I am a bit late but it’s still Day 9 for me since I haven’t slept yet…
There are many types of monsters that scare me: Monsters who cause trouble without showing themselves, monsters who abduct children, monsters who devour dreams, monsters who suck blood… and then, monsters who tell nothing but lies. Lying monsters are a real nuisance: They are much more cunning than others. They pose as humans even though they have no understanding of the human heart; they eat even though they’ve never experienced hunger; they study even though they have no interest in academics; they seek friendship even though they do not know how to love. If I were to encounter such monsters, I would likely be eaten by them… because in truth, I am that monster.” – L Lawliet
I thought about this quote a lot some years ago. Which one is more terrifying – an evil person who shows their true colours or an evil person who hides behind a mask? I think it’s the latter.
What kind of “monster” devours dreams? Is it society as a whole? Could it be a close-minded parent?
RE: “they study even though they have no interest.” I think this is quite common.
There’s a lot to unpack here. But the thing that strikes me the most is the last part:
“because in truth, I am that monster.”
Judging by this quote, I don’t think that being a monster is a bad thing. Isn’t it just being a human?
From what L is saying, I am a monster. I don’t see anything wrong with this… but maybe I am proving his point.
“Relatable” and “Ideal” are not the same. For me, anyway.
Ideal Character: L Lawliet
L is the best detective in the world. He has “rivals” (detectives) but they are actually all him. He created those fake identities. Near, Matt, and Mello are geniuses as well, but they can only surpass L if they work together. L is one of a kind. You can’t find anyone else in the world like him.
Relatable Character: Touta Matsuda
While I wish I was a master detective like L, sadly I am just an ordinary human being. Matsuda is an ordinary character. He’s a police rookie but he has good morals. He’s the youngest and most inexperienced one on the team but he’s good to have around. Matsuda is a little clumsy but he can be useful sometimes.
The ordinariness is killing me. I hate it.
I wrote a post titled, “Ordinary Person.” It talks more about this topic. You can read it here.
This is unrelated, but spam comments are getting super annoying. I had to disable comments on a post because I had more than 70 spam comments on that post! They kept coming every single day.
I check through my spam folder because I sometimes see comments made by my blogger friends. It’s rare but it happens, unfortunately. Yomu recently wrote a post on AI generated posts, which reminded me of this. These bots… =_=
My favourite L moment is when L tricked Kira on live television. He effectively proved to the world that 1) Kira exists, 2) Kira does not need to be there in-person to do the killings, 3) Kira could not kill L (Therefore, Kira probably needs a name and a face), and 4) Kira is in the Kanto region of Japan.
There were so many wins in that episode. L knew that Kira was childish and used that against him by talking about justice. Light lost his composure and messed up. L won that round.
In Day 1, I said that Light is my favourite character. That doesn’t mean that I am on his side. I don’t feel upset when Light loses to L. Unlike the shows, Kaiji and Rainbow, I do not support a certain side. I just like watching Death Note.