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Durarara!!   08   01 Durarara!!   08   02 Durarara!!   08   03
Durarara!!   08   04 Durarara!!   08   05 Durarara!!   08   06
Durarara!!   08   07 Durarara!!   08   08 Durarara!!   08   09
Durarara!!   08   10 Durarara!!   08   11 Durarara!!   08   12
Durarara!!   08   13 Durarara!!   08   14 Durarara!!   08   15
Durarara!!   08   16 Durarara!!   08   17 Durarara!!   08   18
Durarara!!   08   19 Durarara!!   08   20 Durarara!!   08   21
Durarara!!   08   22 Durarara!!   08   23 Durarara!!   08   24
Durarara!!   08   25 Durarara!!   08   26 Durarara!!   08   27
Durarara!!   08   28 Durarara!!   08   29 Durarara!!   08   30
Durarara!!   08   31 Durarara!!   08   32 Durarara!!   08   33
Durarara!!   08   34 Durarara!!   08   35 Durarara!!   08   36
Durarara!!   08   37 Durarara!!   08   38 Durarara!!   08   39

Summary:

Celty has been having more dreams of her head and how it’s beyond her grasp, and it makes her uneasy. Shinra can tell that she’s feeling glum and tries to answer her question about dreams. What he doesn’t know is that Celty has come to realize recently that she feels something like love towards him, and she offers to cook for him on her day off. He claims to love the fish she prepares, but she questions why he’s crying, and it doesn’t help that he calls her cooking cutting edge. Thinking that she messed up the seasoning, she uses her power to wrap up the food in a ball and prevents Shinra from eating it. Celty is still bothered by the fact that she’s missing her memories, and when Shinra suggests that she might not need them, she gets angry because she feels that she’s forgetting her own face. Over at the school, Mikado has to be helped out by Masaomi after oversleeping and forgetting most of his stuff. After class, Anri discovers that her shoes are gone, and he helps her search for them. He doesn’t find them though until after Anri gives up and leaves, so he brings them to her apartment. She accepts her shoes with a quick word of thanks but closes the door on him before he can say anything.

Celty meanwhile returns home after cooling her temper, however Shinra is now gone because he got called out on a job. Feeling that something was different about this time, Celty goes out to look for him. Shinra is actually at the Yagiri Pharmaceutical facility which had earlier been attacked by a guy armed with fireworks. The guy had claimed that they had done something to his girlfriend, and since he’s now unconscious, the Yagiri Pharmaceutical representative wants Shinra to erase the guy’s memories of them. Celty eventually runs into Shinra after his job is over, and he asks her out to dinner at Simon’s sushi place because it’s lonely to eat by himself. Dessert comes in the form of fortune cookies, and Celty’s says that she’ll find what she’s looking for, making her quite happy. Shinra’s, on the other hand, implies that his love won’t be fulfilled, so he eats the slip of paper to prevent Celty from seeing it. Elsewhere in the city, Seiji is with his love and comforts her when she seems afraid. She doesn’t remember anything, but that’s fine with him, and he calls her Celty. That night, for the first time in a while, the headless Celty dreams that she’s whole.

Preview

Durarara!!   08   Preview 01 Durarara!!   08   Preview 02 Durarara!!   08   Preview 03

For the first 95% of the episode, this appeared to be all about things lost and found, with focus mainly on Celty’s feelings towards her head and on Mikado and Anri’s shoes. Celty certainly had some cute moments, and I laughed at how Anri closed the door on Mikado, but while that stuff fit into the nice all-encompassing theme with some strong Celty and Shinra character development, as a whole the episode wasn’t quite as interesting or fun to watch as some past ones. However, then in the final minutes they dropped a relative bombshell by having Seiji call the neck-scar girl Celty. The final dream shot of what Celty remembers her head to look like seems to confirm that the neck-scar girl does indeed have Celty’s head (which in turn makes more sense out of the OP sequence shot that the two share), but that also raises the question of who’s head is in the capsule. My guess is that it’s the head of the missing Harima Mika girl, but why did a switch have to be made? I assume that will become clearer as we find out more about Seiji and his sister’s company, which might be as soon as next week given what the preview shows.

February 27, 2010 at 1:19 am
32 comments »
  • February 27, 2010 at 1:22 amApollyon

    Thanks.

  • February 27, 2010 at 1:22 amrey

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  • February 27, 2010 at 1:40 amSyllen

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  • February 27, 2010 at 1:47 amkwantum0

    i had expected neck-scar girl to somehow be related to celty, since they both had problems with their heads, but i never expected her to be celty’s head…

    This also raises the question of whether Shinra knows about Celty’s head and just isn’t telling her. This could be why he so strongly feels she’s better of without one. It is also probable, that the researches don’t realize the head has a body, and just found an immortal head and thought it interesting.

  • February 27, 2010 at 2:07 amrey

    @Syllen
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  • February 27, 2010 at 2:14 amtreble89

    i kindda like the “lost and found” concept in linking the character. But what wrong with Anri anyway, acting so cold-hearted to Mikado,lol

  • February 27, 2010 at 2:20 amRie Azel

    Already watched it and hell! Great improvement!

