DEATH NOTE – 33
With all the pieces in place, N decides to head to Japan, though he asks his commander Lester to go with him because he’s never ridden a plane alone before. Once he arrives, Near contacts Light and announces that he’s in Japan to capture Kira. Knowing that Light has contacted Takada, Near proposes that Light tell her about the SPK coming to Japan so that they can lure Kira out. Near thinks that Kira will try to kill them, and that’s when he plans to strike. Seeing this as a challenge, Light thinks to himself that he accepts and agrees with Near that they might meet and end this Kira matter. Light privately thinks that they will see who’s more prepared, and he is confident that he’ll come out on top. Near meanwhile has decided that Light is both L and Kira, and that there is an X-Kira who also has a notebook and the Shinigami Eyes. He thinks that one way of winning against Kira is to kill both Kira and X-Kira and then seize the notebook, but he refuses to do this because it’s not his and L’s way of doing things.
At a meeting with Takada, Light secretly writes her a note asking her to start judging people as Kira because he wants Mikami doing something else. Afterwards, Takada calls up Mikami and conveys Light’s latest orders: send Takada a fan letter and include five blank pages of the notebook. Mikami almost questions this order, but he decides that God is absolute and obediently proceeds to tear off a few pages of the Death Note. Sometime later, Light finds out from a TV program that Takada has four bodyguards, one of which is a female ex-CIA agent named Ooyama Tatsumi who Light suspects is from the SPK. Around the same time, Near makes the realization from mounds of archived video that Mikami is the X-Kira by connecting him to Takada. With this, everything suddenly makes sense to him. Armed with his new knowledge, Near contacts Aizawa and asks if Light’s meetings with Takada are both video and audio-recorded. After learning that there have only been listening devices installed, Near decides to go after Mikami while Light’s attention is on Takada and her SPK bodyguard. Even now, Near has his man Giovanni secretly watching Mikami’s movements.
Misa meanwhile is making her professional comeback and happens to run into Takada and her bodyguards. Jealous, Misa tries to start a fight by loudly saying that Takada is an idiot because she doesn’t know Light is using her for the investigation. Takada, however, just smiles and turns to leave, which gets Misa angry. After one of her bodyguards stops Misa from doing anything, Takada declares that Misa is an important friend, so they shouldn’t be rough with her. This, of course, just makes Misa even angrier. A little later, Misa gets an invitation to dinner with Takada and decides to accept. During their meal, Takada makes it a point to ask if Misa sees Light much since he’s so busy. Misa knows that Takada is only asking this because she gets to see Light while Misa does not, so Misa responds by saying that her engagement with Light will be announced at her music festival. When Takada implies that it might not happen, Misa questions if Takada is going to have Kira kill her. Taking the high road, Takada says that Kira decides on his own who to judge and that she thought Misa was her friend. Misa then explains that Light will capture Kira and when that time comes, Takada will face the death penalty. This surprises Takada so much that she knocks over her drink, but she’s actually laughing to herself because she remembers what Light told her about being the goddess of the new world. Ending with a few more jabs at how Misa doesn’t act like an adult, Takada leaves with a smile on her face.
On a train elsewhere in town, Giovanni notices a girl getting harassed by a pervert and watches as Mikami writes something in a notebook. Mikami gets off at the next stop, and the pervert dies soon after.
Well, this showed me that Misa is quite vindictive when she’s jealous, to the point where I felt like she had no redeeming qualities without her powers, other than her devotion to Light. I kept expecting her to say something that would screw up Light’s plan, but since she doesn’t really know any information that could do that, this turned into more of a verbal catfight. I don’t see what the point of the whole exchange was, unless it was just to establish a bad relationship between the two girls.
Mikami’s now been exposed as being what Near calls the X-Kira, and I expect Near to exploit that to its full potential in trying to catch both Mikami and Light. It’s hard to believe there’s only four more episodes left.