YMMV / L: change the WorLd

  • Better Than Canon: There are a number of people who prefer the light novel to the movie, due to being closer in spirit to the rest of the Death Note series.
  • Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming/Tastes Like Diabetes: Heartwarming to some, cheesy to others.
    • The moments with L and Maki. Their big brother-little sister/father-daughter bond are just waiting to pull at your heart strings or waiting to make you throw up rainbows.
    • The moments with L and Near is pretty much the same.
    • The part where L mentions that Light was his first friend.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Maki.
  • Foe Yay: See Ho Yay and Ship Tease.
  • Ho Yay: Light isn't even alive in this universe, and there is still plenty of fodder for shippers, starting with the way he wears Light's watch in "rememberance," strengthened by the quote "Light, it hurts... My heart-", and ending with his offering at Light's altar.
    • And also with Hideaki Suruga, L and Maki disguise themselves as a woman and young boy to get passed some other FBI agents and L continually makes Suruga feel uncomfortable, calling him “honey”, winking at him, and otherwise coming off suggestively.
  • Moral Event Horizon: K crossed it when she slaughtered a village full of people with a virus just to decrease the surplus population, believing that too many people in the world would destroy the environment.
    • And if that weren't that enough, killing Maki's father really ticked Maki off big time.
  • Narm:
    • Maki's father's death
    • "I will call you Near. Because you will always be near to those who need you."
  • Replacement Scrappy: K for Light.
  • Tear Jerker: Maki's stuffed bear being returned to her at the end.
    Recording of Maki's Mom: Welcome home Maki. Did you have a good day?
    Maki: I had a good five days.
    Recording of L: Welcome home Maki. Please have a good day tomorrow, too.
    Maki: ...And the same to you, L.

  • The Woobie: L, Maki, and Near. Could even count as the Freudian Trio. L only has 23 days to live, Maki witnessed her father being killed, and Near just barely managed to survive bioterrorist attack in the village he once lived in.