Both have DN this time
Both have to find each other
And winner would be the one who kills the other first
No shinigami eyes
Who wins ?
@alphaq: Light is the smartest. He beat L fair and square, and it was stated outright that he would have beaten Near and Mello as well if they hadn’t teamed up. The only way to beat Light in the series was for two other geniuses to work together. Nobody was going to beat him by themselves.
@coolguy18: Dude the entire police force was not useless. You should rewatch the show because L utilized his team and his resources for many of his plots. Does that take credit away from L? No, he used the tools that he had available but HE came up with the plans. Same with Light.
The real advantage L had over Light was already being a full grown adult with a decade of work experience under his belt... vs a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. I believe a lot of fans just imagine L and Light are the same age because L went undercover at his high school. But L was like 27 years old I think. Light was 17. The odds of a 17 year old beating his elder are slim, so that’s another reason why Light’s victory is so impressive.
Also another advantage L had was being filthy rich. Like real Bruce Wayne style RICH. Oh, our investigation requires a better HQ? I’ll just have an entire freaking building built with all of the best computer technology available for us, it’ll take about a week. Again Light was a high school student and had NONE of those resources at his disposal. He had to infiltrate L’s inner circle and use L’s resources against him, which was very hard to do.
And Misa and Rem were barely advantages. Misa actually showed up at a time when things were going fine, then singlehandedly almost got Light caught. Then Rem starts telling Light that he hates him and is going to kill him. How is that an advantageous situation? Light eventually turned Misa and Rem to his advantage, but he had to be brilliant to do it. Rem was against Light and Light manipulated him while manipulating L.
The only reason why Light won was because L had no idea how the Death Note worked thus got tricked by Light changing the rules of it. If he has one from the start he would confirm Light was Akira in the first 5 episodes, even more so considering he can ask his own Shinigami key questions.
L was way more secretive than Light and having a DN would confirm Light also has one through the Shinigami that always follows him.
There’s no real way for Light to win on equal ground without heavy mental gymnastics and disregard of explicit advantages.
L had to have been smarter for the story to work. It also makes sense when you take into account the Death Note itself which is a ridiculous advantage that Light had from the start- the factor of a supernatural object that nobody would take into account, additionally it took literal divine intervention for Light to beat L. If there never was a second Kira, it would have been a stalemate which means L is smarter again because he was dealt a shit hand but still had a draw.
Factors in L’s favour like wealth and experience do not at all compare to having a Death Note.
@the_hajduk: It was literally the only missing piece in L’s plan and he was about to confirm Light was Akira at the end If it wasn’t because of Ren killing him.
That missing piece made L put Light on stand by and work with him even still thinking he was Light. If L knows how the notebook works, he will catch Light with little to no effort to be honest.
In fact, L could kill Light when he confronted him in college. He knows his name, Light doesn’t know L’s real name and there’s no Shinigami eyes. Light has no way to win.
@sy8000: L already knew who Light was, so a picture of him, knew his name, even saw him way before confronting him personally at college. L would know Light is Akira without Light even knowing who L is.
L would still have to meet Light in person to see his shinigami. He has no way of knowing if Light has the eyes before the encounter and he doesn't know if Ryuk would kill to protect him or not. From L's perspective going to Light in person would be suicide or at best quick draw to be honest. And he wouldn't kill Light if he was only a suspect due to morals.
@sy8000: He doesn’t need to confront him in person considering he already knows how to Death Note works. Just observe and spy and catch him off guard. Even making an entire team of people touch the Death Note to have eyes on him at all times. It’s going to be easy considering Light does not know L considers him a suspect, the only reason Light became much more cautious with hiding the note, among other things, was because he already knew he was a suspect.
He can even pull off the same gimmick with the fake L and get him on the spot with no need to confront him in person.
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