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Watch & Learn: Death Note Episode #25

No! It can't be! SPOILERS!

     Dude... you're just pulling our leg, right?
 Dude... you're just pulling our leg, right?

L’S DEAD!?!?! No way!!!

L can’t be dead. He can’t be! He’s the best character in this whole show! There’s got to be some way out of this. This has to be part of his master plan. Come on, if Light was able to recover from comprehensive amnesia, then L’s got to find some way to bounce back from a heart attack.

Ack! Nobody’s safe in this show! And the worst part is that it’s all on account on that ditz Misa. I feel good for calling Rem’s death like I did, but man… it just HAD to be L and Watari’s deathes that got her turned to sand? That’s like being proven right in the worst way. Ack! What a dramatic scene though, with the slow motion and the fluorescent scribble. I guess if he has to check out, this was at least an artful exist.

So many questions… and a lot of them were brought up just before L bit it. Light, that bastard, actually brings up some of the most challenging ones. Do L and the state have the right to use the death note, while Kira does not? On what grounds can they even try Kira if they do apprehend him? There aren’t exactly precedents for this kind of case and it’d be tricky to establish guilt, because he wasn’t directly involved in the murders.

There’s that pointed question L asks Light.   “Since the day you were born, have you ever been honest?”  

L knows. He has to know. And it seems like he knows he’s going to die, too, telling Watari that something’s wrong in the beginning and asking about the bells? His own funeral bells? Aaaaaaahhh… he has to be in on it, because I couldn’t help but see a lot of allusions to the Last Supper in that scene after he and Light step out of the rain - - L offering to wash the feet of his betrayer right before he dies on account of his scheming, and what not.  If it was intentional, it’d certainly follow all those other Biblical allusions with the forbidden fruit and what not.

I’m sure that scene fueled the imagination of thousands of yaoi artist, too.

Ack! L can’t be dead. He IS Batman. They even flashing glimpses of some childhood trauma at what looks like an orphanage in this episode. He’s got a plan… I know it.

You can watch this episode, “Silence,” here on Hulu and get worked up in your own way.  Read my comments about the previous episode, here.      

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available  here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on Amazon.com.  

lavaman77on June 24, 2010 at 5:04 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk  : Yeah what's coming will be pretty sweet. all ill say is that Light's battle with L is not over yet.
JackSukeruon June 24, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.
I sorta got spoiled to this when a friend, who hadn't watched the series, mentioned that a friend of his said that the series stopped being good about halfway through. So I guessed that this was what was going to happen, since it was the one thing I could think of that could really ruin the series. I do like that the circumstances surrounding his death meant that no one ever learned his true name, it helps to keep him badass.
 
I'm pretty sure there wasn't any "washing of feet" in the manga, a friend of mine who saw both the anime and read the manga pointed out that there were some differences between the two. 
 
But man, I love L, got a plushie of him on a shelf over my bed, he's awesome. No other character in that series will ever come "Near" him.
zaldaron June 24, 2010 at 12:50 p.m.
Heh very good rockman I see what you did there ;).  I agree as well, won't spoil it though I expect others will figure it out soon (next episode if I remember correctly).  I liked the last half as much as the rest but I always liked light.  I believe in the death penalty so until he went completely insane (about the time he was killing light) I actually believed he was good.  I do love how ridiculous his plan was and the fact that it still worked is amazing.  I really do love this show..

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