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「一寸先は闇」 (Issun Saki wa Yami)
“No One Knows What the Future Holds”

This week I learnt: even if Shizuo’s not angry, he’s still plenty capable of wrecking people.

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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Preview

February 8, 2015 at 7:10 am
39 comments »
  • February 8, 2015 at 7:24 amKF

  • February 8, 2015 at 7:25 amKirigiri

  • February 8, 2015 at 7:26 amstarss

    … I know the animation is overall the same as Season 1, but to the trained eye…. I can see that it’s WORSE. Not worse by a noticeable margin, but man do some of these movements and line work feel a bit more messy. Izaya does not look right at all. This may be attributed to a new studio being behind this even though most or all of the same crew worked from the first season worked on this. Maybe it’s just my eye, or how I’m watching this on a computer screen instead of a TV screen this time.

    I’ll buy Namie a T-shirt that says Rubbish.

    Oooh Shizuo got a cute admirer–AAAAHHH HOLY CRAP LADY!!

    • February 8, 2015 at 10:05 pmKazuki

      Izaya does look different. All character designs were redone to look more like the novel, but it’s more noticeable with him than with everyone else.

      About the animation, yes, a bit worse, but not to the point of being annoying or distracting, at least for me.

      • February 9, 2015 at 11:49 amLyfe

        I agree, I’m also willing to give them the benefit of the doubt as this is Studio Shukas first major work. They’re quite a new studio. They will likely improve as they go on with the series.

    • February 10, 2015 at 5:44 pmsonicsenryaku

      I kinda disagree; the animation is subpar; (that’s been the durarara way) but the art this season has improved 1. thanks to being displayed in true 720p, but 2. the colors are sharper and the character models, while a bit lanky have a bit more sharpness to them as well like the extra detail in shizuo’s hair and what not. Now if we are talking about animation consistency, that’s different. The animation consistency has not been the best and the trained eye can pick up on that very easily. Still, the standard of the art set by the opening and the first ep is slightly above the art of the first season.

  • February 8, 2015 at 7:31 amRed HeartGold ZX

    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara/Durarara%20×2%20Shou%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2023.jpg
    Don’t worry if you’re not that popular with the girls, Shizuo. At least you have your own loli who loves you
    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara/Durarara%20×2%20Shou%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2024.jpg
    See? It’s your biggest fan, Shizuo. The kid’s in love

    • February 8, 2015 at 7:35 amIron Maw

      Even if she is trying to kill you?

    • February 8, 2015 at 1:25 pmc14

      The reality of this is pretty hilarious when it all comes along. Poor girl.

  • February 8, 2015 at 7:34 amIron Maw

    Just to note, the Dollar’s mailing list has always been there, and every member is on it. So it’s not something Aoba created.

  • February 8, 2015 at 8:23 amdestiny

    i like how they showed that shizuo can be pretty calm at times, not always going of in a rage of emotions while redecorating the city.

  • February 8, 2015 at 8:39 amGYUZ

    The biggest badass is being chased by the deadliest loli.

  • February 8, 2015 at 8:45 amCrake

    It seemed as if animation and design of characters changed a bit? They became a bit thinner and more “angular”, I guess. Closer to how illustrations in LN look I would say. May be it’s just my imagination (comparing this ep screens with previous ones).

    • February 8, 2015 at 9:11 amGrimm911

      No you’re right the animation and designed did undergo a slight change from the first season. Its definable closer to the illustrations from the light novels. Personally, despite a few hiccups here and there, I find this change to be a improvement from last season. The new animations and designs shows how, Studio Shuka has done an exceptional job so far in adaptation and showing how their not a carbon copy of the previous studio who did DRRR!! season 1, Brain Base.

  • February 8, 2015 at 10:18 amWessley

    As a girl, I find Chikage to be an insufferable sack of crap. I hope that he ends up realizing that there are plenty of awful women in the world before this series is over.

