Death Note Drama: Episode 9 Review

“If you hold back on the emotions–if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them–you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain; you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely.” [ source ]

Well, Light Yagami did not hold back, and he’s very much the cause of L’s demise.

 3 stars out of 5

I’ve read a lot of books through the years – from bestselling novelists and lately manga authors – and I seldom get impressed with the preaching about humanity, of right and wrong, of getting rid of criminals, of love conquering all. The same can be said of Light and L’s arguments about justice and mercy, of following the law and taking the law into one’s hand.

Death Note is, after all, the struggle between good and evil, of defining what justice is, how a man gets affected by corruption and power and that in every struggle one has to die for the other to live.

With L’s death, there is a need to fill the void – so Near takes us to a whole new battle.

Mio Yuki emerges as the new heroine (or hero for that matter). The ugly and terrifying (yet somewhat hilarious) doll also takes center stage as the “Jekyll and Hyde-inspired” dual personality takes over from L… Yuki looks serene and innocent, even naive then takes on a cross-over character and acts with malevolence. I love her acting so far…

Kento Yamazaki’s take on L is over – at least as lead investigator, but looking back at the young man’s career (re-watched Control Tower last night, and saw a few Mare episodes), I have to say he has grown tremendously and this challenging role has taken a lot from him. He is not yet a Yagira or a Sometani, but he certainly is way-way above a Fukushi, even a Nomura at this point.

I agree with the notion (perhaps even a stated fact) that the director and scriptwriter are responsible for the change in Kubota’s acting style. Gone is the subtlety – what we see is over-the-top acting, unadulterated even and it either turns you off or inspires you and entertains you. I guess, after an Episode 8 re-watch I got the point. They obviously want viewers to gain more sympathy of the fallen private detective and transform the timid young man that is Light into the epitome of evil.


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