk and they become friends. Really, Death Note? More friendship? This is truly the darkest of shows.
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