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Durarara!! episode 12

Before I get into the post, let me update you on the results of the Irish Blog Awards, which I’m sure you were all waiting in baited breath for. I…didn’t win. There were 5 finalists in the Youth Bloggers category. 2 had given up the internet so I could rule them out. One didn’t use capital letters and I’ll be damned if I lost to someone who doesn’t use capital letters (although she’s probably thinking “I’ll be damned if I lose to someone who writes about fucking cartoons”). So there was only one guy who I considered a serious rival so I just sat back and hoped that he would do something stupid, like express greater interest in going to a movie screening than the award ceremony, but that wasn’t to be and the award was cruelly given to someone other than me. I’m probably too old to enter the Youth Category next year so I’ll have to be in the specialist category where I’ll be up against cycling artists who drink tea.

So yeah, back to DRRR!!

Now I may just be the biggest DRRR-fag on the blogsphere but I’m looking at these last two episodes of the first arc and thinking ‘yeah, these didn’t quite live up to the rest of the series’. It just never really clicked the same way most of the rest of the series did and I’m struggling to figure out why. Part of the reason may simply have been because the characters involved were not the most exciting. Mikado just stands around looking confused. Seiji, when he realises the big plot twist of the episode, just stands around looking confused. Celty looked pretty confused for the part in the street. In fact, there was a lot of characters mucking about looking confused.

Well first the part of the episode that worked was, oddly enough, our crazy stalker flashback Mika Harima. All those who predicted that Mika wasn’t wearing Celty’s head after all can give themselves a pat on the back now. Mika’s stalking was portrayed fantastically. It was right on that perfect edge of clearly appearing like normal behaviour inside her mind but being creepy as fuck to anyone watching it. It was far cry from the typical ‘hiding behind a street lamp’ that stalkers usually get portrayed as. Mikado’s comment about those two being perfect for each other was spot on I guess. One nutter for another. It must have been quite the blow to Seiji discovering his perfect love was a farce but my sympathy stretches about as far influence in the world of Irish Blogging.

Shinra and Celty’s romance scene though I didn’t really like. From a purely objective point of view, they never built up much in the way of romantic tension between the two. Shinra’s love for Celty yeah, but it always felt selfish. I know Shinra admitted this himself but as I said in the last episode about Namie calling out Mikado’s speech as being generic, being self-aware doesn’t forgive the mistakes you a self-aware about. Also they never got the atmosphere in the final scene right either. For what was meant to be a confirmation of marriage(!?!) of all things, there was little to no romantic tension in the scene. My main problem comes from Celty though. Never once was I convinced she actually loved Shinra back. She made a half-hearted ‘maybe I like him’ in an earlier episode but there was little in the way of conviction in her voice when she said that. It still feels like she’s simply latching onto someone who accepts her. That’s probably more the Celty fanboy and Shinra hater speaking than actual removed critique.

And so the first arc of Durarara ends in slightly anti-climactic fashion, finishing up the storyline for Seji Yagiri and his mystery stalker. It also clears up the creation and scope of the Dollars. It also appears to wrap up the relationship between Shinra and Celty for the time being, but that’s by no means a done deal (I hope) when Celty’s real head is still on the playing field and I’d be interested as to how she’d react when she sees the head for real next time. Would she really be able to ignore the chance of getting her head back if it was presented? From a storytelling perspective, she will obviously meet the head again and chances are whatever she does with it, she will remain with Shinra. However from my fanboy perspective she will find the head again, take it and jump out of my laptop screen (because it’s the quickest way back to Ireland obviously) and take that massive sythe of hers and take out the judging staff of the Irish Blog Awards.

So, according to our grand meddler Izaya, the next arc will involve a grand war so he can be taken to Vallhalla, or something equally mystical. According to Izaya, Dullahans, when not tossing buckets on passerbys, are chilling out up in Vallhala with those fat Valkyrie Viking women, chilling out with people like the Techno Viking. Now whatever that’s supposed to mean in the grand scheme of things it totally beyond me but I can certainly guess where this war is coming from: Gangland wars. They’ve been building up the dangers of these colour gangs for a while now through the likes of Kida, and their dodgy activities as told by Simon. There’s also the case of the Slasher, who I’ve got a sneaking feeling is Anri based off nothing other than the fact she’s done nothing yet. But Izaya is going to be central to the story from now on. What I’m really interested in is how this guy is going to feature in his plans.


