「解散宣言」 (Kaisan Sengen)
“Declaration of Disbandment”
Okay, I clearly have to take back saying Mikado can’t to do much as the figurehead of Dollars, because once he sends out a distress message to all members, everyone in the city is suddenly on the same page in rescuing Anri. Cell phone mass e-mails are frightening! I’m not entirely sure how cool seeing all that unfold was intended to be, but I actually found it more humorous than anything else. That was primarily due to Anri wondering why random people are just coming up to her and helping her every step of the way, including a guy in a bunny suit who carried her to safety like a princess before giving her the actual suit to sneak off in. From Anri’s perspective, it really was a miracle of sorts because she had absolutely no idea that Mikado was frantically coordinating a rescue operation the best he could with anyone who was willing to lend a hand.
The one whose help he wasn’t expecting of course was Masaomi’s, who pretty much lost himself from being conflicted between his loyalty to the Yellow Scarves and his feelings for Anri. With the way he was insinuating that she was plotting something against him when she was actually worried about him, I really was hoping she’d slap some sense into him. Bringing Mikado into the conversation and interrogating her from that angle was clearly the breaking point though, as one swift slap later made Masaomi realize what an ass he was being accusing her of things on no grounds. On the bright side, that sort of served as a wake-up call for him after he wandered aimlessly around Ikebukuro for a while. Unfortunately, his phone calls to Mikado fell on deaf ears following the disbandment of Dollars and the suspension of their website, which left me thinking if it’s not Masaomi who won’t answer his phone, it just had to be Mikado all of a sudden. As best friends, these two really need to keep their lines of communication open!
When I saw the determined look in Mikado’s face in the preview last time, I gave him the benefit of the doubt to do something more tactful than just cutting everyone off. He may believe this abrupt way of severing the group’s online ties will end the strife against the Yellow Scarves, but that’s hardly the case when Horada and the goons who listen to him are out to attack any Dollars member they can find. Izaya did take notice of exactly when the Dollars disbandment declaration came, but he didn’t sound all too surprised about it happening. As such, I figure it’s well within his expectations, meaning Mikado’s hasty decision probably won’t turn out like he’s hoping. On a positive note, at least Anri is in the hands of Celty and Shinra now, with the former intent on getting her to talk to Mikado about her being the mother of the Slashers and him being the leader of Dollars. While Masaomi is still flying solo in all this, having Mikado and Anri together will at least limit the number of key variables down to two.
On the lighter side of things, watching Celty get frustrated playing a video game against Shinra was kind of funny, but what I got a really good laugh out of was Shizuo getting annoyed as hell from all the messages he was getting spammed with from Mikado and the other Dollars members. Incidentally, having Anri right in front of him with Horada and his crew trying to provoke her turned out to be the best medicine for his pent-up rage. However, the big shocker was that they came back at him later on with a gun, shot him a few times, and left him for dead. Does his superhuman lapses in physical restraint allow him to survive gunshot wounds? If not, oh my god Shizuo!!!
Note: If you listen carefully to the voices during all the message board scenes in this episode, you can actually figure out a lot of characters’ online handles.