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Durarara!! episode 21

In a matter totally unrelated to the episode at hand, The Cart Driver passed 100K views in the past 5 months. Most blogs use this time to call for celebration. However I find it difficult to engage in much jubilation’s when, during my time at Bokutachi no Blog, it went from less than 200K views to over 800K views. So, while getting 100K in less than 5 months is quite the achievement when I’m not posting any pornography whatsoever (although that doesn’t stop plenty of people coming here searching for Hetalia porn), I’ll save my celebrating for when I pass 1 million views.

OK, back to DRRR now.

I’m beginning to get frustrated at Durarara. I think the best way to illustrate my current problem with the series would be using my excellent artistic skills and the Japanese creation of the 4-koma.

Another episode is spent drilling these three kids further down the intricate plotting of Izaya and there’s absolutely nothing any of them can do about it. The thing is, this is exactly what Durarara has been doing for the past 3-4 episodes. It’s all excellently woven story-telling and everything but it’s getting repetitive. At the end of each episode I find myself thinking ‘woah, shit is going to get real next episode’ and then shit doesn’t quite get real yet and we’re left with yet another episode of tantalising. It’s now reached the point that I’m no longer eagerly anticipating this war of Izaya’s and now just want him to get it bloody over with. They’ve pushed this tale an episode too far and now it’s lost the impact it would have had. Well, we won’t know how effective it was until Ikebukero finally does spill over into all-out gangland warfare, but my general thinking is that it’s lost the power it had.

What more is there to say anyway? Mikado has gone for the ‘leave it alone and it will all work out’ approach, only to make things worse by doing so. Anri went the total opposite direction and tried to break up the fights, only for that to backfire and convince the Yellow Scarves even further that the Dollars are out to get them. Kida has clearly given up hope in trying to prevent this upcoming war, judging by his deadpan expressions. He’s letting himself be controlled by Izaya. The three kids have no control and are all beginning to see how immature and useless they are. It’s a harsh world.

As for the wildcards who can stop Izaya, they’re doing nothing to help whatsoever. Shizuo is too busy trying to find inner peace to bother confronting Izaya. Simon is a pacifist and is mucking about with his Sushi shop. The only person to consider doing something is Celty but she’s a wimp. Besides, Shinra was right. It’s hard to see what she could do without making things worse. Leaving things alone won’t help it either though and Shinra is smart enough to know that.

In a roundabout way, Namie has no become the character I enjoy watching the most. She’s stuck in the same situation we viewers are in. Watching Izaya’s plans all roll into action but being able to do nothing about them, she just sits in the corner and makes jibes at his ego and taunting. OK, it’s not exactly Nagato during Endless Eight but we’re definitely seeing things from her point of view. She’s smart enough and has a large enough view of things to work out exactly what’s going on. I wonder if she’ll try fuck with his plans before the end? At least can someone fuck with his plans? Another episode of Ikebukero dangling over the edge is not what I want to see.

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  1. Roger
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I dunno what you talking about Cart Driver, the Yellow Scarves ARE attacking anyone they think is a Dollars member, Saika IS using the length of it’s powers to retaliate. Chaos is this episode.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s a very dull chaos then. This is not war worthy of entry into Valhalla

  2. Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t blame at you if you feels like this episode is un-happening because the novel itself took about hundred pages to reach the climax,filled with leaders angsty story & misunderstanding between them.It’s like Narita intended to make this arc srs bznz to the Raira trio with the gang rivalry.As Roger said,chaos is already happen but no direct confrontation of the 3 sides yet.

    Also,there is a reason why Simon being a pacifist.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      I suppose Brains Base are adapting it faithfully then, flaws and all. I’d love to hear from people who read a huge amount of the source material of anime which studios are the best at improving on poor source material

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink


    I’ve been saying the same thing for the last five episodes, and my boyfriend was like “naw naw, it’s all building!”


    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      I doubt Celty will get her head back before the end. Just a feeling I guess.

      Also, does your boyfriend know about the sort of comments you write on this site?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

        MY BOYFRIEND, reads Cartdriver all the time XD Sometimes we cuddle together on the couch and read it together, commenting and laughing on your utterly /hilarious/ articles, episodics, and editorials.

      • Prime
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink

        It is building things, darling XP

        Though I will agree stuff should of started going down and it has it’s few moments. It’s just missing that action feeling of things. 1st 3 episode I thought were build, though 4th one is getting bit tiresome.

        P.S. I still dislike your display pic XP

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:12 am | Permalink

        It’s the Endless Eight of Durarara!! Everything’s ‘Building’, but in the end, it’s still the same damn thing over and over :I

      • Scamp
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink


        Which display pic doncha like? If it’s the guy driving the cart then I’ll be sad. However if it’s my avatar then I’ve been thinking about changing it


        Endless Eight wasn’t building. It was stuck in the same place. If you take my amazing 4-koma, it’s like just having the first pic repeated 8 times. At least this is moving, just with tantalisingly small steps

      • Prime
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

        Endless 8 was FAR worst and trolling. This actually serves a point, at least -.-

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

        I was saying it was more it’s the same stuff over and over. As for the building, the ONLINE community was doing the building, mostly in anger and confusion and the like.

        Also, Prime is my boyfriend, if you weren’t clued in easier. He’s talking about my DP of Germany with NOPANTS

      • Prime
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

        Oh I was referring to luffy’s (I’m her boyfriend)

        Hmm…I should probably sign up already.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink

        Yes, yes you should.

  4. Taka
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m with you scamp. Durarara needs to get to the point already. I want to see Izaya squirm. Just once, please let it happen.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      The only time we’ve seen someone get one over on Izaya was Shizuo hitting him with a bin in episode 3. I’m with you, I want to see him at least put under some pressure

  5. Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    No one actually thinks Anri is in any real danger at the end of the episode, right? If anything it’ll just be Simon serving some Yellow Scarves sushi, if you get my drift.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Anri has a magical sword hidden up her sleave, of course she’s in no bloody danger

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Anri definitely doesn’t have the look of someone who believes she is in danger — she was more worried about Kida finding out about her than she is about this, haha.

      Yeah, stuff is going on — I don’t think anyone denied the Yellow Scarves are spreading violence, or that Anri is trying to stop everything — but it feels a bit benign right now, mostly because, as you write, none of the big guns are doing anything. The Yellow Scarves dudes backing off immediately after nearly picking a fight with Shizuo is pretty damn funny, though.

  6. Posted June 8, 2010 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Amazing 4-koma. No, really, I mean it. You’ve captured the frustration that is Durarara at this present point. Yes, they have taken the “we’re building suspense” bit one episode too far, so now, unless Ikebukuro literally blows to smithereens in the next episode, I’m really going to be disappointed. We shall see…

  7. Posted June 8, 2010 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    While chaos clearly exists, we’re just not in it with the main characters of the story which – as you’ve pointed out – is very frustrating.

    I know everyone wants to see Izaya’s plans get ruined but I just don’t think that’s going to happen. Considering how well everyone’s played into his game thus far, AND how dependent they are on him… I just don’t see it happening.

  8. Roger
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Izaya’s plan never even come off the ground in the novels. This whole episode is anime original, because this being the finale of the anime it needs to be more climactic then just the end of the third novel.

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