The operation was undertaken secretly without the NPA's knowledge. He wasn't allowed to show his ID. I think whoever saw his ID that day was responsible for the death of all of the agents.

Naomi Misora

Unraveling (解明, Kaimei) is the sixth episode of the Death Note anime series.


In an effort to repair his relations with the Japanese police, L organizes a private meeting with the remaining detectives who want to work on the Kira case and hopes to do so in secret until Kira is captured. To their surprise, L is disheveled and young, with an eccentric and somewhat dry personality. L berates the detectives for showing him their ID cards, pointing out he could have killed them if he were Kira, since he would know their names as well as their faces. He also makes them turn their phones off (due to the irritation their noise causes him) and not write anything down, instead taking mental notes (to avoid leaking of information). He even tells them to call him Ryuzaki instead of L. As he has them sit down (himself sitting crouched up) and drinks coffee from a sugar-filled cup, he goes over data. Some suggest to not reveal criminal's names in the media to prevent Kira from killing them, but L advises against due to Kira's childishness (which he claims is similar to his own). L suggests using the media to exaggerate the size of the Task Force, much to the lauding of the others. He steadily reveals his thoughts with frightening accuracy about the identity of Kira following the murders of the FBI agents and pinpoints who the federal agents were tracking in that period; during a period between December 14 and December 27, the date December 19 stands out. L admits he is losing presently because he has shown his face to other individuals, but declares he will win in the end. He concludes by having each of the others prove they are not Kira due to him having access to police data.

Meanwhile, Light Yagami notices the flaw he made on December 19. Later, he is asked to go deliver clothes to his father, which gives Light the ability to walk into police headquarters, but questions what is with his father since his cell phone also isn't working. Coincidentally, he sees Raye Penber's fiance, and overhears her attempt to give information she found on the Kira case to officials. After delivering the clothes, Light offers to maybe help with the Kira case, jokingly saying he'll solve it before L, to the receptionist. Light then offers to give the fiance's info to his father, and the two talk about the Kira case. He soon comes to realize that the woman is Penber's fiance. Convinced that it is his destiny to use the Death Note to create a better world, Light is euphoric at the realization he has come into contact with the very person who can possibly get him caught. Light has recently been taking a page of the Death Note with him wherever he goes in case he needs it. He begins to formulate a plan to get rid of her. He gets her name, which is Shouko Maki (Ryuk laughs at this). Light is horrified that she has figured out that Kira can kill by means other than heart attacks; she realizes the busjacker was under Kira's control. As they continue on, Light admits there must be a God (other than a Shinigami) on his side.

Rules LearnedEdit

  • How to Use: IV #2 - If a human uses the note, a god of death usually appears in front of him/her within 39 days after he/she uses the note.
  • How to Use: IV #3 - Gods of Death, the original owners of the Death Note, do not do, in principle, anything which will help or prevent the deaths in the note.


  • L states that the FBI arrived in Japan on December 14. When Light found out about Raye Penber in Episode 3, it was said that the FBI had been there for four days, which would have made it December 18. However, this is incorrect, because the following day, the day of the busjacking, is stated to be December 20. L also states in this episode that it was December 19 when Light performed his tests.

Episode GuideEdit