「相思相愛」 (Soushi Souai)
Despite how much the story’s been leading us towards an ultimate Ikebukuro showdown involving Dollars, the Yellow Scarves, and the Slashers with Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri leading each of them, I was really hoping it wouldn’t come to that in Anri’s case. For the most part, she’s been the only character that’s portrayed as somewhat helpless and I was intrigued about her for that very reason. Evidently, that wouldn’t have made her the key character that she’s supposed to be, but hey, I like hearing Hanazawa Kana in those type of roles. As such, when Niekawa Haruna (Nakahara Mai) made her first vocal appearance in the series at Anri’s doorstep and later self-proclaimed herself as the Saika “mother” who’s giving birth to all the Slashers around the city, I was somewhat relieved that Anri wasn’t the root cause. Of course, that only served as a fake-out for the revelation that Anri is in fact the real Saika, who expresses her “love” for humanity through her children because she’s not able to herself.
Quite honestly, I find it bit jarring to have all of that explained in one go via Shinra this episode, so I figure all I really needed to take away from it is that we have a psychotic spirit of sorts that possessed Anri five years ago that resulted in the death of her parents, and now it’s spreading itself like a parasite across Ikebukuro after she’s suppressed it all this time. As a result, Haruna ends up being the one to misguide as from the very beginning with her creepy stalker-like obsession with Nasujima Takashi. You would think that he’d learn to stop sexually harassing girls after it netted him a crazy one in Haruna, but I guess his perversion did help tie in the whole Saika thing to Anri. Surprisingly enough, this Slashers arc also developed Shizuo’s character a bit further. I can’t say I’m totally convinced that having a swarm of deranged people wielding knives and saying they want to possess you for your strength is what it would take for someone to accept their inhuman-like ability, but I can’t really say I understand Shizuo’s mindset all that much either. 🙂
Anyway, I love the direction this is heading with the big cliffhanger showing Anri not bleeding from a wound, pulling out the real cursed blade, and revealing her own glowing red eyes, but I also got a good laugh out of Erika’s “boys love” remark about Izaya and Shizuo, as well as Izaya saying he would’ve dropped a meteor on Shizuo’s house long ago if he could predict Celty barging in to stop their fight. Humor aside, next week should be crazy fun to watch as Shizuo takes the entire swarm of Slashers head on.