Knowing that he has to deal with Maki Shouko or else she’ll lead the police towards finding out who he really is, Light decides to pretend to take notes about the bus hijacking so that he can write on the piece of Death Note that he’s carrying with him. Ryuk starts laughing as Light is writing out the circumstances of her suicide starting at 1:15PM, and much to Light’s surprise, nothing happens when that time comes and goes. He knows that just writing suicide on the Death Note works because of the tests that he conducted, but since nothing is happening to her, something must be wrong. It is because of Ryuk’s continued laughter that Light soon realizes that Maki Shouko must be an alias. He concludes that she must be using this name because of how Ray died after he showed his ID, but Light’s problem now is how to learn her real name. He can’t just ask her for it without arousing suspicion since she already told him a fake one.
The woman then suggests that they return to police headquarters in case someone came back. As Light panics a bit and examines his options, Ryuk reminds him that there’s still the Shinigami eyes trade. However, Light still doesn’t consider that a deal he can make. When she stops and suggests that she can go to the police station on her own, Light knows that he has to make a move quickly. He decides to tell her that it’s impossible to directly talk to the people working on the case at headquarters because they’re concealing themselves to prevent what happened with Ray from happening again. As for why he knows this, Light pretends to reveal that he’s a member of the investigation that is being led by L. The woman still wants to talk to the police and to L, explaining that she’s worked under L before on a previous case. Upon learning that she used to be in the FBI up until three months ago, Light pretends to offer to let her onto the team. He notes that the three conditions are that she has some sort of ID, a recommendation of someone already on the team, and L’s personal approval. Drawing her into the idea, Light suggests that since he can recommend her for the team, all of this is due to fate.
Around this time, L is still in the meeting with Light’s father and the other detectives. He introduces them to the real Watari, who is actually an elderly man. Watari has brought special badges for each of them to use as fake identification so that Kira won’t find out who they are. He also provides them with special belts equipped with transmitters to allow L to know where they are. In addition, pressing the buckle twice will call Watari’s cell phone. L then suggests that they should keep someone in the main headquarters, so Light’s father sends Aizawa back. Because it’s snowing outside, Aizawa opens his umbrella, obscuring his vision and making him not notice that he’s walking past Light and the woman. Light has convinced her to join the team and hand over her ID for him to see, which she does after apologizing for not using her real name earlier. The driver’s license she gives him identifies her as Misora Naomi, which Light writes onto the Death Note. When she notices him checking his watch again and asks him about it, Light calmly mentions Kira. Misora quickly realizes what this means, but it’s already too late. Her eyes lose their color and she starts walking away slowly, claiming that she doesn’t have anything to say to the police anymore. Light says his final farewell to Misora Naomi and continues to watch as she walks towards the imaginary gallows that await her.
The end of this episode was so good because of how they portrayed that evil glare in Light’s eyes, the fear in Misora Naomi’s, and the gallows imagery. She looked like a ghost once the Death Note took effect – which is basically what she was since it sealed her fate. I can’t help but feel really bad for her, but at the same time, I don’t find myself hating Light either. Maybe I’ve become accustomed to the fact that he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way. In any case, I really enjoyed watching this episode, and the entire series as a whole has been quite a good adaptation of the manga.
And while Naomi may be gone, her death will still have some big ramifications that Light will have to deal with in next week’s episode.