DEATH NOTE – 24
With helmets on, Light’s father Souichirou and Mogi are joined by Aizawa in heading out to Higuchi’s car and putting him in handcuffs. L then interrogates Higuchi through headphones and demands to know how he killed. When Higuchi reveals that it was through a notebook, Souichirou finds the Death Note inside Higuchi’s bag. However, Souichirou immediately starts yelling in fear because he is now able to see Rem standing nearby. Mogi goes over to help him and also touches the notebook, so he also starts screaming because of the monster. To see for himself, L asks them to bring him the notebook over to the helicopter. While this is going on, Rem thinks about how Light can gain back his memory by touching the Death Note. Over in the helicopter, L gets the notebook and is able to see the Shinigami, but more importantly, he realizes that there are more than two notebooks in existence, so it’s not over yet. He then notices that the notebook is no longer in his hands because Light has taken it. What’s more, Light is now yelling at the top of his lungs as all the memories come streaming back into his head. As soon as it’s over, Light quickly gets himself back together and starts to compare victim names in the notebook with a computer list. Privately though, he thinks that he’s won, just like he planned.
Light remembers now that before he was imprisoned, he had given Rem back Misa’s Death Note. He had Rem hand it over to Ryuk and then had Ryuk drop it so that he could pick it up again. This returned ownership to Light, meaning that nothing has changed since they just passed it around in a circle. However, Light felt that the time will come when this will be useful. For his actual plan, Light had given his own original Death Note back to Ryuk so that Ryuk could hand ownership of it to Rem. Light had then instructed Rem to find someone with a certain social position who had a strong desire for promotion. Although Rem questioned what Light was thinking, the Shinigami decided to trust that Light was trying to save Misa and flew off. The rest of Light’s plan started with him being imprisoned so that he could be under 24 hour surveillance. Almost everything that had happened had occurred just like Light predicted, but the one important thing that Light had to remember was Rem telling him that because he didn’t have ownership, his memories would only return as long as he was holding the Death Note. As a result, Light knows that he now has to kill Higuchi so that the ownership of the Death Note changes to him. He is able to remember that he has a piece of the Death Note hidden in his watch, so he uses that and his own blood to write down Higuchi’s name. Soon after Light finishes writing, Higuchi has a heart attack and dies. With a smile on his face, Light thinks to himself that the next one will be L.
In the aftermath of the incident, everyone, including Aizawa, returns to the investigation headquarters. Aizawa opens the Death Note and starts reading out the rules that Ryuk wrote for how to use it. However, there are now two additional rules on the back inside cover of the notebook, and Aizawa notices the bottom one first: “If you make this note unusable by tearing it up or burning it, all the humans who have touched the note till then will die.” These rules are actually fake ones that Light had Ryuk write in the notebook before all this happened. That bottom rule prevents the investigation team from getting rid of it and thus Light losing his memory again. As for the other fake rule, it reads: “If the person using the note fails to continuously write names of people to be killed within 13 days of each other, then the user will die.” Matsuda and Aizawa realize that this means that Light and Misa must be innocent because they were in captivity for over 50 days and are still alive. Before he’s willing to admit this, L questions Rem about if there are other notebooks in the human realm and if they all have the same rules. Rem doesn’t give a straight answer to the first part, but the Shinigami does confirm that the rules are the same. Under pressure from Matsuda and Aizawa, L finally gives in and apologizes to Light for everything up until now. Light of course acts like the case isn’t closed yet and wants to continue the investigation, but he thinks to himself that L can do nothing but believe the rules. He feels that gods make the rules and that, for L’s crime of going against the new world’s god, L will die.
Since she’s been cleared of wrongdoing, Misa has to leave the investigation center and has a tearful farewell with Light. He uses the opportunity to tell her to dig something up at a certain place. Following his instructions, Misa goes out to the forest and recovers the other Death Note. She regains back her memories after touching it and then finds a note inside from Light. In it, he asks her to write L’s real name in the Death Note since she had seen it with her Shinigami eyes when she first met L at Light’s school. The problem is that Misa doesn’t remember the name anymore since she was seeing hundreds of names and life-spans every day back then. Fortunately, Ryuk then arrives, and after Misa feeds him an apple, she asks to do the Shinigami eyes deal again. Turning serious, Ryuk asks if she understands that another deal would half her already halved life. Since Misa feels that it can’t be helped since she can’t remember, Ryuk goes through with the trade. Misa and Ryuk return to the investigation headquarters sometime later, and Rem immediately notices that Misa’s lifespan has been halved again. When Light goes out to see her, Misa touches his hand with a piece of the Death Note just like he had told her to in the letter. This allows Light to see Ryuk again, and he comments on how it’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other. Misa then reveals that she did the Shinigami eyes trade again, so Light acts like he’s concerned about her life and tells her that he wants to live with her a long time in their ideal world. He also suggests that they create a new world together that has no crime and only kind people, all while he’s got a smile on his face.
Light getting his memories back means that we get to see a lot more of his evil looks, mainly courtesy of his eyes. Actually, there were quite a few cool looking shots because of glowing eyes in this episode. Anyway, they covered much more than I thought they would with four chapters worth in this episode. Although a lot of dialogue was skipped (including the entire scene where L questions Rem about the Shinigami eyes), moving at this pace ensures that next week will be big. The preview didn’t even show any spoilerish clips for next week – just structures in the rain outside. Perhaps the only hints are that L says sayonara (goodbye) at the end of the preview and that next week’s episode is called chinmoku (silence).