The news of Takada’s death causes many television stations to immediately start to compete with each other to replace her as Kira’s spokesperson. More importantly than that, Near contacts L again to confirm their meeting for the 28th at 1PM. Matsuda is excited about it, but Aizawa privately fears that they might all die on that day. When the day finally comes, Near releases Misa, and the investigation team gives Aizawa custody over their Death Note as per the agreement. On the way to the warehouse, Light thinks to himself that today is the beginning of the perfect world of Kira because everyone who knows about the Death Note will die. Near, however, has taken the added precaution of disguising his face behind an L mask because he thinks that Kira might have already written down in the Death Note the name of someone at this meeting. That’s why he wants to wait 30 minutes just to see if any of them are being manipulated and dies. Light lets that amount of time pass, and when nothing happens, Near finally takes off the mask. However, he wants to wait a little longer for someone else to show up: X-Kira.
Near is positive that Mikami will show up to try to kill everyone who knows about the Death Note, and just as expected, Mikami peers in through the side door. With his Shinigami Eyes, Mikami sees everyone’s name and recognizes Light to be God because he has no number underneath his name. He furiously starts writing in his Death Note to kill everyone in the room except Light, but Near isn’t worried about dying because he had Mikami’s notebook modified. Knowing that Mikami writes on exactly one page every day, Near had today’s page replaced, so no one will actually die. Light, however, knew that Near would do this and had planned ahead for it by having Mikami prepare a fake notebook – what Mikami is using right now is the real Death Note which had been hidden until now. In the past, Takada had been doing the real judging with the pages that were given to her, meaning that Mikami had intentionally been using the fake Death Note out in the open so that Giovanni would think that it was real. Light had figured that Near would notice that Mikami used exactly one page a day and try to replace the page for the day of the meeting.
Light now feels that Near is far inferior to L and thinks that L would have figured out the possibility of a fake, so he probably would have tested it. Thinking to himself, Light blames everyone’s impending deaths on Near, but he doesn’t mind because it’s his complete victory. He then calls out to Mikami to see if he’s done and can barely hold back from laughing because he knows that everyone will die in 40 seconds. Near, however, isn’t through just yet. He finds it strange that Mikami answered Light’s question so honestly and decides to invite Mikami into the warehouse. With Light’s consent, Mikami bursts through the door, and the first thing Light asks him is how much time it’s been since he wrote the names down. With only one second left before the forty second mark, Light gleefully declares to Near that this is his victory.
That was such an evil place to end the episode (right as they count down to everyone’s death) – talk about a cliffhanger and keeping tensions high. Overall, I was pretty impressed with how they handled this episode, though it did feel a bit odd that the episode devoted some time to Aizawa remembering the basic rules of the Death Note. Aside from that, I liked how they really went all out for that hectic, crazy feeling during the Mikami scene where he’s writing everyone’s names down. It wasn’t quite as amusing as that potato chip from the early part of the series, but it was fun to watch nonetheless.
We’re now at doorstep of the final episode, and it seems to me that if Light indeed wins and everyone dies, then it doesn’t matter if he gloats at the end, but if he loses, then that gloating will have given away who he really is. The preview kind of gives away that no one dies when Light thinks they should, so it’s probably going to be the latter. In any case, I’m looking forward to it.