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Durarara!! episode 7

For the first time ever, I got to watch Durarara before everyone bar the raw watchers because it was on Crunchyroll before gg subbed it (gg are currently having some managerial difficulties). CR’s acquisition of Durarara is an odd one. It’s not a true simulcast because it doesn’t get on CR until a day or so after it airs on tv. Then there’s the very fact that they even got Durarara in the first place, seeing as they normally only get the dregs of the season. It really brings to question how much they had to do to get their hands on the OBVIOUS HIT of the season. Not that this really concerns most of you out there because you don’t have CR accounts *grumble grumble*

Shizuo centric episode this time round and it panned out pretty much the way I thought it would given the hints we had been given thus far. It was pretty clear that Shizuo wasn’t one of those joyfully angry people the same way certain Baccano characters were. It’s really not much more than a temper problem, except combined with Herculean strength, which is a combination from hell. The thing is I never felt like Shizuo has made that much of an effort to control his temper. He even at one point said that he just let himself go. Obviously it doesn’t help when you have Izaya goading you at every available opportunity, although I’d say that having a fascinated Shinra by your side, constantly craving to see your bizarre strength in action wouldn’t help either.

Maybe it’s just because he’s hiding stuff from Celty but I can never trust this guy. I mean, look at his evil face in that picture! He had a dad who encouraged him to cut open naked Irish Fairies and so the guy developed an interest in the unexplainable. Considering how this guy is drawn to Celty I’m not too surprised that he was drawn to Shizuo either, trying out explanations for his Herculean strength. Not that I think Shizuo really cares why he has that strength of his. Shizuo struck me as though he was more concerned with his temper than his strength. Not that Shinra cares and as I said earlier, I think he was probably detrimental to Shizuo keeping his cool. The main reason being this:

Shinra introduced Izaya to Shizuo. Izaya was naturally interested in Shizuo because for someone so fascinated by self-destructive human behaviour, how could he pass up the opportunity to meet and harass someone as wild as Shizuo. Shinra wants to see more of Shizuo’s powers in practice and Izaya wants to put these powers to his own amusement so this was a perfect match for them. As for what are Izaya’s motives for pissing off Shizuo so much, I would not be surprised in the slightest if this was all for kicks. He strikes me as the kind of guy who would do that.

Shizuo’s brother is the new character of the episode and boy is he ever the polar opposite to our crazy Shizuo. Totally calm and collected to the point that he appears indifferent to his surrounding, what surprised me was how close a bond he had with Shizuo. There isn’t the slightest bit of ill-feeling towards them, although Shizuo doesn’t seem quite as comfortable around him as you might expect. In fact, there’s only one person Shizuo seems to act totally relaxed around. A certain Irish Fairy Biker Headless Chick.

Well, when I said ‘relaxed’ around Celty, that’s providing he’s alone with Celty and preferably without Izaya within a 5 mile radius of them. This finally puts the pieces together on why each of them all seem to know Celty, although it doesn’t really explain why they are all so accepting of her headless state. Then again, consider the two of them. Shizuo doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy to question that sort of stuff and would probably take it in his stride. If anything, the idea that there’s someone even more inhuman than him would probably relieve him somewhat. As for Izaya, he would just see this as something even crazier he could have kicks with. Heck, there’s even a chance Izaya has some crazy powers as well.

Jab to the solar plexus! There’s so many reasons why Celty is awesome in this show but something struck me in this episode. Maybe it’s because she can’t talk (notice she wasn’t typing away on any iphone in those flashbacks) or, more likely, because she is a weirder creature than any of the people in this show, but Celty is the only true friend each of these characters have. Looking back to episode 2, that is by far the closest anyone has had to a heart-to-heart with Izaya. Shizuo acts totally relaxed around her and opens up to her, something I can’t imagine him doing with the guy he’s protecting. She can’t interrupt you so you can have your monologues with Celty and feel a whole lot better. If she really wanted I’m sure Celty to round up the most dangerous characters in ‘bukero on her side, something that bro-con doctor from the previous episode might want to watch out for.

I think I might create an folder called ‘Shizuo destroying shit’. The amount of screencaps I take of Shziuo spawned carnage is ridiculous.

So for you lazy folks out there, here’s a tl;dr for you:

  1. Shizuo has temper problems (understatement of the century)
  2. I wouldn’t trust Shinra as far as I could throw him (since I’m not Shizuo, that wouldn’t be very far)
  3. Izaya is doing all of this for the kicks
  4. Everyone loves Celty
  5. Durarara is awesome
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14 Comments

  1. Posted February 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    So far, I’ve been watching because everyone has been watching and declares it awesome, but this is the episode that I officially fell in love with the series.

    I feel really sorry for Shizuo though…I have temper problems too, and it’s frustrating.

