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.