For those who complain about the B.B. Killings novel...[SPOILERS]
I know I'm pushing my luck on this board already, after all I did falsely claim this game was based on the novel...ahem, my apologies about that. I actually thought it was.
First of all, the book is written through Mello's perspective. Mello's dead right? Well yes, granted, however this is only claimed because he claims to his own demise. Now if you'll recall, there is a point in the story where he knows he will most likely meet his end, and this was during a timegap. This was also reffered to in the novel, where he wonders if Kira will read it- had this been set after the series, Mello would know of Kira's fate too! For this I believe that Mello is, in fact, alive and writing these as his memoirs in a way- or effectively, the late memoirs of L.
Second matter to be dealt with- the Shinigami eyes. I actually thought this through pretty quick, and it makes sense to me. I doubt that a Shinigami 'dropped his eyes', however it is more likely a Shinigami with a Ryuk mentality decided to place the eyes on a small child for the sheer matter of seeing what happens. This broke many rules, such as the owner of the eyes needing to be a noteholder, and perhaps even the age limit depending on when it was performed- however, rules are meant to be broken. If not, there would not be these punishments in the Shinigami realm, and it is also likely that this Death God was killed because of it- after all- there is no rule saying you can't keep a dead Shinigami's eyes.
Lastly, the twist in the ending. I thought it was beautiful- totally awesome. Simply because it makes sense.
The fact he acted like L worked for his advantage, both in plot and as a writers tool. Naturally, the basic means was to make us believe that Ryuzaki was L, and that we knew this factor of the story before the characters did. This is only natural- and by manipulating this the writer managed a rather unexpected twist, though there were obviously clues. As well as this, B had been raised as an L clone, and thus knew L- or at least, what he was like. By following this act not only was he able to hide his own double-identity but also managed to remain suspicious enough to keep in Naomi's vision. Not only was the adaptation to L's personality a natural method, being the copy as he was, but also an excellent method to spite the master detective. It can only be derived that L would have known that this 'Ryuzaki' was B- and not only because of this. Note that one of the small jokes in the novel was L asking "Was he cool?". This was initially seen as L wanting to know whether he was cool, as he was Ryuzaki. The truth, as I see it, is that L wanted to know if he WASN'T cool. Chances are he had anticipated the mimic, and if Naomi responded as she did L could realise soundly that this person was acting like him, and that he was correct in assuming that B would be acting as his clone. The final click of this theory is simply that if L did know this, he would know this 'Ryuzaki' was the killer. Once the last victim was named as Beyond Birthday and the body was beyond recognition as Ryuzaki, it would only be natural to assume L would think that this B/Ryuzaki was still out there- possibly still acting as him- and would continue to chase this ghost.
Sorry for the rant but I'd like to share these thoughts- if there's anything anyone would like to argue/explain that I have either missed, or that is directed at me, then by all means I'd like to hear it.
Good book,I just finished reading it a minute ago.
Mello's dead right? Well yes, granted, however this is only claimed because he claims to his own demise. Now if you'll recall, there is a point in the story where he knows he will most likely meet his end, and this was during a timegap. This was also reffered to in the novel, where he wonders if Kira will read it- had this been set after the series, Mello would know of Kira's fate too! For this I believe that Mello is, in fact, alive and writing these as his memoirs in a way- or effectively, the late memoirs of L.
Yea Mello's a live.This was probably meant to take place soon before the story picked up in the time gap.Or something along those lines,somewhre in between him becoming a mob boss and what not.Seems he just did it to honor L's death,cuz he had that much respect for him.
a Shinigami with a Ryuk mentality decided to place the eyes on a small child for the sheer matter of seeing what happens.
I figured something along those lines.Or the shinigami had a personal thing going on,like a gamble involving humans or something.Never know with shinigami involved.
This broke many rules, such as the owner of the eyes needing to be a noteholder, and perhaps even the age limit depending on when it was performed- however, rules are meant to be broken.
Maybe they are,but I figure this is just a slight plot hole,the auther of this book is different from teh authors of the manga.
Lastly, the twist in the ending. I
It was cool even though I spoiled it for myself months ago.But even then I thought it was wrong when I actually started reading the book.I was convinced Ryuzaki was the L that we knew.The author did a good job of disguising this cuz Misora never contacted L in his presense.So it seemed like he was testing her in a way the entire time.The only beef I had is how close to L's appearance BB had,but its fine I suppose.The book was a good read.It also seemed like the author tried to hard to make him act like L,but he was a backup L.But he was still a bit to similar.
His obsession with sweets was exactly like that of L's,the reasoning raising when sitting odly was exactly teh same.Its as if he actually had the opportunity to meet L unlike the 4 generation of Wammy students.Maybe he did though,which would explain why he nailed everything on the head.
The names were kinda out there too but thats ok as well,this is Death Notes universe,it ties in well.I do wish that the books could have had sequals of Mello telling the other stories he mentioned,they seemed like they'd be even better plots for stories.Who doesn't wanna know Wammy's past? Said to be the worlds greatest detective,and how he met L.And how L won the detective wars agains the real Eraldo Coil and Ryuzaki.Those would definitly be good reads.
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I am conviced we'll be seeing those extra stories as well. Mainly as the novel of the third movie (The bio-terror story has already been written and is authored by 'M'. Not sure if it will be the same as the movie, as they may have it done in the past as with this story, as opposed to following the movie plot (which would mess everything up a bit). Also we should look forward to seeing the Wammy house story as well as the wicked sounding Detective Wars. That's what I'm really looking forward to.
Might have something to do with this 'L report 15' I heard about...but I can't be certain.
Yay for the L spin-offs!
Lol L is so damn entertaining.And they started another novel? Or someone did? Got a name of it? If thats true then im buying that one too.Hopefully its a bit thicker,I read this novel fast cuz its short.
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Its stated that Ryuzaki (B.B) went through a certain level of disguise and makeup when he was with Misora all the while.
The 2nd novel is the novelization of the 3rd DN movie (L:changes the worLd), and is not related to the DN-manga universe (it ties in to the DN-movie universe). The only main links is probably L, Matsuda, Whammy's house, and Near (the others minor ones such as Watari are there to illustrate the point that it is set within the DN: The Last Name movie timeline)
If I am not wrong, vol:15 is just a 'how-to-read' sort of book for the DN-movies (just like vol:14 is to the DN-anime and vol:13 to the DN-manga).
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