Durarara!! – 23
「千錯万綜」 (Sensaku Bansou)
“All Complicated and Confusing”
After taking several gunshots last time, it turns out Shizuo’s mind over matter bursts of superhuman strength really knows no bounds. To him, he just thought he slipped and fell down in the rain. I was pretty amused by how things he just got up and walked to Shinra’s place for some treatment like it was no big deal, mainly because it was very Shizuo-like. The same goes for when Shinra was trying to remove the bullets from his body, only to end up cowering in fear for calling Shizuo an idiot with the forceps still in his leg. It doesn’t look like Shinra bothered to give Shizuo any sedatives either, as he appears incapable of feeling any sort of pain. That scene, plus the one where Shinra called Celty while he was chasing after Anri, ended up being a couple of hilarious moments before things really got underway.
Quite honestly, I was expecting Celty to take Mikado back to her place to talk things over with Anri after he learned the truth behind her and Masaomi’s situation, but the big garbled mess that resulted when Masaomi took his fight up directly with Horada and the rest of the Blue Square members who had taken over the Yellow Scarves was so much better in hindsight. I attribute that primarily to the foreshadowing seen in Masaomi’s resolve to kill and be killed when he couldn’t get in contact with any of the Yellow Scarves and went to confront Horada for relieving him as their leader and bringing up Mikado’s name as the leader of Dollars (something I gather he learned from Izaya). To that effect, I found Simon’s words to Masaomi on how a kid like him shouldn’t be putting himself in a “kill or be killed” situation followed by his request to Celty to save Masaomi really helped set the stage for the big showdown. All the while, Anri was frantically searching for him after hearing from Shizuo how Masaomi supposedly gave the order to have him killed, while Mikado and Celty were on their way as well.
The thought of the three of them converging on the same place and the truth behind the secrets they’ve been keeping from one another getting exposed was pretty exciting to say the least, especially when Anri and Mikado arrived to find Masaomi a bloody mess. It sure as hell made for an awesome cliffhanger anyway, but this climactic turn of events actually had me rethinking what Izaya’s plan truly is. Given the way he was analyzing the situation and sounding enthralled by how everything’s going to come to light between Dollars, Yellow Scarves, Slashers, and now Blue Squares with Celty in the middle of it all, I’m almost inclined to believe that this is exactly what he wanted to happen. In addition, he made it sound like Namie was intended to play this role of bringing them together six months ago had Mikado not found a way to stop her.
Regardless of what Izaya’s scheming, it’s nice to see Masaomi presented with a second chance to confront the Blue Squares and make up for his shameful past when he was frozen in fear and unable to rescue Saki. Hearing the name of the former Blue Squares leader, Izumii, got him pretty fired up about killing Horada as well, so it was pretty cool watching him take out a bunch of Blue Squares members and cause Horada to tremble in fear even with a gun in hand. Things still weren’t looking favorable in Masaomi’s case however, which is why Anri busting in as her Saika self and Celty following suit with Mikado paved way for some serious Blue Squares ass-kicking. I haven’t counted out Shizuo making a late arrival before this is all said and done either, since he really needs to get payback for Horada’s failed attempt to kill him.
While I would’ve liked the story to get back to Izaya in some way, the finale next week revolving around the conclusion of Masaomi’s subplot the three leaders of the major factions coming together still has me pretty excited. Other than that, I’m still left wondering which member of the Yellow Scarves this Maruyama Ou person Masaomi tried to call is, and who Namie was seen talking on the phone with. (Seiji?) There’s also Saki’s call to Russian Sushi out of the blue to tell them about what “he” is up to. Was she referring to Masaomi or Izaya? I’m leaning towards Izaya though since the very next scene had him in it.