Durarara!! – 04
Kishitani Shinra is an unlicensed doctor who works underground jobs in Tokyo, but more importantly, he lives with the headless rider Celty Sturluson. Her story goes back many years since she’s what’s known in Celtic legend as a Dullahan. Dullahans normally carry their heads under one arm, but in Celty’s case, she woke up 20 years ago to find her head missing, and most of her memories along with it. She had of course decided to find and take back her head since it contained her raison d’être, and that search led her to a ship headed for Japan. After changing her horse to a motorcycle, she had stowed away and had been seen by a young Shinra. Shinra in turn had gone to his father, who had also been a doctor, and his father had decided to approach and offer Celty a place where she could stay and belong in exchange for the chance to dissect her. She had agreed, and when he had later cut her open, Shinra’s father found that she had no heart, her organs that didn’t function, and that she healed very quickly. Shinra’s father had let Shinra himself take part in the dissection, and Shinra had consequently become fascinated with her. He still feels that way after the 20 years he’s lived with her, and she’s still searching for her head while working as a courier on the side.
On this particular day, Shinra arrives home to find Celty in an irritated mood. She eventually reveals that Izaya, after another job, had told her about an artist in the area who had supposedly seen a Dullahan in the past. Celty had spent a lot of time trying to track this artist down, and it had been Shizuo who had finally helped her find the guy. It turns out that the artist had seen a Dullahan many years ago when he was in Ireland and has drawn many pictures of her, but none of them show what her head looks like. The artist was unable to tell Celty anything about the head, but he did note that he was visited by a strange man recently who said that the pictures were fine as they were. Having now learned of what happened, Shinra feels that the strange man was right and that Celty is fine without her head. He instead proposes that she give up the search and go together with him somewhere, but she refuses because living with him like this is more than enough for her. She then storms out after he tries to suggest that she be a little more girl-like. As it turns out, Shinra had been the one who had told the artist that the Dullahan picture was perfect without the head.
This was an interesting episode all-around since it was about Celty and how she got to where she is now, but the best part had to be hearing her voice. Like I suspected two weeks ago when she narrated episode two, Sawashiro Miyuki is indeed the voice actress behind her, and I imagine that the director/producers decided at some point that they had to voice her or else all of Celty’s scenes would be silent and would force the audience to read her cell phone text. Having a voice of course gives her all sorts of personality, and in this case, she’s shown to be the type that can get frustrated and can react angrily.
The whole thing about the artist told us more about Shinra than it did Celty though, and this episode was also partly an introduction to him and his interest in (or love towards) her. Fukuyama Jun did a fairly good job voicing him and narrating the episode – it was better than Simon last week anyway – and it wouldn’t surprise me if Shinra become possessive of her and even tried to sabotage her efforts to find her head so that she would stay with him. Speaking of which, this episode also made me wonder where Celty’s head actually is since it appears to be shown in the OP sequence. That seems like something we won’t find out until closer to the end of the series though, and next week looks to be focused back on Masaomi, Mikado, and Anri.