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Durarara!! episode 13

Welcome to Durarara season 2!

Conclusive ending to the last arc. New opening and closing songs. A time skip. Introduction of new characters. Setting the Ikebukero scene once again. Yup, this is as good as a new season without the tedious business of a several month wait between episodes 12 and 13 and without the need to add yet another show to your MAL account that instantly gets overrated because anyone who didn’t like the show has dropped it during the first season. Actually, out of curiosity I checked the MAL stats for this. We have 17,963 watching and only 293 dropped and ranked 38 overall. Bloody fanboys…

So after a 6 month time-skip, what has changed? Well, we have the bizarre relationship between Mika Harima and Seiji continuing, which is only considered romantic by the type of people who think Mayoi Neko Overrun is a good anime. I doubt they’re going to have much to do with the plot anymore. At least, not until the inevitable scene where Celty is reunited with her head. Not that she will actually take the head and put it back on again, but chances are she will at least come face to…err…neck stump with it before the end. Maybe then we might see Seiji getting involved once again but for now he’s just going to have his Public Displays of Affection (using the word Affection rather loosely here) with Mika Harima (thank god I no longer have to call her Melty). However I do think Namie Yagiri will be more prominent than her brother in this arc, if only as foil to Izaya.

Grrr, I don’t like this. I don’t like this couple at all. Girls all seem to love Shinra because he’s so nice and happy and voiced by Jun Fukuyama. Guys think he’s a prick because he’s a creep and dishonest to Celty. Which sums it all up really. Guys don’t like him because they don’t think he’s right for Celty. Typical case of guys falling for a moe anime character and disliking it when someone else takes them who isn’t perfect (the latest manga chapter for K-ON apparently revealed that Ritsu has *gasp* a boyfriend).  Celty continues to be as lovable as ever, what with her scared reactions to the police, her punching Shinra in the stomoch (yay!) and her “I’ve still got it” scene where she scares away the wannabe gangsters picking on Shinra’s dad.

Ah yes, Shinra’s dad. Never ever underestimate the character creating abilities of Narita. The two new additions to the Durarara cast of Shinra’s dad and the hotshot policeman are both fantastic in their own ways. There will never be a half-hearted Narita character. Each of them are larger than life, overplaying personality traits so that they become characters rather than people. You will never find yourself connecting with a Narita character. What you will find yourself doing is seeing parts of your own personality in each of these characters. There’s a bit of Kida’s personality in all of us.

What strengthened the feel that this was a new season of Durarara was the lack of continuation of previous plot threads. All the main plotlines of the previous arc were cleared up and are now getting on with their lives, such as MikaXSeiji and *urgh* ShinraXCelty. All that’s left were the little snippets given out last season, such as Kida and the Yellow Scarves and Anri and the pervy teacher. In fact, the main line they left us with, the Izaya and his Valhalla aspirations, was given little more than a cryptic discussion in Russian. It’s hard to say what will become part of the main plot and what’s covered only in later books that won’t be animated (way to early to be calling for another season Scamp) but I think it’s safe to say that the Yellow Scarves and the pervy teacher will be dealt with in this arc. Izaya and Valhalla? I’m less convinced.

What they will deal with in this arc is the Slasher, which I’ve conveniently left aside until now because of how easy it would be to jump to conclusions with this particular story element. I was duped like the fool I was with Celty’s head and I don’t want to make the same mistake again. Just because Anri saw the slasher doesn’t therefore mean she’s counted out of the equation as actually being the slasher. One theory put forward by Caraniel was that it’s sort of a projected personality, like something out of a Satoshi Kon production (although the only Kon I’ve seen is Paranoia Agent. I’m such a  failure as an elitist) which was precisely what I was thinking. It also goes well together with Shinmaru‘s theory of there being two or more slashers because any girl who talks in the third person could theoretically summon a Slasher. The other Slasher could, for example, come from Izaya’s sister in the hospital. It’s tough to know if Durarara would really go down that path but the Slashers clearly don’t act like humans.

Sora no Woto references now? That’s one I hadn’t seen yet. I was getting kinda tired of all the Hell Girl references.

