Don’t do it, Light! Don’t take the Shinigami eyes! It’s a trick!
This episode ends with another hell of a cliffhanger as Ryuk makes Light a devilish offer. It’s definitely in line with the demons and goblins in folklore, isn’t it? Tempting mortals with deals for power that’ll likely prove to be more costly than what they’re worth. While getting Ryuk’s “info eyes” will certainly increase Light’s workflow, so to speak, is it really worth the cost of halving his life? I mean, how is he going to enjoy his power (and all that megalomaniacal laughter that goes with it, surely) if he’s only got half as much time to savor it? You can’t really enjoy it if you’re dead, right? Especially when Ryuk’s saying Light could have an unpleasant afterlife too.
Ha… this whole dilemma’s making me think of the economics classes I took in college. The conditions would certainly make for the most morbid multiple-choice exam question in history. All things being equal, of course, what kind of opportunity cost does Light give up (measures remaining life years as Y) in exchange for the benefit of a pair of Shinigami’s eyes(measuring criminal deaths as X) if results are a foregone conclusion….
Ha ha… that makes me smile,. It really isn’t too far removed from the tone of this show, is it? They spend a lot of time discussing this kind of "dream logic" in DEATH NOTE.
Along that line, I hate to bring Stephen King up again, but this show’s whole approach to magical realism really reminds me of his work. How L uses basic reason to understand the irrational, how the investigators resign rather than face this dangerous “ESP” they don’t understand, how Light’s life is basically a normal one without the Death Note, et cetera. I also love the characterization of Ryuk as this demon who’s so long-lived, his only motivation for doing anything is to stave off boredom. He only warns Light of the agent trailing him, for instance, because it personally bugs him to be followed. You're always eager to hear what he has to say next.