Investigating L’s computer, Light finds that L had kept a file on everything in the Kira investigation. With it, L had left a message acknowledging that he was dead if someone was reading this. The message however, then appears to be deleted. It has been 10 days since L was buried, and the newspaper now prints an article about the death of Watari. His real identity was an inventor named Quillsh Wammy who had established many orphanages. Aizawa feels that without L or Watari, the investigation can’t continue there anymore, though Light does reveal that he’s got it set up now so that they can emulate L’s computer voice. The question now remains of who’s going to replace L and what they’re going to do about the notebook. The others suggest that Light should take L’s place, and although Light initially pretends to resist the ideal, he takes the role. He convinces everyone that he could do the work of both L and Watari if he could live alone, so his father gives him the go-ahead. As for the Death Note that they got from Higuchi, Light lets his father take care of hiding it some place where humans can’t reach. Sometime later, Light meets with Misa to propose that she live with him. Ryuk follows him back that stormy night, and, standing on the rooftop of the building, Light promises the Shinigami that he’ll show him the creation of a new world. Light then prepares his pen and starts writing furiously in the Death Note. Along with all the criminals that he has to deal with, he also kills off Aiber, Wedy, and the remaining Yotsuba executives.
Unbeknownst to Light, an isolated computer somewhere has counted down to 0 and sends off a transmission. At an orphanage called The Wammy’s House, an old man named Roger receives a message saying that L is dead. He then summons two boys and informs them of the news.
This episode was 2/3 recap and 1/3 new stuff. I would be rather disappointed that this is what follows such an awesome episode, but after seeing last week’s preview, I had been prepared for a complete recap. In that sense, I’m glad that they kept in at least some new stuff, and they did a pretty good job with those parts. I really liked that scene where Light starts killing again in a very grand manner – as if he were conducting an orchestra of death.
With this episode though, I really am starting to wonder if they’re going to keep the show at only 37 episodes total. It just doesn’t seem possible that they can finish the second half of the manga in less than half the time it took them to get through the first half. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.