「愚者一得」 (Gusha Ittoku)
“Even a Fool Has Merits”
One of the unique aspects of Durarara’s screenplay is how it tends to go back and revisit parts of the story from a different perspective. This week, we learn how Niekawa Shuuji ends up becoming a Slasher himself and eventually attacking Anri. Evidently, the focus has shifted back to his daughter Niekawa Haruna, who supposedly transferred schools because of sexual harassment from one of the teachers, Nasujima Takashi. Given Takashi’s reaction to hearing Haruna’s name last episode, I was sort of leaning towards the possibility that Haruna is the main culprit behind all the Slasher attacks. I didn’t want to jump the gun and outright imply that just yet, but things are looking more and more like that is indeed the case. Whether or not she was a victim herself at one point I don’t know, but it looks like she possesses the cursed blade Saika now and has been converting others to Slashers by wounding them and not outright killing them.
With the way Shuuji was looking into who the strongest person in Ikebukuro is and interviewing the likes of a real mob leader named Shiki (Ootsuka Houchuu), his timid behavior was a pretty clear indication that he was normal up until the point he got stabbed but what looks like his daughter. His glowing red eyes following his sudden leave of the hospital on the other hand was the big flag that he was one messed up individual afterward. Despite his deranged mindset then, it was interesting to see that how his original objectives of looking into both Anri and Shizuo seemed to remain. The only difference is that he became a possessed knife-wielding maniac instead of a mere journalist. Seeing as the Dollars chat was spammed by Saika with love for Shizuo following his injury, I couldn’t help but wonder if that particular Saika was Shuuji. The timing of things would seem to indicate as such.
Whatever the case, it looks like all my speculation will be answered soon enough with the girl in question finally making an appearance before Anri. I originally didn’t think the Slashers arc would get this involved with the entire cast, but it’s proving to be pretty entertaining the more it unfolds. This episode answered a few questions I had but presented some more, so next week should be a good one in helping clear things up.
Note: As some people pointed out last time, a red tint and a flash of lightning was added to the beginning of the opening sequence. Simon joined the scene behind Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri as well, with Izaya’s position shifted left to make him more visible.