Ne ne~ Wanna see Shizu-chan all Neo-like? How about Yellow Scarves’ Shogun thrown in?
If the last episode was epic, this was SUPER-EPIC! Talk about putting all the eggs in one basket yet there’s still so much to find out. Before going into detailed theorizing, let’s see what happened in the current installment of Durarara!! Expect a lot of cutting from different people with some issues being concluded while more cans of worms open.
Before getting into seriousness, let’s start with Celty who gushes like fangirl over Shizu-chan (Kakkoi~), going bonkers over the Slashers’ army:
The Saika confrontation is all about who’s the real shiznit. Haruna can’t fathom that the real Saika was not with her but Anri. She tries to taunt her only to be reprimanded indulgently to stop her children from fighting.
Take a bow, biatch!
Haruna is livid screaming that she was the one who held back Saika’s power with her love. Maintaining a calm expressions, Anri let’s Haruna listen for a moment Saika’s words of love. Haruna hears many I love you’s.
Izaya takes over the narration, starting with flashbacks of Anri’s childhood and her family. It was not a happy family like in her dreams but a very sad one at that. Due to a failing business of antiquity he becomes violent towards his family. In actuality, her mother was the Slasher, who killed her father and herself when he tried killing their only daughter. She witnessed it all with a closed and loveless heart and was attracted to the whispers of the blade. She felt the love emanating from the blade when she touched it and since then had been absorbing its love like a parasite, not swayed by its madness.Insolent children shouldn’t play with knives
Haruna slashes at Anri quite maddeningly and repeatedly but gets scared when the blade is turned towards her. Anri tells Haruna that she let her cut her because she was going to do something horrible to her. Let her Saika takeover her mind and free the many hundreds of citizens to maintain her own peace.
She lightly pierces Haruna and let’s her Saika take over all her children freeing them from their maddening grip of love towards Shizuo.
In ‘Bukro South Park, Shizu-chan is one mean fighting machine as he ploughs on punching, kicking and karate chopping! The Slashers think that cutting him would make him theirs but even after being nicked many times Shizu-chan stands up kicking.
He has a simple theory of kicking ass rather than feeling scared. He can accept to himself that he’s the biggest coward, always thinking that he would lose control. However, he would never back down in front of the people who love him.
He rears to go off and punch the lights out of the main bully-girl but he sees her eyes turning back to normal. He wills himself to stop and for the first time in his life, his strength listens to him. Everyone wakes up wondering what happened while Shizuo falls on his ass to laugh his head off.
The pole-hugging pervy teacher is saved by Anri yet again. He tells her that he got Haruna transferred because she came at him with a knife. Seeing Celty arrive, he compels Anri to come with him. He tries to reason with her that he’s been looking out for her (oh boy!), even putting her in the same class as Harima. Anri informs him that she has already repaid him by saving him in the alleyway, chased by Celty. She initially thought that the Headless Rider was the Slasher and that is why she wanted to cut the host (refer to flashback from epi 14, I rightly guessed the one who slashed at Celty was Anri rather than Haruna in conclusion).
She clearly says that she hates him. When asked why the Rider was chasing after him and what did he do? He cowardly runs like a girl screaming. What a coward! He seriously has bad luck because after getting beaten up by fake Saika, he gets punched to Kingdom Come by Shizu-chan.
Celty tells Anri not to apologize because she was thinking for betterment. Knocking her head off was too much but she can blame it up to Saika. She’s not having pity on her due to her situation but clearly accepting that she can’t beat her in a fight. She compels her to use her power to better the town of ‘Bukro and transports the fainted-Haruna back with her to Shinra.
As Anri stands looking at the back of Celty riding off, she realized that she had gained power over at least a hundred citizens of ‘Bukro. She could accept it because the weight of holding other people’s destiny kept one grounded. She also heard a faint whisper, ‘I can’t love you but I don’t hate you either’. She didn’t know where that voice came from but it could’ve been the new Saika absorbed from Haruna.
Mikado visits Anri in hospital after Masaomi informs him that she has been slashed. While mildly explaining that she got attacked by Slashers, she gushes about Shizuo and the Headless Rider who saved her. Specifically a lot about the Headless Rider who has saved her so many times.
I loved the reaction of Mikado who went, but she’s girl!!! Hahaaa, this series has Yaoi and Yuri tones both! I just wonder how can Anri not see that Celty’s not a guy?! Poor Mikado getting more competition! Anyway, Mikado can’t tell her the truth about Celty because he would then have to reveal his own secret of Dollars so he tells her to not associate much with it because these people are far away from their normal lives. Anri too, can’t really tell Mikado or Masaomi about what really happened but she finally knows the name of the person who was behind this all: Orihara Izaya. (Why I’m not surprised?)
