Durarara!! – 12
Celty saves Mikado from being stabbed, but this doesn’t stop Seiji who wants the girl he knows as Celty back. He cites his love and desire to free her, and he tries to attack Celty again, but she knocks him around with her helmet and then summons her scythe. Before she can slice him with it though, she’s stopped by the neck scar girl. Both Mikado and Celty realize that this girl is actually still Harima Mika and doesn’t have Celty’s head, and this news shocks Seiji. As it turns out, after Seiji had smashed Mika’s head against the wall, she had survived, and Namie had gotten a certain doctor’s help in performing some plastic surgery on her to make it look like she had Celty’s head. That doctor had given her the name Celty, and the real Celty quickly realizes that the only doctor who could have done that was Shinra. Thus, while Mika continues to plead to Seiji, Celty decides to go home to confront him. Izaya uses this chance to make his entrance to emphasize how Seiji’s love wasn’t that strong since he couldn’t tell apart the heads, and Mikado comments on how Mika is similar to Seiji.
Celty meanwhile arrives home and confronts Shinra, but he already knows exactly what she was going to say. He claims he knows because he’s loved her for twenty years, and he didn’t tell her where her head was because he feared she would leave or disappear if she got it back. Celty admits to being afraid as well, and in her case, she fears dying because she thinks what governs it is in her missing head. She wants to have control over her death and therefore wants her head, and while Shinra believes her, he points out that they’re speculating over what could happen. Celty then gets permission to hit him, but he gets to hit her back and knocks off her helmet because he likes her best that way. He wants those punches to take the place of a wedding vow kiss, but Celty just punches him again and falls down with him. Back on the Ikebukuro streets, Mika leads the still-shocked Seiji away, and Izaya tells Mikado that despite his desire to be rid of a normal life, it will return. Izaya claims that Mikado has to continue evolving if he really wants to be rid of it, and he also promises not to sell the fact that Mikado is the founder of Dollars. Izaya then escapes because Shizuo has come after him, but he first calls Mikado by his chatroom screenname, cause Mikado to realize who Izaya is online.
Life in Ikebukuro does return to normal, and Celty becomes content with who she is and feels a sense of completeness with her life. Seiji and Mika return to school, and Seiji apologizes to Mikado. Although Seiji has decided that he doesn’t love Mika, he’ll accept her love until he gets Celty’s head back. Mikado notices Anri staring briefly at the two, and inspired by what he had done the previous night, he tries to ask her out. When he finds Masaomi doing the same, he kicks his friend. Anri turns down his offer, but she does invite him to have lunch with her there on the roof. What Mikado doesn’t know is that it was Izaya who was leading Mika all along. Izaya is now back at his office telling Namie about the theories behind Dullahans, including how they could be Valkyries on Earth. Based on this, Izaya thinks that Celty’s head, which he now has control of, is waiting for war to reawaken so that it can find a holy warrior it can take to Valhalla. Izaya wants to be chosen and has concluded that the way to do this is to start a war.
Well that was an interesting turn of events. Because of Celty’s supernatural existence and because of the neck scar, I always assumed that it was possible for Namie to have done a head transplant, and I didn’t expect that they’d say now that it was just plastic surgery on Harima Mika. It almost seems too logical an explanation, but perhaps there’s less fantasy and sci-fi in this series than I thought. On the other hand, Izaya’s entire speech at the end was full of fantasy themes, so maybe the original author or anime writers are just good at twists. Speaking of which, if Izaya weren’t so cunning and behind everything, I’d say he was completely crazy with all the talk about Valkyries. Is he seriously going to start some sort of war because of some far-fetched theory linking different mythologies?
Anyway, I really liked the scene where Celty, as the narrator, described what happened between Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri with that time format. But my favorite part of the episode had to be how Shinra so perfectly diffused and won over an angry Celty. I thought he was a dead man, and yet the two ended up in each others arms. He and Celty make such a cute couple, and she actually seems happy now, even without her head. The question I have now is if she’ll ever get it back, and that’s all the more reason to be worried about what Izaya is up to, particularly given that he’s the closest thing this series has to an antagonist now that Seiji seems to have calmed down.
Unfortunately, as you may have heard, I am retiring from anime blogging at the end of this season, and this will be the last episode of Durarara that I’ll be blogging. It’s feels fitting to stop here because this episode appears to be the end of a story arc, but I still regret not being able to finish blogging the series. I’ve really enjoyed the show so far and will definitely continue to watch it. Incidentally, there is no new episode of Durarara next week – episode 13 airs April 8th.