DEATH NOTE – 05
In the aftermath of the hijacker’s death, Ray Penbar wants his involvement in all this kept a secret because of his own mission. Fortunately, this works just as Light had planned because he doesn’t want his father or L to know about it either. Ray returns to his hotel room where he tells a woman who used to be an FBI investigator about the incident. She’s worried that it wasn’t just a coincidence, but he doesn’t want her to play the part of the investigator anymore because she’s his fiancée now. Light meanwhile still hasn’t written down Ray’s name in the Death Note because he doesn’t want to arouse suspicion so soon after meeting the agent. For now, he decides to send L another message through a prisoner. L immediately notices that the top line of the new note continues with a sentence about the Shinigami.
It is on December 27th that Light enters a crowded underground shopping area with Ryuk. He’s been conducting some experiments which have taught him that you can write the circumstances and cause of death in the Death Note ahead of time. It will still work when you fill out the name later. As Ryuk is thinking that he didn’t know this, Ray appears, so Light hides himself. Light’s plan starts when he gets behind Ray and introduces himself as Kira. To prove who he is, he kills what seems to be a random employee from a nearby store, though Light later explains that it was a rapist who was never convicted because of insufficient evidence. Light suggests that there’s someone important to Ray that he can take hostage, making Ray think of his fiancée.
After he gives Ray an envelope that contains a transceiver, Light walks off so that he can communicate from a distance. He has Ray get on a train and sit in a seat by the door where he then interrogates Ray about the other FBI agents in Japan. Light has Ray write down all the agents’ names on special sheets of paper, before giving the instructions to leave the envelope with papers and transceiver on the train. As soon as Ray disembarks the train, he gets a heart attack. Ray turns around to see the door closing on Yagami Light, but this realization comes too late. At home, Light inspects those special sheets of paper, which were actually pages of the Death Note. Ray had filled in names into the right slots, but what were hidden from him were the descriptions of death circumstances.
The news of the FBI agents’ deaths soon reaches L, who gets a call from the head of the FBI. They are pulling the plug on their investigation in Japan, and the head also inform Light’s father about it all. Given the lack of trust with L and with the deaths of the FBI agents, the Japanese detectives on the case are getting uneasy about their involvement. Around this time, L is notified of another note that a prisoner left. This time, the hidden message talks about only eating apples. As Light knows, the entire sentence put together is asking if L knows that the Shinigami only eat apples. At home, Light’s father tells his family about his involvement in the dangerous case. His wife and Sayu are very worried for his life, but he vows not to give up on it. Light declares that he’s proud of his father and says that if something were to happen, then he’d personally send Kira to his death.
The next day, after having grieved over his death, Ray’s fiancée interviews the bus driver from the hostage incident. However, the driver doesn’t remember anyone other than Ray, leaving his fiancée little to go on other than her suspicion that Kira was among the bus passengers. Light’s father meanwhile is giving all of his men the option to leave because of the danger of the mission. In the end, only five of them stay – six if he counts himself. L believes that only they have a strong sense of justice, but the men still don’t trust in L. Light’s father suggests that L come to the police headquarters, but L has a different plan. Since he only trusts them, he types them a message on Watari’s computer. In it, he asks them to keep what happens from now on a secret. He is considering meeting them, but he wants them first to go and decide if they can trust him or not.
In their discussion outside the police building, Light’s father suggests that L has been waiting for it to become like this so that he could have a group that he could trust. However, one of the remaining five doesn’t want to work with L and decides to leave. After Light’s father and the other four return to Watari and the computer, L tells them the hotel that he’s at. He wants his hotel room to be their true headquarters, and asks them to come in two groups. From that room, L thinks about how this will be the first time he’s shown himself to people. If Kira finds out, he’ll get closer, which is what L is hoping for. At the same time, Light is thinking about if he had any mistakes with all the moves he’s made these past few days and what he should do next. The real battle begins from this point forward.
While on some levels I can understand Light’s idealistic views, every time he kills someone innocent (so to speak), I lose some respect. I don’t think Ray Penbar deserved to die since he was just doing his job, but I guess that job was threatening to Light. You could say that Light’s mind is so warped that he’s willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. For now, it’s now up to Ray’s fiancée Misora Naomi to avenge him.
Next week, they’re finally going to show L’s full face! Ok, so I don’t really care that much since I’ve read the manga, and the anime so far has shown more than enough of him for you to figure out what he generally looks like. It’ll be more interesting to see all of L’s mannerisms animated.