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Durarara!! episode 10

Each episode of Durarara seems to have a consistent pattern. They start off slow, setting the atmosphere with the halfway point usually happening quicker than you might expect, leaving you with a ‘what, halfway already?’ feeling. The next half generally hits the plot revelations and action scenes. Toss in a twist at the end and you have your typical episode of Durarara. It’s a simple method that makes you enjoy an episode more but it works. Well, it’s working on me anyway.Lets start with the end of the episode and the big plot reveal: Mikado was the guy to set up Dollars. Not Izaya, as was hinted at earlier on in the series. Neither was it Simon, who, for god only knows why, I had a sneaking suspicion that he was the guy to set it up (come on, he has to do something more than run a sushi shop!). It’s Mr. Normal Mikado. I would say ‘not so normal now eh~’ except it’s through his normality that he set up Dollars in the first place. It makes me want to go back through the entire series and see his reactions to the mentioning of Dollars. The only scene I can think of off the top of my head was where Izaya says he “thinks he has found the person he’s looking for”, clearly referring to the fact he had a suspicion that Mikado was the head. Not that  he really wields much power as the head of Dollars from what I can tell so far.

For those who haven’t made this connection yet, the three in the chatroom were Mikado (the boring blue avatar), Celty (the avatar wearing headphones) and Izaya (the pigtails one that’s always hyperactive). In that sense, it was kinda cool seeing the three of them together in real life, even if they didn’t know it themselves, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Izaya had an idea of who he was talking to. The chatroom is on the Dollars website, a connection I only made in this episode, which suggests that both Celty and Izaya are part of Dollars too. I’m still at a bit of a loss as to what Dollars is meant to be other than a chatroom. Mikado set it up so nobody takes orders from anyone else but theoretically, if he had control of the Dollars network, then he is easily the most powerful person in ‘bukero.

When you look at the cliche gang members, like this guy and his nonsensical haircut (do they honestly have those haircut in Japanese gangs?) or that ‘yo yo hey man!’ guy who Izaya scalped in episode 3, I can’t help thinking they are intentionally made to appear as nonsensical as they are to offset the eventual arrival of proper gangs. Whenever there’s a mention of the yellow scarves of the blue shape that-I-can’t-quite-remember-which-particular-cuboid-version-it-was, Kida puts on his SERIOUS FACE, which suggests that these gangs are much more dangerous than those that have appeared thus far. Getting real gangs into the picture will only end up messy. Again though, I can’t see how the Dollars tie in with them as of yet because I still don’t quite see how they’re able to achieve anything.

Sorry for blabbing on about the Dollars website but I’m trying to wrap my head around how it works. You get an invitation to the site and the password (which, btw, is BACCANO. Oh Brains Base and your constant references to your older series and random other series while your at it. There was a Railgun reference in this episdoe too). Set up your profile and chat to people. Look at the above picture with Mikado looking far cooler than he usually does. It just looks like a chat site where you can see who else is online. It’s hardly that different from something like 4chan, except with far less meme abuse. Unsurprisingly, a Dollars website has been set up here, but it’s all in Japanese. However I think I managed to unintentionally taunt Gargron, the guy who designed this site, into making a Dollars website of his own. It would be pretty cool, and inevitable, that some sort of chatroom website would be designed based off this series.

If Izaya is plugged into Dollars during most of his wakening hours, which he certainly appears to be, no wonder he is such a great informant. Just toss out some questions into the Dollars website and answers will start to appear. A lot of them could be nonsense but where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. Speaking of Izaya, he is such an absolute nutter isn’t he? His leaping on an unconscious gang member isn’t quite as awesome as the phone stomping scene (which already has over 21000 views on youtube)  but was just so typical of the guy that I couldn’t help laughing. It’s a tough choice to pick my favourite character in Durarara. It’s a toss up between Izaya, Celty and Shizuo.

