“At A Total Loss”
Having the most information may not always be a good thing when it’s a garbled mess, which Masaomi can probably attest to as he continues to try and make sense of it all. Upon hearing that Anri may have caused the Yellow Scarves to attack their own kin, he’s now suspecting both his best friend and their mutual love interest. The thought of her being the leader of the Slashers is probably still out of the question, but all the finger-pointing at Dollars is getting pretty messy as a result. It probably wasn’t the best idea for Anri to take things into her own hands and cause more confusion by asking her Saika children to protect Dollars members who were getting attacked, but I did like the fact that she tried to do something to better Ikebukuro’s situation. It was a stark contrast to Mikado anyway, who was waffling all over what to do about Dollars and even tried to forget about the problem by disregarding the chat room for several days. All the while, things were playing out exactly like Izaya was hoping, which according to the pieces he had Namie updating, will be an all-out conflict between the three sides.
In comparison, Masaomi’s doing whatever he can to keep Horada and his other goons on a leash until he can look into both Mikado and Anri’s involvement, but it’s proven fairly ineffective thus far. Because of that, I’m inclined to believe that things are resting on Mikado to finally get his act together as the leader of Dollars and make them a group that does good deeds like he anonymously suggested once before. He does have pretty big pieces on his side to get things done if needed, and all of them made appearances here to help reiterate that. It’s just a shame Celty has decided to stay quiet after Anri asked her to, because she currently holds all the information that may help clear up the mess. Having helped Mikado with the Dollars incident involving Namie six months ago, Anri with the Slashers one involving Haruna, and had the run in with Masaomi and the Yellow Scarves most recently, Celty is one of the few people who knows all their true identities. If she could somehow get Mikado and Anri working together and maybe even enlist Shinra’s help, clearing things up with Masaomi would be all that’s left to do.
Even then, it wouldn’t be a walk in the park since the Yellow Scarves have shown they don’t even listen to Masaomi’s orders, but we could always throw Celty and Shizuo in there and be done with it. I kid, but it sure worked well against the Slashers, so I’m not completely ruling out the possibility things may come to that again. For now, it looks like it will ultimately come down to stopping what they all inadvertently started from misunderstandings piling up due to our puppet master Izaya. Somehow I don’t see him getting what’s coming to him by the end of this series, but stopping Izaya’s plans alone doesn’t seem so bad at this point. With Horada acting on his own again despite the punch in the face he got, it looks like Masaomi’s going to have to step in to save Anri from them. Mikado looks pretty determined as well, after Mika let him know that something’s bugging Anri and Seiji told him to bear some responsibility if he really likes her. The preview already shows that Anri will be saved and maybe even taught how to use private chat properly, but things aren’t looking so hot for Shizuo. Time to step up Mikado!
* At least we know if we ever need replacements for Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri in the happy-go-lucky Ikebukuro school life scenario, they’re readily available.