Death Note

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 12:55 AM Oct 10, 2006 on Nippon Television Network Corporation
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Episode Summary

Light falls into the first of many of L's attempts to uncover him from his Kira alter ego.

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  • Nicely Done

    Crafty and well thought out.
  • The epic ending RULES

    Out of every show I have ever seen, which is quite a few, this episode has probably the best ending of them all. When I watched the first episode of Death Note, in all honesty I thought it pretty much sucked. I wasn't going to watch on until a few people forced me into watching the 2nd episode. I thought the first half of the ep was pretty interesting, but it wasn't until I saw the ending with L's trick on that broadcast that I thought 'omg, this is amazing' sort of thing. The point where the cat and mouse game started between L and Light reeled me in straight away, and since that it's been my favourite show (even better than naruto, and thats coming from a complete narutard). My advice to you is, if you've only seen the first ep and are wondering whether there's any point to you carrying on, you HAVE to get to the ending of episode 2. If you don't, you don't know what you're missing.moreless
  • L outwits Light in a little game of cat and mouse.

    This was an excellent second episode. The last five minutes of the episode was just too fun to watch. I was satisfied with how that scene was executed. And whoever this L character is, I like his style. This episode showed that L is very analytical and notices even the smallest detail such as the first heart attack victim. But the best part of his plan was when he decided to limit the broadcast to the Kantou region of Japan. I also loved how he used a criminal called Lind L. Tailor to lure Light to kill him.

    L managed to force Light into committing his biggest mistakes yet: writing Lind L. Tailor's name in the Death Note. Light made a deadly mistake in killing him. For me, that was a major disappointment in Light's character. Just a while ago he was calculating and taking measures to ensure his safety, and then he makes a move without any consideration at all. But if that didn't happen, I guess it wouldn't have set up what will inevitably be the focus of this series: the conflict between Light and L. It makes me wonder how Light must feel at that point, especially when L asked him to kill him again and Light can't do it because he doesn't know L's name or face. That was an amazing display of deductive logic from L. This series just stepped it up a notch.moreless
  • This episode truly starts the series. Its exactly how to start a storyline.

    In this episode, L, the worl's greatest detective, confronts the mass murderer Kira and proves his existence. This is what i think of when i think of how to start a storyline. With this one episode this whole series as a clever plot of good vs. evil. With its small details and huge twists. Be prepared to forever love this show. This could very well be considered the first episode of the storyline, but the real first one is still important. L vesrus Light. Kira vs. good. One things for sure if you like to think then this is the show for you.moreless
  • I was deeply impressed and intrigued by the introduction of L.

    The main reason I adore this episode is how beautifully executed the introduction of L was. I was deeply impressed with the logic he kept churning out as he revealed determining factors to his hypothesis about Light's location and method of murder. Restricting the locals of his broadcast took the cake. Definitely came across as a force to be reckoned with and makes you look forward to watching how this game of cat and mouse is going to play out throughout the series.

    Light was kind of manic (more than usual) though. Yelling at the TV like that... Put me off a bit since I got used to his calm demeanor so far. But it just makes me root for L more too.

    This episode really draws you into the series. Usually the first episodes of something take time to set things up and aquaint viewers with the main characters, but this series just jumps right into the action in just the second episode.moreless
Yukitoshi Tokumoto

Yukitoshi Tokumoto

Lind L. Tailor

Guest Star

Brian Dobson

Brian Dobson

Teacher (English Version)

Guest Star

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

ICPO Speaker (English Version)

Guest Star

Naoya Uchida

Naoya Uchida

Soichiro Yagami

Recurring Role

Haruka Kudo

Haruka Kudo

Sayu Yagami

Recurring Role

Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Kiyoshi Kobayashi


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Look Closely: When the scene of L's confrontation with Kira shifts to the National Police Agency, you can see Agents Aizawa and Mogi before their "official" introduction with them having actual spoken lines.

    • Look Closely: The font L uses for his logo is actually Old English Text MT.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • ICPO Agent: At any rate, these were criminals who were probably facing execution sooner or later. Perhaps we shouldn't...
      Another ICPO Agent: (Angrily interrupts) Why should it matter whether it's a criminal or someone innocent? Last time I checked, murder was still murder!

    • Ryuk: (To Light, when Sayu arrives) I'd be careful if I were you. If anyone else touches that notebook you've got hidden in the drawer right now, they'll be able to see me, too.
      Light: (thinking) He waits until now to mention that important detail? Damn shinigami!

    • Ryuk: (after school) I thought it'd never end! How do you do this every day? It's so boring here!

    • Ryuk: Hey Light! I'm talking to you.
      Light: What is it?
      Ryuk: Why are you working so hard?
      Light: Can't afford to waste any time. I have a very small window to write names in this notebook. I only have from when I get home from school until I go to bed. I still need to sleep so I can maintain my average and stay at the top of my class. Obviously I can't be sleeping in class. Plus there's all the studying at home and at cram school. I can't let myself get too tired. It'll start to effect my health and my mental performance. If I'm serious about trying to create an ideal world that's free from evil, then I need to make the most of my time.

    • Ryuk: Each of them has to hunt down the other without knowing the other's name or face, and the first one whose identity is revealed will die. Humans are so much fun!

