Durarara!! – 12.5, 25
「天網恢恢」 (Tenmou Kaikai)
At first, I couldn’t even remember how this show worked. After such a long break, I felt the memories of Celty being a transporter and Shizuo collecting debt money for Tom slowly started to rush back to me. For some reason, I can’t really think of too much to say about this one. Unlike episode 25, I didn’t get a lot of satisfaction from watching this special. Sure it was full of bad English and an interesting comparison between the story and aliens, but the main characters just didn’t have that special feel to them.
On the other hand, the story itself was quite fun in itself. The one thing that Durarara manages to pull off amazingly is how it can connect one main story while having everyone else’s side story play out. I remember when the episode started that I had no idea where things were going to go. With random scenes and characters from Baccano walking around, it felt like nothing made any sense. But once everyone’s take on the situation started to gain some momentum, I became fully engrossed. As the pieces of the episode started to fall into place, I remember literally falling off of my seat when the UFOs from the beginning were actually thugs flying after a punch from Shizuo.
All in all, I would say that episode 12.5 is worth watching. I know that it’s been out for a while now, so for those of you who didn’t watch it just yet, do it now! I also want to clearly state that while I haven’t watched Baccano yet, I’ve heard that those two mysterious characters are supposed to be really funny if I knew what they were supposed to represent. Kind of makes me want to go marathon Baccano now.
「天下泰平」 (Tenka Taihei)
“Peace and Tranquility”
After watching episode 12.5 a while back, I was pretty disappointed with what we were given. Sure, it was nice to watch the episode from a different perspective every few minutes, but what I really wanted was something that would be able to quench my Durarara thirst, which is exactly what episode 25 was. From here, I’m going to attack this post from two sides — the things that I thought was perfect for a series like Durarara and something that Divine pointed out to me.
For me, Izaya and Shizuo stole the show. Sure Celty had her moments, and I couldn’t stop laughing when Shinra tried breaking down Hanejima Yuuhei’s name to get Heiwajima Kasuka, and you can’t forget when Anri busted out Saika just as quickly as she hid it when all hell was about to break loose, but something about Izaya and Shizuo kept them on top. Watching Izaya play the same old tricks on Shizuo will never grow old and you can bet that I’ll never get sick of watching Shizuo throw anything from street signs, traffic lights, or vehicles at Izaya. The thing is, I’ve always wondered how the people of Ikebukuro never noticed Shizuo’s blatant destruction of just about anything around him when Izaya is around. I was surprised and had a pretty good laugh watching Yuuhei act as a commentator on live television as they filmed our “best friends” rampaging throughout the city.
Now what I didn’t expect nor even knew about, were Izaya’s twin sisters — Mairu (Kitamura Eri) and Kururi (Kanemoto Hisako). The first thing I noticed was that Kitamura and
Ika Musume’s Kanemoto’s voice happened to be coming out of these new girls. The second thing I noticed was that these girls were probably not as innocent as they looked (they’re Izaya’s sisters!). The third and final thing was that I never expected to see two sisters kissing in my Durarara. While I don’t object to any of this, I just had to put in a small mention of it after Divine pointed it out to me.
Before Durarara ended, I remember reading that there is still a ton of more material to cover. After watching episode 25, I can safely say that my passion for Durarara came flooding back to me. Who else hopes that a second season will be announced?