Death Note

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Wednesday 12:55 AM Feb 13, 2007 on Nippon Television Network Corporation
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Episode Summary

Tensions rise among the Task Force as the Kira investigation continues with the close surveillance of the Yotsuba corporation. But when the Force finds that the police are no longer supporting the case, the members are forced to choose between keeping their jobs or resigning to continue searching for Kira.moreless

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  • It doesn't really seem like Death Note anymore.

    This episode is definitely slower than the previous episodes. There were no huge plot twists, but the introduction of two characters that are pretty shady might make things interesting.

    There is no way you could imagine the Light that we're seeing now as Kira. They are like two polar opposites. And with his megalomaniacal ways still suppressed, Death Note is becoming less and less enjoyable. However, the fight between Light and L and Aizawa's resolve makes this episode shine.

    With the Yotsuba arc, Light's loss of the Death Note, no Shinigamis on screen and focus on secondary characters, the anime is living the first "down" phase after a ton of "ups".moreless
  • Giving those minor characters some love.

    The tensions running through this episode can't nearly be called the highest the series has seen or will see, but they're definitely some of the deeper-running emotions. Seeing L become so discouraged by the conclusions he reached that he had to be physically snapped out of his on-set depression was different, but still in-character. The most moving part of the episode, by far, was Aizawa crying in front of his daughter at the end of the episode. It shows just how trying the Kira case is on those involved, making them seem that much stronger that they continue as the series progresses.

    I give this episode a 9/10 on a Death Note scale.moreless
  • The members on the task force have to choose between qutting their jobs to go on trying to pursue Kira, or to keep their positions on the police force.

    This episode was pretty boring. Not much happened, although it did get interesting seeing Light and L fighting in the beginning. I did feel really bad for the member who had to leave the task force..especially when he said that his wife and him were fighting.

    Also, the group has found a Kira connection with a big business company called Yatsuba. This is due to members of the business dying recently due to heart attacks.

    L takes a different approach bringing criminals onto the team to help them find Kira. Towards the end, you notice that L has some sort of affection for the people on the force since he secretly promised to be sure to take care of all their expenses in the event that they quit their jobs.moreless
  • Adjustments…

    This has got to be the slowest episode so far… nothing much happened, I certainly understand why and I still enjoyed it (Light and L hashing it out mano-e-mano was great!) but it was definitely a break from the hard-attack pace in previous episodes…

    The task force has now made their move to their new headquarters, in a giant building with tight security, living quarters for its members, etc…

    New associates are inducted and one old one is removed from the picture…

    Light has found some clues linking Kira to Yatsuba, a business empire with stock on the rise due to the convenient deaths of its opposition’s key leaders. This and other things completely alter the conclusion L had come to about Kira, and we see him take on a different attitude to the whole case in this episode…

    All in all, a great stepping stone to future episodes…moreless
Mamoru Miyano

Mamoru Miyano

Light Yagami

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Light Yagami (English Version)

Kappei Yamaguchi

Kappei Yamaguchi


Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

L (English Version)

Aya Hirano

Aya Hirano

Misa Amane

Shannon Chan-Kent

Shannon Chan-Kent

Misa Amane (English Version)

Shannon Chan-Kent

Shannon Chan-Kent

Yumi Aizawa (English Version)

Guest Star

Trevor Devall

Trevor Devall

Shingo Mido (English Version)

Guest Star

Masaru Ikeda

Masaru Ikeda

Koreyoshi Kitamura

Guest Star

Naoya Uchida

Naoya Uchida

Soichiro Yagami

Recurring Role

Chris Britton

Chris Britton

Soichiro Yagami (English Version)

Recurring Role

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

Touta Matsuda (English Version)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Altered Scene: Aizawa's Retina Check

      When entering the Task Force HQ, another layer of security is added to what was already in the manga, as Aizawa is forced to have his eye scanned.

    • Altered Scene: Light vs. L

      As the fist/foot fight between Light and L begins, a short shot of Misa being disgusted that she stepped on some cake during all the chaos is added in as a bit of comic relief.

      As the fight continues, Matsuda wants to call the room to makes them stop. However, his actions are halted in the manga by Mr. Yagami who regretfully asks that he "let them be." The manga chapter continues with Matsuda receiving a call from Eighteen magazine which is proud to tell Misa Amane's new manager (as previously appointed by L) that Misa has reacher first place in their latest reader poll. Not having the magazine representative call in the anime, Matsuda appears to have made the bit of information up just to stop Light and L's fight.

