Seeing as it’s what all the cool kids are doing, from now on I’m going to spell Durarara!! with it’s token exclamation marks, although it has the unusual effect of making it look like Durararall. One a season preview I saw someone once say in relation to Durarara that they had never heard of this strange show Baccanoll everyone was talking about.
Our narrator this time was the hyperactive Kida, who was actually a lot less fun to listen to than I expected him to be. As interesting, although not entirely surprising, it was to see that his act is a bit of a facade, Simon has still been my favourite narrator so far. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the more unusual characters take the mic later on, such as Shizuo, Izaya and especially Celty. I was joking about when I called her headless state a moe attribute but seeing her panic over the possibilities of aliens was quite cute. As for her having a voice, I was very sceptical when she started ‘talking’ in the last episode. The voice acting is spot on and does add that extra layer to Celty and any attempts to convey what a person is feeling without a face or a voice would be an unanimatable feat, but it does take away a certain level of silence that I feel Celty should have. I guess it was a lesser of two evils to give her a voice. Trying to convey her feelings through body movements might have resulted in over the top reactions, which would not have worked.
Kida’s past is an interesting one. I think it’s safe to assume he was part of a gang, most likely the Yellow Scarfs judging by his rather dismissive attitude towards those punks who called themselves Yellow Scarfs. How he got messed up with Izaya is a much bigger mystery. Judging by how similar they looked, I’m guessing that girl in hospital is Izaya’s sister. In a way, it’s probably a good thing to have someone like Izaya on your side, simply because you don’t want him not on your side. So something terrible happened to her that put her in hospital, Kida feels guilty and has stopped visiting? Maybe that’s why he’s so scared of Izaya. Izaya is not afraid of killing, as we’ve seen before, and if anyone harmed his charming imouto then heads would roll. Kida was witness to the revenge? Who knows, I should stop theorizing so much when talking about Durarara.
Before this episode aired, I had the plan to mention the idea from Kabitzen at Sea Slugs that Mika Harima was indeed friends with Anri but now has a different head, which explains why she ran after her in episode 3 only to realise it wasn’t her friend when she saw her face, but then this episode went and practically proved that anyway. The picture above is shamelessly stolen from Shinmaru, which shows quite clearly the different heads they have now. What I want to know is what personality does Mika Harima have now? If she still has the personality of the stalker, then why is Seiji suddenly so smitten with her that he’s eloping with her (pretty miserable attempt at eloping if you ask me. They’re still in Ikebukero). Alternatively, if the theory that she’s wearing Celty’s head is indeed true, then you get the mightily crazy scenario that Seiji has fallen in love with Celty’s head. I might try concoct one of those relationship diagrams based off my theories. I’m pretty sure no other relationship diagram has ever had someone falling in love with a stitched on head. That sure makes the love triangles awkward.
Perverted teacher having a good old stare right there. BTW, that guy running away from Celty with the briefcase looked awfully similar to the perverted teacher. Which brings me onto the Slasher. Out of all the things introduced in this episode, that character was the most supernatural. I’m going to leave aside my theorizing for now simply because we weren’t given enough information to chew on. I even took a look back through the opening to see if there was any reference to her. While I did spot that those angel chicks are outside Simon’s sushi restaurant in one of the scenes, I saw no sign of the Slasher so no luck there. So we have yet another super-powered creature running around Ikebukero. This town isn’t big enough for the…5 of us?
“Heiwajima Shizuo!”. My favourite scene of the episode. Brings us right back to the idea that everyone knows these urban legends are wandering roung Ikebukero, doing odd jobs like Sushi flyer distributor or barman, or cheap thrill-seekers like stamping on girls’ phones. It really is crazy seeing all these nutters running around Ikebukero and they’re treated by the public as some form of topic of discussion when maybe any news has gotten stale around the area. People turn round and watch when Celty drives by, but that’s about it. If you read Terry Pratchett, then you’ll know what I mean when I compare Ikebukero to Ankh Morpork. The city has so much legends inhabiting such a small area that these people, legends in their own right, just get sucked into the madness and become just another backdrop.
Something I’d like to add before I close this post. It’s easy to forget that Durarara is based off a light novel and therefore the story has already ended. Therefore there are people who obviously know how this anime will turn out. Now this generally isn’t a problem with light novels unless you’re really stupid and go searching for spoilers, but sometimes spoilers come from the most unusual places. I won’t ruin it for you lot but scanning imageboards for Durarara fanart I was mildly spoiled that a certain character has more to them then I would ever had thought. This isn’t like Sora no Woto where nobody has a clue where it will go. There are people out there who do know what happens. Spoilers lurk in the most unsuspecting of places.