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