Death Note Drama: Episode 5 Review

Did you ever wonder why there seems to be a “connection” between Light and L already? That is, aside from their names starting with the same letter of course! 

While Light has some pals to speak of, since he’s studying and therefore, has classmates, he remains quite a loner. L only has a butler for a companion, and drawing parallels to the famous Batman who, incidentally is also quite a loner himself, I would have to say, rivals or not, even when murder and conspiracy are involved, it seems our two main characters intend to reach out to each other.

 3 out of 5 stars

So when the investigation involving the identity of Kira fell into the hands of L, it seems but natural for the famous investigator to become curious, perhaps even intrigued that maybe there is a “friend” on the horizon. Thus, we leave Episode 4 on a bright note – as the story progresses to my delight and as the drama (as a whole) seems to finally pick up a pace worthy of the hype.

In Episode 5, we continue with the unexpected appearance of Misa as she invited herself into the Yagami household. 

As the second Kira, Misa (Hinako Sano) likes nothing but get closer to the original god-like figure. Since Light is his personification, there is nothing better for Misa than to have an intimate relationship with the young man.

I’m pretty sure by now that the drama doubters either left the show or were finally convinced it is still worth checking out. Whatever is the case, the subtle or obvious departures from the source material are keeping viewers interested (and curious). I think that for those who have seen the movies or read the manga, predicting the outcome of a certain scene is like a game, and just like the cat and mouse relationship *** established by the author for our two main characters, this is a major selling point.

*** Cat and Mouse game – A relationship in which two parties closely monitor and challenge one another in a suspicious or self-protective manner, often because each party is attempting to gain an advantage over the other. [ The drama version seems to intensify this cat and mouse play since there are full frontal attacks between Light and L, to the point that L is mocking Light. ]

I don’t write long reviews – it would seem ‘annoying’ to reveal important scenes. I would think the narrative above is enough to say the intensity of the last episode is not only sustained here but even heightened.

Hinako Sano, as with our main protagonists, also suffers from comparison. The fact that it was Erika Toda who played Misa in the movies is more than enough to intimidate. But to my satisfaction, I believed that she is showing her potential – this episode’s “watch-ability” factor can also be credited to her.

Kento Yamazaki’s L (as I have stated in Episode 4 Review) has finally established his unique characteristics. While Masataka Kubota’s character changes – from a timid young man to an assertive, almost malicious and daring serial killer and has yet to reach his peak, Yamazaki is starting to catch up. Kento is simply too attractive, thus the disheveled hair and makeup to somehow lessen the impact. 

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