The days pass quickly and Takada soon gets a confirmation message from Mikami, so she relays it to Light like he had told her to, indicating to Light that Mikami found out he’s being followed. As Light expects, Near later contacts him and proposes a meeting to settle everything. Near, however, also states that he wants everyone involved in the investigation to be there, including the four members of SPK and Mogi. The meeting place is to be an abandoned warehouse at the pier, and Near stipulates that someone other than Light has to bring the Death Note. As for time, based on what he knows of Mikami’s movements, Near decides on the 28th – three days from today – at 1PM. Light knows that Nears has figured this out, though he still agrees to that time. As they hang up the phone, both Near and Light feel that they know each other’s plans and will win. Light later passes a note to Takada telling her of the meeting place and time so that he can get her to help him kill Near.
Sometime later, Takada is arriving at the television studio under heavy guard when someone in a red car drives up and shoots a smoke canister into the crowd. In the confusion, her bodyguard Lidner – a member of Near’s SPK – tries to lead Takada into the building when a man on a motorcycle shows up. Lidner recognizes that man to be Mello, so she lets him take Takada to supposed safety. She sends three cars of bodyguards with Mello and has the rest go after the man in the red car, but those bodyguards following Mello soon lose sight of the motorcycle when he rides down a narrow alleyway that they can’t follow him through. The others, however, do manage to catch the man in the red car and promptly execute him even though he gives himself up. Takada soon realizes that she’s with Mello and knows his real name already thanks to Light. After bringing her into the back of a truck, Mello forces her to strip down in case she’s wearing a tracking device. Unbeknownst to him, however, Takada is carrying a piece of the Death Note in her bra and hides it as she takes off her clothes.
After dumping Takada’s clothes, Mello drives off with her still in the back of his truck and has no idea that she’s writing his name on her piece of the Death Note. A short while later, Light gets a phone call from her. Light had earlier gotten contacted by Near who confirmed that it was Mello who kidnapped Takada. He now asks her about where she is and then about if she did what he told her to do in this situation. Takada has indeed written Mello’s name down, and to Light’s surprise, Mello is already dead. Takada wants him to come save her, but Light simply reminds her to call Mikami to instruct him to judge as much as he can and then hangs up on her. Light then heads for her location with Aizawa and Ide, riding in the back of the car so that he can access the slip of the Death Note inside his watch without them knowing. Thus, by the time they arrive, the church ruins where Takada was are now up in flames. Light had written out Takada’s death to be a suicide that burned herself and everything around her.
Well, this was a really exciting episode. I didn’t think that Takada’s security team would shoot Mello’s accomplice so easily, and I didn’t expect Mello to die due to Takada either. It sort of felt like Mello died a bit too easily, but I guess it shows how well Light planned out everything that could happen and how well everything fell into place for him. I also can’t help but feel sympathetic towards Takada since Light used her to get rid of Mello and then promptly killed her afterwards, never really answering to her cries for help. Of course, it’s hard to be surprised how Light acts or hate him for it since this really isn’t the first time he’s done something like this.
We are now headed for what appears to be the final showdown since the title of next episode is the (probably very important) date “1.28.” This shot from the preview kind of looks to me like Mikami dying, but it’s hard to tell for sure. Regardless, I’m looking forward to a thrilling conclusion in the final two episodes.