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Durarara!! episode 22

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.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted June 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted June 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember anything about disillusioning Celty, but I do see how killing off Shizuo would factor into that. Clearly there is some part of Izaya’s plan that has yet to be fully revealed. What exactly did he mean by “winning the war”?

    • Scamp
      Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      There’s only 2 episodes left though, according to MAL. Where is this extra part of Izaya’s plan going to come from? Then again, MAL has been wrong before. I’ll check ANN…

      ~dum dee dum~

      It says 24 episodes as well. Still not seeing how they’ll finish this up.

  3. Roger
    Posted June 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    You aren’t misunderstanding anything.

    In the light novels, Shingen’s discussion with Izaya took place about the same time as this episode (while everything in 21 and everything save for Celty bringing Anri to Shinra and Shizuo getting shot 22 doesn’t happen), As he says “if you want to awake Celty’s head it would be BETTER to create chaos around her body.” Better, as in, as opposed to what he is doing right now. As I commented in your last review, izaya plans never got off the ground in the light novels. So yeah, after this arc the policeman was suppose to be introduced, as an example of Izaya’s new plan to awake the head by having people fight over her body.

    Since the whole war thing ended up being the season finale all this stuff needed to be pushed back in to give it more epic and it all lost a bit of it’s meaning along the way.

  4. Samshel
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I didn’t read the novels, but reading what Roger wrote, this is gonna be pretty much another Gantz, with the anime counterpart making an ending of their own that makes no justice of the novels/manga?

    • Posted June 14, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Unlike Gantz,the anime will ended in book 3,which much exact ending for season finale.Considering how well the DVD sales recently,Durarara will have big chance to have 2nd season that will cover volume 4+ that have new plot & events around them.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    By the way, is anyone else completely tired of Izaya now? I mean, his antics were fun in the beginning but now he’s just… annoying ._.

    • Leah-san
      Posted June 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Same for me. I want more Celty! And Shizuo. I hope he’s not dead.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      You’re not the only one. I absolutely loved him a few episodes ago but he hasn’t really done anything new. Something needs to force him to alter some plans

  6. Posted June 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t care for how they knocked Shizuo out of commission. It’s like the writers thought, “Well, we’ve used Dues ex Shizuo too often and now we’re out of required MP, so we have to remove him from this mess we’ve made before the end.” So they shoot him off screen in a throwaway cliffhanger? Just didn’t jive with me.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Out-of-nowhere cliffhangers only have their value properly realised the next episode so I’ll reply to this comment when the next episode is out

  7. Scamp
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m afraid of reading any comment that talks about what happens in the novels/manga so I apologise for not replying to you folk

  8. Posted June 16, 2010 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Remember, any injuries to Shizuo’s body only make him stronger. ;) He’ll be hurling diesel trucks around in the next episode!

    The more I watch Kida as the Yellow Scarves leader, the more I wonder how he managed to pull it off for so long. He doesn’t have the force of character to boss even other junior high kids around – let alone adults.

    And yes, Scamp, a perfect end to your four (five?) koma. We’re in the chaos now!

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