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Opening chants.
Task Force headquarters
Soichiro All right. Let's start with the tip line reports.
Officer 1 Yes, sir. Up to this point we've received three thousand twenty-nine responses about the murders via telephone and e-mail. Most of these have been curious citizens and prank calls, but there are fourteen people who claimed to either know Kira or who have seen him. All fourteen accounts were followed up on and carefully documented. However, nobody could provide any information that wasn't already publicly available. And lastly, this week there were additional twenty-one people who called in claiming to be Kira . We didn't wanna rule anything out. So we followed standard procedure and created files for all twenty-one of them.
Soichiro Uh huh. All right. On to the victim reports.
Officer 2 Yes, sir. Upon further investigation, we have confirmed that information of the heart attack victims was in fact publicly available in Japan immediately prior to their deaths. Also, concerning L’s request that we investigate the time of death of each victim, we found that all of them occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. on week days, local time, with sixty-eight percent of them occurring between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. Weekends and holidays appeared to be the exception to this rule as the times of deaths vary much more widely than during the week.
L [Through voice modifier] That information is extremely relevant for us. It suggests that, given the times of death, our suspect could very well be a student. Based on the fact that Kira is only killing criminals, I think it’s safe to assume that he is driven by a very idealistic notion of justice. It’s highly possible he may even aspire to be some sort of godlike figure. We’re dealing with the individual who has a very childish concept of right and wrong. Of course, this is mere speculation at this point, but still I recommend you re-examine any assumptions you’ve made as to whether or not our suspect could be a student. We must consider every possibility. I believe that’s the shortest route to finding and arresting Kira. Please, continue with your report.
Soichiro Hm. Oh right. Does anyone else have something they’d like to add?
Matsuda Um, yes sir.
Soichiro What is it, Matsuda?
Matsuda Um. well I’m not saying this to support Kira or to condone the murders, but in the last few days throughout the world, but especially here in Japan, we’ve observed the dramatic decrease in the number of violent crimes committed.
Soichiro Well, I suppose it makes sense. We’ve suspected something like that would happen. Anything else?
Matsuda No.
Soichiro Well, that about sums up our report for today. L?
L Thank you everyone. I feel we're one step closer to finding Kira. Before I go, I’m afraid I have one additional request to make. This is directed to the teams investigating the victims, TV news, and internet, I would like you to go back and take a closer look at the exact way in which the victims’ identities were made public. Be as thorough as possible. In particular, I want to know if photos of the victims were made available to the public in Japan. I'll leave it to you.
Soichiro Ah… ah…
Matsuda Chief!
Soichiro Hm?
Matsuda You look like you could use one of these. Sleeping much?
Soichiro Ah. Thank you. That’ll do the trick. I feel all these late nights are starting to take their toll.
Matsuda About what I said earlier at our meeting. Well, now that I think about it, I’m sure everyone already knew that. I wanted to apologize.
Soichiro What on earth are you talking about? Nobody said it’ll be easy to speak the truth, but it has to be done. Especially when it is something that isn’t easy to say.
Matsuda Ha?
Soichiro Having said that, if you had gone on to say that we should commend Kira for doing such a great job of reducing violent crime, then yes, I might have a little problem with that.
Matsuda Oh, no. No, I wouldn’t. That would never happen.
Soichiro [Laughs] Just kidding.
Yagami household, in Light’s bedroom
Sayu I knew I can count on you, Light.
Light Hey, so do you think you’re ready to try a few on your own now?
Sayu Huh? Yeah. I guess so. Oh, sounds like Dad’s home.
Downstairs
Sachiko Welcome home, dear.
Soichiro Thank you.
Back in Light’s room
Sayu He’s home really early today.
Light Hey, why don’t you at least try the last problem by yourself?
Sayu I will, but maybe after dinner.
Light Yeah, right.
Sayu exits
Ryuk Helping your sister with her homework, you sure are relaxed.
Light Of course. If the police try to come after me, I’m pretty confident I’ve got something that'll give me the advantage.
Downstairs in the dining room
Light Hey, glad you can join us for dinner. You hungry, Dad?
Soichiro Yeah. It’s been a long day. So, Light, tell me, how are your studies going?
Light Hm? Everything's okay, I guess.
Sayu Whatever. He’s at the top of his class. My big brother is a genius.
Sachiko That’s my son. We’re all proud of you, Light.
Light Is everything okay, Dad? You look tired.
Soichiro Yeah. I’m not able to say too much about it, but this case I’m working on now is really tough.
Light’s room
Ryuk I see. Well, well. Daddy’s a policeman. And that must be the reason why you’re so confident?
Light That’s right. It’s easy for me to hack into Dad’s computer. We’re on a home network, so I can copy the files I need without leaving a trace. This way, I can keep track of their investigation. Here we go. Well, isn’t that interesting? Looks like the police are already beginning to suspect a student.