  • February 8, 2015 at 11:05 amhaseo0408

    Let me see if I understand this: Rokujo Chikae picked a fight a against Shizuo, SHIZUO! and he manages to get punch FOUR times before he´s finally out cold, I don´t if this guy is an idiot or the bravest man alive!. XD

  • February 8, 2015 at 12:23 pmTotoro

    Where’s my spinning loli screencap Passerby ?

    • February 8, 2015 at 6:49 pmPasserby

      Someone will have to gif it.

  • February 8, 2015 at 1:31 pmc14

    I almost feel bad for Chikage if not for how unbearable his character in general can be at times. He’s going to have quite a surprising and entertaining fight later in the series that I’m really looking forward to.

    Did they not include the Baccano reference that was suppose to be in this episode? Sad. Will note I haven’t watched it quite yet so if I’m mistaken I’ll come back and mention it. It really adds something to the conversation though so it feels pretty odd if it’s left out.

    And thus the story of Shizou and his Loli commences. Que exciting Shizou involved episodes for most of the rest of the season (probably).

    • February 8, 2015 at 2:06 pmc14

      No mention of the Baccano reference after all. Somewhat spoiler I suppose though probably never going to be mentioned.

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      • February 8, 2015 at 6:30 pmhaseo0408

        I would pay gold to see a fight like that!.

  • February 8, 2015 at 6:29 pmhaseo0408

    “anything less than artillery”

    Passerbay-san I have this feeling that if you hit Shizuo at point blank range with a nuke he´ll just walk out of the flames a little wounded and insanely angry as hell!.

  • February 8, 2015 at 6:32 pmBeedle

    Was I the only one that actually thought the little girl would call Shizuo darling/daddy? Also, are all the Russians in Ikebukuro assassins?

    • February 8, 2015 at 6:51 pmPasserby

      All Russians are assassins. That’s science fact.

      • February 8, 2015 at 6:53 pmc14

        I know one Russian. Am not dead yet nor do I know of any murders. Can confirm at the very least that he is a good Assassin.

    • February 8, 2015 at 6:52 pmc14

      Only the ones who don’t run a Sushi shop. And even they seem to be ex-assassins.

  • February 8, 2015 at 9:05 pmSnooSnoo (@ShinJiwon)

    Wish Namie would shut up.

  • February 9, 2015 at 6:41 amSissy

    Flails arms uncontrollably.

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    Cute loli, even better Shizuo. Too cool to let a nice dude on the ground without getting him first-aid. :D

  • February 9, 2015 at 3:40 pmAcerbus

    All I can say seeing things is Show Spoiler ▼

    So close to seeing one of my favorite characters, so close.

  • February 9, 2015 at 9:02 pmrandom viewer

    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara/Durarara%20×2%20Shou%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2031.jpg
    What? How is she hanging on like that? After a couple steps she should have lost grip by then. And then Shizuo can princess carry her with one arm.

  • February 10, 2015 at 11:24 ammagoiichi

    http://randomc.net/image/Durarara/Durarara%20×2%20Shou%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2020.jpg Am I the only one who doesn’t know which character is which when they talk online? I tried to figure it out with the VAs’ voices, but I fail miserably. I only remember the obvious stuff like when the twins or Sonohara come online lol.

    • February 10, 2015 at 5:37 pmInugirlz

      I was going to give you advice based on the Japanese characters but that probably won’t help if you haven’t studied Japanese lol. So basically just know that blue is Mikado, Green is Kida, Red is Anri, Black is Celty, the new blue/indigoish ones are the twins, can’t tell which is which yet lol. Don’t follow it by voices because i think sometimes other characters read out what others write.

    • February 11, 2015 at 8:17 pmq

      The one that babbles on and on is Kururi, the quiet one is Mairu – the opposite of how they are irl.

      • February 14, 2015 at 11:00 amInugirlz

        Really? After watching the latest episode (6) i got the impression that the indigo one that talks a little less (but no less enthusiastic) is Kururi (gym uniform) and the light blue like Mikado’s is Mairu (glasses).

  • February 10, 2015 at 1:43 pmKirk Lazarus

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  • February 11, 2015 at 2:37 pmHawk2276

    B-B-but Celty did nothing wrong :(