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Death Note

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Wednesday 12:55 AM Apr 17, 2007 on Nippon Television Network Corporation
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Episode Summary

Five years later, two new enemies prepare themselves to challenge Kira. While one tries to find Kira with the help of the newly established group, the SPK, the other takes a more drastic measure by kidnapping someone very close to Soichiro and Light.

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  • We now enter ourselves to Mello and Near, L's successors.

    This is a really good episode in my opinion. We now take ourselves into the successors of L; Near and Mello. Near looks a whole lot younger than L. He uses his head like a game or a puzzle. I wonder why. We'll have to find out while watching the rest of the series. Mello is an aggressive 15-year-old boy who happened to have a very big grudge against Near for some reason. Roger was right to suggest the two of them work together. 5 years have passed since Higuchi's arrest and death. Near made up a group of FBI agents called the SPK in order to catch Kira. Meanwhile, Mello went off to join a Mafia group one and a half years ago. He doesn't care what it takes, he's certain to beat Near. Mello looked so cool in my opinon! Mello should be seen a lot more!!!moreless
  • It's one of my favorite animes out of the 50 or more Ive seen!

    This anime is one of THE BEST anime's in Japan! It's addicting, its thrilling, and when watching this anime, You need to expect the unexpected here. The characters are well drawn, the storyline has no noticable flaws, and the anime is dramatic, yet realistic, aside from the shinigami and the Death Note. The intelligence is amazing even for fake people, because somebody really thinks of what they should do or say. It was really unexpected from the moment I started watching it from the moment the credits started at the last episode. This is one of the best anime and manga of all time. Three words of advice before reading this and I really am serious,"Expect the unexpected".moreless
  • Years later, Light officially joins the Kira investigation, and we meet L's sucessors. Another awesome episode of Death Note.

    As I have probably said a million times, Death Note does not dissapoint, it hasn't so far. The only thing I found dissapointing was L's death, thinking...now the fun is over. However, we find out differently when we meet two of L's possible successors, Near and Mello. Near I have to say, reminds me the most of L, but Mello also reminds me of L when it comes to their love of sweet, well chocolate in Mello's case. It's interesting how different those two are, but their methods of catching Kira are effective. For example, Near works with the FBI, while Mello work with his own small, I guess you could say elite-ish (lol) group. While L's death is made known, and his successors begin working on the Kira case on their own, Light, and the old task force team have still been trying to "catch" Kira...which is hard considering that Light is Kira. It seems the world has taken a new turn, no one has been able to figure out Light it Kira yet, but that might change, and people might come to this realization now that Near and Mello are on the case. Death Note just keeps getting better, and a lot more...interesting.moreless
  • Chaos resumes…

    Five years later, two new adversaries stand in Light’s way. One is cold and calculating, the other is rash and unpredictable; both are very bright and, like L, pose a serious threat to Light. As fortune would have it for Light, however, both are in opposition to one another and are a danger to each other!

    Everything is a little different in the Death Note universe: Kira has plotted along, presumably unopposed thus far, and the results of his designs are apparent in the people living with the changes, more are supportive, yet dissenters are no where near quashed. Things have all gone Light’s way so far, but all this changes rather quickly, and all watching are once again plunged into sweet pandemonium as the action ensues.

    Needless to say, Death Note knows how to make it interesting, and it’s all so very glorious…moreless
Hiroshi Ohtake

Hiroshi Ohtake

Roger Ruvie

Guest Star

Ron Halder

Ron Halder

Roger Ruvie (English Version)

Guest Star

Aruno Tahara

Aruno Tahara

David Hoope (President)

Guest Star

Masaki Aizawa

Masaki Aizawa

Anthony Rester

Recurring Role

Brian Dobson

Brian Dobson

Hideki Ide (English Version)

Recurring Role

Naoya Uchida

Naoya Uchida

Soichiro Yagami

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Altered Scene: While Near meets with President David Hoope in both the manga and anime, the character design for the President in the anime is actually what was used for the Vice President in the manga.

    • Omitted Scene: The manga has a scene of the Shinigami Realm preceding the scene at the Yagami household. The unnamed shinigami continue to gamble, reiterating how much their world and the human world has changed.

    • Altered Scene: The manga version of the Wammy House flashback is slightly more explicit in demonstrating how inferior Mello thinks himself to be in comparison to Near. Mello thinks back to times when Near's projects would get more attention from their peers than his own. Thus, Mello would spend more of his time alone for the sake of trying to one up Near eventually.

    • Moved Scene: Mello's flashback of the Wammy House is moved from after his order to kidnap Sayu Yagami in the manga, to the beginning of the episode, preceding the scene at the Yagami household.

    • Omitted Scene: A Spy Among the SPK

      In the anime, Near finds out about the existence of the Death Note based on the past police reports involving Higuchi's capture. Mello, on the other hand, seems to find out about the notebook based on no information whatsoever.

      The manga actually gives an explanation as to how Mello discovered the Death Note's existence. After the scene with Near and the President, the scene switches to an SPK agent by the name of Ill Ratt, who requisitions a random passerby's phone to make "an official call." Under the code name of "Y320," he contacts Mello confirming that the Death Note is currently in possession by the Japanese Police. Suspecting that a spy is among the SPK, Near later alerts one of his agents that he should keep any new information concerning the case solely in his head.