Durarara returns and is back on form, albeit with a less impressive opening. When I watched it the first time while watching the episode I really didn’t like it but since then I’ve listened to it a few times and it’s already grown on me. It won’t beat ROAR OUT LOUDER (although according to the band it’s meant to be BLOW OUT LOUDER but they were singing in Engrish anyway so we’ll pretend we didn’t hear them) but hey, it’s pretty good. As for the ending, well…I’m just waiting for the mountains of parodies~

Back in episode 1 I took screenshots of all the characters names and kept going back to it for reference (even for this episode post where I totally forgot Namie’s name). So to assist myself and you lot further here’s the screencaps of the new character names.

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20 Comments

  1. Posted April 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Shizuo’s brother looked like a chick for a moment, until I realized, “oh yeah heiwajima dur hur hur”.

    “Typ­ical case of guys fall­ing for a moe anime char­ac­ter and dis­lik­ing it when someone else takes them who isn’t per­fect …”

    lol I’m ready to walk the picket lines to protest Celty x Shinra. :p

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Well, I guess you could say Shinra represents the many males who fall for Moe things.

    And Celty’s more moe than the entire K-ON cast, for fucks sake!

  3. smallish
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I feel the need to say that I like Shinra and am female, but the reason I like him isn’t because he has an adorable personality (although it helps.) I like him because he’s an untrustworthy creep. (I think I might like characters for weird reasons.) Not digging the Shinra/Celty romance, though. I would have preferred for Celty to be angry with him and for them to have an awkward home life with Shinra still pinning after her. I’ll probably only accept it if they end up breaking up or getting into a nasty fight. Celty’s a plenty empowered woman, she doesn’t need a man that will lie to her face (or whatever).

    Also, I just want to say I’m excited to hear more about Saki. ♥

  4. Posted April 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    lol I love Celty. She’s way too moe. I think she’d be even more moe if she had her Head. Alas, we’ll prolly never see the day when/if she ever does get her head back. :(

  5. Gunslinger
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I think Izaya and Valhalla will play a major part and i think izaya is responsible for the rise in yellow scarves as part of his ‘war’ tactics

  6. Posted April 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Shinmaru comment about Kasuka girlish appearance reminds me how some people mistaken Huey Laforet (Baccano!) as a chick.Not to mention how similar Kasuka & Huey face is :P Go figure…
    I’m a few guys that like CeltyxShinra relationship.Even Shinra is bit jerk,his feelings to Celty is genuine although leaning to possessive.Celty also known him since he is still kid so she knew Shinra isn’t a bad person.

  7. Taka
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    “At least, not until the inevitable scene where Celty is reunited with her head.”

    I had the strangest image of Seiji clutching Celty’s head as he falls back-first into lava ala Gollum in LotR when I read that.

  8. fable
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Shinra’s a bit of a dishonest creep, but I like characters who are dishonest creeps.

    Also, lovin’ the two new characters.

    I’m interested in how Kasuka and Tom will play a bigger role in the second half, since they’re getting their names flashed across the screen this time around.

  9. Posted April 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Now I like Shinra because he’s very flawed – perfect characters irrate me to high hell. I like the Celty/Shinra pairing because it has a lot of history behind it – we’ve only been given a little glimpse into their relationship afterall.

    Regarding the Slasher, the projected personality theory is the one that makes most sense in my head. There is no way to be sure that what we were shown through Anri’s eyes is accurate afterall.

    ‘I took screen­shots of all the char­ac­ters names and kept going back to it for ref­er­ence (even for this epis­ode post where I totally for­got Namie’s name). So to assist myself and you lot fur­ther here’s the screen­caps of the new char­ac­ter names.’

    I did exactly the same thing – its so useful to have all the characters names and pictures on hand!

  10. Duelit
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Durarara!! and how do you change your profile pic?

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    .. You should post all the new opening character posts… P-Please ;A;

  12. Scamp
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    He’s a bishie so obviously he looks like a girl

    @luffyluffy

    Very good point. Shinra’s as guilty as the viewers

    @smallish

    Fair enough, I will admit that Shinra is a very well done character and I do enjoy watching him but Celty going all lovey dovey over him is what annoys me too. Stand up for yourself Celty! Actually Celty is quite a wimp when things don’t go her way (aka: police suddenly being efficient) so she kinda does need someone to fall back on. And for all his faults, Shinra does care about her

    @Jubbz

    Celty with her head will be one of the most bizarre sights when if it does get reattached

    @Gunslinger

    I think the Yellow Scarves existed before Izaya, he just wants to manipulate them. Same as the Dollars. He didn’t create it, he just manipulates it

    @Kagura89

    Huey was…the guy who tortured his brother? No wait, Huey was Chane’s brother with the luscious ponytail? Curse you Baccano and your massive cast!

