On this particular day, Mikado’s class is choosing class representatives, and Sonohara Anri volunteers to be the female one. In light of this, Mikado volunteers to be her male counterpart, but after class, Anri claims to have something to do and hurries away. Masaomi sees this and decides to take Mikado to try to pick up some girls, but Masaomi’s own attempts end unsuccessfully. In the process, the two run into Walker, Erika, and Kyouhei, and Mikado asks them about the Dollars gang that he’s heard so many rumors about, but he just gets warned against getting near them. Mikado has started to question if he can really live in this city, but Masaomi tells him to overcome it all. The two then happen to see Anri getting picked on in an alley by a trio of girls and a guy who’s supposedly part of the Dollars gang, and Mikado considers trying to go save her. Before Mikado can do anything, Orihara Izaya shows up and pushes him onto the scene. Izaya himself is the one who ends up scaring off the girls by stomping on one of their cell phones and the guy by shaving the guy’s head in a flash.
It turns out that Izaya knows Masaomi, and he claims to have come to Ikebukuro to meet someone. Their conversation is interrupted when a large trash box comes flying out of nowhere and nails Izaya. It was thrown by none other than Heiwajima Shizuo who has a bone to pick with him, but before the two can fight, a bunch of guys – led by the one whose head Izaya shaved – show up and get involved. While Shizuo is beating those guys up, Izaya tries to escape, so Shizuo picks up and throws a vending machine at him. Unfortunately for Shizuo, Simon jumps off the top of a nearby building and catches the machine. Simon tries to convince Shizuo not to fight, and when Shizuo attempts to punch him, Simon is able to stop the fist. Around this time, Mikado decides to take Anri’s hand and flee the area, and they finally stop running in a park. Mikado tries to talk with Anri, but she ends up just thanking him and running off on her own. Elsewhere in the city, Seiji finds the girl he was looking for.
I found this episode to be tons of fun to watch. Simon wasn’t the best of narrators, especially not compared how good a job Sawashiro Miyuki did last week, but it didn’t matter too much because everything else was great. Izaya and Shizuo practically stole the show every time they were on screen. I loved how Izaya scared off those girls and that thug, and Shizuo chucking things and kicking ass – like how he punched that guy’s clothes off – made for some great entertainment. Even Simon was pretty cool when he came flying down and caught the vending machine, though I wish they had more time to show how that fight went down since the final shots indicated that he lost. Oh and of course I have to mention again that Miyano Mamoru does a wonderful job voicing the hyperactive Masaomi.
Story-wise, this episode raised a lot of questions about the girl Seiji and Anri were looking for, the teacher Anri seems to be avoiding, Izaya and Shizuo’s backstory, and why Izaya is so interested in Mikado now. I’m sure a lot of that is connected, and it’s part of what makes the series so interesting. As I said last week, the show and story have me hooked.
On a slightly different subject, the PVs for both the opening and ending songs have aired, and while neither of the videos were particularly impressive, I really enjoyed hearing the full version of Uragiri no Yuuyake. I also thought they chose a really good clip of the Trust Me for the ED, which means that while I like the song in general, I didn’t think the full version was that much better than the tv-size version. Anyway, I’m sure both of the videos have made their way onto YouTube by now.