Posted by psgels on 11 May 2007 with categories: Death Note

You know, one major change between the current Light and the eighteen-year-old Light is that he’s much more reckless now. He’s taking a lot more risks, and his plans are no longer as careful as possible. His previous plans left nothing to the coincidence, but this episode made him reveal his identity to Near, even though he wasn’t fully sure that Near was the real culprit. I mean, what if the guy has some way to escape underground? Or comes out, wearing a mask?

Still, the part of the episode that made the biggest impression on me was the one shown at the beginning, where we see random scenes of the people who’ve gotten used to Kira, and are actually threatening each other with death. Especially the phrase “Lord Kira, please kill them”, followed by the scene of a woman crying made a lot of impact. This episode was definitely meant to illustrate this.

Also, only now do we see how large the impact of Shidoh’s visit was. Even though he himself wasn’t really doing much, the fact that some of the rules on the death note were fake has now been spread to all of the major characters in this anime. Still, I do wonder how Near found out about these fake rules in the first place. All of L’s data was supposed to be erased when Watari died, so he had to start all over. If Near had access to L’s data, he would have been easily able to figure out about Light.

One of the things I also liked was how this caused the people inside the investigation-team to start thinking about Light’s credibility. Finally they’re getting some brains of their own again. Especially Aizawa is going to have a major role in the future episodes.

I also am surprised to say that for the first time, Near actually became the most annoying character of the episode. Mello has definitely changed after the previous episode, with a huge scar on his face as a nice present. If I’m not mistaken, his voice also turned a lot lower since we last heard him.

7 Responses

  1. Fomar0153 says:

    I believe Light’s idea is that in such an instance the crowd will capture Near and the other members and show their faces to the camera. I never really noticed how much more reckless Light is now, until you just pointed it out, I guess he just became complacent.

  2. demitrickster says:

    In the manga Mello came and told Near about the fake rules. Did they skip that in the anime?

  3. leah says:

    In that episode Mello told Near about the fake rule.

  4. Kite says:

    Light doesn’t really have that element of surprise anymore. I mean he’s running out of ideas to persuade people he’s not Kira. The best thing his dad did was show that he wasn’t Kira to the investigation team. But anyways Near has been more reckless than L also I believe.

  5. susuwatari says:

    Yeah… agreed… the begining scene with the graffiti… paranoia…. “Lord Kira, please kill them” = really, really powerful… Yeah, man… wtf is up with near?! Mello’s awesome… just plain awesome… especially in the last episode… his seiyuu was really really well cast. Meh… the entire investigation team are idiots… that they’re finally catching on six years later isn’t really something to be proud of.

    Yeah, Light’s DEFINITELY become more reckless… you see, with L dead… he figured that was it… it was over. He’s become lazy… he himself admits that it’s been “boring” since L died… he’s actually half excited that the sucessors appear. And he consistently underestimates Near and Mello… he actually repeats to himself over and over that “Near’s not L… he’s just a sucessor, Near’s far inferior to L,” etc, etc. Light greatly respected L… he was his only equal. Maybe its partly guilt or regret… but he talks about him ALOT later on, always comparing him to Near… it’s kind of bizare/obsessive…

    Hmm… my friend said that theres a scene with Mello crying in it… and I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find a thing… But is it possible that the “woman” crying in the begining is actually Mello? The leather furniture might be a hint… because I wondered why they would focus on a random person like that… I can’t see him wearing anything like that…OO… but still… maybe I’m way off (I kind of skimmed through this ep). But it’s a thought…

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, Death Note may be a good anime, it does have quite a few flaws and annoying points or characters. The scene with Mello crying probably will happen in some future episodes, as so far he didn’t really have a reason to. I don’t remember his outfit in that scene in the OP, but I can imagine it being rather weird, since his taste in clothes is nothing short of eccentric (see his outfit of the past few episodes).

  7. MikamiTeru says:

    I figured the crying woman in the opening sequence was Light’s mother. I thought it looked like her and it would make sense since her husband is dead, her daughter is catatonic and her son is off in America.

    I thought it was a decent episode overall. It was definitely powerful.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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