Aaaaaah, that’s me sighing after watching this episode. We are at the end finally… I can’t say I didn’t like it but I felt like something was missing in the end. That bittersweet feeling of something more should’ve happened and a LOT along the same lines. Still, it has been an amazing ride of ups and downs, laugh and cries, punches and yattas! A series with a barrage of interesting and well-developed characters most of whom grew with time and shared their mysteriousness. It has been a fun ride in getting to know them better and some of their secrets. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the summary:
After the whole WTF is going on by the Trio, they soon realize the gravity of the situation they are in when Horoda’s Yellow Scarves moves on them. It’s very short lived as an uprising occurs within their ranks and the ex-Blue Squares are dealt by thirty something invisible Dollars adorning Yellow. Kadota reels in more discord revealing how he got to know about Horoda, who had slipped off the scene after Izumi was arrested for kidnapping and injuring Saki.
Masaomi punches Horoda square on the face—knowing he had played an important role in kidnapping Saki—but averts from a mortal blow because of Mikado and Anri, who are not used to such bloody sights. The three of them literally embrace and make up. They go over each other to take the blame of miscommunication and keeping secrets, proving the fact that they would go to great lengths to protect each other.
Before fainting, he tells them to take him to Raira General Hospital as Saki’s waiting for him there. Kadota appreciates Masaomi who lived up to more than his expectations. He also lectures Mikado that it was not that easy to make Dollars disappear because they were invisible to begin with.
Mikado and Anri carry Masaomi to Togusa’s van, while Kadota settles some old score with the ex-Blue Squares. Seeing Horoda flee with his cronies, Celty follows him. Interestingly, she doesn’t get much action as Shizuo’s waiting in the middle of the road—all bandaged up, mind you—to avenge his attempted assassination. Celty scampers off in a hurry, seeing Kinnosuke corner the runaway car fleeing from Shizuo. They are arrested and charged for their crimes.
My wish came true! Run you dumbass oyaji! =P
Celty’s so kawaii when she’s afraid of the cops! xD
On the other hand, Izaya meets Higa, who hands him over the last missing gun from Awakusu-kai. As already guessed by many viewers, the motive to shoot Shizuo was indeed supplied by Izaya and the gun too, not directly of course. Anri dismisses Higa (one of slasher children) and faces off with Izaya, ready to slice him if only to gain understanding of his thoughts. However, Izaya is nimble as usual and dodges all swipes with an amused smile.
According to him, he loves humans and that’s why he wants to see them in different situations. He makes a mockery out of her being unable to love and Saika loving others in her place. He declares war on her as he’s not ready to hand the humans he so loves over to a katana vessel. “Humans are mine after all…”
Simon corners Izaya and lays a good one on him. He calls him a coward and too transparent for his own good. He tells him about Saki informing him about everything and how she has grown out of her obsession of him, her love for Masaomi finally ruling over. Izaya has to fix his own admiration of cowardice as according to Simon, he’s always in direct competition with Shizuo, bordering on a complex.
As per Izaya’s expectations, it was indeed Namie who told Horoda about Mikado’s identity due to his involvement with the whole Seiji-Harima business. He gets consolation from such moments when people do exactly as he expects but people like Simon and Shizuo never do, to his chagrin. He’s still the prancing and slippery Information Broker of Ikebukuro and would remain so, loving his sickening job to adoration.
Just wait till Celty finds out…
Saki visits Masaomi in his hospital room and they confess not only their feelings but the bad choices they made in reaching such a climactic moment. If it was Masaomi who had abandoned Saki at the worst time, it was Saki too, who had walked into a trap just because Izaya said so. Both know that they are flawed and were completely manipulated by Izaya as pawns but the past is past and they have grown out of the shackles that imprisoned them. Masaomi finally stood up for his friends and Saki disobeyed Izaya, a future now awaits them where they would grow out of their flaws together.
The life of the Sannin friends changes when Masaomi disappears with Saki, while Mikado and Anri pick up the pieces. The town of Ikebukuro remains the same just like its inhabitants:
Mikado reopens the Dollars site, understanding the fact that they are not just any group but the town itself. Citizens may come and go unseen but Dollars would remain and so would their solidarity.
