I colored in the panel of the Death Note LPonyo doujinshi. I only did the coloring. the original sketch and doujin are the work of someone else.
I believe you missed the point of the tennis match metaphor.
While Misora is an awesome and under-appreciated character, to be fair, L narrowed it down to Light extremely quickly, but lacked hard evidence that would pass in court to justify it. And Mello and Near hadn’t had a chance by this point in canon. Even if Misora had been able to reach L, it is not like they would have been able to arrest Light just through what she had to tell them.
I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking “wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.”
This is hard for me since it really comes down to L, M, and N as Light and Misa really didn’t interest me that much. L of course is the pinnacle detective and is a refreshingly quirky character who is not some hero cut from white cloth. He’s almost an anti-hero. And that makes him all the more fascinating. Not to mention L has the capability of making any scene he’s in all the more intense or captivating just by being in it. Also of notable mention is the fact that he has some of the greatest comedic lines in the series WITHOUT succumbing to the common problem of heros being wholly turned into comedic characters.
But I also adore Mello and Near. Not because I feel they are good replacements for L, but because they weren’t. I love that added aspect to the series that these two “successors to L” were in no way ready to become L and because L died unexpectedly they are thus working as lesser detectives that still needed more time for development before being thrown into the gears of the kira case. It makes it fascinating. It adds to the possibility that Light could succeed, and the flaws of Near and Mello and the places where they mess up because they do not have L’s experience or skill got me all the more interested in them.