Winter seasons are traditionally rather small and the chances of finding more than 3 anime worth watching per season is slim and the chances of finding something of Durarara’s quality is also pretty average. Hence, I’m going to call this season a moderate success, about equal with the recent summer season when Bakemonogatari aired. This season really is all about Durarara. Heck, it even beats K-ON is animenano tags, and that’s probably a first since that bloody show first aired.
Celty is more moe than the all the K-ON girls combined. I mean come on, a headless girl? How could you not want to protect that?
Finally we got an episode dominated by our favourite headless fairy. For someone whose been a sort of legend throughout the series thus far, it was bizarre seeing her in an everyday environment. But that was nowhere near as bizarre as seeing a hot girl walking around without a head. Up until now the whole ‘headless’ thing has just been an odd trait that you refer to occasionally as something rather cool about the character, like a vampire having fangs or something. But it wasn’t until we see her wandering around the house without her nekomini helmet on that the true creepy nature of a headless being comes to the fore. If her head was covered by just that black smoke then it wouldn’t be anywhere near as disconcerting but having to look at that black stump…I just never got used to it. Maybe if I’d lived with her for 20 years like the underground doctor, Shinra , then I’d get used to a headless chick, but not in the space of a single episode.
What was far more interesting was the sex appeal around Celty. When I was watching Claymore, the one thing that always fascinated me was how these Claymores were always just on the edge between being royal,sexy warriors and blood-crazed monsters and all it took was a little change in the facial features to highlight the boundary these warriors toed. While Celty isn’t quite the extreme that the Claymores were, that shower scene and the ‘don’t come in’ to Shinra highlighted the relationship between the two somewhat. Shinra knew full well Celty was in the shower and yet he still opened the door. Whether that was because he genuinely didn’t see anything wrong with entering or because he wanted to sneak a peek I’ll leave you to decide, but both their reactions to that scene showed that not only does Shinra consider Celty as human, but that Celty considers herself humaneenough to not want someone else seeing her naked. Compare their reactions to, say, the first meeting between Horo and Lawrence in Spice and Wolf. Horo didn’t care that anyone saw her naked because she’s not human and Lawrence visa versa.
Their relationship is an interesting one indeed. Shinra has known Celty since he was 4 years old and yet Celty hasn’t aged in the slightest. Well, it’s kinda hard to tell without the head how much anyone is ageing, but if we were to go by that theory that Mika Harima, the girl with the scar on her neck, is ‘wearing’ Celty’s head, then we would have to consider Celty having the body of an 16-17 year old. Her curves certainly suggest that she’s still only a young adult, at least in terms of body age. I’m guessing Dullahans don’t age then, which is to be expected I guess. Not only that, but she’s also immortal as far as we can tell. Her body is essentially a corpse being inhabited by that black smoke, which just serves to add a whole other layer of weird to being attracted to her.
Woo~ Irish countryside!
(Sorry, give me this moment to be a little bit patriotic)
The timeline is something in this episode that confuses me. I’m going to do my best to try decipher all the messages we were given in this episode. First of all, let me toss out a wild theory that has no base other than a spinning pen. Notice that when the guy who saw Celty originally back all those years ago, he went and talked to a man with that habit of spinning a pen. Later on in the episode, we saw Shinra’s dad doing the exact same thing with a similar pen. Now this may be me jumping on a red herring (well, red minnow) but that seems to be awfully coincidental, doncha think? Plus, that theory still fits into my rough timeline of events.
40/50-ish years ago:Artist sees Celty in the Irish countryside. (She was still on her cart and wearing her lovely dress so I’m pretty sure she still had her head at that stage because as soon as she lost her head she changed into the armour)
A bit after that: Celty loses her head. (Now this is where my wild theorizing comes into place. Maybe when the pen-spinning guy aka: Shinra’s dad, finds out that Dullahans exist and goes off to get the head for whatever nefarious deeds he wants it for, although it’s more likely he wanted it out of sheer researchers curiosity)
20 years ago:Celty meets up with 4 year old Shinra and his dad. (Asides from being a weirdo anyway, maybe the dad believed him because he knew the Dullahan would come to Japan looking for her head?)
A bit before Celty met with the artist:Shinra goes to talk to the artist and tells him that the Dullahan drawing would be better without the head. This is a pretty obvious piece of info because that would mean Shinra is the ‘odd man’ he was talking about with Celty when she went with Shizuo. Basically, Shinra has been working behind Celty’s back to keep her from finding her head. Heck, I bet he even knows where the head is.
Anime begins:I’m pretty certain all this happened before Mikado came to Ikebukero because that would explain why Shizuo and Celty were on speaking terms in episode 3.
Talking about Shizuo, it was quite a different Shizuo to the one we’ve seen in the previous episodes. I suppose he can’t be a vending machine throwing freak all the time. Assuming this scene is set slightly in the past, I wonder if Shizuo has just gotten angrier over time. Actually I’d say that’s unlikely. This can’t be set too far in the past because Shizuo is even wearing his barman uniform. Argh, timelines timelines. I really should stop now because this post has reached well over 1000 words. Instead I’ll do the good bloggers deed of pointing you in the direction of Shinmaru’s and Landon’s posts, both of which have some interesting thoughts into the myths of the Dullahan.
And finally, for anyone who thought a headless women could not be sexy…well, you can see her head but the idea is sound.