The man in question is strategizing his next move in his apartment cum office, while chatting up Namie sitting on his chair about his weird name. According to him the name perfectly suited him. He prattles on about coincidence but nothing ever is. He gloats on his achievement that he was the one who sent Nasujima to Anri’s apartment when Haruna visited her. He was in heavy debt so he tried to get some by blackmailing Haruna’s parents. He owed money to the loan shark Awakusu-kai (refer to Shiki interview from epi 15), so they introduced him to Izaya on pretence of getting more info on Haruna. He took Izaya’s money and ran like the coward he is, which was his bait. He also knew that Haruna was the Slasher. The plan was to get Nisujima steal money from him and then get blackmailed to use Haruna. However, he led him to the real Saika: Anri. Shizuo didn’t die but everything else worked like a charm.
As amado said in last review, Yumasaki got Togusa a new van door with a moe neko-eared anime girl painted on it; of course, Togusa and Kadota are not very happy about it. Dotachin gang talks about the unrest that happened at the park and the reporter they left on the sidewalk, who seemed totally hypnotized not remembering anything. The brawl was chalked up to a fight between colour gangs according to the police. Like online rumours go, it’s been bragged about that it was Dollars’ doing.
Mikado sends out a feeler text to all members regarding information about Slasher. I loved Karisawa (Jigoku Shoujo?) and Yumasaki’s (Kuroshitsuji) message tones; they are such otakus continuously dropping references to different anime. It seems even they have been recruited into Dollars along with Kadota and Togusa. Celty hopes Mikado holds his horses rather than going overboard.
Izaya tells Namie that now ideally the town is divided into three factions: Saika’s army, Dollars and Yellow Scarves; the first infiltrating the latter two. He was fine with Haruna but Anri’s even more interesting. He also tells her about the middle schooler who started the Yellow Scarves (Ah! We’ve been expecting this for so long!)
Final scene is so typical “Durarara!!” reminds me of the Mikado-scene, when Masaomi stands up to take back the leadership of Yellow Scarves.
He never wanted this to happen again, he just wanted to be a normal high schooler leading a semi-dangerous life but after this whole Slasher incident and Anri being victimized, he decided to join the ranks again to kick the butt of all Slashers and even Dollars if they had a hand in it.
Conclusion: Can I start gushing now? Whoa! This was epicly awesome! Finally the three main players of the series are on-ground ready to rock and roll. Of course, the smexy bastard (Izaya) is pulling the strings but I hope that these three realize this sooner or later and soil all his plans.
I like how the trio has resolved unbeknownst to each other, showing the power of their friendship. Anri knowing the identity of Izaya can play a key part because if he tries to harm her two friends she is ready to take matters into her own hands. Mikado and Masaomi being the leaders of the two biggest gangs of Ikebukro are ready to provide a lot of muscle thus playing pawns to Izaya’s war. I would like to think that because Masaomi has bowed out of liking Anri because of Mikado would stay. However, Show ▼
How Celty would fit into all this is still to be known. Not to mention Shizu-chan, who will fight for Celty off the bat? It was good to see him accepting his powers and finally put a control noose on it.
Another common factor is the colour yellow in this series, whenever an important revelation is made, it’s tinged with yellow: be it Mikado’s big reveal, Anri’s resolution about Izaya or Masaomi accepting to be Yellow Scarves’ Shogun again. I’m so looking forward to this arc around Masaomi, about time!!!
Don’t even get me started on Izaya. He has been masterminding this all along, going to such depths to get to Valhalla? Namie finally came out strong playing the mistress of the house, taking out all information from Izaya about his big plans. Would she remain faithful to him or cut her ties and run the first chance she gets? That’s still to be seen but shipping-wise they do suite each other. As she’s not really tied to anything right now, not even Seiji because he’s busy with his fake-girlfriend. Also, would Seiji play any part in the battle around Celty’s head/body? This sentence seems so wrong. We still have to wait and see.
Preview shows Masaomi punching Izaya. Yatta! Go Masaomi GO! We finally get to see the Saki scene we’ve all waited for. Seriously, I counted and we’ve been on tenterhooks since three episodes! Expect flashbacks of Masaomi’s relationship with Saki and Izaya’s involvement in it and some more typical Durarara!! craziness.