New arc begins next week and along with it will be a new opening and closing, so I’ve heard. The opening was fantastic simply for being a great song and visuals but the ending, thanks to it’s one image scrolling picture, has spawned so many parodies it also deserves a mention. I mean really, name an anime that generally gets parodied and there’s a DRRR ending version of it. Since this blog is named after Geass I have to point you towards a very good Geass one but the best of the lot has to be this: Durarara X Gurren Lagann, enjoy~

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  1. Posted March 29, 2010 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    I’m going to miss that ending so freaking much. I doubt the next one will be as epic.

    And while it’s disappointing you didn’t win, it’s very cool that you got to be a part of that and went so fair. Here in the states, we’d never even have Blog Awards, so I’m kinda jealous.

  2. NeverJuliet
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Yesss–I’m not the only one who thinks Anri is the Slasher!!
    But anyway, I have to say that Durarara!! has really impressed me so far. I can’t wait until the next arc, it’s hard to guess what will happen next!
    Cool blog, by the way!

  3. Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Damn they changing the ending? I actually look forward to the song every week.

    Anyway, it was a good end to this arc and I liked how they showed
    Mikado and Anri get closer at the end.

    Also, good to know that Celty didn’t completely lose her mind. Seiji is more screwed up then I ever thought (although Mika is pretty fucked up herself)

  4. Posted March 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Your post is the only one so far that I haven’t seen a picture of Mikado kicking Kida.

    My theory is that by the end every character in DRRR will be part of the plot so Anri’s bound to do something. Maybe it is the Slasher?

  5. Scamp
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    @Janette @Bass

    I never particularly liked the ending myself, I defo preffered the opening. There’s only so much enjoyment I’ll get out of some boyband singing ‘THRUST ME THRUST ME THRUST ME YEAH!’

    @NeverJuliet @Libera

    Anri hasn’t done anything yet and the slasher is the mystery that suits her the best. 2 + 2 = 4

  6. Posted March 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Uwah. That’s the best parody I’ve seen of it. *A*
    Especially the end…

  7. Posted March 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Anri as one of the Slashers (since there are two of them!). The first figure we saw way back when definitely held a strong resemblance to her. She needs to do something aside from look all moe and whatnot, anyway.

    I’d definitely be down for some gangland wars, especially if said wars get people like Simon and Shizuo involved by proxy.

  8. Posted March 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Haha, that was a pretty good parody. I’m going to miss Roar Out Louder at the start of every episode, since it had me ROL each time.

  9. Scamp
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Permalink


    I have my doubts as to whether there are two slashers or not because we simply have no idea what on earth the slasher is in the first place. It appeared in one episode and everyone just looked kinda confused at its mention


    Except according to the band the actual words are ‘blow out louder’, which when combined with ‘thrust me’ as the ending song we have quite the duo

  10. Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Blow out louder? I have been living a lie!!!


  11. Posted March 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Well, at the very least, there are clearly different slashers in ep5 (I’ve got the screenshots to prove it), so either the slasher is a supernatural shapeshifter, or there is more than one. As has been suggested by others (pretty sure this is one of Kabitzin’s theories), maybe Anri — or someone else — leads an army of slashers. What a scary thought.

  12. Duelit
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I thought the ending song and image was similar to a cooldown from the awesomeness that is Durarara!! I can’t wait for the new stuff! ^^

  13. Posted March 30, 2010 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    @Shinmaru: Maybe the reason why there are “two” slashers is that one is actually the slasher (possibly Anri), shown in action, and the second (with the wraith like frame and long hair) is what other people claim to have seen – we all know how faulty eye witness reports can be. And thus the Urban Legend is born, no?

  14. Posted March 30, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Great Gurren Lagann parody of the DRx3 ending. ;) I actually never cared much for the ending, but I’m going to miss that opening.

    I don’t like Shinra much either; I think Celty can do better, even without a head. I also hope she dumps him at the end…

  15. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    is the next episode will be the finale episode or what?

  16. Scamp
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    @Shinmaru @blindability

    My point is that we’ve been given so little concrete info on the thing that it could be bloody anything. It looks like there’s two from the pictures but that slasher did some weird shape-shifting things when it was moving in one of those scenes so god only knows

    @Jan Suzukawa

    I think we’re all hoping that. Nobody likes that creep Shinra

    @Scheniziel Lackward

    Nah, there’s 24 episodes

  17. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted April 10, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    oh, yay~
    at my Japanese magazine it only said until 13 episodes…

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