Death Note Drama: Episode 6 Review

When Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata created their Death Note manga, they introduced the Shinigami as important characters in the story. These so-called “death gods” extend their conditional immortality by killing humans. While they have no power to stop death, they can end human lives sooner than originally intended. To explain further how the death note works, it should be pointed out that all Shinigami possess their personal death notes which they used to extend their lives. Another death note must be in their possession to offer to humans if they can have the same power to kill.

3 out of 5 stars

As to Ryuk and Rem, the two Shinigami who introduced themselves into the lives of Light and Misa, they made it known to Light that they can assist him in any way he wants.

In Episode 6, the cat and mouse game between Light Yagami and L takes on a more serious nature. Misa Amane was captured by L and was made to confess to her actual participation in the death of humans (criminals or not). Whether she is Kira or an accomplice remains to be fully determined by our young investigator.

There’s a lot of progress in this episode that has to do with Light and L in so far as the investigation into Kira’s human identity is concerned, but a substantial portion of the episode also deals with the Shinigami and the exploration of the paternal bond between Light and his detective father. This is by far the most complicated of all the episodes as it dealt with multiple storylines. I should also mention a mysterious group of individuals who may affect the loyalty of the death gods…

Masataka Kubota’s Light has become more conniving and tricky yet emotional and revealing at the same time. The scene featuring Kubota with the two death gods as he buries Misa’s death note is a sight to behold – it sends shivers down my spine. His close encounter with death from the hands of his father is equally intense, yet emotionally draining for both the casual and observant viewers of the drama. No one can match Kubota as tears fell from his eyes. It is here where Kubota – once again – extends his winning streak in the acting department. While we have to contend with the direction and the quality of the script, it is by no means an easy task to portray a character where it can extract sympathy from the viewers and then suddenly require the viewers to hate him.

The scene where L made Light underwent a lie detector test is a good example of sustaining suspense, but it says a lot about how Kento Yamazaki fare in his acting showdown with Kubota…

By now, I am complaining that Kubota gets all the opportunities to dominate his acting showdown with Yamazaki. Die-hard fans who continue to be critical of Yamazaki’s L characterization has no business complaining since the playing field was never fair in the first place. In this drama version, L appears like a die-hard vigilante himself in his pursuit to identify Kira. He is one-sided, goal hungry yet devoid of authentic feelings.

In the grand scheme of things, the Death Note saga is about the struggle between good and evil, of humans’ failings and their ability (or lack thereof) to change once they possess powers beyond imaginings.

Masataka Kubota has been giving everyone the satisfaction as he portray a character who has changed in a radical way and his efforts have been generously rewarded since the writer was able to give him enough to chew his acting teeth into. The same cannot be said about the character portrayal required from Kento Yamazaki. That is not his fault, but the writer’s.

If you’ve not decided yet to start watching the drama, then I suggest you start from Episode 1 until this episode. You can already get a good sample of the show whether it is to your liking or not.

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