「黄天當立」 (Kouten Masa ni Tatsu)
“The Yellow Sky Will Rise Up”
For an episode that revolved almost completely around Simon’s Russian sushi restaurant, it wasn’t the least bit dull as Kadota eventually directed Masaomi to where he can find out who the leader of Dollars is. Unsurprisingly, the source of that information is Izaya, but I wasn’t expecting him to reveal it so nonchalantly and make it so anticlimactic. Masaomi was somewhat shocked about the idea that his best friend was Dollars’ head honcho, but it seemed like he was doubting it more than anything else at first. Given how Izaya’s never been wrong though, at least not from Masaomi’s point of view, he appears to have more or less accepted that as the truth after seeing how Mikado reacted to Takiguchi panicking over the Yellow Scarves coming after Dollars members.
However, since his grasp over his fellow gang members has significantly decreased like Kadota pointed out, there’s really little he can do to prevent tempers from boiling over. Try as he might to tell the Yellow Scarves not to provoke Dollars members needlessly without proof they’re in cahoots with the Slashers, the wheels Izaya has set into motion don’t look like they can be stopped by words alone anymore. If only Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri could talk to one another and share what they know, the Ikebukuro situation probably wouldn’t be in such a garbled mess like it is now. I’m still holding onto hope that that will happen sooner rather than later, but for now only Anri knows Masaomi’s secret, only Masaomi knows Mikado’s, and Mikado is still Izaya’s number one pawn.
On a separate note, I mentioned before how I really like Kadota and his crew being central players to the overall story here, but Yumasaki and Karisawa are pretty damn creepy the more I learn about them. They’re both huge otakus, except gangster-like versions who have let all that fictional stuff affect the way they approach reality. Once I heard them talking about pretending inconvenient stuff like the whole Blue Square incident that Masaomi went through with Saki never happened to begin with, I really started getting some psychological killer vibes from them both. Particularly Yumasaki with the way he almost stabbed Masaomi’s hand with chopsticks. The only thing that put them back inline with the goofy images I had of them was watching them freak out about the kitchen knife that the chef threw into their booth.
With the way the story is now focused on Masaomi’s misunderstanding that the Slashers attacked Anri and how they’re working with Dollars, I gather the next big turning point will be when he realizes he’s wrong on both accounts. The question is, how bad things will have gotten between the Yellow Scarves and Dollars by that time. The only resolution I can think of then is to have Celty, Shizuo, and maybe even Anri and Simon kick everyone’s asses and make them give up on fighting. After all this talking though, I’d totally be up for some more ass-kicking.
* There were lots of cameos/references to other series this time, so I tried to cap as many of those shots as possible.