E Gawds! Can Izzy get more manipulative? Heck yes! =.=;
That little bit of recap about Masaomi in the beginning was crisp indeed. The narrator is Karisawa this time around and as I love her antics, this has been long timing coming. Warning for this episode is that be ready to get your mind f*cked with symbolism, satire, manipulative secrets and references. It was a moderately slow episode if Drrr! pacing is kept in mind; however, the characters are as weirdly crooked and interesting as ever.
As glimpsed in the preview, the episode starts at Russian sushi, where Dotachin gang and Masaomi gather to discuss the ever increasing strife between Dollars and Yellow Scarves. Masaomi wishes to talk to the leader of Dollars to clear things up, while Kadota adds up that both the parties have been injured by Slasher.
Simon serves them Catechin’s tea and sermons that even hot flames could feel cold if the heart is made still. He can serve the hot mugs quite expertly, while everyone else has problems grabbing on.
Masaomi speculates that because of absence of any horizontal or even vertical hierarchy of Dollars, there might be smaller group of members beating up their own or rival gangs to increase the gang confusion. Kadota counters with the fact that Dollars is strictly uninterested in fame and money and they wouldn’t get any advantage from Slasher attacks to harm Yellow Scarves. Masaomi finally voices his doubt over personal vendetta of Blue Squares rather than Dollars. That is why he came to Kadota to know the identity of Dollars’ leader and Blue Squares members around.
Yumasaki breaks the chopsticks he had been cleaning and playing with, stating not to joke around because Blue Squares never existed; not to confuse delusions with reality. Karisawa chimes in quite matter-of-factly that his ex was wounded by nonexistent people just like Yumasaki lost his first, which makes them even. Just like he was mad at Blue Squares, some people thought the same thing about him speaking ill of Dollars.
If you just went, WTF?! Rest assured they have this rule about reality and fiction being equal, which makes any reality not needed as a delusion. During the development of the episode, Karisawa gets her two cents across about world being a myth and their belief of reality, which is their coping technique of making everything they dislike as fictional and nonexistent.
Yumasaki quite pointedly adds that Blue Squares were the ones getting beat up while Kadota laments that he shouldn’t have been a part of what caused so much pain to Masaomi. However, Masaomi agrees that he was the one who froze and they saved Saki in his stead. Kadota advices him that he should consult his members to endorse his supposed communication with the Dollars leader because while he was away they changed.
As Masaomi does not have a complete hold on them; he can’t really trust them like he used to. Kadota tells him that he can talk to the person who knows the identity of the Dollars leader and later decide what to do but Slashers have no connection with Dollars whatsoever and they are not looking for a fight with Yellow Scarves period.
Masaomi retorts that he still calls Yellow Scarves his friend, yet he’s using them to avenge a friend that was badly hurt (Anri). Kadota warns that if he decides to make an enemy out of Dollars, then he would definitely get a fight, which would be unlike the level of kiddy fights he’s used to. He shouldn’t do something that he would regret later. Masaomi tells them about Celty’s involvement with the Slasher, meaning both of them working together. Also, the Black Biker attacked a Yellow Scarve member Horoda too. However, Yumasaki and Karisawa gossip that it doesn’t make much sense because the Black Biker and Shizuo were the ones who eradicated the Slashers. Kadota gives Masaomi Izaya’s contact for finding out the identity of Dollars’ leader.
Dennis interrupts them with a knife shot to stop scaring other customers, while Simon serves them their order of five Kremlin nigiri. Yumasaki and Karisawa fawn over the dangerous Chef and speculate about his past life as an instructor of martial arts in Russian army fighting the mafia. Manga hero or whatever, he could easily have ended any of their lives with that dangerous knife trick of his. Kadota tries to remember Horada (he sure is onto something because as notices before Horoda was one of Saki’s kidnappers from Blue Squares).
Dennis provides complimentary sushi to Masaomi for a smiling face rather than a sad one. Simon preaches to Masaomi that fighting is bad and he’s happy enough. He shouldn’t take others’ happiness. Mercy benefits all yet Masaomi is too far away to hear all this because he called Izaya to fix a meeting.
