Death Note

Season 1 Episode 19

Matsuda

1
Aired Wednesday 12:55 AM Feb 20, 2007 on Nippon Television Network Corporation
8.8
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Matsuda makes the Kira investigation more difficult for the Task Force when he gets himself captured by the Yotsuba corporation.

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  • This Matsuda-centric episode became very thrilling and a wacky, rollercoaster ride.

    8.0
    Matsuda, you clown! I like the way he tried to do his best but he should have known better to be honest. I love how L gets the blue aura, Light gets the red aura and Matsuda gets gold. And now that the meeting room is bugged, I'm looking forward to the next episode.



    But the lack of evil Light is what I'm missing at the moment. And it's not just Light's character that's suffering, L isn't half as interesting with evil Light on vacation. One genius against another genius is fascinating. Two geniuses against people so incompetent is not so interesting.



    The writers of the last few episodes don't seem like the same ones who portrayed the brilliant bus scenario. I was in awe of the amount of imagination and detail they had gone through to make that scene work so beautifully. That kind of thought made the first fifteen episodes enthralling. This arc shows none of that. I'm hoping the magic comes back in future episodes.moreless
  • Definitely one of Matsuda's... defining moments.

    8.7
    This episode was action-packed in an ordinary person type way. The feats accomplished were more believable as they were more realistic, brining the series down a notch in terms of cutting-edge sci-fi, but increasing its credibility with the fans. Granted, the tasks Matsuda must go through to cover up his goof are a bit unlikely, but nevertheless, who hasn't wanted to do something of the sort at least once in their life?



    The episode gripped reality firmly and strove to make the audience understand that each of the characters has their own strengths and weaknesses, despite their blatant intellect. This is reminded everyone that it's not necessarily book smarts that will get one by in life.



    I give this episode an 8.7/10 on a Death Note scale.moreless
  • Matsuda tries to prove that he is not "dead weight", but ends up getting into more trouble, which causes the task force's kira case to become difficult.

    8.5
    Not the best Death Note episode, but it was definetly a good one. Overall, it was a good episode. Matsuda, wanting to feel useful, sneaks into the Yotsuba's building, listening in on their meeting. Though he did find some useful information, it was all messed up when he was caught. The people of Yotsuba, who feared he overheard something, feels that they have no choice to kill him. Matsuda claims he was merely trying to advertise Misa Amane to be their spokesperson, seeing that he is her current manager. Though he was convincing, they were still planning to kill him anyway. I felt sorry for poor Matsuda who was only trying to help, but made "L's" job more difficult, and trying to find a way to save him. I thought it was pretty good that L came up with the idea for Misa to distract them, and to have Matsuda fake his death.moreless
  • this episode really does feel like a Mission: Impossible episode

    8.8
    Wow, this episode really does feel like a Mission: Impossible episode. I was particularly amused with their attempt to make it look as if an accident has happened because that's the kind of things that Mission: Impossible team normally do. So far I've actually been enjoying this Yotsuba arc quite a bit, which is surprising since I've heard many people think that this arc is rather boring. At any rate, this should have been called Matsuda's Exciting Adventure since the bulk of the story focuses on the hapless and slightly idiotic detective. I suppose they need to develop him due to what happen in future episodes but it really doesn't help that they portray him as a bumbling fool in this episode. Having said that, it's kind of worth it just to see L being frustrated with the guy. I never thought I’d see L running out of patience before.moreless
  • Matsuda... *snorts* (lmfao...)

    9.1
    I’m still cracking up over this episode… It was FUNNY! Between Misa, L, and Matsuda, (what a card), I was almost unable to contain myself… This was likely due to the fact that this is so unlike the show I know so far… The task force and L start talking about the very real possibility of Matsuda getting killed by Kira and they make it completely hysterical!

    Anyway, Matsuda has finally caught on to the fact that he’s done very little for the taskforce in comparison to the others. He quickly decides to do something about it and sneaks into the Yatsuba building on the day he thinks Kira is active. Needless to say, because he’s Matsuda, he totally botches the operation and becomes desperate for L to save him…moreless
Mamoru Miyano

Mamoru Miyano

Light Yagami

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Light Yagami (English Version)

Kappei Yamaguchi

Kappei Yamaguchi

L

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

L (English Version)

Aya Hirano

Aya Hirano

Misa Amane

Shannon Chan-Kent

Shannon Chan-Kent

Misa Amane (English Version)

Trevor Devall

Trevor Devall

Shingo Mido (English Version)

Guest Star

Kiyoyuki Yanada

Kiyoyuki Yanada

Takeshi Ooi

Guest Star

Michael Kopsa

Michael Kopsa

Takeshi Ooi (English Version)

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

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Look Closely: The Yotsuba Group has their meeting on the 19th floor, matching this episode's number.

