Since meeting her, Masaomi has become interested in Anri, and he saves her after class one day when it looks like she’s getting sexually harassed by a certain teacher. Unfortunately for Masaomi, Mikado joins them, and the three end up spending the afternoon together. Masaomi tries to warn Anri about that teacher since there have been prior rumors about him dating a student, and the conversation then turns to the friend of Anri’s, Harima Mika, who’s missing. She had sent Anri a message saying that she was going on a trip because of heartbreak, and Anri reveals that Mika had been something of a stalker. Masaomi in turn realizes that the person she was after was Seiji and that this was the result of him rejecting her. All of this bothers Mikado because he thinks that Seiji and Mika might be together after all, and he feels that they need some sort of organization to help them get to the bottom of this, like the Dollars. Mikado denies wanting to join them, but, because of his desire to protect Mikado from the darkness of this city, this concerns Masaomi enough to meet with Kyouhei’s group privately to ask about the Dollars.
Later that night, Mikado spots Seiji and a girl together on the street, however when he catches them, he realizes that the girl isn’t Harima Mika. By chance, Masaomi spots Mikado and tries to run after him, but he bumps into some gang members and gets cornered. Mikado then happens to see Masaomi being led away and follows the group to a dark alley. At around this same time, Celty is nearby retrieving a briefcase from a guy as part of a job, but before she can grab it, her arm gets stabbed from behind by a dark girl with a sword. The girl also cuts off Celty’s helmet before running off, and Celty can hear voices from her wound calling her a monster. The guy she got the briefcase from runs away in fear, past the same alley that Mikado and Masaomi are in, giving them the chance to escape from the gang members. Those gang members then encounter the dark girl who turns her blade towards them. Having escaped, Masaomi acknowledges to himself that it’s he who depends on Mikado, and he feels that he now might be able to see a certain girl without running away. That girl is at this moment in the hospital being visited by Izaya, and she has a picture on her phone of herself and Masaomi.
I’ll start by saying that I love the way everything connected in this episode, a theme which is further emphasized by Masaomi’s thoughts and narration at the end (I really liked him as a narrator too). I also enjoyed how they started with the most interesting part with Celty and the sword girl and then went full circle in showing how things led up to that. I did, however, find myself a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content in this episode,with all those new characters, revelations, and mysteries. The biggest mystery is probably the identity of the girl who attacked Celty. Is she supernatural like Celty or is she the Haruna girl shown towards the end? On the subject, I have to note that I was very amused that Celty appeared to be afraid of aliens.
There was also the question of Harima Mika and her connection to the girl that Seiji is currently with. I initially thought they were one and the same since they look so similar, but both Anri and Masaomi have now realized that it’s not her after getting a closer look. The neck scar makes me think that there’s a head transplant twist in there somewhere, particularly given that the series has a Dullahan. The episode also introduced a new character who seems to be connected to Masaomi and Izaya’s past, and the most obvious conclusion from the cell phone picture is that she was Masaomi’s girlfriend. Anyway, despite feeling a little overwhelmed by all of this, I still love how the story is being developed, and I can’t wait to see how all the various plot-lines will come together.