Ryuk *laughs* I guess that means you are in trouble.
Light If the cause of death is written within forty seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen. If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack. After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next six minutes and forty seconds. That sound right to you, Ryuk?
Ryuk So what’s your point?
Light In other words, if I write heart attacks as the cause of death, then I should be able to write down all the details including time of death afterward, shouldn’t I? Looks like I will be able to provide you with more entertainment now.
A prison
Inmate [Grunts]
Officer Inmate 148, what’s wrong? Snap out of it!
Task Force headquarters
Soichiro What? I-I don’t believe this. Another twenty-three victims yesterday? Are these confirmed?
Officer 1 Yes.
Soichiro The day before there were another twenty-three victims. He’s killing one-off, every hour on the hour.
Officer 2 Considering that this new pattern has been going on for two weekdays...
Officer 1 It does punch some holes in the theory that our suspect is a student.
Officer 3 Maybe not. Anybody can skip two days of school.
L [Through voice modifier] You’re missing the point.
Soichiro Huh?
L It does appear less likely now that Kira is a student, but that’s not the message he’s sending by doing this. Ask yourselves, why every hour? And why are all these victims in prisons where they should be discovered immediately? Why not other criminals like before? I believe Kira is telling us that not only can he kill from a distance, but he can also determine the time of death. But something's not right. As soon as we began to suspect that Kira might be a student, the pacing of the killings changed. As if to contradict that theory. Coincidence? No. Too convenient. This can only mean that Kira has access to police information. It’s obvious now. This is a direct challenge to me.
Light’s room
Light I’d say L is probably starting to sweat a little by now. What’ll really make his job difficult is that I’ve deliberately left about fifty criminals alive for times like this.
Ryuk Oh?
Light If L is as good as they say, by now he should be starting to suspect someone with connections to the police.
Unknown location
L So Kira has found a way to obtain information from the Task Force headquarters. This is one fact that cannot be ignored. But what does he get out of all this? What is he hoping to achieve in the end?
Light’s room
Ryuk There’s one thing I don’t get. Showing them you have connections to the police makes it easier for them to find you than when they just suspected you a student.
Light Well, my real agenda is to get close to L so I can eliminate him.
Ryuk How are you gonna do that?
Light You still don’t understand human beings. In this world, there are very few people who actually trust each other. And it’s no different for the police, you know. What’s especially important is that L and the investigators don't trust each other at all. Think about it. Could you trust someone whose name and face you don’t even know? When L discovers that I’m somehow getting confidential information, he’ll be obligated to start investigating the police to find the source of the leak. When that happens, it'll only be a matter of time before the police start resenting L. On the surface, it will appear that L and the investigation team are working together to try to catch me. But in reality, L will investigate the police and they will be investigating L. I’m not the one who is going to find L. I can let the police do that for me. And when they do that’s when I’ll eliminate him.
Task Force headquarters
Soichiro What's this about?
Officer 1 With all due respect, chief, we are resigning.
Officer 2 We demand that you assign us to a different case. Otherwise, you can have our badges right here and now.
Soichiro Why? You're good cops.
Officer 1 Isn’t it clear? It’s because we value our lives, sir.
Officer 3 If what L says is true, Kira has some ESP-like power that somehow allows him to kill people indirectly from anywhere.
Officer 2 Well, if I were Kira, sir, I’d probably wanna trying to get rid of the people who are trying to catch me.
Officer 1 Let’s face it, he knows he will be sentenced to death if he’s caught. We all sat here and watched when L decided to pull that media stunt and challenge Kira to kill him. Well, it was all very impressive at the time, but then again, L never had to show his face or reveal his name for that matter. I’m sure you recall L’s last request? He asked that we take a closer look at how these victims’ identities were made public and specifically to determine whether photos of the victims were available to the public prior to their deaths. Well, it turns out he was right. Every single one of those victims’ names and photos were broadcast to the Japanese public, and then they died. Unlike someone we know, we are out there investigating this case wearing police IDs with our names and photos on them. Anybody with a computer can find out who we are. We don’t hide our faces. We ‘re out in the open.
Officer 2 Sir, the truth is, we could be killed by Kira at any time.
Officer 1 For these reasons, we refuse to continue working this case. Excuse us, Chief.
Soichiro Hey, stop! All of you, hold it right there!
Daikoku Private Academy
Math Professor In order to solve this problem, we must establish the concept that X squared equals large X. Now pay attention, because this is important. Before we tackle more complex quadratic equations, we have to start thinking of large X’s value as simply the multiple of two integers. Now let’s apply this concept to our first problem.
Unknown location
Watari We brought the FBI to Japan four days ago. They are fully operational. As requested they're now gathering intel on the police.
L And this is the complete list?
Watari Yes.
