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Durarara episode 4

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.

Ah Celty, your head is in the way of the camer...oh wait, never mind

Celty, your head is in the way of the camer...oh wait, never mind

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.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Good catch with the old man’s flashback. That’s a detail I didn’t think about too much!

    The big sticking point is when exactly Celty lost her head. I’m not so sure it was taken before the beginning of the 20-year period; maybe Shinra’s dad had come to Ireland for the purpose of taking Celty’s head, and the fact that she ended up on the same boat later was just a happy accident (for him, not for her, haha). Plus, I think it was stolen recently in the flashback since she was able to discern where it went and that the head was taken overseas. The wrinkle there, though, is whether it was on the ship she took; I have a hard time believing Celty would be unable to sense that her head is on the ship with her, so maybe Shinra’s dad had someone he trusted take the head to Japan first? That doesn’t really make much sense to me either, however.

    I definitely do believe Shinra is hiding many things from Celty, though. He could very well have inherited the head experiment from his dad and is keeping it going partly out of scientific curiosity and partly because he clearly wants Celty to stay with him.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    That shot of the Irish countryside deffinitly counts as Scenery Porn~

  3. Posted January 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    The popularity of blogging Durarara is part of the reason I’m not blogging it myself. That, and I just don’t have much thought on it so much as enjoying the ride.

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed the sex appeal of Celty. It’s a little disconcerting, and made me feel guilty, but the animators do try to make her seem attractive despite her headless state.

  4. Posted January 31, 2010 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Your theory doesn’t sound too wild, I was thinking something along the same lines. My own bit of wild speculation is that Shinra’s dad wasn’t the only one or the only faction involved in transporting the head. I’m thinking that part of Shinra trying to convince her not to go looking for her head is because bad things will happen either in the process of running across those other actors or something will happen to her if she retrieves it.

    It was a nice touch to have Shinra’s dad identified by the pen spinning even when his face was not visible, and also to have Shinra have a similar habit of playing around with a pen, just clicking instead of spinning.

    On a small side note, I can’t watch this show without rewinding and playing back the OP sequence at least once. I probably haven’t enjoyed an OP sequence this much since Eden of the East. Makes me want to play air guitar and sing along every time. Kirisaku you ni shite machi wa sakebu utau you ni! ROAR OUT LOADER!

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Agreed! It turned almost into a meme with me and a friend, where we’d just leave voicemails saying “Roar out louder!” over and over XD

  6. Scamp
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    I don’t like Shinra. The more I think about what he did in that episode, the more dodgy and shady so much of his actions are. He’s definately not telling Celty everything.

    I’ve seen other people mention that the fellow in Ireland could be Shinra’s dad so thankfully I’m not going mad. As for why Celty couldn’t sense her head, maybe she can’t tell the exact location. he managed to sense it was in Japan when she was in Ireland and lets be fair, those two countries are very far away from each other. Her head-tracker must not be accurate within 1000 miles or something

    @luffyluffy

    Durarara has quite the amazing scenary porn. I wonder where on earth Brains Base got all this money from?

    @Janette

    What I’m now petrified of is the inevitable headless hentai. Not at the possibility that I’ll find it, but at the possibilty that I will accidentaly come across it and actually find it hot…

    @ExecutiveOtaku

    I noticed Shinra’s pen-clicking as well and that re-enforced my theory (I was meant to mention it in the post. Actually I was meant to mention a lot more in my post but it was getting too long anyway). I don’t think Shinra’s dad would let anyone in on his amazing discovery. I just didn’t get the feeling that he’s the kind of guy to share stuff like that.

    Yeah, I listen to that opening about 5 times per episode….and I’m listening to it again now

  7. Posted January 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Shinra needs to work on his pen skills, he’s still 100 years too early to be compared to his dad!

    Interesting to see where the zippers are on the RL version of Selty’s outfit.

  8. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    @Kabitzin

    I remember trying to do that pen-spinning thing back when I saw
    Light Yagami doing it. My pen flew across the room and hit the girl I liked in the ear

  9. Posted February 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Haha maybe it is good that Shinra sticks with just clicking then…

  10. Faye9617
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    The smoke from her head make me feel chilly… ==
    Little creepy i say…

    For the cosplay part, her hair is ‘visible’, haha~

  11. Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    ROAR OUT LOUDER!!

    *cough* uhm, anyway.. yo!

    @episode: If there’s someone i don’t trust in the cast, i think it’ll be Shinra’s dad. I noticed him right away because i was kind of interested at his fingers + pen spinning (i love spinning pens while spacing out lulz).

    Anyway, i think Shinra was just trying to cheer Celty up. I dunno, i like the guy ahahaha~. Or maybe he was just warning her or something. He probably cares for her.

    Anyway, Shizzy-chan acting so differently surprised me. Ahahaha..

    (am loving loving loving Durarara so much now. But i kind of miss Baccano..)

  12. Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and Celty is way way way way way waaaaaay more moe than the K-On girls.. >___> I agree.

    (loving that cosplay pic, btw. :3)

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