Oh no! A loss greater than L’s death! The fro is gone! What is Aizawa without his puff of frizzy hair?
A lot of you warned me about this current (and final?) arc of DEATH NOTE. While I’m still enjoying the show, there are definitely some "trouble spots." First, isn’t it some ludicrous overkill for Mello’s gang to use a rocket to get the Death Note away from the bunker? Did the goon in the gimp mask stash the book in the war head? And speaking of him, heh... I get the sense that he didn’t need to wear that particular mask to conceal his face, but he wanted to. Maybe it’s my imagination, but the animation quality seems little dodgy in parts, too. Was the clip montage last episode a sign that this show might be running out of budget at this point? Does that kind of thing happen a lot in anime?
The voice acting in this dub has been stellar across the board up until this point, with Brad Swaille and Alessandro Julliani being the absolute stand-outs as Light and L. Once again, I’d love to see or hear more work from these guys And that makes Mello's voice actor just stick out a lot more. Maybe it fits the character as being a second-rate punk, but the voice he’s using sounds more like a cartoonish jock than an evil mastermind. I have been liking Near’s voice actor, though. The cadence is evocative of L's, but still unique unto itself. And I really liked that visual metaphor where the one dice takes his whole castle down just as one tiny mistake allows Kira to kill almost all of the task force.
Oh, and what a bizarre cliffhanger…
“Well, that sucks.”
An odd button line, to say the least. I wonder if the skeleton on the throne is the "old man" Ryuk was worried about ticking off earlier.
Watch this episode, "Impatience" on Hulu here, and read my comments on the previous episode here.