Death Note Drama: Episode 4 Review

Now this is more like it! After an explosive initial episode and a boring Ep2, the Death Note drama is finally back on track. As mentioned in Ep3 review, the slack in the previous episode is compensated with a fast-paced, suspense-filled follow-up. In this episode, our two lead characters are gearing up for a face to face confrontation.

 3 out of 5 stars

With the death of the FBI agent, the police and L get more serious. Light is becoming more and more daring as he searched for the next criminal to put to death.

After a phone call from L, Light became more guarded – knowing that his identity as a person and as the crusader of vigilante justice might be exposed. He is Kira in the eyes of this aggressive and famous investigator who called him as if they knew each other rather intimately.

On the home front, his detective father has talked to him more frequently, but Light has learned the art of subtlety.

With an almost absolute power over the whole Japanese population, it’s difficult for Light to contain himself.

L has devised a way to put cameras inside the Yagami residence – a qualified frontal attack on Light and his sinister designs. Soichiro Yagami, Light’s father, reacted rather surprisingly. While his police team could not contain their anger for the privacy breach, the senior police detective approved of the surveillance. In the course of their observation, Light began to have suspicions. How he knew, is not the issue – but how he tries to conceal the Death Note within such confined environment is the stuff that thrills are made of.

The concerted efforts by the police, the surveillance cameras, and L’s insights seem not enough, so a face to face encounter is inevitable.

L challenged Light for a tennis match, and in turn made it known just what he intends to do.

Light, on the other hand, is not going to blow his cover by being angry. He remains focused, knowing there will be more battles ahead.

Kento Yamazaki has finally established L as his very own. This episode is the turning point I was talking about in my previous review

If he could not convince me here, then I will have to let go of my episodic review and wait for the series to end. Kubota is relentless! His portrayal of Light goes from strength to strength. It’s still miles away for Yamazaki to make this an even match, but the acting showdown is just starting to heat up.

If you’ve seen the first two episodes and think this drama is not worth it, then you need to watch this episode.

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