    @Taka

    My onlyyy….my prreeecioouuussssssssssss~~~

    @fable

    I wonder if they even will play a bigger role than they already have. I find it hard to see how either of them will play a bigger role

    @Caraniel

    I don’t like how accepting Celty is of how he dicked her around for so long. Celty shouldn’t be leaping into his arms, she needs to grow a backbone! But if she did she wouldn’t be moe anymore and that would be a problem…hmmmm…

    @Duelit

    Type Gravatar into google, click on the first link and follow the instructions

    @luffyluffy

    But I’ve deleted the episode now…

  13. Posted April 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’m female and I agree with you Scamp, Shinra’s a prick. He’s smarmy and patronizing. I’m hoping Celty gets some self-esteem, drops him like a hot rock and takes off on her bike like the independent gal she really is, head or no head. :)

    And damn, I miss that kickass opening.

  14. Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I hate ShinraxCelty myself, and watching them be lovey-dovey doesn’t work for me.

    I have to disagree strongly with the idea that one never connects with a Narita character. While I’m not going to go into the why, as I talked about it on twitter recently, and feel goofy talking about it, I connect very strongly with Kida, and I’ve never related to a character so strongly, nor will I again, probably. While he makes his character’s ridiculous, he also makes them very human. I do agree parts of Kida’s personality are overblown, for example, I can say I’m not to his level of weirdness, or flirtatiousness, though I try, but it’s not overblown to the point of being unrealistic. He also has a very human side, the dark past he’s trying to move on from, the people he’s trying to protect, the duel personality he presents to the world, and hidden intelligence. All of that is very easy to connect with.

  15. Scamp
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    @Jan Suzukawa

    Celty gets too flustered. She needs a real man to take care of her. Like Shizuo

    @Janette

    Huh, and there’s me connecting with bland male harem leads like Tomoya. I’ve got nothing on you. The Durarara character I find myself closest too is Shizuo and that’s only a past version of myself

  16. Posted April 15, 2010 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    I don’t love Shinra x Selty, but compared to a boyfriend who likes his girlfriend because she looks like another woman after he smashed her head into a wall and almost killed her, Shinra’s really not so bad! Plus it seems like Shinra really loves Selty for who she is.

  17. blissfullynaive
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Well, i might sound typical, but i’m voting for Shinra x Celty. @__@

    Anyway, Shinra’s dad seems like a funny man. But i wonder if he turns out the main evil man who’s twisting the threads behind all of this..

    I did laugh at his “power of adults”. What a peculiar man..

  18. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Shinra’s father surely very strange, why don’t he just wears the normal mask than the gas mask
    isn’t he doesn’t feels hot inside?

    seems Shinra doesn’t really like when his father come home

  19. Anonymous fan
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    First of all, Tom Tanaka IS NOT a new character in season two. He is shown multiple times in season one. Were you not watching too carefully?

    Second, I like the Shinra x Celty pairing. He my have lied to her, but not for bad reasons. He admitted what he did -after the fact, yes, but Celty had the same doubts that Shinra had. If she cares about, and possibly loves him back then why can’t you just forgive him, too? People on this site just seem to hate this pairing because they’re either overly judgmental or wanted their own pairing to work out but were mad that it never happened. Or, believe that Celty is now “weak” or some shit like that because of her more recently developed relationship status? BULLSHIT! She’s not weak now; she’s allowed to get scared sometimes, she’s not a block of wood!

    Third, and last of all, I should say that I know this is very VERY late -not that I just finished the show or anything, because I finished at a long time ago- but I don’t like how you primarily argue the anti-ShinraxCelty pairing because that just makes you sound extremely biased and as if you can’t think of a way to disprove the pro ShinraxCelty pairing ideas. Just get over it. This happened. So you may not like it, but Celty is with Shinra. Good for her and Shinra for finally making the choice to be together. Anyway, Durarara!! (DRRR!!) is a fantastic series, and one of my favorites for sure. If you choose not to like for this one reason, then you don’t deserve to have watched it.

    • Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      “If you choose not to like for this one reason, then you don’t deserve to have watched it.”

      It’s a good job you got here, o Arbiter of Aniblogging. I’m sure Scamp just forgot that he’s not allowed to disagree with your opinion.

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