So what are non-Durarara fans watching this season? What anime out there do those who don’t think Durarara is the best thing since Eden of the East Bakemonogatari sliced bread say the best of the season is? Some are enjoying the greatest trap from all time (apart from Moyashimon) in Baka to Test while others are enjoying Sora no Woto. Now usually here is when I’d go “these people have no taste mwahaha go my biased views go etc.” but both of those are actually quite good anime. But I’d still be pretty annoyed if both those series outsold Durarara in DVD sales.
OK, spoiler-less first paragraph out of the way, I would like to sit back in quiet contentment and proclaim that I was indeed right all along. Mika Harima is indeed wearing Celty’s head. An Irish head, which might explain why her eyes are so wide compared to the other characters. Finally I can stop theorizing about events that might happen and stop doubting myself while doing so. Most of my questions I’ve been asking are still around, such as the blatantly obvious question of why. Instead, lets look at what each person knows about this whole affair, because it’s very hard to figure out who’s in the loop in all this.
First up, Seiji Yagiri knows that this girl is Celty because that’s what he bloody calls her. That is what he called this girl who he is also calling his true love. Now I don’t know about you but I find this whole thing pretty fucked up. The guy is currently eloping with his ex-stalker with the head of an Irish Fairy attached. WHAT THE FUCK!?! That’s what every man wants in his life really. They want a stalker except with the head of an Irish Fairy attached. Which, if I might care to add, was an operation probably carried out by his rather creepy and possibly incestuous sister.
Then there’s Mika Harima herself, otherwise known as Celty’s head. I think we were given proof this isn’t the conscious mind of Mika Harima by the fact that Seiji told her that she didn’t have to remember her past, which shows that her Celty’s Head (I’ve got to come up with a better name for her) is also suffering from memory loss. She also knows that Celty is searching for her, judging by that scene in the first episode where we see her running away only for Celty to come tearing round the corner moments later. This suggests Celty’s head actually has some memories as her time as a Dullahan although she has no interest in becoming one with her head again, which suggests that those memories she has might not be the nicest. Plus she’s quite clearly in love with Seiji, although how that romance came about is beyond me. Seiji probably saw her disembodied head, got turned on and wanted to stick it on the nearest available girl. Hey, that actually makes sense. Mika Harima, the stalker, has her way of being with the person she loves and people do some pretty crazy stuff when they’re in love.
Picked the one picture where Shinra looks like a prick (difficult to do since most of the time he has a jolly/fascinated look on his face) because this guy probably knows where Celty’s head is. He works at that pharmacy place and knows ‘they’re secret’, whatever that may be although I’m pretty sure it involves the head of a certain Dullahan. Interesting how neither he nor Seiji want their loved ones to regain their other half. I wonder if he does know that Celty’s head is involved in that fucked up relationship. Actually, Shinra kinda grew on me a bit in this episode, if admittedly probably in comparison to fucked up Seiji. I mean, look at him here.
D’aaawww, poor man~. I don’t like him because he’s clearly holding information back from Celty while pretending to be helping her to suit his own lusts, and I’ve been completely won over by Celty’s moe factor so anyone who’s mean to Celty I automatically won’t like, but I disliked him less in this episode. I love how he’s always fascinated by parts of Celty’s powers and can’t help but investigate the stuff she does, like when he started poking that black hole Celty created. I wonder why he is so afraid of Celty getting her head back. What’s going to prevent her from still liking him when she gets her head back? This, yet again, hints that Shinra knows something that would lead to a different Celty. Maybe he’s afraid a combined Celty will like Seiji more? Meh, too much theorizing hurts my brain.
As for what Celty herself knows, it appears that she knows very little, to the extent that I doubt she’d know what her head looks like when she sees it, although she’d probably be able to sense it. It’s bizarre that there’s this plotline of Mika Harima with Celty’s head and yet there’s a whole other plot going on with Dollars and Shizuo X Izaya and Mikado X Anri. There’s faint interlaps between the lot but they haven’t started to collide, mainly because they haven’t really started moving yet. No character in Durarara is normal and the thread that connects them all appears to be Celty, judging by the message the ending gives us. Ironic considering that Celty is having a hard time considering herself as a human.
There was a hell of a lot more that happened in this episode other than Celty’s head and body and their respective lovers, such as fireworks boy here. Very random scene indeed. Then there was Kida disappearing off, claiming he knew who was hiding Anri’s shoes, probably using his vaguely established gang contacts. But I’m hitting that dreaded 1000 word mark so instead let me fangasm over something: Celty speaking in Irish! Ta me ansea, I am here. What made it even better was that it was Engrishy Irish. That last scene made my patriotic side swell up (and it’s even higher now thanks to Ireland beating England in the Six Nations, wooh~). Since I’m talking about Irish stuff, I might as well add in here that I’ve been nominated for the Irish Blog Awards in the Best Youth Blog category (hit ctrl+f, type in ‘cart’ and you’ll see me). I think the judging may be done by actual judges but if it comes to a popular vote I might try spam my readers to vote for me so be forewarned.
Of course I forgot that moe is the cancer that is killing the industry. Celty appears in pajamas and an apron in the same episode? This definitely follows the moe handbook. So you can dismiss my last 8 episodes of fanboying over this show. Durarara is actually moeblob and all crap and stuff.