Ha! I’m going to have vacillate again on the whole goth thing with this show, once again, because Misa’s whole room’s just a shrine to the cute and ghoulish.
I commented before that I appreciated this series’ freeness regarding suspensions of disbelief, but even I have to say that the stack of coincidences is piling up just a little too high with this episode. This girl’s saved by a Shinigami, too? She just happens to be going to the same school as both L and Light , out of all the places in Japan (let alone the world), AND she has her own Death Note? That’s pushing it a little.
On that (death) note, I’ll be honest and say that the revelation that the Shinigami’s death knell is love runs a bit cheesy. Although, it is fitting that gods of death are vulnerable to things that promote life - - apples, love, saving people and what not. It’s in the similar vein (pun intended) to how vampires are so wretched in folklore that the Sun and the cross repulse them. I did like the design of Jealousy or whatever that monster was called. He looked like a patchwork Frankenstein. Actually, I’d like to see more of these Shinigami. The ones in the opener look so fun.
And speaking of the Shinigami, what’s up with L’s freak-out over the mere possibility of them? He’s been so cool and calm about dealing with an invincible telekinetic this whole time, you’d figure he’d be prepared for demons. Perhaps he can reconcile ESP with science, while gods of death are just so far removed from reality that the mere thought of their existence shatters his world. I get the feeling that this small bit is going to be a lot more relevant later. Just imagine how he’ll react if he ever sees Ryuk with his own eyes.
One last thing about the Shinigami, since we’re on a roll, here. Are they part of Japanese folklore? Maybe Shinotism? Or were they made up for this show?
You can check out this episode, "Love", on Hulu here and my thoughts on the last episode here.