After setting everything up and getting Celty’s help, Mikado calls Namie and offers her a deal. The two meet on the busy streets of Ikebukuro, and Mikado reveals that he has custody of the neck scar girl, but he wants Namie to acknowledge what she and Seiji did to Harima Mika and to turn herself in to the police. Namie, however, is adamant about no one getting in the way of her brother, giving Mikado a glimpse of the reasoning behind her actions. While confronting her about this and citing his own ideals, Mikado worries about his plan, but when Namie summons her goons, he has no choice but to put it into action. Using his cell phone, he transmits a message, and moments later, the cell phones of almost everyone in the crowd start ringing. This includes those belonging to Kadota and his friends, and Kadota subsequently heads up to the top of a nearby building to meet Celty, bringing along with him the neck scar girl. His group had found her after nearly running her over earlier, and when Walker had posted about it on the Dollars’ message board, Mikado had responded. Mikado had also arranged a meeting for the members of Dollars, and almost everyone in the crowd right now is one of those members.
As it turns out, Mikado and some online friend had created Dollars back when he was in junior high school and had wanted to change something. They had made it well known through online rumors, and Mikado had distributed the password to the website. It grew beyond his control though, and his online friends eventually disappeared, leaving it all to him. Nevertheless, Mikado had tried to nudge the group in a positive direction, and he had seen the impact of Dollars once he got to Tokyo. The message he had just sent to all the members had declared that the people in the crowd not looking at their cell phone mail were enemies. He instructed everyone to just stare at these people quietly, and the result of this is Namie and her goons getting surrounded. On the roof of the nearby building, Celty meets the neck scar girl like Mikado had promised she would, and she learns that the girl also calls herself Celty. Celty then jumps onto her motorcycle and rides down the side of the building, announcing herself to everyone below. Once she reaches ground level, she fights Namie’s goons and gets her helmet knocked off. This causes a huge scene, during which Mikado makes his way to the outside of the crowd. Unfortunately, Seiji finds Mikado there and charges at him with a knife.
It was great to see Mikado’s plan coming together this episode. He was a tad on the preachy side when he was talking to Namie, but for the most part he’s become much cooler and is a lot more likable as a character. Arguably the best part of the episode (and no I didn’t miss the Isaac and Miria cameos) was when he sent the message and everyone in the crowd changed from colorless to colored – given the fact that they’ve called Dollars colorless in the past, I had wondered at one point if making random sidewalk people gray was an intentional choice, and it clearly was. As I said last week though, I had been spoiled on the fact that Mikado created Dollars, so that element of surprise here was gone. Still, it was interesting to see how Dollars came about, and I’m sure that Izaya had some hand in growing the group.
As for Celty, she got some character development this week too, and I wonder if she’ll seriously consider marrying Shinra. I also initially thought it was a bit weird that Celty met the neck scar girl but didn’t do anything to her other than ask for her name. I assume though that Mikado had given Celty the job of being the diversion or being the person to defeat Namie’s goons. Thinking about it now, it would have been entertaining to see Shizuo or Izaya get involved too, but there might still time for that. Regardless, it looks like next episode could be the finale to this first story arc, and the preview makes me think that either Celty will somehow get her head back or that Izaya will do something to mess things up.