Oh Brains Base~! You have no idea how much I want another season of this. Look, I know Natsume Yuujinchou is a cool show and all and I’m moderately pleased it got another season, but it didn’t really need another one. Not compared to Durarara. Oh well, might as well enjoy this final DVD special episode while it’s here.
This episode was Durarara back to doing what it does best. Taking its massive cast of characters and having them bounce off each other in Ikebukero. It works in the same way DRRR!! has always worked, because these characters are so wacky and diverse that simply watching them go about their daily lives is entertainment in on itself. In the last DVD special, I said it was sorely lacking in sushi-yo umai-yo, and hell yes did we get enough of that in this episode. Better yet was the further delving into Shizuo’s brother’s personality and his capability to play any personality his job requires him to do. Narita just doesn’t do bad characters. Heck, one of the best scenes in the episode was that 10 second shot of little-Shizuo’s fabulous boss and his simultaneous styrofoam cup drinking posse.
We also got treated to Izaya’s sisters and the…err, close relationship they have with each other. Honestly, I wasn’t quite taken by them, being far more amused by Shizuo hanging them up on a vending machine so they stayed out of his way. Anyone from the Oihara family is hardly going to be normal now, are they? Heck, that would have been even more amusing. If the sisters of Izaya were actually normal shy girls who wouldn’t know what end of a flick knife to hold. From what I’ve heard from those who read the light novels though, these two are some of the best characters we never got to see. Whatever, I’m still annoyed this episode didn’t have anymore of Shinra’s dad. He was a criminally underused character. Maybe in that second season I desperately hope we’ll get…
Shizuo being awesome. Not much more needs to be said. Him letting a street lamp fall on his head with the look of pure rage etched across his face was probably the best part of the episode. Wait, didn’t I just say the simultanious styrofoam cup drinking posse was the best part? Or would it be Erika’s ‘ume seke’ commentary on the duel? Sounded like she was reading the plot descriptions out for the latest batch of Durarara doujins from Comiket.
I tell a lie, you know what my real favourite part of the episode was? Mikado directing the new kid around Ikebukero. It sounds like a strange choice, given that there were no flying street signs and that Mikado is generally considered to be the one example of Narita creating a boring character. But I loved this scene because it highlighted the very essense of what Durarara is about. In this area of Ikebukero you have deity’s and gang leaders fighting alongside mad scientists and headless Irish fairies. A place where you could stop some random person on the street to ask for directions, unknowing that the guy you stopped is actually the leader of a dangerous online activist group. The kid himself is probably the illegitimate son of Hades who sent him to school in Japan because he was sick of him cramping his style down in the underworld. And it’s in this city where they can suddenly all meet up at a television screening and all get into scraps with each other.
And who is the one who agitates these interactions? Who is the malevolent git that got that guy to attack Shizuo’s brother with the knife so they would all start a punch up? Who is the driving force behind every plot arc? The one who makes this series tick? Oihara Izaya. You magnificent bastard. Without you, everyone in the city would probably get along fine. Izaya did say he would be leaving town though, so what’s going to be the driving force behind the plot now? As in, the driving force behind the plot in that second season Brains Base will make. I hope. They will though, it was their best selling anime they’ve ever made and there’s more source material to make more content with. Please?
SECOND SEASON WHERE!?!