Many new revelations and preparation for what is soon to unfold.
Slasher incident is making headlines when we dip into the stormy world of Ikebukro yet again. Mikado is chatting with Izaya and Celty online, when Izaya informs them about the recent Slasher incident. It’s not Anri he confirms Mikado but someone from his freshman year. Mikado signs out to meet Anri at the station because she witnessed the whole incident.
Pervert Shinra was very happy to peek at Celty, when he hears the shower running after coming home. Only to find his father bathing, still in his mask. Urrghh!
The trio literally has a normal family discussion of Celty finally accepting Shinra’s feelings and his dad providing seal of his approval. However, business is business thus Celty gets paid for bringing him safely from airport, whether he likes it or not.
Oyaji inquires if she feels about not regaining her memories as a Dullahan without her head but for the first time Celty admits that she would be OK as she’s with Shinra (interestingly, her dark matter goes haywire whenever she is feeling strong emotions). The conversation takes some darker grounds, when he blurts out that he was the one who stole her head and gave it to Yagiri Pharmaceuticals.
Shinra’s expressions were not readable while Shingen ran for his life and Celty went for a wrong chase.
Celty meets up Mikado who is zoning out over the Slasher incidents. He wonders if the rumours kept spreading about Slasher being part of the Dollars, while Yellow Scarves have become active anyway, the balance of ‘bukro’s peace would be disturbed (Ah, Mikado, ‘Bukro was never normal to begin with!). Celty tells him that she would look into it as she has a score to settle herself.
Celty also meets up Shizu-chan who gets livid after hearing that if she had not been headless, she would be dead.
She goes to Izaya to find more intel about the Slasher (Ah, if she only asked about her head, I would’ve loved to see the expression on Izaya’s face!)
Next time you insult Shinra, you pay! Celty shows her possessive side and confesses her feelings of Shinra in front of Izaya, accepting that she doesn’t want her head back now. Izaya is quite shocked to find her really in love with Shinra.
He tells her about the katana known as Saika – a cursed blade that existed in Shinjiku. A blade empowered by dark power with a mind of its own, which possesses people. (I am reminded of Bleach’s Zanpakutou arc’s main protagonists Muramasa and the storyline here). The possessed person’s transformation is red eyes. Whenever the slasher incident happens Saika named user comes online and spams the Dollars board as well. Shinra knows something about all this but refrains from telling Celty and she knows it.
Shingen has a company (in America?) that is quite interested in knowing more about Celty’s body rather than head. He would not let anyone interfere. Astonishingly, oyaji knows all about Izaya’s plans about getting a Dullahan muddled in a warzone. He advises, ‘Stimulate artificial turmoil to awaken Celty’s head or even soul, it would not be wise to involve her in someone’s else’s war but get everyone caught up in fighting for her body.’
Izaya decides to cooperate with him for now.
At school, before the pervert teacher hogged Anri, Masomi comes to save the day .
He threatens the sensei, saying Anri might transfer like Neikawa Haruna. He leaves him sweating like a pig, while shooing Anri off. Being the bashful self, Masomi tells Anri that his best friend really likes her and that is why he will be bowing out. Girls all over the world need my love after all. LOL!
Noticing the ever increasing Yellow Scarves throughout, Masomi finally visits Saki.
Shinra tells Celty that his father had Saika (katana) for some time but sold it to an antique dealer. It’s used for stealing people’s soul and he used it to steal her head. He cut the soul that was keeping together her head and body.
Preview: Of course, Anri is alive. Now what happens with her and Saika is anybody’s guess. The reporter who got beat up by Shizu-chan is back (I was missing him!), while he himself is in action with Celty. What’s up with the black hoodie, I seriously don’t know. Dotachins will make an appearance too.
Conclusion: Did you ever wonder why most of the episodes end at night with a cliffhanger? Well, it’s kind of a pattern anyway. A mellow episode but with a very creepy bottom line, especially after the discussion between Shingen and Izaya. Celty seems to be the center of attention in many ways. I was a bit surprised of the information overload in a way – about the katana Saika, imminent war over Celty’s body, Shingen’s plans, missing soul of Celty and Anri being stalked by the Slasher.
It seems we have been given a lot of information beforehand, which can means a lot of quick action and desisting to happen. This would be an important arc because everyone would be playing their part in the war that seems imminent now. I’m curious to know what Shinra would do in all this. He can stand still while his father runs from Celty but would he let others manipulate Celty for their own good/experimentation? Izaya and Shingen for that matter? Would he have the guts the stand tall and take up his own father and Izaya?
To me Saki seems like Kida’s girlfriend after all, there’s history there, you can clearly see. Also, how Mikado and the timid Anri will play around this new arc. Will Dollars take up Yellow Scarves like Blue Squares did previously? A lot to expect and secrets to unfold. I’m looking forward to it!