Wild facial expressions in anime. They’re such an easy method to make the audience laugh but they still get me. Some random other thoughts before I run over my 1000 word count would be where has Scarneck gotten to? Speaking of her, I was given some convincing theory in the comments in my last post by Rakuen that she isn’t actually wearing Celty’s head at all. The general idea was that they never convincingly showed a dead Mika Harima and kept obscuring her face so the idea was that they’d performed surgery on her face to make her look like the Celty head. Seiji, as Shizuo found out, is so blinded by his ‘love’ that he wouldn’t notice, Mika has found a way to be with the person she loves and creepy incestuous sister has a way to keep Seiji away from the real head. It also works in well with the flow of the story. The grand reveal in episode 9 that she was wearing Celty’s head was pretty obvious and felt like a bit of a let down in terms of grand ending plot reveals. If it turned out that wasn’t the case and Durarara had trolled us all then I’d be mightily impressed. My gut feeling still says she’s wearing Celty’s head but I’ll be damned if I can come up with convincing evidence to counter this argument.

Is there really any better way to end this post than with Celty showing off her figure?

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26 Comments

  1. Posted March 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I loved where both Izaya and Celty were following him home. Poor guy has motorcycle envy.

  2. Posted March 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    “come on, he has to do some­thing more than run a sushi shop!”

    That’s what I think, too. He is featured in the opening credits and has superhuman strength. There has to be more there than has been revealed as yet.

    “Is there really any bet­ter way to end this post than with Celty show­ing off her figure?”

    Absolutely not.

  3. Posted March 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    The other character’s have more individual professions. Mikado is a student, Izaya is an informant, Celty is a transporter, and so on. None of them have a job that allows people to meet easily. Everyone in the cast eats at Simon’s shop, as far as we can tell. Perhaps Simon’s purpose really is just being a sushi chef. After all, a restaurant is a good physical location for people to meet.

    As for the Dollars, I think of them kind of like 4chan. 4chan might be the cesspool of the Internet, but you have to admit, when they focus on a task they can achieve impressive results. They can do that because the site has access to a diverse range of skills, interests, and opinions. If you look at the Dollars as 4chan without the cesspool, you can see the attractiveness of a wide, anonymous network.

  4. Taka
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I watched that scene of Celty posing in front of her motorcycle several times in succession. Then backed up further to Izaya jumping on the guys back. Then fast forwarded to Izaya making motorcycle noises as they followed behind him.

    I was stuck between Shizuo and Izaya before but this episode cements it. Consider me an Izaya fanboy.

  5. Iron Maw
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to point out that chatroom Mikado, Celty and Izaya are in has nothing to with the Dollars.

  6. Posted March 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Haha, my mind has to recover for a few seconds every time I look at that screenshot of Celty.

    You know, I get the feeling Izaya is going to do something awfully twisted soon. He has just been so happy-go-lucky lately. Really, the second episode and his initial fight with Shizuo are the only times where Izaya’s more menacing side have been on display.

    And, wow, I can’t really argue with that Mika theory either. If that’s what is really going down, then that’s a good call.

  7. Posted March 13, 2010 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I’m really excited to see where this is going from now on. If Mikado isn’t normal then can we assume that no one is safe? Kida certainly doesn’t seem normal from how he gets when it comes to gangs, not to mention his connection to that girl in the hospital.

    I must admit I didn’t really see the Mikado thing coming. Despite his obvious interest in the Dollars whenever they were brought up, I didn’t really see it coming because he seemed so confused every time they were brought up.

    I loved seeing all three of those together. I couldn’t ask for a better group of characters than if Shizuo and Shinra were in the mix. But Shizuo and Izaya in the same room… Would never work.

    Anyway, Mikado’s certainly now near the top of my list of favorite characters. Great episode.

