Kyaho~! The game is set and all pieces aligned. Are you ready?
Domo minnasan~! Genki desuka~? This week has been full of updates at Metanorn, mostly due to lots of music releases. I’ve been ODing on Yakushimaru Etsuko’s soothing voice and if you haven’t checked out Arakawa under the Bridge or even its music, go now, you! Though, it’s starkly different to what I’m about to review because we are BACK to a typical Drrr! episode. Previous one was slow in case of progress but the current is a WIN. All major characters show up to say “Hi!” even though briefly. There’s no narrator this time around because characters are doing the talking themselves. It revolves around the sannin friends who are distancing themselves from each other knowingly or unknowingly. The plot thickens so here we go!
Things start rolling with Mikado browsing sites and getting more info about Dollars being bulled. It doesn’t help to see the battered face and broken arm of Takiguchi, who’s recuperating in hospital and has decided to quit Dollars. Mikado is at constant war with himself of what to do about the onslaught of Yellow Scarves who are making victims out of his group. He remembers what Izaya had told him that his power on Ikkebukro was short-lived and he would have to continue evolving in order to survive.
Masaomi has his own problems; one of them being a bunch of imbeciles led by Horoda who would not listen to his commands and are continuing to wrangle the Dollars. According to them this should be continued to make Dollars’ leader show himself. However, Masaomi stresses on the fact that he would personally look into the matter; however, it’s already too late. An avalanche of attacks is underway against the weaponless Dollars from every walk of life.
Kadota has a chance meeting with Mikado, who was listlessly making his way back home. They talk about the non-responsiveness of the Dollars leaders. Mikado is quite perturbed at the current happenings and tries to quell the heat of argument with a peaceful route, only to be lashed out online. The general opinion on boards is that the Dollars leaders should talk with Yellow Scarves rather than sitting and doing nothing.
Celty is clearly trying to be very protective of Anri; however, she would soon find out that the attack on Takiguchi was not randomly done, while witnessing some Yellow Scarves bullying indiscriminately. Same goes for Izaya’s (Kanra) comments on the Dollars board about the confrontation between Yellow Scarves and Dollars to soon ensue.
Shinra gets some screen time while chatting up Celty about what was really happening with the sannin (trio). He meets the points of Sonoharadou, Anri’s father’s antique shop where Shingen sold Saika, to Anri being classmates of Mikado and Masaomi. He pretty much knows everything that is going down.
Mikado’s uneasiness hasn’t subsided but he has avoided getting involved in the continued bullying of Dollars members, who are deciding to leave the group seeing no action from their leader. He also notices the acute absence of Masaomi, who has started avoiding him, not even answering his calls. After school Anri runs off to use her Slasher children for saving the unarmed Dollars. She gathers as many Yellow Scarves as she can.
Of course, the voyeur Izaya’s on the lookout, keeping an eye on things and playing his board games.
No, it’s not candid camera, kozzo, you just got OWN’d by Kah-chan!
Slasher children do their Kah-chan’s bidding, becoming useful in saving few straggly Dollars but are soon found out and punished by Horoda, who is bent on becoming the right-hand-man of Shogun.
Few eyewitnesses describe the girl who has been coming in contact with the unruly bunch. When adding the fact that the Slasher girl wore glasses too, along with the typical description of her bust; Anri’s identity is pretty much busted in front of Masaomi, who can’t really believe it himself.
I’m reminded of Yojouhan (Tatami Galaxy) here and Horoda somewhat resembles Jougasaki, whose motto is: “If you’re a man, then grab victory! Grab victory, and grab women’s tits!” >.>
Mikado is stopped by Harima after school to inquire about Anri. He’s quite surprised to know that something has been bothering her.
It was quite strange to see Harima concerned about Anri, while Seiji delivering such high-handed yet moving lines: “If you really love her don’t look away. No matter what you see or learn about her, don’t look away. Once you’ve got her into an embrace, don’t let go. Once you decide to love someone, that’s your responsibility.”
