「一寸先は闇」 (Issun Saki wa Yami)
“No One Knows What the Future Holds”
The one who learnt this lesson firsthand, one Rokujou Chikage (Ono Yuuji), is the main face introduced in this start of a new story arc. He joins the growing list of names with a grudge against the Dollars, and will probably serve as a major antagonist in the near future. Actually having the Dollars, as an organisation, because as an organisation the Dollars isn’t really a thing (even if Aoba is trying to give it more form with his mailing list and all). Rocchi may not know that, but he doesn’t really know what the Dollars is at all. He simply has a vendetta that he needs to exact on something that resembles an enemy entity. It’s demonstrative of the way humans have always viewed each other in the context of social groups rather than individuals. And probably something about vicarious liability.
Characters in Durarara!! love all sorts of weird things in all sorts of weird way, but Rokujou Chikage appears to love all women unconditionally. Whether this attitude is chivalrous and chauvinistic (or both) is up to interpretation. What’s interesting is that the narrator for this episode was Namie, who loves only her brother. Her singular obsession and general hatred for everything that lives serves as a nice contrast to the womanising Chikage. She finds his unfocused affections vapid and his standard of general female exceptionalism—consider his willingness to use disproportionate violence save on women—insulting, but everyone has strange moral standards. Even the yakuza, who are very comfortable with violence but not with poor manners. I guess that’s what it means to be a professional gangster.
Namie is right, though, in that women, at least in Durarara!!, don’t need special treatment. Two dangerous females were introduced this episode, each seeming to be going after some of the most prominent citizens of Ikebukuro. I do wonder what they’re trying to achieve though; if someone is trying to assassinate Shizuo, then a cute kid (I was hoping she’d go, ‘Daddy!’ but ‘Die!’ is good too) is probably the way through his defences, but a stun gun (frankly, anything less than artillery) is definitely not. If someone is trying to take Celty’s head, then… well, that ship sailed a long time ago. You can tell these folk are from out of town if they didn’t know that Celty has nothing under the helmet and that Shizuo is simply unkillable.
If there are outside elements at work here, then it would mean that Ikebukuro is being, in a way, invaded. As Masaomi warns, there is definitely something brewing again. With most of the disputes in Ikebukuro having been settled, it’s only natural that we’d need to import some. The bikers from Saitama are a good start (though I was disappointed that they didn’t spontaneously break out into song), and the attempted murders just means we’re now in the territory of serious business. I sympathise with Shizuo’s wish for a peaceful life, but that simply does not make for good television. Yeah, Izaya’s still a prick, but hopefully he’d at least give us something to watch. So, new story arc! I’m looking forward to this one.
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