Following in the footsteps of the previous episode, which fleshed out Aizawa’s character to a much greater extent, this one does the same for Matsuda. Having been frequently chided for not taking things seriously, or worse being relegated to team gopher, Matsuda decides to take some initiative and makes an attempt to do his part in the Kira investigation.
While keeping on an eye on Misa during a film shoot, the young detective notices that he’s within walking distance of Yotsuba’s headquarters. As such, he decides to infiltrate it in the hopes of acquiring some sort of evidence.
Back at HQ, Light ponders whether or not he could actually use Kira’s powers to strike down evil doers in the hopes of making the world a better place. Ironically enough, he says he wouldn’t. This leads to another hilariously bizarre line from L as he suspects that Light is staring at him out of jealousy because L is the only one who has cake.
The matter gets tabled as the team gets word that Yotsuba has hired another detective named Eraldo Coil. He too is one of the world’s greatest detectives and the team fears that he may have been hired to discover L’s identity so that they could kill him. L reassures the team by informing them that he is Eraldo Coil, as well as the third best detective. He poses as the three best detectives in the world as a fail safe should a situation like this arise. Upon telling the group this, he promptly hands one of the detectives a strawberry in exchange for keeping the secret. I love L. He’s so gloriously odd.
Meanwhile, Matsuda manages to get himself captured when he tries to spy on the heads of Yotsuba. Not surprisingly, they’re about ready to kill him, but Matsuda manages to use his guise as Misa’s agent to buy himself some time, explaining that he wanted to pitch Misa as a spokesperson for their company.
Their skeptical, but they play along to see if Matsuda is on the up and up. Matsuda does manage to get a signal to the task force that allows them to put a plan together. Said plan involves using Misa’s model co-workers to stage a party in one of the building’s apartments.
Even the Yotsuba members realize how weird things have gotten in the past few hours, but as the situation involves them cozying up with attractive women, they don’t put up much of an argument.
This still doesn’t put Matsuda in the clear, so L decides that Matsuda needs to die before the group can kill him. What follows is another awesome moment for the show as the young detective fakes being drunk, goes out on the balcony, does a handstand on the rail and intentionally slips and falls.
Unbeknownst to the Yotsuba members (who, oddly enough seem more concerned with Matsuda’s safety than Misa who actually encourages him to put on his show), the team is waiting down below with a mattress extended over the ledge of their balcony to catch Matsuda and pull him in to safety. They then throw down a dummy made to look like Yotsuba and setup a fake ambulance pick up.
The Yotsuba crew leaves before anyone can tie them to the death, but express that they’re happy that he died before Kira killed him.
With Yotsuba distracted with all of the commotion, it gives Wedy a chance to break into their HQ and plant surveillance cameras for the task force to use.
As the episode wraps up, the executives discuss their next move and one of them starts freaking out and suggests walking away. When the others tell him that he’s going to die, he quickly acquiesces and tries to play nice, though the observing police can’t help but notice later on that there are only seven people when there used to be eight.
This episode put more of a focus on comedy. It works well, but it definitely starts to verge into goofy territory. It’s entertaining though and we do get to see the spotlight put on a character who, up until now, has been rather peripheral.
Anime fans in the local Wichita area can purchase ‘Death Note’ in its entirety on DVD at their local Best Buy or order it online through websites like Amazon.com. The series is also streaming on Netflix for those who utilize that service.