    • Altered Scene: Light's Innocence

      While Light ponders if he could have acted as Kira without him knowing it, the manga has him think back to critical events that happened to him: the deaths of the bus-jacker, Raye Penber and Naomi Misora. He wonders why he never focused on these events before this time.

      After noticing Light's serious face, the manga also has L notice how skilled Light is with hacking into computers (as Light hacks into the Yotsuba company computer). Light admits in his head that he he has hacked into his father's computer in the past, but he refuses to believe that that fact connects him with being Kira.

    • Altered Scene: Takahashi's Mistake

      Before Matsuda is brought into the separate room, the manga has Yotsuba member Takahashi angrily accuse him of listening in on the meeting. Unaware of how much Matsuda heard, member Kida tries to cover up for Takahashi, saying "It's not like we were talking about anything that matter."

    • Altered Scene: Misa's "Special Reception"

      When Misa brings up how she got permission from the higher ups to have Yotsuba meet her and others for a special reception, the Yotsuba members have no idea that they will be met by a group of scantily clad women. However, in the manga, Misa is more specific about the reception and who will be attending, actually making most of the Yotsuba members more anxious to go.

    • Altered Scene: The Aftermath

      After successfully rescuing Matsuda, short clips of Aiber removing his wig inside the ambulance and Wedy smoking in the room with Matsuda and Soichiro sitting on the mattress are shown.

    • Altered Scene: Matsui's Obituary

      The manga actually has Matsuda reading his own obituary in the newspaper, noting how small a space he was given in the newspaper. With Misa without a manager, L then asks if Aiber wishes to be the new manager. Aiber quickly declines and L resorts to making Task Force member Mogi the new manager.

      The anime, on the other hand, has Yotsuba member Kida read the obituary to serve as a better transition to the Yotsuba meeting.

    • Altered Scene: Kida's Concern

      Before the Yotsuba actually meet to discuss what to do with Coil, the manga has Yotsuba member Kida (the member who receives Coil's call) contact member Ooi, mentioning how Coil asked for two million dollars up front and eight million afterwards. Since Coil wants a response by tomorrow, Kida and Ooi decide to contact the rest of the Yotsuba for a meeting.

    • Altered Scene: "Yotsuba is Powerful!"

      The Yotsuba Meeting discussing Eraldo Coil is significantly longer in the manga. Instead of simply deciding to pay Coil for his silence, they also discuss Kira's way of thinking, assuming that Coil was able to reach the same conclusions about Kira. Assuming that one of the Yotsuba is Kira, then the current Kira is in the perfect position to gain both money and status, with the help of the other eight members.

      Going off of the idea of money, the Yotsuba mention how all of Coil's actions so far have been based on money and not justice. With this in mind, it would be best to pay Coil off, continuing to have him on their side. But instead of merely paying him two million, Yotsuba member Ooi decides that they should raise the price to five million, just to show Coil "how big we are and how much we value him." They finally end the meeting claiming how "Coil will be a future Yotsuba executive."

      As the eight walk out of the office, member Shimura stays behind to express his fear of Coil double crossing them to Ooi. To this, Ooi keeps his cool, saying how he should not focus on every negative aspect. And if he truly believes what he's telling him, then he should bring it up in the meetings instead of waiting afterwards. Ooi then tries to ease the mood, saying, "If worst comes to worst, we can blast a missile into Coil's or L's or whoever's base... Yotsuba is powerful."

      Understandably, Shimura does not catch on to Ooi's sarcasm until Ooi admits he was joking.

    • Omitted Scene: Aiber's Second Call

      After contacting the Yotsuba Company, asking for two million dollars in hush money, Aiber then calls L explaining what he just did. L responds, warning Aiber to be cautious in his next moves. While Aiber understands L's concern, he also realizes that with all the evidence L previously collected on him, his only alternative to continuing his inspection of the Yotsuba Eight is a life sentence behind bars. Being the con man he is, Aiber is steadfast in continuing his investigation not only for the thrill it gives him but for the millions of money he can get from it.

    • Listen Closely: When L calls Matsuda, you can hear the series' ending theme "Alumina" set as his ring tone.

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