「同舟相救う」 (Doushuu Ai Sukuu)
“All in the Same Boat”
Like I said last week, this week’s episode is all about laying the ground work for this season. The past two episodes have been more of a recap of what happened, who knows what and showing everyone’s hand. This week, people are starting to form plans and plots; talking to opponents and just waiting for that moment to strike. Perhaps some of them even made a move early.
Building off of last week’s momentum, one of the bigger moments this episode was the confrontation between Anri and Haruna. In my opinion, it was a bit anticlimactic – neither of them getting what they wanted and just a lot of talk. Haruna grew up a lot since we last saw her. She’s no longer a crazy lunatic running around and she’s trying to make calculated moves by collaborating with Anri instead. Obviously Anri rejects her and that’s when the fighting begins. Haruna should know better than that since Anri is the “mother” of Saika but what’s intriguing is that Anri has grown up a lot since their last meeting as well. She’s more calm, she knows what she’s doing and she doesn’t want to kill Haruna (why have another body laying around right?). The two are interupted by Kasane (sitting around with the cats in the afternoon) and she quickly takes down Haruna. She also a contract with Saika (different from Anri’s) but her “Saika” doesn’t take the form of a single blade. Instead it comes out as crazy metal pointy things, or they morph her fingers into crazy claws. Haruna doesn’t harm Anri, but she says that Anri has a different relationship with Saika than herself.
The second set of characters we see a lot of are Mikado and Izaya. Their phone conversation takes up almost half the episode just talking about “old” times and what Mikado plans to do now. Being a “friend” of Izaya’s is like a double-edged sword. You never know what you’re going to get talking to Izaya and trusting him. Mikado is ultimately making the same mistakes as Masaomi all those years ago. For those of us that forgot all about season 1 of Durarara!!, Izaya was basically behind the downfall of Masaomi’s rule of the Yellow Scaves the first time around. Masaomi trusted Izaya and Saki (his girlfriend) got the short end of the stick because of it. Mikado is going down the same path now trying to save the Dollars and “cleanse” it but also trusting Izaya with his identity. I’m interested to see what Mikado is planning to do with the Dollars now that he’s trying to gain better control of it (and not having a lot of the influential members anymore). At the same time, will he really go head to head with Masaomi? He’d be playing right into Izaya’s hands.
We see a brief appearance from Shijima Hiroto (Murata Taishi) meeting up with a mysterious stranger (at least, not anyone that I recognize at this point). Their conversation wasn’t too interesting until the stranger admitted to being the one that sat in the passenger seat of the car that hit Kyohei. He has photos as evidence and even knows the identity of the man that hit Kyohei so that’s pretty interesting. I’m almost 99% sure that we didn’t see the face of the man that hit Kyohei (nor was there a passenger?) but maybe my memory is a little faded. I don’t think it’s a character that we’ve met yet either so who could it possibly be? Hiroto didn’t have a large role in Ten, but we first met him last cour when the story dove a little deeper into Izaya’s past with Shinra. Not going to write a blurb about him here, but if you forgot, I can clarify in the comments.
The episode ends with Masaomi getting an unexpected visitor, Chikage. Both of whom I feel have been out of the loop until recently and somehow Masaomi has attracted the attention of Chikage. Not that I like Chikage… he’s not an important character in my mind and somewhat powerless when it comes to fighting. I’m pretty sure Masaomi will win this brawl. What I’d like to know is what Chikage wants and where is his gang?
This episode was narrated entirely by Izaya’s sisters, Mairu and Kururui. They haven’t been seen at all this season so I wonder what they’re up to.
All in all, it was a slow episode with some build-up here and there. Asides from Mikado and Izaya, I don’t see the other characters as pivotal at this point because none of their actions seem that impactful to the overall story. Celty didn’t make an appearance (and neither did anyone at her apartment) and I’m more interested in what will happen to her head at this point. Shizou and Kyohei are probably two of my favorites and they haven’t shown up much at all this season. Two people that are always at the wrong place at the wrong time… I hope they give Izaya what he deserves. Clearly stabbing him once just isn’t enough. Hopefully next week will prove to be a little more exciting when Celty comes back.