They’re really playing up L’s quirkiness, aren’t they? Tight-shots on his fidgety (and probably smelly) feet, close-up of him playing with his own lip and more than a few beats devoted to him lapping up his green tea ice cream cones? This is one eccentric weirdo we’ve got here. And that makes him much more interesting thing than your average master detective, doesn't it? I’ve been told that there were live-action adaptations of the manga that preceded this anime series, so I'm kind of curious now... how closely does L’s portrayal there resembles this one? Did the actor scale back on the ticks? Or he play them up even more?
Maybe it’s a bit cliché to comment on how the protagonist and antagonist mirror eachother in stories like this… but it’s still worth commenting on for DEATH NOTE. Naomi even says that Light reminds her of L before he kills her! To be sure, they’re both cunning geniuses, but I’m more struck by how young L appears to be, now that he’s been fully revealed like this. He keeps harping on how Light’s behavior is typical for a 17-year-old, yet I get the impression that he’s only a few years past 17, himself. I suspect that that isn’t an accident and I’m sure there’s going to be more to that "coincidence" as the series goes along.
This twist of Ryuk’s addiction to apples almost feels like a cheat, by the way. It’s just such a convenient way for Light to take care of the surveillance system. It really isn’t a cheat, though. The writers paid their dues in planting the seeds for it (pun intended.) Ryuk has been gobbling those things since the very beginning, and they’ve made a point to stress that Shinigami aren’t invincible. In a lot of ways, they’re like stooges from a higher plane, so it figures that this, of all things, would be their weakness,.
You DEATH NOTE guys get a pass on this one!