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Near Day

Yes, it's Near Day at last.

We've been waiting for Near Day since November twenty-seventh-or-so.

If you're not a Death Note loser fan, you should probably run screaming in the other direction... now.

*Spoilarz Liek Whoa*

It's strange to me that a lot of people hate Near. (I also ran into a Mello/Near girl the other day who rants about how Matt doesn't have a character, which I would like to emphasize is the whole damn point, because we get just enough to extrapolate wonderfully, and that's what fanfiction is all about, but I think I'm preaching to the choir here, so I'll leave that for another time. It's NEAR DAY, after all; Matt Day is in February.) A lot of people do, though; ship wars in this fandom aren't as bad as they were in Harry Potter, but the issue is there.

Which I think is stupid, which explains why it's diverting me from Near in the first place.

Near is the reason I kept reading after L died. He's flipping adorable, and the way he shows up, like some little curly-haired saint in white -- I seized onto that. eltea and I have talked a zillion times about how the thing we love about Mello and Near is that they do feel like successors, though a lot of stupid other people who can't grow up and deal with losing L call them cheap rip-offs. They're not, and that's exactly it. Mello is as obsessive, but there's a wild unpredictability to him that L lacks, and he's rather more hands-on (and clothes-off! >D). And Near has the detachment, but to an extreme -- Near would never walk up to Light during the To-Oh commencement speech and announce himself, because he knows how vulnerable he is.

I think that's fantastic, personally.

So... Near.

It's fascinating looking at L develop as the drawing and the writing started to settle -- he starts out with eyebrows, of all things. XD Near's almost as good. These are the first two panels we see him in:

I'D TAP THAT. (And it'd be perfectly legal... *waggles eyebrows*)

As I probably don't have to highlight, the emphasis quickly starts falling on his childishness. He ends up looking like he hasn't changed at all since he was thirteen at Wammy's, when we were introduced to him after L's death. Mello, interestingly, doesn't noticeably change until he gets the scar, but he doesn't regress the way Near does. This is Near at Yellowbox Warehouse:

These I've shown before -- his puppy eyes, his Christ Figure pose (as eltea pointed out, one of the few times we actually see him on his feet; and even more interesting if you think about (a) the implications of Mikami redoubled on the screens, and (b) the fanservice symbolism of the L/Light foot-washing scene in the anime), and a panel where he's in an incredibly L-ish position.

One of the things that really struck me when I was scouring the manga scans for pictures for my L collage was how often the focus of the panels is on L's eyes (or just one of them, fairly frequently XD). Perpend:

Anyway... you guys are absurdly smart, the lot of you, so you can draw your own conclusions before I lose my train of coherent thought entirely. XD

At any rate, the whole point of this entry was first to get those pictures off my desktop (they're all up in L's face at the moment, since my desktop is the aforementioned L collage XD), and second to announce the beginning of "Shades of White." It was born when eltea was mentioning how it drives her crazy when people remember only Near's cuteness and forget that this boy smirks at Light when he knows L's killer is going to die.

And you can find the first chapter here.

In conclusion...

Tags: death note, obsessive fan behavior, post the size of alaska, rambling episode
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