This week’s episode of Death Note is well predicted. Of course, considering that you know the storyline from the manga (what a bunch of spoilers!). Out of respect to those who did not follow up with the manga (which ended already), I’ll try to refrain myself to expose spoilers. Here goes.
The outcome of the 25th episode of Death Note is well determined, judging from the episode’s preview from episode 24. So we know that L is surely die. So what? I am not looking up for those. Instead I’ll be very particular on the other details of the story – how L’s death will precede in this episode. What is certain is that this episode is a lot gloomier than usual. The past few episodes had seen a darker theme. This time, it has a gloomy effect to it, complementing the forthcoming events that will lead to L’s death.
The drawing style is somewhat different than previous ones too. Light is perceived victorious and yet sinister at the same time. L had shown a humbler composure and there is some sense of regret to it. The parody shown this time is the wiping of Light’s foot by L, followed by a massage. Before that, they were soaked in the rain as those two were having a brief chat with each other. The event is somehow compared to the biblical event of the washing of feet by Jesus. This is perceived as the humble gesture in the eve of the betrayal that will follow through. The similar thing would happen to L as Light’s final plan to eliminate L was set to motion.
And finally, the most appealing factor to this episode is the seamless storytelling. It began with flashbacks by L, who apparently starting to become melancholic about his life as though he is sensing his own death. The melancholy start has developed into the climatic one-on-one conversation between L and Light. They were discussing about the human nature of lying and this had hinted that L might be suspecting Light more of being the real mastermind of Kira. Then there’s the washing of feet that indicates the remorseful departure of L as if he has lost a fight against Kira. In that sense, there is no denying that L is fully notice of the real possibility of Light being Kira. And then the disastrous end. As though the final part had been rushed in from the rather slow-paced beginning, Watari was the first one to go and this has been followed by L. It was supposed to be sad (well, it did) but when Light gave a subtle hint to L that he had won the game at the moment of L facing death, at just a quick juncture L finally confirmed his fear – Light is Kira (as if we did not know that, but I’m saying this on L’s point of view). Too bad he was not able to indicate this to anyone. The final scene shown Light who is Kira grinned in an evil sense of victory.
I guess I might give out quite some of the spoilers already – I’m using those as example to my comments anyway. And so this has to be another favourite episode of mine in Death Note series, after episode 11: Crash. Banzai to Madhouse for the great animation details to this episode. Now this is an unusual irony, I am cheering in the wake of L’s death. Well I do not any emotional attachment to L’s character, his passing is undermining to me. I have to say my favourite character is Light instead. Anyway, condolence to L (whose real name is yet to be revealed even in this last episode of his).