「急転直下」 (Kyuuten Chokka)
“A Sudden Turn”
I wasn’t planning to pick up this series since I wasn’t caught up with it, but after an anime day marathon, here’s the latest episode of Durarara with new opening and ending themes and all. I like the original two songs a lot, but these new ones aren’t half bad either the more I listen to them. Also, the new “Butterfly” ending theme is sung by ON/OFF, whose songs in Vampire Knight I liked a fair bit.
Now as for the series itself, the reason I was putting it off was because I was hoping to finish Narita Ryougo‘s Baccano first. However, after watching a few more episodes of Durarara, it caught my interest much faster than Baccano and I thought the hell with it and decided to watch this first. I attribute that to the much more interesting characters from the get-go, in particular Celty and Masaomi, whom I absolutely love thanks to awesome performances by Sawashiro Miyuki and Miyano Mamoru respectively. The story is also a lot more captivating with the various character subplots, so I’m fully on board now.
With regards to this episode, it was interesting to see how things are in Ikebukuro six month’s after Mikado pulled off the crazy Dollars gathering to deal with Namie. Not a whole lot has changed since then quite frankly, but I enjoyed the change of focus to Anri here as she narrated in third-person. While things primarily revolved around her and how she’s reliant on others all the time, it still centered on Celty a fair bit with the introduction of the new motorcycle cop in town, Kuzuhara Kinnosuke (Fujiwara Keiji), who’s intent on bringing her in. That resulted in Celty shivering in fear over how zealous the police can be, which I rather enjoyed because I love seeing the weaker girlish side of her character. I’ve always found that part of Celty very endearing, but I’m still not quite at the level of Shinra who would consider sleeping with a headless inhuman existence. =P
In addition to Kinnosuke, we also have the reintroduction of Shinra’s father, Shingen (Ootsuka Akio), who was hilarious to watch when he talked smack to some punks and expected Celty to jump in to save him. Seeing as Celty doesn’t like Shinra’s father much but had to reluctantly to do, it made that scene even funnier. As for his gas mask, I have to agree that the air in Ikebukuro (and most of Japan for that matter) is a pretty smog-filled affair. Sad to say, but the crappy air quality is the one thing preventing me from wanting to stay in the country of anime for any extended period of time.
Story-wise, it looks like things are shifting to the Slashers sub-arc, or I should say, the one about the deranged-looking character responsible for all the attacks. The ganguros were the latest victims, but that was of course a welcomed turn of events seeing as they are complete bitches. =) Other than that, there was also the resurfacing of the Yellow Scarves, which Masaomi seems to be a member of in the past. Thanks to this foreshadowing and the cliffhanger with Anri, I’m quite interested in learning more on both fronts in the coming episodes.
Finally, I should note that the seiyuus have started to voice their own handles in the chat room now that we clearly know who each of them are, which brings a lot more personality to everything as you can probably imagine — Celty (Setton) in particular. Also, there was a So-Ra-No-Wo-To billboard cameo here. Anyone know what series in the billboard next to it is?