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.
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.