With a heavy heart Mikado returns home and contemplates his next move. Due to his troubles, he hasn’t paid much attention to either Anri or Dollars. He logs on to the site after many days and goes through the general opinion of members which vary from leaving the group to old memories of doing good for the community while remaining invisible. The conversation turns towards making rounds and reporting results, something like citizen journalism.
What’s up with me seeing Tatami in Drrr! this episode? Maybe my minds wants a restart like Watashi… =.=; Anyway, Mikado’s internal ramblings reminds me of Watashi’s musings while looking at the mochiguman. (Yojouhan pics courtesy Flags)
At that exact moment, Horoda notices Anri on the street while whining to his mates about being ordered around by the Shogun. He immediately recognizes her and the same thing gets reported on Dollars board.
Nosebleed? Pervy Horoda! You do follow Jougasaki’s footsteps! =.=;
The last scene is pretty cliffhangery as usual. Mikado stands beside his window contemplating his next move while Anri moves limply to an alleyway after being captured by Yellow Scarves. The peeping Tom, Izaya watches on enjoying every second of it.
End Thoughts: Wow, seemed like not a lot happened in the episode yet a LOT happened! Let the studio torture us for what’s gonna happen next for another three more episodes. Just three more…? Err, before I start lamenting let me organize my thoughts:
Cyberpixie-chan should be happy with this episode as it shows not only Shizuo but Shinra too. Except for Simon, every major character showed up. The absence of Kinnosuke, Shingen and Kasuka either points to the fact that they won’t show up or appear to help a faction out in the end. The biggest surprise was Seiji and his definition of love, which was inspiring to say the least. If it weren’t for the absence of his mother and Namie’s obsession over him, he might have turned out to be a decent kid.
Mikado or Mikapuu as Xiao-chan affectionately calls him has a lot of issues going on. Not as serious as Masaomi or Anri but his war is mostly internal, with his morals and determination to bring change for good. Currently, he seems very gullible and unsure of himself but I can actually see the cogs of wheels turning in that brain of his. He would be the blind Knight that barges in to save the day and simply accept all secrets of Masaomi and Anri’s past and present. He understands that his non-action is making Dollars question his authority and demotivated like Takiguchi quitting.
It’s really interesting to see how a Chinese whispers circle is closing around the trio: Anri knows about Masaomi, Masaomi knows about Mikado and Anri, and now it’s Mikado’s turn to know about the other two. Now that Anri’s in danger, I would love to see him all worked up and determined to do something extraordinary.
Masaomi has now all the information, more than even Anri. He finally showed his fierce side that I was looking forward to. At least, he can switch modes from a playful talkative teen to a dangerous Shogun in a second. His gang is going unruly but if he really wants to he can control all of them even the Baka Horoda. If he went into denial after finding out about Mikado, what would he do about Anri? She was the reason of his rejoining Yellow Scarves after all. Would he check out all facts or just get upset over why she didn’t tell him and ad nauseum? I still give him the benefit of the doubt though, after facing so much hardship he must have at least learned something about trust and coping.
I’m not even worried about Anri, she can take care of herself and Horoda and his minions are no match for her. I am more interested in finding out how she would be confronted by Masaomi and her reasoning with him.
Izaya’s got a shiny new board game! That actually is siren-worthy! Only three episodes to go and he’s prancing around the town whispering tanoshimi da ne~ in his typical flippant tone. Somebody save the town from this freak also please someone punch him too? I would prefer Shizu-chan, Trio, Dotachin gang and Celty saving the day from the coming showdown.
Preview disturbed me in many ways! If I didn’t know better I would be obsessing about why Shizu-chan was laying half-dead in the rain. However, there are more things to worry about like Masaomi confronting Anri about her secret and Mikado on a mission. Most of the characters have cellphones in their hands that can only mean one thing: the Dollars leader is ALIVE and ready for some legendary badassedary!
Countdown: Only three episodes left? Maajide?! TT__TT