“Frenzy,” indeed. DEATH NOTE hasn’t been this race-against-the-clock intense since that episode that introduced the second Kira. The moment when Aizawa and his fro reappeared - - that was up there in the “goose bump-inducing category” with that scene where the cops erected a human barricade to shield Chief Yagami. Seeing as how I gave Matsuda respect earlier, I’ve also got to give some to the Aizawa-man. Even when L warns him not to intervene for his own safety, he’s still committed to seeing this manhunt through. That takes resolve.
Actually, this whole episode was just filled with sharp moments. Higuchi’s fake-out with the dummies… well, there’s not much to say about that aside from commenting on how tense it was, is there? The part where all the cops start seeing Rem, one after the other, was cccreeepppyyy, too. This giant demon’s just… standing there, like some optical illusion you can’t ignore. It sort of goes back to what I was saying earlier about how this series’ approach to “magical realism” reminds me a lot of Stephen King’s work. I wonder how L’s going reconcile this bit of fantasia with his rigidly-logical view of the situation. He did freak out something fierce over the mere mention of Shinigami before.
Speaking of L… he’s definitely getting his hands dirty in this episode, letting the traffic cop die like that. Sure, maybe the task force didn’t have total comprehension of the death note's powers, but still… that hesitation introduced even more gray morality into this already murky conflict. You can make valid criticisms of Light, but L can’t play the card of being flawless, either.
And, of course, there’s that other great moment in this episode when all the Kira memories come flooding back into Light. I knew it was going to happen eventually, but that chain-lighting slideshow was still powerful enough to light-up a city. This changes everything, all over again… AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!