Oh geez… it’s so amusing how every episode’s had some an ominous title like “Execution” and “Confession” and “Confrontations, and this one is just “ Matsuda.” Making this whole episode about this klutzy dunce makes me think of that one SIMPSONS episode that was divided into short vignettes focusing on all the lesser-known Springfield citizens like Apu, Principal Skinner and Cletus the slack-jawed yokel.
Of course, none of those vignettes had the EVA-style psychological profiles like this did. He might be going about it all wrong, but you know where Matsuda's coming from. He’s acting so rash just to prove himself.
Matsuda does survive, but almost in spite of himself. I don’t know how much longer the evil corporate guys were going to buy his cover story. Barging past the reception desk can be written off as being a little pushy for an enthusiastic manager, but getting all the way up to an executive board room? That’s a lot more involved. But man… the way he got out of it all was ingenious (and a real team effort!) L speaking in frat boy-style code (he’s just full of surprises, isn’t it?), Misa using her girlfriends to distract the suits and then Matsuda’s apparently-deadly fall (and Misa cheering him on was hysterical too.)
Actually, speaking of Misa, it’s so weird how she basically designed her current personality. Rem the Death Note or whatever powers that may be in the Shingigami world created her drives and quirks and invented all these substitute memories based on the abstract base concept of her just loving Light unconditionally.
You know, I’ve mentioned Asimov before, and it’s been intriguing how this show’s been exploring the logic of that bit of fantasy. She loves Kira because she knew that Light is Kira, but not that she doesn’t know that she has these contradictory devotions. If Light is put against Kira, then who does help? I'll be curious to see how this plays out. How long before she gets her memories back?
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