  8. Duelit
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Best episode thus far XD

  9. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I wonder what kind of bussiness does Izaya have with Mikado.
    Oh, by the way, I open that dollars side, never expected that it really exist, cool~

  10. Raku
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    … wait, if that chatroom was on the Dollars site, then why was there so much confusion about the Dollars during the chat conversation in the first few episodes? If they were in the Dollars chatroom, you’d think they’d be more than comfortable with admitting they were all Dollars instead of speaking vaguely about them. =\

  11. Posted March 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing that every episode is so entertaining and while we don’t see some of our beloved characters (like Shizuo), we don’t quite seem to miss them either. …I think Celty’s been in every single episode, though (lucky for you, haha).

  12. Scamp
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    @Janette

    They seem like ideal bodyguards to me

    @Joojoobees

    When I put the link to the episode on twitter, a few people clicked on it. When I said I had a hot picture of Celty, the hits increased 10 times over

    @Rakuen

    So Simon is just the centre of information? That’s why I made the connection between him and Dollars. They seem to perform the same role

    @Taka

    I still can’t make my mind up on my favourite but Izaya really put himself into contention with this episode

    @Shinmaru

    It’s hard to predict when Izaya will do something because we don’t know his goals, beyond to fuck with people.

    @Siri

    That’s a duo we haven’t seen together beyond speechless flashbacks: Shinra and Izaya. Shinra is probably one of the very few people who would be unfazed by the bizarreness of Izaya

    @Duelit

    hahahahahahaha…actually my favourite would be episodes 3 or 9. Phone Stamping FTW

    @Scheniziel Lackward

    I should bug Gargron to make the english version again…

    @Raku

    You have me there. I guess that isn’t the Dollars chatroom, although it looked pretty much the same design as the Dollars website when Mikado went on.

    @Blindability

    It’s generally because if a character doesn’t appear in an episode he will almost certainly feature prominently in the next one. No character is left out of the spotlight for very long in DRRR

  13. Posted March 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    @Scamp
    Yeah, that’s what it seems to me. The Dollars website is a place to meet in the cyberworld, while Simon’s restaurant is a place to meet in the real world.

  14. Lumiex
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    That Dollars sight is in Chinese…

  15. Luther
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Any news on the Dollars site?

  16. Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    @People waiting for the Dollars site: I’ve got the design already, but I need some more time to make it a fully functional chat. But the thing is tomorrow will be a pretty stressful school day, so I can’t promise I’ll finish it by then.

  17. Scamp
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    ^^^^^

    ~What he said~

  18. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Listen to this,
    Me and my sister open that Dollars site, then we tried to log in, but (of course) we can’t. Sis gone mad because she want to see inside of that dollars site. And then, she click the enter button once again, and then we’re logged in! Wow…

  19. Posted March 16, 2010 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    I didn’t notice that the chatroom was on the Dollars site. Why isn’t anyone else ever in there, besides that one weirdo and the three usual ones. I wonder if this means that Selty is a Dollar also…

  20. Xyopq
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I logged in aswell. But it would’nt let me type anything english in.

  21. Scamp
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Yeah their Dollars site isn’t well designed. However with Gargron on the job, the English version will whoop ass! It will be like 4chan except without memes (aka: not 4chan at all)

    @Kabitzin

    I think I might actually be wrong with that assumption. It made sense in my head until somebody pointed out that they discussed the Dollars in a confused tone on the website itself

  22. Lumiex
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh Gosh I just noticed I made a stupid grammatical error. I meant that Dollars site* is in Chinese [well I believe some Taiwanese fans made it]
    I’m looking forward to the completion of the English one by the way XD

  23. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I type “Hello”, suddenly it turn out into Chinese! After that everyone in there say “Hello too” but in Chinese and goes on, looking forward for the English version because it’s a little bit hard to translate it…

  24. Xyopq
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Anyone not looking at this post is your enemy. Don’t fight them, just stare at them.
    ————End—————

  25. Posted March 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    OK, guys, here you have what you asked for :3 :
    http://anime2.kokidokom.net/durarara/

  26. Lumiex
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    YAY! Website

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