      While any information concerning Ratt as the SPK spy is removed from the anime, he still remains in the anime series, if only as another agent to Near.

    • Altered Scene: In the anime, Aizawa is the officer who calls Mr. Yagami, telling him that John McEnroe wishes to meet with Director Takimura. However, Aizawa is in the same room as Yagami in the manga, suggesting that it was someone else who makes the phone call.

    • Moved Scene: The scenes involving John McEnroe's meeting with Mr. Yagami are combined into one whole as opposed to being interrupted by Mello's flashback and scene with Director Takimura.

    • Moved Scene: Mello's scene with the recently kidnapped Director Takimura and his claim to be the best (and specifically, better than Near) are combined into one scene and moved to follow the scene with Mr. Yagami and McEnroe.

    • Altered Scene: Dealing with the Kidnappers

      In the anime, upon learning of Sayu's kidnapping, Light is able to persuade the rest of the Task Force to act on this case independently from the Japanese Police. They then continue, agreeing that they should report Director Takimura's death, which would be impossible to cover up.

      The manga, however, has a significantly longer scene with the Task Force on this case. With Mr. Yagami as the new head of the police force, Task Force member Ide reminds him that he should not change how he will respond to the current situation just because his daughter is involved.

      Light then intervenes, reminding both his father and Ide to calm down and think before taking any drastic measures. He continues, telling the Task Force that Takimura was most likely killed by Kira and not the kidnappers, since it would not benefit them in the slightest. He further convinces them that neither Kira nor the person leaking police information to the public (in particular involving the Death Note) is not among the Task Force. However, this does not mean that the entire Police Force is free from suspicion. Light then goes into a detailed exlpanation of Kira's thought process and why he will most likely be willing to cooperate with the police for the sake of getting the death note away from criminal hands. Sayu's safety is now better contained, and (to Light's benefit) nobody in the Task Force will ever suspect him or his father of being Kira.

      With all that out of the way, Light retreats to his room, telling a disappointed Misa that he will not have much time for sleep for a while. He then goes over the death notes currently in the Human Realm and who has which. In particular, he asks Ryuk whether the notebook he took after killing Rem is still in his possession. Though, it turns out that not even Ryuk is sure who owns that notebook; while it has been in possession of Light's father, Light never explicitly relinquished its ownership. Misa makes a point that even if the kidnappers do get their hands on the notebook, a shinigami will not be attached to it, so they will not be able to make the shinigami eye trade. With that in mind, Light has the upper hand over the kidnappers, since Misa has made the eye trade previously.

      Though, really, Light does not even want to consider the notebook being taken from him, with everything finally turning in Kira's favor. He must contain the kidnappers and the American Police, who have both found out the existence of a murder notebook.

    • Altered Scene: "I don't want to try any tricks"

      After receiving the picture of Sayu via his cell phone, Mr. Yagami decides to head to Los Angeles along with the death note. The other Task Force members plead to him, asking to at least take the time to prepare a plan, but he declines, saying that there is no time for such things.

      In the manga, the Task Force actually goes through a list of possible ways to at least keep Soichiro in contact with them behind the kidnappers' backs. Though if the kidnappers were to find out about the other officers taking action in the kidnapping, it will only put Sayu and Soichiro's lives at greater risk. With that in mind, it means that only Light and recently added Task Force member Ide can move freely, since no record of their joining the Task Force was ever made. Ide suggests that while the kidnappers are aware of Soichiro's name, they still may not know his face, suggesting that he hide his face even on the airplane. Soichiro quickly turns down the idea, though; the thought of a masked man on an airplane may cause a panic. Aizawa then suggests that they get the F.B.I. to help them, since they already said that they were willing to cooperate with them. Ide agrees, saying that the Americans can use their satellites to keep watch. The idea of bringing a fake death note or being bugged with tracers is also brought up, but Soichiro is still steadfast, saying "I don't want to try any tricks."

      With Soichiro's opinion on the matter finally settled, Light begins their plan of action, having each of them arrive at L.A. through different flights. He also brings up the use of the cell phone number sharing system which was developed at Light's department of the NPA. Basically, the system allows for certain cell phones to overhear calls made to any other phone in that group. Since the system has not been announced to the public yet, it will serve as a safe way to keep updated with the kidnappers, whose only means of contact with Soichiro is via his cell phone. Light concludes the scene, reiterating to the others how the use of a bug or tracer will not be used in the matter.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Beginning this episode, Kristie Marsden voices Sayu Yagami in the English dub of the series instead of Kelly Metzger, who voices the younger Sayu. In the original Japanese version, however, Sayu's voice actress (Haruka Kidou) remains consistent throughout the series.

    • Canada (YTV/Bionix) Airdate: May 2, 2008

    • US (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim) Airdate: April 27, 2008

    • Manga Correlation:
      - Chapter 060, "Kidnapping" (Pages 7-11, 14-End)
      - Chapter 061, "Number Two"
      - Chapter 062, "Decision"
      - Chapter 063, "Target" (Pages 1-10)

    • Starting this episode, the title card and bumper footage is now red instead of blue, probably to signify the new story arc.


    • The President
      In the English dub of the episode, the president has a Texan accent--a play on the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.

    • John McEnroe
      The FBI agent who meets Soichiro Yagami identifies himself under the alias "John McEnroe." McEnroe shares his alias name with former professional tennis player John Patrick McEnroe Jr.