Death Note Episode 37 — (FINAL) New World
Published November 13, 2011
The struggle between Kira and those who oppose him is over. Teru is restrained, and Near confesses that the Death Note he has is a fake, telling Light that he has lost. Light desperately claims that Near has framed him, but in the face of Near's evidence he breaks down and laughs like a madman. He confesses and gives a speech about how he is justice, and the only one who can rule a better world as its god. Near refutes his claims, saying him he is power-mad and crazy. Light distracts Near by claiming that the notebook from headquarters might be a fake in attempt to kill him by writing his name on a piece of the Death Note hidden in his watch. Before he can, Light is shot several times by Matsuda, who Light infuriated by his betrayal and his show of contempt for his own father. As Light writhes on the floor in agony, Mikami's faith in his "god" is completely shattered, and he stabs himself with his pen. Light escapes in the commotion, running into the industrial complex as Mikami bleeds to death. Near tells the Team to leave Light, as it is unlikely he has other hidden pieces and his wounds will probably kill him soon, but Aiwaza decides to go after him. Flashbacks are shown from the earlier episodes, along with an image of a younger, more innocent Light walking past the wounded Light. Ryuk, from a tower, looks at wounded Light as he escapes, and reflects as he does so that he had said from the beginning that he would be the one to write Light's name in his own notebook when it was time for him to die. Before Light dies, Misa Amane is shown standing on a building past the safety rail, implying she commits suicide like in the manga, and the body of Teru Mikami is shown. Light dies of cardiac arrest, lying on a set of stairs (possibly symbolic of his place in limbo, between heaven or hell - if they exist, as they are implied not to in the manga), and sees L's figure in front of him before he dies. Note: This episode was rated TV-MA. Also the death of Light is different of that of the manga, in which Ryuk kills him in the warehouse after Light begs the shinigami to kill the others, and revealing the truth behind the rule "The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell" (from How To Use It II, volume 1).