Death Note

Season 2 Episode 18

New World

2
Aired Wednesday 12:55 AM Jun 26, 2007 on Nippon Television Network Corporation
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The climactic battle between Light Yagami and L's successors finally comes to a close.

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  • Quite disappointed of the ending

    8.0
    I did read the manga few years ago but now I try to watch the anime, just want to share the thought...

    I'm actually expecting a somewhat "null" Light did lose not in that such simplistic way. I know Ryuk is neutral, but for him to write Light's name on his own death note didn't seem too neutral for me. I wish of him could be more of a watcher, cos he did contribute in Light's death. There was not enough complexity in the ending considering how this show pulled all the story up in such enormous twists on it all the way to it. It should have been far much more better... It's still an awesome anime and manga because of the originality of the story and the "brain war" shows between those geniuses. i didn't fancy anyone on the show. I didn't hate Light as I didn't hate L. I'm not saying what Light did wasn't wrong. But I just remained neutral. Every single character have their own appeal as they have their own annoying side. As for Near's plot, I found it too rapid and seems to be done quite in a rush. That was quite bothering me actually.moreless
  • Superb!

    9.0
    This episode was awesome. The series ended exactly how it should have. The only thing that ruined the episode (and the whole 2nd season) was Near. His conclusions are too perfect. But overlooking that, everything else was perfect. It was fitting that Light's overconfidence lead to his downfall... if he had just waited a few more seconds to proclaim his victory, he would have won! But no. I also find it fitting that Matsuda was the one to shoot Light... it's sad, Matsuda will probably never be the same after that.moreless
  • Ending of one of the best anime not so good.

    6.7
    I was a fan of the show and the ending greatly disapointed me. I was out at the point where they didn't die, but i continued to watch the ending. While i have never read the manga i can only imagine that it is great. I have read the trivia on the ending that they ommited and it sounds better than what I saw.



    First i will start with problems with the episode. First the major one. Ryuk never said he was going to write Lights name in his Death Note. While i refused to watch the show my brother did and he watch the first three episodes and in none of them did Ryuk mention that according to my brother. Now he could be wrong but I too don't remember Ryuk saying that as well. Second the show cheats seriously if it was a video game you would be yelling at the screen. L was smart Near jumped to impossible conclusions. It also fealt kinda ripoffy how Light looses as well. His plan being as good as it was, was ruined by because the other guy writes goes to the bank mysteriously a second time a month. This come to be a problem in the fact of how in an earlier episode how Near figured out that Mikami did it.



    While it comes down to it the show should have ended in a hour ending at least. Summing up three manga in thirty minutes probally is what did it in for me. Plus they ommited the rest. Point blank they took chances and for me they blew it. I am not going to give it slack cause i loved the show and neither should you. We should expect better from our favorite shows.moreless
  • Freaking amazing!!!!!!!!

    10
    I think it is amazing that Near was able to find out that light was kira i hate that L had to die to help out the investigation but i thought it was funny that light thought he has near beat... It was kinda weird i wonder if misa just forfeited ownership of the death note so she would not be taken to prison i hate that you cant go to heaven our heel poor people... That was a great last show for death note i hate that it had to end but i like that it showed L standing in the wear house were light was dieing that was cool...moreless
  • "Well Light, it looks like you've lost".

    8.0
    After reading the manga and watching the anime I have to say. I wasn't very impressed with this final episode. Don't get me wrong, I tohught it was good but not great. The episode carries right off the previous one where Mikami has written done the SPK and NPA forces' names in the Deathnote. We then learn that they aren't going to die after 40 seconds.



    After that Mikami and Light are in shock and are now trapped. Once Mikami is unhandcuffed and has the notebook taken off him we learn that Near had planned for this to happen. After Near saying about his plan, which we knew off already and didn't need to hear for minutes, and then Light plan which countered Nears. Well...almost...



    I do need to comment on a few parts here which are spoilers:



    Firstly, when Light goes beserk and starts laughing I have two different opinions on this part: (1) The English and Japanese voices are quite different and give a different feel. English sounds good but it sounds like he's mentally confused as well. As for the Japanese, it has mroe of an effect based around him being an evil piece of scum. But it stayed loyal to the manag there so I'll let it go.

    The part where Matsuda shot Light was brilliantly done and I loved the used of blood.Also, I like the use of silence after Matsuda pulls the trigger for the last time.

    Oh wait there is one art that really ticked me off and that was the ending because:

    In the Manga, Light crawls on his hands and knees nearly bleeding to death. He asks Mikami for help but seeing Light as he is he says "You're not God!" Light damns him in return and pleas Ryuk to kill Near and the rest to save him. However Ryuk writes Light's name instead and Light starts to panic and screams "I DON'T WANT TO DIE!". It shows how pathetic and weak he truly is. And that's what I loved about that ending plus the fact it was emotional and pitiful. Plus I loved the crowd at the end which showed that depsite being cold-hearted evil, he saved many people.