L There are one hundred forty-one people in the police force who have access to classified information regarding the investigation. I am sure that somewhere in this list of the police officers and the people closest to them, we will find our suspect.
Streets, Light is walking and Ryuk is hovering beside him
Ryuk Light, you got a second?
Light I’ve already told you, Ryuk. You can’t talk to me in public. How many times do I have to tell you?
Ryuk In that case, I’ll talk, you just listen. If you don’t want to hear me, you can plug your ears or something. First of all, I don’t have anything against you. I actually think the notebook couldn’t have been picked up by a better person. I’m here 'cause I have to stick around 'til the death note is finished or I see you die, whichever comes first. But make no mistake, Light, I’m not on your side or L's side.
Light Yeah. Well, I knew that much already.
Ryuk You’ll never hear me say anything about whether what you’re doing is right or wrong. I’m not here to support you or give you my opinion, I’m just a spectator. But as your roommate, I might have a few things to say now and then.
Light What’s this about, Ryuk? Why are you telling me all this stuff now, anyway? It’s really not like you.
Ryuk It’s just that I’m no ally of yours, or Kira’s if you prefer, the only reason I’m going to tell you this is because, personally, it is starting to creep me out.
Light Get to the point already.
Ryuk [Laughs] You are being followed by another human. He’s watching you right now. It’s really starting to get on my nerves. I realize there’s no way he can see me, but, because I’m always following behind you wherever you go, I feel like I’m constantly being watched.
Light That’s a problem. I’ll have to get rid of him as soon as possible.
Light’s room
Light Who would be following me? Does this mean L is already starting to suspect the police? If he’s gonna investigate the police, he’ll need a lot of resources and manpower. Even if he has as many as fifty people on the case, I don’t see how they could ever figure out that I’m Kira. I shouldn’t look like anything other than your average high school senior. But the longer I let this person keep following me, the greater the chance is they’ll figure out who I really am. Above all, I need my stalker’s name. Once I figured that out, I can get rid of him for good.
Ryuk Light, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. What makes a Shinigami and a human who has a Death Note different? Well, there are two things. And why do Shinigami have to write the names of humans in their Death Notes? You got any ideas?
Light Of course not. Why would I know that? You know, you sure are talkative today.
Ryuk It’s because we are able to take human life spans for ourselves.
Light Huh? Wait, what do you mean by that?
Ryuk Let’s say you have a human who is due to live until the age of sixty and a God of Death wrote that this person would die at forty. Sixty minus forty equals twenty. Now those twenty years taken from someone in the human world are added to that God of Death’s life.
Light Huh.
Ryuk So it means that as long as we don’t slack off, even if someone was to shoot us in the head, or stab us in the heart with a knife, a god of death cannot die. On the other hand, no matter how many names you write in your Death Note, your life span will not increase. That is the first difference between Gods of Death and humans who possess a Death Note.
Light *laughs* That’s something about Shinigami that I haven’t heard before. Pretty interesting stuff.
Ryuk The second difference between us will probably be of even greater interest to you. Though this has less to do with lengthening life and more to do with cutting it short.
Light What do you mean cutting it short?
Ryuk Shinigami can tell what the person’s name is by just looking at their face. We know instantly. And do you have any idea why? Because through a Shinigami's eyes, a human's name can be seen above their head. Not only that, we see their life span as well.
Light Their name and life span?
Ryuk That’s right. I’m able to see your name and life span right now. If I converted that to human time I could tell you how many years you got left. But there’s no way I’d ever tell you that. I may have a big mouth but even I wouldn't go that far. *laughs* Shinigami never have to worry that they won't be able to kill a person just because they don't know their name. And every time we do take a life, we always know exactly how many years we are going to receive. Our eyes just aren’t the same, and that is the difference between you and I. However, if a Shinigami drops his Death Note and a human picks it up, he can grant that human the eyes of a Shinigami, but only if a deal is made, one that has been with us since ancient times.
Light And what’s the deal?
Ryuk The price for having the Shinigami’s eyes...is half of that person's remaining life span. That’s all it is.
Light Half of my remaining life span?
Ryuk Yeah. In other words, if you are supposed to live another fifty years, it’ll be twenty five. If it was one more year, then six months.
Light I see. And since you’ve made it clear you’re not on anyone’s side, you won’t help me out. You wouldn’t just give me the names of people I want to kill. Basically, you're saying that I can’t simply borrow your powers. I’d have to pay for them.
Ryuk That’s right. It’s a key part of the code that all Shinigami are bound by. I’ll say this once more. Give me half your remaining life span, and I’ll give you the Shinigami Eyes.
Light If I agree, I’ll be able to know everyone’s name just by looking at them. If I had that power, the Death Note would only be easier to use.
Ryuk So, what’ll it be, Light? Is it a deal?

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