  • February 27, 2010 at 3:03 amRasenShun

    I still can’t get over the whole head swapping thing. LOL!
    But, this is fiction, so… yeah. =P

    I like the fact that there’s still a distinction between the body and the head’s skin tone, as can be seen here:
    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara!!/Durarara!!%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

  • February 27, 2010 at 3:18 amDC/AC

    Anri has her own issues, there is a reason for her to be awkward in or even afraid of getting closer to a person she likes. And it’s not like she doesn’t like Mikado so much or she is just too shy.

  • February 27, 2010 at 3:55 amAlec

    not a very strong episode, but it is still good in its own way. The way anri acts, its easy to imagine her past…I think.

  • February 27, 2010 at 3:56 amReiter

    The little dancing sequence with Erika is so cute, heh. She and her torture-loving partner need more screen time, seriously. Still hate that their sadistic tendencies are way more downplayed in the anime than in the manga.

    Major revelation with Celty’s head and Seiji’s girlfriend . . . I had read the first few chapters of the manga and suspected that they pulled a switcheroo considering what Seiji does/did to his stalker. Nice to see it confirmed.

    Still leaves the question of who the slasher(s) is/are.

    Shizuo and Celty somehow make a more believable couple than Shinra and Celty.

  • February 27, 2010 at 3:58 amRFayt

    @rey
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  • February 27, 2010 at 4:48 amlilu

    -In the 4th episode was mentioned that Shinra is also doing plastic surgery.
    -Memory eraser.
    -Mika is only a simple girl – stalker.
    -Yagiri’s pharmaceutical company.
    -Celty is a Dullahan.
    If I would be Namie I would throw away Mika’s head, but I would keep Celty’s head.

  • February 27, 2010 at 5:03 amStarshade

    Really cool episode. Very satisfied.

    The last scene was kinda… hilarious. For some reason. Don’t know why.

    The face on the girl that Seiji is dating is clearly white, in contrast to the Asian skin on the rest of the body. Good. I wonder how Centy will look with the head on.

    I wonder whether the lost-and-found girl is of any importance.

  • February 27, 2010 at 5:45 amHalcyon

    look closely, the head and the body have DIFFERENT skin tones! :D

  • February 27, 2010 at 10:07 amSplash

    I get the feeling that Anri has a horrible home life and didn’t want him to see or meet whoever is making her feel bad. Probably she is getting molested or something maybe?

  • February 27, 2010 at 10:21 amTokki

    U know Ive been thinking this for awhile but not as much as I did until I watched this epi. But how does Selty do everything she does if she doesnt have a head? I mean your brain is what works your body.

  • February 27, 2010 at 11:15 amEcchiban

    Haha The sushi part was hilarious!

  • February 27, 2010 at 11:27 amsealouse

    i need to start watching the episode before coming here.

  • February 27, 2010 at 11:30 amSyllen

    if it was simple surgery then there wouldnt be a neck scar

  • February 27, 2010 at 12:15 pmStarshade

    Celty bringing out her knife and then putting it back was the peak of hilarity. Puff!

  • February 27, 2010 at 12:18 pmStarshade

    Forgot to add.

    That… what? “I’m here” line messed the atmosphere COMPLETELY at the end. Which language was it, by the way? I mean, the voice acting….

    • May 25, 2010 at 3:33 pmIA

      Re: Starshade, Celty said “Tá mé anseo” (pronounced TAW MAY ON-shuh), which is Irish and means just what the TL wrote; “I am here”. It wasn’t a bad effort at pronouncing it considering the VA is Japanese. It was a lot better than Lancer’s ‘Gay Bulge’ in the English dub of Fate/stay night.

  • February 27, 2010 at 2:00 pmEroThraX

    @syllen

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  • February 27, 2010 at 2:03 pmlilu

  • February 27, 2010 at 5:17 pmYan

    From what I remember in the manga, the girl named Harima Mika was fatally injured by Seiji by a bash on her head, and her body was taken away his sister. Not sure how her head ends up in a jar though.

  • February 27, 2010 at 6:19 pmIron Maw

    @Yan that’s a spoiler as it hasn’t happened in the anime yet.

  • February 27, 2010 at 11:34 pmNellie

    Rey and EroThraX are correct.

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  • February 28, 2010 at 4:48 amDC/AC

    The book Kadota/Dotachin was reading, was actually the vol.1 of To Aru Majutsu no Index novel.
    http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/I/516whAXXiXL._SS500_.jpg
    I guess Erika or Walker had given him the book, because it seems they usually buy about 10 copies of each book they like for “various purposes”.

  • February 28, 2010 at 4:00 pmvoor

    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara!!/Durarara!!%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2032.jpg

    Another shout-out to Baccano…

  • March 1, 2010 at 4:25 amDoktorLuciferWong

    The girl with the “lost objects” sign and notebook was really cool. It added a theme to the episode that tied everything together. :o

    Also, when Ryugamine-kun was looking through it… the last page:

    “Head.”

    :D

  • March 1, 2010 at 7:34 pmmeow

    I knew something was fishy with Stalker Girls neck-stitch-thingies….. (=_=)