Recap / Death Note Ep 08 Glare

At night, the Kira Task Force are looking into the surveillance into Penber at the train station. While doing so, Matsuda and Aizawa have tired eyes. They ended up noticing that before Penber's death, he's looking into someone who is in the train before the door closes down. To top it off, he's carrying an envelope. Just then, Watari gets a call from Ukita about information on the Kira case so L orders him to call him through Matsuda's phone. As he calls, L uses the name "Suzuki", and the news is about Naomi Misora. It turns out they have history together since "B.B. Murders Los Angeles" case.

While Matsuda and Aizawa said that she's dead because Penber died, L believes otherwise as she has great inner strength. But he wonders if Kira got to her. As a result, L has ordered surveillance cameras to be placed all over the houses of Kitamura and Chief Yagami, despite Matsuda and Aizawa's warnings that is a violation of humans rights. The chief gives out the order, despite all this. He started to rant to the two about it, and Matsuda apologizes for it, but Soichiro apologizes as well.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All for Nothing: For all the effort Light went through to kill Naomi Misora to prevent her from telling L her theory that Kira can kill in ways outside of heart attacks, L deduces this as a result of Naomi's death.
  • Big Ham: Both Light and Ryuk get small moments. When his withdrawal symptoms kick in, Ryuk shouts out "the symptoms are starting!" and of course Light's inner monologue of "I'll take a potato chip... AND EAT IT!"
  • Covert Pervert: L agrees-the cameras should be installed everywhere.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Light kept a mini TV hidden in a bag of potato chips just in case he was ever put under surveillance.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Light deliberately invokes this idea to cover up what he's really doing. Although he's just looking at the magazines, not actually doing anything explicit.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ryuk flat out says apples to him are like what drugs are to some humans, if he goes too long without them he gets withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include doing handstands and his body twisting up like a pretzel. "IT'S NOT PRETTY!"
  • Inconsistent Dub: The writers of the dub establish the setting is in Japan, but there's one line of dialogue that is out of place. The dub says that Light spent $400 on a miniture TV, but the original says the price was about ¥40,000. Oops.
    • However this statement is still technically accurate as 1 dollar = 1000 yen, therefore 400 dollars = 40, 000 yen. This could also be Ryuk being used to speaking the English language, as he wrote the Death Note's instructions in English because it is the most common language.
  • Infraction Distraction: Light buys porn so his father and the investigators will think that's why he's checking if people enter his room.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A mild example here. Light uses Ryuk's love for apples to make him look for cameras and microphones in his room.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Light takes a potato chip AND EATS IT!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: L had worked with Naomi before, and thus knows she is too strong willed to be Driven to Suicide by her fiancee's death.
  • Properly Paranoid: Light puts a scrap of paper in the door as an obvious tell, leaves his door handle ajar, and sets up a piece of pencil lead so that it will break if someone enters his room. All three options have been triggered, it can be attributed to his mother being in his room with laundry or something like that, but when the subtle traps are triggered but someone takes the time to reset the paper scrap, then that's a sign something more suspicious is going on.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: The taskforce struggles with the moral dilemma presented when L wants to illegally install cameras and wiretaps in the Yagami and Kitamura homes.