Sheesh… you know Light’s got to have his choice of just about any girl when he’s treating Misa like some ugly duckling his sister’s trying to push on him. If a famous model showed up at my door in a tight black corset and said she’d do anything for me, even begged me to tell her what to do, I don’t think I’d be rolling my eyes. But that’s not really the issue here, is it? What’s more pressing is that her recklessness is putting Light’s careful, meticulous master plan in jeopardy. I’m sure he’ll want to start saying, “Don’t try this at home, kids,” in any public statements after this. Nothing ruins a pro's game more than amateur copycats.
I’m sensing some commentary on celebrity culture here (in addition to the internet, as I went into so much detail about before) though this isn’t the usual criticism of paparazzi. The fact that Misa, a celebrity, is the one stalking Light really puts the usual scenario on its head. 99% of the time, the stalker's some maladjusted fan, not a famous beauty who’s always got a photo shoot scheduled and who can’t go out in public without getting mobbed. This kind gets back to what I was saying about the Shinigami inverting so many standards of human reality.
Speaking of Shinigami, I like how Misa’s one (I forget his/her name) is basically a grim Jiminy Cricket. He/she knows that Light’s just playing with her emotions (as if he couldn’t be even more of a bastard) and just when he thinks he’s tricked him/her into a bind, he/she cuts the crap and lets Light know just where he stands in this relationship of power. That’s certainly a different style than Ryuk’s. I’d be curious to see how much variety of personalities there are in the rest of the Shinigami. I’m sure we will eventually - - those designs in the opener are just too good to leave there.
And, oh man, I hope they don’t kill L. They’re pretty damn close, now - - closer than they’ve ever been.