    As for the Anime it goes like this: After being shot Light is crawling (just like in the manga) and starts crying. However, here's the catch, Mikami stabs himself with a pen which cuases blood to spray out of him like a hosepipe. This distracts the SPK and NPA long enough for Light to escape. We see Light running and crying looking back at how he was before he found the notebook (I loved this and the music). It then shows Ryuk and his says the same thing he said in the manga. It then goes through the credits showing Mikami and Light's bodies, Misa over the building and then (my fave bit) L's ghost lookign over him. I know I just contridicted my previous point but not exactly. Here's why I still prefred the Manga: In the manga Mikami shows his anger and Light is just the peie of scum who is killed and gone forever. While in the anime they are sympzthising him as in 'awwww he's lost wahhhhh'. Overall, I gave this a 8 out of 10. Liked the execution but hated the message it gave which chnaged the character of Light and Mikami.moreless
Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

Touta Matsuda (English Version)

Recurring Role

Keiji Fujiwara

Keiji Fujiwara

Shuichi Aizawa

Recurring Role

Trevor Devall

Trevor Devall

Shuichi Aizawa (English Version)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Altered Scene: The Finale

      In the manga, after being shot by Matsuda, a writhing Light begs Ryuk to kill the Task Force and the SPK by writing all their names in his own Death Note. As Ryuk slowly takes out his Death Note and pen, the Task Force attempts to shoot him, but to no avail, since Shinigami cannot be killed by such means. However, Ryuk clarifies his reasons, and says he is actually going to write down Light's name. Near also mentions that Ryuk would not be one to give in to such orders. Surprised, Light begs Ryuk not to kill him, even going as far as tugging at Ryuk's leg. But it is already too late, as Ryuk has finished writing Light's name down. In the forty seconds before his heart attack, Light remembers what Ryuk said when they first met: that death is equal in the sense that everyone goes to the same place when they die.

      In the anime, however, Light actually escapes from the warehouse, using Mikami's suicide (also not shown in the manga) as the perfect distraction. The Task Force then leaves the warehouse in search of Light, against Near's orders. Now injured both physically and mentally, Light runs along a street, past an image of his former, more innocent, self. While Light takes shelter inside a building, Ryuk finally writes down his name in his Death Note, reminding him that he would be the one to kill him in the end. As Light dies, with a look of regret on his face, he sees a hallucination of L staring down upon him.

      The anime also includes an additional scene, as Light dies on the stairs, of Misa taking a bus ride in her lolita outfit. She is last seen standing at the ledge of a building, suggesting that she soon commits suicide herself, as explained in Death Note Volume 13: How to Read.

    • Omitted Scene: Epilogue

      Following the end of the Kira Investigation, the manga has a final chapter, serving as an epilogue.

      It has been exactly one year since the events concerning Light and Near's confrontation at YB Warehouse, and the world has finally gone back to how it originally was before Kira ever existed. As Matsuda and Ide walk the streets of this "new world," Aizawa (promoted to head of the National Police Agency) receives a call from none other than the new Watari, who directs him to the new L - Near. Apparently, Near needs Aizawa's help in capturing some drug dealers who are to meet on January 31st at YB Warehouse. Aizawa relays the information to Ide and Matsuda, who both then head off to HQ for further instructions.

      On the way there, Matsuda tells Ide his theory on how Near actually tested the notebook swapped out with Gevanni's fake by writing down and controlling Mikami. Finding it suspicious that Mikami would not test the notebook himself before arriving at the warehouse that day, Matsuda is convinced that it was due to Near controlling him with the real notebook. Ide humors him, listening through Matsuda's entire theory, but shrugs it off, telling him that there is no longer any proof, since both notebooks have been burned after checking that the 13-day rule and the rule concerning the death of anyone who destroys the notebook were false according to Ryuk.

      Matsuda continues, telling Ide another theory. According to him, Near must have gotten Lidner to pass down information to Mello to get him to act in some way (kidnapping Takada) and thus confirming that Mikami was holding a fake notebook, with the real one being held in the bank. To this, Ide merely tells Matsuda that he is no longer speculating, but wishing. Although Light was indeed Kira, Matsuda was still fond of him. Ide finishes out, telling Matsuda that the only reason he believes they did the right thing at the warehouse that day was because if Near had lost there, then they all would have been dead. Matsuda finally smiles, telling Ide that he must be right.

      Finally at HQ, Matsuda and Ide are greeted by Aizawa, Mogi, and new member, Yamamoto, who Matsuda seems to enjoy giving a hard time to. With everyone finally present, L provides the details of the case via monitor.