How can the series end without a chat being shown? So, that is what happens and Masaomi joins the chat with the screen-name of Bakruya with Kanra’s (Izaya) reference. Mikado soon finds out from the way Bakruya chatted that it was indeed his friend.
Mikado is quite sure that Masaomi would return someday. He readies Anri so that both of them could get angry at him and then laugh as they usually did on his return. A lot changed yet nothing changed at all.
End Thoughts: This has been an awesome ride, a series that has captured the audience’s attention and retained it. In today’s anime industry, when good stories are dwindling, average/run-of-the-mill stories paired up with okay animation and addition of fanservice has become a practice. Drrr! has been a breath of fresh air since it started airing last winter and became one of the best of the lot. What made it so different? The long list of characters could’ve actually screwed up the plot but it never happened; that and a unique storyline centered on a normal-looking city is what made this one WIN.
Though, I’m not totally satisfied with the end as it seems something was missing. Am I feeling that because I won’t be seeing the characters I have come to love? Well, that is that but not a lot got explained in the end on why Izaya did whatever he did. We got seriously trolled by him: I AM THE BOSS, BITCHES! But, then nante ne~! (Just kidding!) *add some moe-blob animation here* As predicted earlier, it was quite evident that an ultimate boss would be an epic fail in case of Drrr! because there are just too many things to consider. That is what happened but what about that war and the promise of Valhalla? Would Izaya just roll over and die? Ah, if only it was that easy! xD This was one of those missing links that left the watcher face-palming if the urge occurred, that is.
Also, does all that “I love humans” mean Izaya is not one? It won’t be new in Ikebukuro as Celty’s presence proves it but that would be just too good to be true. Imagine Izaya as an Oni with horns? Well, plausible and quite wondrously so but I don’t believe that. Jokes aside, after all these episodes, we still haven’t found out much about Izzy-kun and his motives except for his fixation on Shizu-chan, who he hates from the bottom of his heart. He’s also very nimble and possesses an IQ of a genius and ability to wreck city-wide havoc while simulating on his weird game board. Shizuo is too pure-hearted for his own good but has a formidable nemesis that he has to deal with sooner than later!
The sweetest moment was the reunion of Saki and Masaomi with total lovey-dovey-ness. It was almost ironic in a way how both of them said “I know” and possessed an acute flaw in need of healing. They definitely suite each other with their respective pasts and hopefully would grow out of it together.
Poor Mikapuu though, to have Anri say that she might’ve liked Masaomi and that’s why she felt alone but then again she’s, er… not really sure how she should feel. There goes Mikado’s heart into a ditch but there’s time and knowing him, he would continue to be there for her. With time, Anri might just discover the secret of how it feels to like someone and be liked in return.
From the war that Izaya declared at Anri and the knowledge of so many light novel volumes still lying around somewhere to be animated; we might just as well get the second season. Hopefully! Brains Base, you better…! If that doesn’t happen, there are always those summaries and actual novels to fall back on.
Of all, I would miss Shizu-chan the most, the fortissimo of Ikebukuro and one of the most interesting characters of Drrr! Why was he only in one scene? Like last episode, Brains Base, C’MON!!! Not to mention the Trio, Cutesy Celty, kakkoi Kadota, dependable Togusa, eccentric yet awesome Yummachi and Karisawa, Simon, Dennis, Seiji, Harima, Namie, Shingen, Shinra, Kinnosuke, Kasuka, Tom, Kaztano, Ryo and of course, the smexy bastard Izaya! It would not be the same weekend without these eccentricities but hopefully more to come soon from Brains Base and summer season.
As reported earlier, there would be an additional epilogue Special DVD episode of Drrr!! releasing in February, 2011. Too long to wait, so will look forward to the announcement of season two… :shakesfist
PS: This time around the ani-stats would have a lot of stuff from series ending comments and what I’m looking forward to in Summer Season. I think it would be one of my longest post so, well, look forward to it~! For quicker updates and chatter, I’m available in Twitter land.