    • Altered Scene: Light and L's Discovery

      Upon discovering that a series of mysterious deaths have occurred all in favor of the Yotsuba Company, the manga has Light and L discover that Kira must have the power to kill in ways other than a heart attack. This was actually a valuable piece of information that Naomi Misora was going to provide the Task Force with that would have led to greater suspicion of Light as Kira at that time.

    • Omitted Scene: Thinking Time

      After the Yotsuba's meeting, a brief scene of the Task Force and L discussing the new Kira was in the manga. They eventually reach the conclusion that Kira must be one of the Yotsuba members, since Kira is the kind of character to not be used as a man for hire. Aizawa then brings up how the challenge at hand is how to infiltrate the Yotsuba main building. L then responds, saying that while Watari is well respected in the business world, any case involving Kira is too dangerous for Watari to do alone. Never having met Watari, Light asks who he is. L answers, saying that he is "the one who appears on the computer from time to time - the one I had you think was another L." Getting back on topic, everyone sets up preparations for their next move, Aizawa looking into how Yotsuba is organized, Light checking if he can hack into Yotsuba's main computer, and Matsuda being at a loss as to what to do (as always).

    • Altered Scene: NPA Director and Soichiro

      The anime cuts the conversation between the NPA Director and Mr. Yagami terribly short, cutting to the scene only in a brief flashback as Mr. Yagami explains what happened with the rest of the Task Force. The manga goes into much more detail, mainly explaining how Kira has been able to control politicians all over the world by threatening them with death and by giving them bribes.

    • Altered Scene: Aiber and Wedy

      In the manga, Mr. Yagami mentions how difficult it would be for them to increase their number of members, especially when not that many police officers are willing to lose their job to work on the Kira case. With this in mind, L tells Watari to contact Aiber and Wedy himself since L "wouldn't be able to explain [his] thoughts as well" to them. The duo then arrives three days later, walking up to the group directly from their arrival. However, in the anime, both of them show up on the same day that Matsuda begins to realize how little he contributes to the group. Their first appearance is also different in that they are both sitting on a couch in the room.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • L: (after Light punches him) You know that really hurt.

    • L: It's not my deduction that was wrong. The fact is, I can say that Light Yagami is Kira and Misa Amane is the second Kira, but it won't be enough to solve the case, and that's why I'm a little depressed. Is that so unreasonable?
      Light: Yes, yes, it is. Besides, you should hear yourself is as if you won't be satisfied unless I am Kira!
      L: I won't be satisfied unless you're Kira? Well, then maybe some trip to that. In fact, now that you mentioned it, you're right. I think I want you to be Kira.

    • Light: More importantly, what was the point of putting Misa and me behind bars?!
      L: I understand. But still, whatever the reason... (kicks Light) An eye for an eye, my friend.

    • Light: What was it?
      L: Matsuda's acting stupid again.
      Light: Well, that is his specialty.
      Matsuda: I can hear you, you know.

    • Light: Ryuuzaki, you'll never be alone as long as I'm still here. I haven't forgotten my promise.

    • Matsuda: But that makes Kira cheap and uncool. That's not groovy at all.
      Aizawa: So you reckon Kira's cool and groovy, Matsuda, huh?!
      Matsuda: Er, I didn't mean that... Sorry...

    • L: It's impressive, the way you dug this one up.
      Light: Yeah.
      Matsuda: I helped him a lot too, Ryuuzaki.

    • Light: What's up?
      L: Another of Matsuda's unimportant idiocies.
      Light: Well, Matsuda does have that natural ignorance.
      Matsuda: Eh... Those two know that we can hear them, right?

    • Matsuda: Ryuzaki, is there anything else I can do to help? Besides the manager job?
      L: You want to be useful?
      Matsuda: Yes!
      L: Then go get me some coffee.

    • L: (after Light punches him) As I said before, an eye for an eye... I'm a lot stronger than I look, you know. (kicks Light in return)

    • Aizawa: I became a detective so I could catch the bad guys, not run away!

    • Aizawa: I understand clearly now! I hate Ryuzaki! And all of his methods!!
      L: I like people like Aizawa, though.
      Aizawa: … How can you say stuff like that so offhandedly! I absolutely hate that!! I quit!!!
      L: (speaks quietly to himself) Thanks for your hard work.

  • NOTES (3)


    • L's Fighting Style:
      L's fighting style is based off of the Brazilian martial arts known as capoeira. The idea for L to kick in an unusual way was actually thought of by Takeshi Obata, the artist of the manga, who did not consider the fighting style at all when drawing the scene out. While no real background information was given to the fighting style in the series, fans speculated and soon enough, the idea was brought up in the Death Note novel The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.

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