On the other hand, Izaya is very bored with not much work on his hands. Namie wants to punch him but it’s her wishful thinking of bonking her employer. While they talk about a missing handguns lost by Awakusu-Kai, he receives Masaomi’s call and invites him in his office.
On meeting him, he starts off with his formidable tricks to subdue Masaomi’s anger into frustration. As usual, Izaya puts many thoughts into Masaomi’s mind; like, he cares about Anri more than the gang itself and relating her slashing to what happened with Saki previously. He thought he loved Saki but it was not true love rather it was just infatuation. He finally tells him about Mikado’s secret of being Dollars’ leader and of course with more than a pinch of salt to rub it on his face: he was supposedly the cause of all Anri’s pain and still enjoying his peaceful, everyday life. Sadly, no reaction of Masaomi was shown.
In a brief chat session, Izaya announces that the Yellow Scarves and Dollars were at it again. He tells Mikado about how the Black Biker got together with the Slasher to attack Yellow Scarves. Celty diverts the conversation for Anri to a fake movie but Izaya gets his last words in that the General of Yellow Scarves was about to challenge the Dollars to a showdown. Yare yare~
Next day, Masaomi literally skips school and shows up briefly. He instructs his members that nobody is to directly attack any Dollars member. If the Slasher is part of them, he needed proof. Horoda interrupts the meeting a question about Dollars’ leader which Masaomi sidesteps. However, he would engage them head on if there’s a need.
Takeguchi gets hit by Yellow Scarves’ Horoda team, who attack him out of a rumour for being part of the Dollars. The episode ends with Masaomi informing Mikado of this, while scrutinizing him for any reaction; he goes to visit him in the hospital.
End Thoughts: Le sigh! More dorama! Izaya sure doesn’t pull any punches! Always pressurizes at the right time to make people act exactly as he wants them to. What really miffed me was the failed transition when Mikado’s secret was revealed. This was at par with he reveals of trio yet no cliffhanger, no reaction of Masaomi. It was as if that part was hurriedly animated. In the next episode, we can get one of those recaps where things are explained but this was no good.
What’s Masaomi thinking? He must have gone W00t?! But, it was clearly shown that Masaomi can be level headed if there’s a need of it like how he listened to Kadota’s advice and instructed his gang not to directly engage Dollars. However, his control is slipping from people like Horoda and his mini-gang that seems to cause more discord as time passes. He needs quick control on Horoda for sure.
Dotachin gang, can they get more awesome? I think there’s still space left for that. It was nice seeing them in their element relaxing yet totally on guard. Yumasaki is something else! So Gin-like scary. His two opposite sides of happy-go-lucky and I-kill-you are definitely formidable. Karisawa on the other is a cute and feisty combo! I loved her matter-of-fact tone and explanation of their symbolic reality and fiction. If only life was so easy and we could get rid of all the bad memories as if they never happened. Their enactment of the Yellow Scarves and Blue Squares was hilarious!
Why do I have a feeling that Simon has a very bloody past? Being a Russian, he could’ve been a part of the army or even mafia in his heydays. His partner Dennis sure gives the same vibes. Only circus people can throw a knife like that!
Masaomi’s reaction was the most lacking in this episode. He seemed to be pretty in control while talking to Mikado in school but something has definitely changed. I would give him a benefit of the doubt in distrusting the information provided by Izaya. I hope he learns from his past experience and doesn’t believe him fully. After all, he hates violence; he ran away from the gang to get away from the same. Also, this Horoda is up to now good and is simply a bully. What I want to know is that are they doing this for avenging Izumi (Blue Squares’ leader) or on someone else’s orders?
Mikado is the only one with the least information right now. Sometimes his gullibility is too overwhelming. He’s worried about what’s happening inside Dollars but no one even knows what his game plan is. I expect a lot from him and even Anri to stand tall against such visible and invisible adversaries. Of course, with only few more episodes left, things need to be wrapped up and fast!
Izaya is smexy, yet very sadistic and opportune bastard. That is all.
Preview shows more gang hits by Yellow Scarves’ Horoda, Anri, Mikado and Masaomi pondering what was happening around them while sadistic Izzy looks on in amusement. No Shizu-chan for next episode as well? Noooooo!!!
Countdown: W00t?! Only 4 more episodes to go?! We want season 2 announcements soon!