Paint the town red with the power of Dollars, yo~!
Leaving behind one of the biggest cliffhanger last week, this time when a big secret was revealed, even more puzzles are added to the list. It all starts with an eerie bloody moon and thematic music to match. It seems something horrific is about to unfurl and paint the town red.
Yagiri Seiji is going mad without Celty-Harima, while his sister is plotting to find and kill her. She is talking with her assistant (anybody remembers his name?) about who had her, when she gets a call from Mikado to set a deal.
We switch to the downtown of Ikebukro, where a lot of people are gathering (some, checking their watch, as if waiting for something). Simon is selling sushi intently, while Shizuo lets out some deep thought. Quick to throwing things and easy to inflame, Simon stops him without any trouble. What do you think, if Shizuo is violence incarnate, from where Simon gets his strength? I sure missed Shizu-chan’s signature move of throwing cigarette and crushing it with his foot.
There were a lot of pan shots in this episode, jumping haphazardly from one scene to the other. But, it was done right because some of the characters were moving towards a revelation that needed all or no pre-thinking in different scenarios:
— Celty wondering about the purpose of her existence. Coming to terms with the ‘what if’ she could not get her head back
— Yagiri Namie’s meeting with Mikado
— Celty- Harima’s chance meeting with Dotachin gang
— Shinra proposing to Celty
— Celty finally hearing Celty-Harima’s response of her own name
— Mikado revealed as the only remaining mastermind behind Dollars
— The many faces of Dollars revealed
I hated Namie’s overconfidence from the start of the conversation that stemmed from the presence of her henchmen (biaatch! :punch ). I liked the way Mikado stood his ground though, standing resolute without any hesitation. He only wants the truth from Namie, what her brother did to Harima Mika and what she did with her body and Celty’s head. Namie shows her true colours of more than just being obsessed over her brother. Yare yare~ both siblings are sooo similar… So, all of that for getting in her precious brother’s way? Seriously disturbing indeed! She harbors more than sisterly love for her brother and no wonder Seiji has turned out the way he has. Psycho sibs pair!
Namie is quite nonplussed with this ordinary-looking boy’s outburst about what she thinks is every day’s job of making her brother happy and experimenting with human bodies. However, what follows next she never dreamed or even expected. The crowd that was colourless starts to come alive, while the eerie music changes to a built up. I couldn’t take my eyes off the scenes unfolding, too good to be true.
You’ve got mail! Mikado’s message spreads like wildfire
Everyone we already know part of the Dollars get Mikado’s message. Baccano! fans watch out for Miria and Isaac.
sugoi, Sugoi, SUGOIIIIIIIIIIII!
So, how did a simple boy from a small town became the leader of Tokyo’s Dollars? Here’s the interesting story, which got hinted in the last episode. Mikado has always been about ‘making connections’. When his life turned to mundane, he found an escape in the online world.
He made new friends and started the idea of Dollars, spreading online rumours of a group that really existed. The rumours spread and so did the numbers on the password protected Dollars site. Even when password was not leaked, site members kept on increasing (Izaya can be behind this). News started appearing about people pretending to be Dollars and intimidating others in RL (a fine example we can find in Takeshi, the previous bald and last epi’s regent hairdo doofus). The originators of Dollars left Mikado in the dust, while new members kept on joining the site. However, Mikado didn’t lose hope and kept on clearing the name of Dollars: “They are really not bad people; some positive things should be done so that the bad stuff is forgotten. How about collecting trash, cleaning up graffiti, small good deeds?”
I would call Mikado goody-two-shoes, in a nice way. He wants to make a difference, even if it starts in a small way but he believes that a little deed of goodness would grow and spread throughout. And that is what happened. Namie thought she was all that but a teenage kid with brains checkmates her in her own game. It was awesome and quite satisfying to see Dollars colourless group coming alive and in such a huge number. :oha:
Mikado’s mail to all Dollars members was simple: “Anyone not looking at their phones is your enemy. Just stare at them, do not attack.” (Izaya sure is having fun with all of this! :haha: ) Namie and her henchmen are dumbstruck with the crowd’s force but there is more to unfold.
Mikado had his own plans of distractions with Celty in return of her meeting Celty-Harima. Hearing her own name from Celty-Harima’s mouth, Celty loses it completely.
She finally accepts the fact that she would remain headless—something that Shinra wanted for some time—but that would make her a monster; a freak of nature. She embraces her inner demon that gives voice to her even when she doesn’t have a mouth to speak from.
The end is quite abrupt and filled with kazillion question marks, which has become a signature of this series.
I always thought Seiji was a bit cuckoo in the head but his obsession has reached new heights when he tracked down Mikado :kill. Who would save him now? Shizuo, Simon, Dotachin gang, any random Dollars member can take care of this. All in all, again a helluva show. :freeze2: But banzai for Shinra, calmly proposing to Celty! :cheer:
The flow of this episode was more than gritty with frazzled edges. It all connected in the end yet I could see in my imagination, many threads opening up as if a spider web incomplete. Just when we thought, all answers were with Mikado, we find there is so much more to be revealed. What would not happen now that Namie knows about Mikado’s identity? What of Celty-Harima? Would Celty remain stable after embracing her identity of a Dullahan without a head? Would Mikado tell Kida his true identity, now that Celty and Izaya know?
The truth about Mikado was somewhat similar to Shizuo’s strength reveal. Who would have thought, getting truckloads of fractures and sprains would make a person stronger than hundred men? In Mikado’s case, who would have thought an online chat group would come up with the formidable plan for Dollars? The “interesting-level” of this anime is getting higher by each episode. Too much to think about and mull over. :dizzy
Update: Check out Limone sensei’s take on Orihara Izaya. I swear he sounds like Kamiya Hiroshi! :shock He performs Bakemonogatari’s “Renai circulation” in a very moe-Izaya voice. Song is riddled with Durarara!! dialogues from the original Seiyuu. Don’t blame me if this goes to your head and you can’t ever see Izaya again with the same eyes. (It’s stuck in my head, fuwauwari fuwauwaru…. :angel2 :orz ) — tipped by Dashelgr