    • L: Naturally, I'm very interested to know how you're able to commit these murders without being present, but I don't mind waiting a little bit longer. You can answer all of my questions when I catch you. Let's meet again soon... Kira.

    • Lind L. Tailor: Criminals around the world are being murdered by a serial killer. I consider this crime to be the most atrocious act of murder in history. I will not rest until the person or persons responsible are brought to justice. Kira, I will hunt you down. I will find you!
      Ryuk: He seems so certain he'll catch you.
      Light: The fool. He'll never find me. He'll have to get this first (refers to Death Note)! And as long as the police don't find it, there won't be any evidence to convict me... which means that catching me will be absolutely impossible.

    • Light: Ryuk, you should check this out.
      Ryuk: Huh?
      Light: Websites like this are popping up everywhere, lately.
      Ryuk: (reads website title) "The Legend of Kira the Savior." Huh, sounds pretty cool. Is this about you?
      Light: Yeah. I think they've taken the name "Kira" from the English word "killer." Can't say I'm too happy about that, but it looks like that's the name they've decided to give me. When I search the word "Kira," I'm pulling up tons of sites just like this one. The media hasn't picked up on it. They're still calling it a "succession of unexplained deaths among the world's most hardened criminals." But, the people of the world can already sense that there's something happening. They know there's someone out there passing righteous judgment.

    • Ryuk: I've heard of humans finding Death Notes in the past, and typically, the biggest problem they have is finding a good place to hide it. But you Light-- you're probably the first to give it this much thought. Though it's a pretty risky set up from the look of it. If you make even the slightest mistake, you could be badly burned.
      Light: Risky? You say the strangest things, sometimes, Ryuk. This whole thing has been a risk since the very beginning-- from the moment I obtained the Death Note. I'm sorry, but compared to that, this doesn't even qualify as a risk to me. In fact, it actually protects me. (leans in chair) It all comes down to a choice: Would I prefer to be executed, or deal with a little house fire?

    • L: The difficulty of this case lies in its unprecedented scope. And make no mistake; we're witnessing an atrocious act of mass murder-- one that is unforgivable. This case cannot be solved without the full cooperation of the ICPO-- that is, all of the police organizations we represent throughout the world. You need to make the decision to fully support the investigation at this meeting. Also, I acquire additional cooperation from Japan's National Police Agency.
      Japanese Agent: Huh?!
      Japanese Chief: What? Why Japan in particular?
      L: Whether the guilty party is an individual or a group, there is a strong possibility that they're Japanese. And even if they're not, we can be sure that they're hiding in Japan.
      Japanese Chief: What is all this based on?
      L: Why Japan, you ask? I think I'll be able to provide you with proof of that after I directly confront the culprit.
      Japanese Chief: A direct confrontation?
      L: At any rate, I would like to set up the investigation headquarters in Japan...

    • Watari: L is already on the move. (walks to the front of the room) Gentlemen, L has already begun his investigation over these incidents...
      Random Agent: Watari...
      Japanese Agent: Huh, who's that?
      Japanese Chief: That man's the only known person who can contact L. Nobody knows his true identity, either.
      Watari: Please be silent. L would now like to address the delegates. (opens laptop, showing L's insignia)
      L: Greetings to all of you at the ICPO. I am L.

    • Light: L!
      L: Kira.
      L and Light: (in unison) No matter what, I will find you and do away with you!
      Light: I am...
      L: I am...
      L and Light: (in unison) Justice!

    • Lind L. Tailor: Kira, I've got a pretty good idea what your motivation might be and I can guess what you hope to achieve. However, what you're doing right now is evil!
      Light: You think... I'm evil? I am justice!
      (rises from chair)
      I protect the innocent and those who fear evil! I'm the one who will become the god of a new world that everyone desires! All those who would oppose that god-- they are the ones who are truly evil!
      (prepares to write down Tailor's name into the notebook)
      I guess you're just too stupid, L. Too bad. This could have been a lot more interesting if you'd only been a bit smarter.
      (writes Tailor's name into the Death Note)
      I'll show the world what happens when you cross me. The entire world is watching, L... Five more seconds... 4, 3, 2, 1.
      (Tailor dies and Light begins to laugh maniacally)
      What's wrong? You've got nothing else to say?!
      (as agents carry Tailors body off screen, the monitor switches to L's insignia)
      L: (flustered) I had to check this just in case, but I-I never thought it would actually happen. Kira, it seems you can kill people without having to be there in person. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't just witnessed it.
      (slowly gaining composure in his voice)
      Listen to me, Kira. If you did indeed kill Lind L. Tailor, the man who you just saw die on television, I should tell you that he was an inmate whose execution was scheduled for today; that was not me...
      Light: What?
      L: The police arrested him in absolute secrecy, so you wouldn't have heard about him on TV or through the internet. It appears that not even you have access to information about these types of criminals.
      Ryuk: (to Light) Hehe, he got you there.
      L: But I assure you, L is real. I do exist. Now... try to kill me!
      Light: You... you bastard!
      L: What's wrong? Come at me! C'mon, right now! Kill me!

    • Light: If I'm careless, Kira might just have to kill... his own family.

  • NOTES (4)


    • When the police from around the world meet together at the Interpol meeting, most of the members there have a name tag with their names on it, and a flag to represent their country. It turns out that some of those name tags represent famous soccer players (real life players) from different countries, the name of the soccer player, being matched with the flag of the country which he is from.