I originally thought that, with three novels and the pace the story was moving at, we would not see the entire story with just 24 episodes of Durarara. I haven’t read the novels nor the manga but when it takes 12 episodes to finish the first arc it’s only natural to think that the second arc would take the same amount of time as well. Well, I guess I was wrong on that point. The last two arcs were just setting up for Izaya’s master plan in the last few episodes. We have 6 episodes to watch this plan of his unfold to see if he truly becomes one of the greatest manipulators of anime history.
OK, this whole slasher and Saika thing. I didn’t do a whole lot of talking about it in the last post because I was pretty baffled by the whole thing and wanted to see the next episode to wrap my head around the whole thing. Saika loves humans and wants to show that love by cutting them, that’s easy enough to understand. Anri has Saika under her control because she’s drawn inside herself so much that she’s incapable of loving others, hence Saika can’t actually control her. That’s easy enough to understand too. Crazy Yandere girl has soooo much love inside her thanks to her stalkerish ways that she becomes ‘The Slasher’ and attacks and infects the many people across Ikebukero to form this odd Slasher family, which is now under the control of Anri. Not sure if I have that part entirely right but it makes sense in my head. What I don’t get is why they were attacking Shizuo.
This part did confuse me though. Why does Saika love Shizuo? Saika just sorta loves humans as a generic mass and only through humans does Saika attack specific people. At first I thought it was because the reporter dad was so obsessed with Shizuo but that doesn’t seem the case. It’s simply because Shizuo is so freaking strong. Again though, why does this draw the Saika gang towards him? It’s still not making sense in my head. I should probably go read some other blogs on the subject (god knows there’s enough blogs covering this anime. At least there was, many of them have predictably dropped off by now) but I hate reading posts about an anime I’m blogging before I write about it myself. It’s just one of those hang ups I have.
Leaving aside my Shizuo confusion, there’s also the issue of why Anri now controls over 1000 people in Ikebukero, including the undoubtedly dangerous Ganguro Angels and their army of cliched gang member stereotyped boyfriends. So first of all Crazy Yandere girl controls them. Then through all that stabby stabby that went through with herself and Anri somehow Anri came to inherit this army. Again, this all isn’t quite making sense in my head but I’ll go along with it because it has set up for a pretty epic finale. We have the three friends controlling the three biggest factions in Ikebukero.
Anri controls the Slasher group. Probably the weakest of three in terms strength of the fighters it has, second in terms of numbers but highest in terms of commitment seeing as they are practically mind-controlled. Easy to control if she wanted to and seemingly indestructible to anything other than van doors, their weak point is probably their lack of ingenuity. It’s a whole load of mindless slashing from the Saika gang. Taking them on in a straight up fight would result in disaster (unless you’re Shizuo, who’s practically a side by himself) but it shouldn’t be too hard to outwit them.
Mikado controls the Dollars, who definitely have the largest forces, although the problem would be getting them to actually participate in the war. Take any random internet forum and honestly consider how many of the people actually regularly contribute anything. Twitter, for example, only has 10% of its users who are deemed ‘ative’ in that they follow 10 people, have 10 people that follow them and have written 10 tweets. Dollars are obviously more loyal to their internet gang but getting them to agree to fight would be a difficult task. However if you can get them to fight then they clearly have the upper hand on everyone else. Strongest and the most intelligent fighters out of the three armies, they could wield enormous power if they actually got around to it.
Kida and the Yellow Scarves are still a bit of an enigma. They’ve been building up slowly in the background and very little in the way of actual fighting appears to have broken out with them. However it’s clear that they’re extremely loyal to Kida and clearly aren’t as mindless as the Saika gang. They’re the most organised of the lot now that they have their leader at the helm once again. Really, the group relies on how forceful and confident in his own abilities Kida will be in any upcoming battle. Whether there will actually be any fighting between the three groups is questionable but it’s fun to theorize about anyway.
And at the centre of it all is Izaya. I did most of my theorizing about him back in episode 14 where he controls a breakout in fighting between Dollars and the Yellow Scarves. Obviously Anri’s group weren’t in the picture back then but the whole story still fits into place pretty well for him. How much of this can he control and what is he still trying to do with this city dangerously balanced that he’s created? Most importantly is who, if anyone, can stop him? Shizuo? Simon? Celty herself mans up and doesn’t let Izaya get to her? ‘Tis going to be an interesting final 6 episodes~
::Edit:: Hey cool, this is my 300th post!