  2. Posted February 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh yes.. this episode was simply amazing.

    Shizuo gained some more sympathy from me, not that I disliked him before, but Izaya really won over me at first. Now we saw how lovely Shizzy is, and what a cute little brother he has… awwwww

    + Celty is love. I’d pick her roommate though :C

  3. Posted February 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    lol, Celty is like the mother hen of the series – trying to keep everyone’s head screwed on their shoulders – pun intended. :-p

  4. Posted February 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Man, this episode made me so happy? All of my favorites knew each other back in school? Could life get better? Hmm… I think you’re definitely right about Izaya, but Shinra seems to have more honest curiosity than anything. Not really at all like Huey from Baccano!. Shinra just seems like that little kid who’s like “Oh wow how does this thing work?” to me. Don’t think he’s too untrustworthy. Otherwise why would Celty live with him for twenty years? Izaya’s definitely the everyone needs to watch out for. But you know that already. XD

    I really liked how Shizuo went to Celty with his problems. It really amuses me that the one without a head seems to be the most “level-headed” of all of them.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Siri, I think you mean ‘level-necked’ ;D

  6. Posted February 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I thought CR just gets their hands on whatever they can. :’D
    And stuff from TV Tokyo.

    /still too lazy to watch but will do so one day

  7. Scamp
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, the headless jokes. Make them stop!

    @Siri

    Don’t be fooled by his good looks! He’s definately hiding stuff from Celty and I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew where her head was. Celty lives with him because he’s a nice guy on the surface and well, why pass up accomodation?

    @Kiseki

    It’s mainly educated guesswork as to what CR get but they generally can’t get their hands on the big hits unless they make some concessions, such as Fairy Tail being only for Members

  8. Posted February 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Haha, for some reason I have really taken to Shizuo’s brother. Maybe I am just really amused by the irony that he is a popular actor. He seems to have all the emotional range of Keanu Reeves.

    Shizuo working at a fast food joint is hilarious.

    Why do you want all the headless jokes to stop? They’re just trying to stay ahead of the game! Hyuk hyuk hyuk.

  9. luffyluffy
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    How else found it rather amusing that Celty was trying to prevent Shizuo from throwing the… thing?

  10. Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Izaya sees Celty as some sort of tool to aid his amusement. After all, he did hire her to help him toy with a girl on the verge of suicide.

    What really struck me about Shizuo is that he’s overwhelmingly passive. We know he’s getting steadily more annoyed with someone because we’re in his head, but he doesn’t show any signs of it until he’s batting someone through a window. I think this means that he also has problems communicating. He does say he doesn’t enjoy being around people, even though he feels drawn to them. That makes it even more striking that he’s able to talk to Celty so freely.

    And on that note, it’s interesting that you point out Celty is everyone’s best friend. Perhaps a more interesting question, though, is why does Celty hang around them? To pick one out, yes, she gets a place to stay and potential information from Shinra. On the other hand, she’s at least a semi-immortal being, she can likely acquire that from elsewhere. Why Shinra in particular, when he seems more interested in how she ticks than herself as a person? Why deal with Izaya when he’s a manipulative prick? Why talk to Shizuo when he’s the angriest guy in the city? Is she really that desperate to find her head, or is there something more?

  11. Duelit
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    This was an action packed episode indeed. I mean, how many times can you hit a guy with a street sign and it doesn’t get old? The way they used the street signs in conjunction with the plot was awesome! (ex. Train Crossing lights restricting Shizuo from acting, ending when he acts, and then having the children crossing the street sign to indicate his and bro’s presense and that they would have just walked away if they were normal) I can’t help laughing every time I see Shinra getting poked and prodded by his friends (Irony :D) or how he seems so straightforward with the facts (openly calling Izaya an ass). I too think that Celty has that calming nature when talking to her, and I hope she doesn’t lose that quality when she gets her head back.

    BTW, does anyone know how to change your profile pic? ^^’

  12. Scamp
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    Hey at least Keanu has a greater emotional range than that twat who plays Harry Potter

    @Rakuen

    Maybe it’s just the fanboy in me but I think part of it’s down to the fact that she’s an inherantly nice person who wouldn’t leave someone like that. Plus, she has spent her life throwing blood on people so Shinra was probably the first friend she ever had.

    It’s one of those odd Irish customs that if someone hurls blood over you, you don’t then try be their friend

    @Duelit

    I’m just imagining how epic a scene it would be to see Celty put her head back on. The otaku of the world will join together in unified joy~

    Type ‘Gravatar’ into google and follow the instructions to get yourself a picture

  13. Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    @Scamp
    Yeah, that immediately hit me after I attempted to go to bed and failed. Reapers generally don’t have friends. That, and it also keeps him out of trouble. I mean, Shinra is looking at research in the same vein as the scientists that have been abducting people, as far as I can tell. By sticking with him, he’d probably be far less likely to get in with that crowd. Doing Izaya’s work means that she can perform damage control on whatever he comes up with. And having an agitated Shizuo is bad for the city in general.

  14. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Wow, even Selty a lil’ bit scared about Shizuo, that’s out from my expected.

    Like Shinra said : He really want to check out about Shizuo’s body’s and even sample blood. Is he already a doctor? Haha~ ^ ^

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