      At that same time, a cult is seen walking through the mountains, candles at hand. One member, a beautiful woman, places her candle at the edge of the mountainside, praying to "Kira our savior."

    • The ending animation and song ("Despair Billy" by Maximum Hormone) are not included in this episode and are, instead, replaced by rolling credits, which appear while the episode continues to a close, accompanied by the instrumental "Coda ~ Death Note" by Yoshihisa Hirano (available on the third Death Note Original Soundtrack).

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Near: (after telling his deduction) Let's see you try and talk away out of this one, if you can.

    • Light: Hear this; I'm not only Kira, but I am also God of the new world! Kira has become law in the world we now live. He is the one who's maintaining order. I have become justice. The only hope for mankind. Huh, kill me? Is that really the right thing to do? Since Kira has appeared 6 years ago, wars have stopped and global crime rates have been reduced by over 70%. But, it's not enough. This world is still rotten with too many rotten people! Somebody has to do this!! When I first got that notebook all those years ago, I knew I had to do it. No, I was the only one who could. I understood that killing people was a crime. There was no other way! The world had to be fixed!! A purpose given to me!! Only I could do it. Who else could have done it and come this far?! Will they keep going?! The only one, who can create a new world, is me.

    • Light: (thinking) Useless fools. As if they could ever understand.

    • Matsuda: What was it all for then?! What about your dad? What the hell did he die for?!
      Light: My dad? You mean Soichiro Yagami? That's right, Matsuda! In this world, all those honest people like him fight for justice, they always lose! You want a world where people like that are made to be fools?! I know you understand, so kill the others! SHOOT THEM!!
      Matsuda: You led your own father to his death. And now that he's gone, you call him a fool?!

    • Aizawa: Near, I'm not gonna follow your orders.
      Near: Huh? Very well, I'll leave it up to you.

    • Light: Mikami, what are you waiting for?! WRITE DOWN THEIR NAMES!! WRITE THEM DOWN! KILL THEM NOW!!

    • Ryuk: (writing Light's name on his Death Note) Well, Light, it's been interesting.

    • Matsuda: I'll kill him!
      Mogi: Don't kill him!
      Matsuda: HE HAS TO DIE!!
      (A gunshot is heard but Matsuda is grabbed by three officers)

    • Light: Here's some food for thought: That notebook you have, and the one Aizawa brought from the Japanese Task Force headquarters... are they both real?
      Near: (thinking) What is he up to? Is he bluffing?
      Light: At the moment, only I know where the real notebook is. (steps back) If you truly want to defeat Kira, as well as test the notebook that Aizawa's carrying... I guess you're gonna have to right down either my name... or Mikami's. It's the only way to see if it's real... (pulls out a pen and a piece of the Death Note) OR FAKE!
      Rester: He's hidden a piece of the notebook!
      (Matsuda shoots Light's left hand)
      Mogi: Matsuda...
      Light: (starts snarling) MATSUDA, YOU IDIOT!!! WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE SHOOTING AT?! DON'T SCREW WITH ME!!

    • Near: Light, you are Kira!

    • Near: Because I touched this real notebook... I've been able to see the Shinigami. (Ryuk gasps as everyone turns to face him) Shinigami-san, a pleasure to meet you. I'm Near.
      Ryuk: (snickers) Nice to meet you. I'm Ryuk.
      Light: (thinking) He's having a conversation with Ryuk...

    • Ryuk: (as he writes Light's name in his Death Note) Your life is already over. You'll die here.

    • Light: Mikami... what the hell are you doing?! Help! Write! Kill them!! Misa, where are you? Where's Takada? S-Someone... It hurts... What do I do...?

    • Light: That's right. I am Kira.

    • Near: Yagami Light... L... Kira. You have lost.

    • Matsuda: We didn't die.

  • NOTES (4)

    • US (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim) Airdate: July 6, 2008

    • Canada (YTV/Bionix) Airdate: July 4, 2008.*

      *This episode aired as a special 1 hour broadcast, along with 1.28.

    • This is the first and only episode of the series to be rated TV MA.

    • Manga Correlation:
      - Chapter 103, "Declaration"
      - Chapter 104, "The Answer" (Pages 1-6, 11-End)
      - Chapter 105, "Impossible" (Pages 1-6, 10-End)
      - Chapter 106, "Intent to Kill" (Pages 1-4, 9-End)
      - Chapter 107, "Curtain" (not covered)
      - Chapter 108, "Finis" (not covered)

      Beginning at chapter 107, the manga and anime dramatically differ from each other in terms of how both decide to end the series. For a more in-depth explanation, refer to Altered Scene: The Finale, covering chapter 107, and Omitted Scene: Epilogue, covering chapter 108, both of which can be found in the episode guide's trivia section.

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