“Mello throws down a lot of fights during our story, but the real question is here: what's his success rate? I couldn't stop wondering, so I did some investigating.”
You Can Do It, Mello! is a section in Ryuk's Human Observation Journal. Ryuk, noting that Mello has gotten into a lot of fights throughout the series, ponders his success rate, and uses this section to calculate it for himself.
He lists each of these confrontations as "rounds" and gives information on them, as well as his own input and Mello's (each time Mello comments his appearance varies to match how he looked at that point in the story).
“Mello looks like a good match! Let's look back on his showdown record!”
(Note that, aside from the image descriptions, any content listed after the first part stating what the content is, is a direct quote)
Round 1: VS Near (At Wammy's House)Edit
Ryuk's comment: Ever since he could remember, Mello lived for challenges. Every day was a struggle against Near... I'm sure he'll be rewarded for his efforts one day.
Image: Mello walking away from Wammy's House in the rain
Image caption: It was during a great downpour when his anxiety about his future began. Would he search for a job first?
Gains: The right to succeed L (renounced)
Losses: House he grew up in, friends
Mello's comment: I'll use this defeat as fuel to get stronger.
Round 2: VS Japanese Task ForceEdit
Ryuk's comment: Mello's magnificent debut battle against the world! Going up against the Japanese police is a little disappointing, but it's the perfect warm-up for taking down Near!
Image caption: It's only mafia money, so might as well spend it. Actually, he spends more on chocolate...
Gains: Death Note
Losses: Hostages' lives, underlings (a few), necessary expenses (funds for the missile, etc.)
Mello's comment: I beat Near to it!
Round 3: VS U.S. GovernmentEdit
Ryuk's comment: On a roll, he takes on the entire country. His hideout is discovered, but since he was about to move away, it's not a problem.
Image: Sidoh taking of govt. reinforcements' helmets to reveal their faces
Image caption: Victory thanks to flying helmets. Shinigami sure are useful guys!
Gains: Sidoh's cooperation
Losses: The old hideout
Mello's comment: This Shinigami's pretty handy.
Round 4: VS Japanese Task ForceEdit
Ryuk's comment: These average joes get pissed and come back for revenge. Overwhelmed by their numbers, Mello's surrounded by the enemy! It's a bit of a pinch but he escapes dashingly!! However, he loses the Death Note and his buddies...
Image caption: Cool as a cucumber even during an explosion
Image 2 caption: He let Soichiro live; that grey hair's just too cute...
Gains: Facial scar (the true sign of a man)
Losses: The Death Note, underlings (all of them), bed
Mello's comment: I wasn't defeated. I strategically bailed.
Ryuk's comment: You can't catch the snake without entering its hole. He goes to the SPK to spit in his rival's face! They exchange light greetings, take a commemorative photo, and go home satisfied.
Image: Halle Lidner in the shower, flirting with Mello and offering to let him stay at her place
Image caption: Mello rejects a tempting proposal. A capable man won't lose to seduction!
Gains: Picture of self, friend (Halle)
Losses: Space to rent (Halle's house)
Outcome: A tie!
Mello's comment: The real battle starts here!!
Ryuk's comment: If he can just beat Kira, he'll be the ultimate winner! "That's right! Let's go to Japan! First I'll nab his girl and make him suffer even more!!" I'm not sure if that's what he's thinking, though...
Image q: Matt, dead
Image 1 caption: Loses one of his last few buddies and ends up along again
Image 2: Mello, dead in the driver's seat of a truck
Image 2 caption: It's mot so much sleeping at the wheel as the eternal sleep. The curtain closes here on the competitive life of Mello.
Gains: The foundation for Near's victory
Losses: Buddy (Matt), own life
Mello's comment: ......................
After all of this, Ryuk and Mello show the ending results and comment on them.
Ryuk's comment: Though he seems pathetic, Mello actually wins two rounds. When he yells, "I won more times than I thought," his face is brimming with pride.
Mello's comment: Since Kira also dies...I'd say that makes us even.
Ryuk's reply: As long as you believe that, what's the big deal?
- 2 wins
- 1 draw
- 3 losses