After instructing Misa to continue the criminal killings for him, Light returns to the investigation where L is questioning Rem about the Death Note and about the Shinigami eating apples. L points out Light’s freedom to go out with Misa, but Light claims that he can’t love until the Kira incident is over. The next day, the group finds out that more criminals have died, meaning that another Kira has appeared. L suspects Misa again, but the 13 day rule has him confused since both Light and Misa are still alive. Rem realizes that Light doesn’t care if Misa is discovered because he’s confident that the Shinigami will save her by killing L. However, doing this will also result in Rem’s own death. As Rem is thinking about this, Light heads to the rooftop where L is already standing in the rain. L claims to hear the sound of bells, but then apologizes after Light says that he’s talking nonsense. He surprises Light by asking if Light’s ever told the truth. Light admits that he occasionally lies, but he also doesn’t think that there are people who tell only the truth. Back inside, the two dry off and L again surprises Light, this time by wiping Light’s feet. L explains that he’s massaging them as atonement, so Light lets him. When some of the water in L’s hair starts dripping onto his feet, Light wipes dry L’s head. As he finishes up, L talks about being lonely because they’ll be separating soon.
L then gets a phone call and the two return to the main investigation room. When L proposes using the Death Note for an execution to test the 13 day rule, Rem decides to act and sneaks off while the others aren’t looking. Rem’s first target is Watari, though the old man manages to press a button that deletes all his data before he dies. As everyone starts to figure out that something happened to Watari, they also notice that Rem is gone. L attempts to say something about the Shinigami, but he falls out of his chair mid-sentence. Light is the first one to rush to his side, and the last thing that L sees is the smirk on Light’s face. After L closes his eyes and dies, the rest of the investigation thinks that they’re next, but nothing happens to anyone else. Light pretends to be furious and demands that Rem come out, and when the Shinigami doesn’t appear, Light goes looking. He finds Rem’s Death Note sitting on a pile of sand inside the nearby server room, but he hides the notebook before calling the others over to see what happened. Light vows to them that he’ll avenge L’s death by solving the case, but as he walks away, he thinks to himself that he’s gotten rid of all the obstructions. He’s now the god of the new world.
Wow, I got shivers watching this episode. The entire Misa scene was just creepy, including Hirano Aya’s singing. That was some great atmosphere they created, and there was plenty of foreshadowing that L would die (the bells tolling, L claiming that they’ll be separated soon). The overall episode still followed the manga, but the style felt completely different and they added the rooftop scene and the feet scene. The latter one there made me really sad to see L’s character die, and it made Light seem even more evil at the end. This is definitely my favorite episode of DEATH NOTE so far.
Having said all that good stuff though, the preview makes next week look like a recap episode about L.