No, it's literally a life or death situation. Using underhanded tactics is a given, you'd be stupid not to. If Mikami had kept a page of the real note in his underwear then they would have won
L would've won just as hard, if not harder, without cheating.
Intellectually L won hands down. The mind game ends when the investigation teams catches Misa. From that point it is just a matter of how many more magical asspulls the author is willing to give Light for the sake of continuing the story long enough to explore its themes.
>Light pulls a 4-D chess move towards L
>Near is supposed to be even smarter than L
>the best strategy was "haha, you fell for the old switcheroo fag"
This show deserved a better ending.
I never watched the 2nd part of Death Note. I couldn't digest it considering they replaced L with 2 edgy children and it all went to shit. I can't, and won't ever know about anything of it.
In my headcannon, DN ended when Light won against L.
I just read DN for the first time. The second half wasn't as terrible as expected, just a different flavor. Light just keeps slipping up and generally ends up looking incompetent in front of all the other characters that the whole 2nd half feels like a bunch of friends who want to get rid of that one guy in the group they don't like but don't know how
Napoleon was estimated at 145. You're telling me Light fucking Yagami would have a higher IQ than Napoleon? It's the guy who had a Death Note and managed to get fucking caught
You're above average once you're in the 120 range. 140 you're easily best of your country with top marks if you work oftenly, which is what Light is.
Light only won against L because the entire universe aligned in his favor
So he doesn't only happen to be the son of the guy in charge of his own investigation, but then a fanatic follower falls on his lap with a ghost that is super easy to manipulate and has literally no counter, for no good reason
This isn't really accurate. I'm not even sure IQ is an effective measure. I got an IQ test done when I was a child and it was in the 130s, and I know at least a few people who are definitely smarter than me.
Which is obviously total bullshit. I believe you're referring to this page
Who would take this seriously?
Watari 175? Misora 170? When did they show it? It's like Detective Conan's author who says Kaito Kid has an IQ of 400, it's nonsense. Even Johan, Akagi, Ging, Pariston or Conan wouldn't even come close to 200, and they're a landslide smarter than Light or L
Yes, that is a fan created page. In Death Note Volume 13: How to Read all the characters are given intelligence ratings out of 10. For example: Light (9/10), L (8/10), Near (9/10), Mello (7/10), Mikami (8/10), Soichiro (6/10), Aizawa (5/10), Misa (3/10), etc.
>Light manipulates a Shinigami into killing L to get rid of two birds with one stone
>Near uses the death of his friend Mellow to discover the fake rule about the death note to defeat Light
There was a lot I didn't like about Near as a character (and he had a lot of ass pulls with guessing things accurately) but he beat Light fairly with Mellow's help
Light was really dumb for getting closer to L instead of killing more and more people close to L until he gets to L. For example, he could have threatened the president of the US and the Congress to spend dozens of millions to find L.
Near isn't smarter than L. Near says as much and owes everything to L who was 5 seconds away from discovering Kira
visual pattern recognition is what most IQ tests overwhelmingly focus on
blind? too bad
simply shit at visual patterns? too bad
however, IQ tests are something you can very easily get good at
just do a couple per week and you'll be instantly more """"intelligent"""" almost every time
Death note ages pretty poorly.
You realize that the "psychological game" aspect is worse than any other popular manga like Kaiji or Liar game and the characters are some of the worse even among the notoriously plot driven "psychological game" genre.
It really is just the tension that makes it good first read and once its all done there is pretty much zero reread value.
This, the only rules are the ones the participants impose upon themselves.
L is all three of the world's greatest detectives with tremendous resources at his favor.
He only had the means to coerce the president when he became L. Threatening the American government via public broadcast or something would make Kira look bad.