Finally! While the plot didn’t exactly move forward in leaps and bounds in this episode, at least we has something of significance happen in what was a thoroughly entertaining episode otherwise. If I was to continue my 4-koma from last week, Ikebukero’s feet are no longer touching the grounds of peace and is no plunging quite firmly towards chaos, looking something like this:
In case you were wondering, those things coming out from his head are arms from chaos dragging Ikebukero in, kinda like those creepy hands that come out of the Gate of Truth in Full Metal Alchemist.
The parameters of this episode were pretty small. Anri gets atargeted by the Yellow Scarves only to get repeatedly saved by the Dollars. However the Dollars methods of rescue were so ineffectual that this would only result in a temporary rescue that gained Anri on average an extra 30 seconds of freedom. It doesn’t say much for the Dollars if their combined efforts leave Anri in a town square surrounded by the Yellow Scarves. OK, at least their two ace-cards of Celty and Shizuo had arrived on the scene by then. However Celty would almost certainly have been chased off by the police moments after she tried to rescue Anri, while Shizuo only saved the day by accident because he was pissed off and the Yellow Scarves just so happened to be the closest thing he could be violent towards (I suppose he could have taken out his anger on his phone seeing as Izaya got bored of that hobby ages ago, but that’s not really Shizuo’s style).
Shizuo is awesome, isn’t he? I love Izaya because I can endlessly analyse him and I love Celty because she’s moe and I can endlessly analyse her, I love Shizuo simply because he is awesome by default. Even though the Yellow Scarves met Simon halfway through their chase of the bunny girl, it was only when they hit the extremely angry brick wall of Shizuo did their chase come to an end. Since I’ve got football on the brain, Shizuo works best in Durarara as an impact substitute. When he’s the main focus of the fight it’s just him beating up shit. However introduce him to proceedings late on in the game and his impact is fantastic. This was him at his best since he clocked Izaya with a bin. He enters proceedings, along with his custom BGM, and completely steals the show. Out of all the characters in this show, Shizuo may just be the one who will live in anime fandom’s memories the longest.
The one person Shizuo has to contend with for that title is Celty. Now that she’s no longer centre of attention, watching her everyday life with Shinra has managed to become more entertaining. I’m no longer left questioning the dubious relationship between the two (although Celty did do a little shout out to his untrustworthyness) and just left enjoying the odd way of life when living with a headless Irish fairy who sends your games consoles to other dimensions. I really want her to come back into the picture again.
What has happened to the Celty part of Izaya’s plans anyway? I’m starting to think I’ve misjudged his plans with the whole Valhalla thing (wouldn’t be the first time I’ve gotten something wrong in Durarara, as this tag is testament to). He plans to bring war and chaos into Ikebukero in order to awaken the Dullahan head. However I’m pretty sure there was a second part to his plan he concocted with Shingen (what on earth has happened to him anyway?) which involved Celty becoming disillusioned with life and her relationships with various Ikebukero folk, most importantly Shinra. However they seem to be living a pretty cosy life together at the moment. Celty doesn’t appear to be exuding any sort of apocalyptic inducing tendencies at all. There’s only 2 episode left and I can’t see how they’re going to reintroduce that half of the story, especially when you consider the pace the story has been moving at recently.
Meanwhile, Mikado continues his attempts at pissing off pretty much everyone watching the show with his general facepalm-inducing moves. I know various other people blogging Durarara, along with the forums I visit on occasion, are generally of the opinion that he is a giant ignoramus but my opinion of him has rarely ventured beyond indifference. However his decision to shut down the Dollars is baffling. Someone needs to repeat to him the Shinji mantra of ‘I musn’t run away‘ because that’s all the idiot is doing. Kida is not a whole lot better, just taking the option of going along with the tide with a bored expression on his face, something he’d decided to do last episode. Then again, I can’t really see what they could do otherwise in their position so I will lay off heaping any criticism on their poor souls. They’re a bunch of angsty teenagers being manipulated by Grand Dick Izaya. Life’s pretty tough on them without us heaping scorn upon their misfortunes. Admittedly it doesn’t make for a riveting viewing experience though.
The episode ends with Shizuo getting shot, with the chances of him dying about similar to the chances of North Korea winning the world cup, and I’m trying to work out who would exactly care that he’s no longer terrorizing Ikebukero? His employer, Tomo Tanaka, would probably care but he holds as much sway in Ikebukero as a teacup in a nuclear war. His brother might come to visit him, which would be fun to see but ultimately irrelevant. The only other person he seems to be friends with is Celty. Suddenly, the one other person Celty seems to care about get seriously injured? Suddenly Izaya’s plan to disillusion Celty is coming into focus a bit more.