ROAR OUT LOUDER!
Quick crash course: This is the first of the two extra episodes that were promised back just before the show originally ended. The first, in a rather welcomed surprise, is streaming at Crunchyroll. Why they couldn’t do that for the Sora no Woto extra episodes I do not know. But readily available extra Durarara is nothing to complain about.
This episode takes place between 12 and 13, if you hadn’t already copped on by the 12.5 title. The characters largely all act the same way they always did, but there’s more than a few telling instances that shows us where we are in the series. Celty doesn’t open the bag when there’s a suspicion that what’s inside might be a severed head, which shows it’s probably right after her romantic (bleargh) make up with Shinra. If it was any earlier, or possibly later, she almost certainly would have taken a peek. There’s also the fact that Kida is still in town. I’d forgotten that he had even left back in the last episode. It feels quite a long time ago now. Only 3 months since Durarara ended? Woah. So basically we don’t see any part of the characters we didn’t already know, which is a bit of a shame. I would have liked something like the Baccano OVA’s or even those extra FMA:B episodes where they showed extra parts to the story they didn’t feel were necessary first time around.
So the actual story of the episode was one of those told backwards ones where the whole thing only really makes sense by the end. I’ll try my best to explain what was going on, but I’m not fully sure myself. First there was the guy in the above picture who was running away from Tom because he owed him money. His nose-blowing girlfriend gave him fresh undies and a packed lunch in Bag A. However he got that bag mixed up with Bag B that was full of money the gangsters were going to trade for the lizard in Bag C, which Izaya somehow managed to get off the other group of Engrish speaking gangsters who were going to make the trade. However the Japanese gangsters lead by the guy with angry eyebrows figured out what was going on, almost certainly through Izaya, and asked him to help him get his lizard back. The whole thing becomes a mess when Bag A with the fresh undies and packed lunch gets tossed into the mix and people start chasing after Dotachin and co. Now here is where I totally lose track of who’s got what bag, but it stops really mattering at that point anyway.
In short, this whole kerfuffle was just Izaya finding a way to pass to time and with a bonus feature of pissing off Shizuo. Basically just like any other episode of Durarara.
So as I said earlier, the characters haven’t changed one bit. Celty is still moe and afraid of aliens. Izaya is still pulling the strings behind everything. Shizuo is still trying to control his rage with little success. The otaku duo still think of everything as fictional. Mikado still doesn’t do anything remotely interesting. But that’s far from being a bad thing. While it would have been nice to see something new brought to the series, seeing Shizuo lift swing the poor bloke inside the tree was refreshing in its inevitability. Plus it was a hugely entertaining episode, and I did love the final fireworks exclamation from Kida.
Durarara is still Durarara, God is still in heaven and all is right with the world.