「血は水よりも濃し」 (Chi wa Mizu Yori mo Koshi)
“Blood is Thicker than Water”
Wow, this episode caught me off guard – in a good way. First of all, I was amazed by the increase in budget for certain scenes. There were quite a few shots that were as crisp and sharp as I remembered Brains Base’s production to be. Next, I was so excited to see some old characters returning, from Kadota waking up (although we haven’t seen him yet) to Shizuo and Takashi (Ueda Yuji). You know it’s a good episode when you don’t realize time is flying by and before you know it, the credits roll.
The confrontation between Masaomi and Chikage wasn’t what I thought it’d be but that’s what makes Durarara!! so exciting. Rather than a brawl between gangs, Chikage confronted Masaomi about what he knows about Kadota, the Dollars and the Yellow Scarves/Blue Squares way back when. It was a good way to refresh everyone on what’s going on between the Colored gangs in case you forgot. At the same time Chikage makes his motives well known, deciding to offer up his services as an individual separate from his gang’s. It gets confusing when Chikage sticks his head into these “personal” feuds between the gangs, but I guess he feels like he owes it to Kadota. Man… Kadota is such a good guy, why would anyone want to hurt/kill him? Only someone that has a grudge against the Dollars and thinks he’s the leader. Anyway, Yellow Scarves have got themselves surrounded by making enemies with the original Blue Squares and now the Dollars. Masaomi will need more people on his side if he’s going to remain standing in the end. Last week I didn’t really recall Chikage being that great of a fighter but he’s comparable to Masaomi and Izumii Ran (Imaruoka Atsushi) so that’s already mountains better than… Mikado (and probably many other characters whom aren’t very hands-on). Next week will probably show Chikage, Masaomi and Ran going at it. With Ran holding a sludge hammer and Masaomi/Chikage already tired from their earlier fight, it’s hard to say who’s going to come out victorious. Maybe they’ll be interrupted again by someone else.
The fight scenes were definitely the highlight of the episode for me. The follow-up with the three girls having a nice chat over Saika was such an ironic and misleading scene. For all the Saika wielders to be talking about it and trying to “sell/buy” it from one another is something that I didn’t even know was possible. You’re talking about a strong demonic sword and some of the most dangerous characters wielding it… hopefully Anri doesn’t give hers up without a good bargain (or fight). At least the episode explained how both Anri and Kasane can both possess the Saika Mother swords because that was never addressed before now. In the end, no deal is struck, but Kasane makes her way to see Celty and Shinra (whom I guess Izaya hasn’t warned them about) and Erika explains how Kadota has finally woken up.
Haruna leaves the coffee shop and she finally sees her dad for the first time since she’s disappeared. Niekawa Shuuji (Koyama Rikiya) appeared in Ten concerned for his daughter, asking Mikado for help to locate her. He’s goes to the apartment which she’s staying at to confront her. Haruna tries to control him to walk away and forget about her, but he drugs her instead and a disguised Takashi throws her into his truck. She doesn’t wake up, but we learn that Takashi has taken control of the Saika within him as well and now he’s taken control of Shuuji as a result. Takashi is able to “override” Haruna’s control over Shuuji simply because he’s the last Saika to slash him. Meaning that anyone who is slashed twice can technically be controlled by two Saikas, but the one that did it last will have the “stronger” hold. I don’t know Takashi’s intentions with Haruna now that he has her… but we’ll see how he plays back into the story after being abscent for so long.
The last part of the episode which I wanted to bring up – just because I’m a huge Shizuo fan – is the part where obviously, Shizuo is released. Not by force, but by the powers of a Saika-controlled army. He bumps into Varona who has just bombed the police station with Celty’s head on the run. I thought Varona and Shizuo were on good terms? Or did I miss something there?
At this point, I’m almost certain I know who knows what and who but there is still the mystery of what each party wants. Celty is still on the search for her head, Izaya is just… out there and I think his ultimate enemy is still Kasane (whom has her own agenda). The Colored gangs are raging war and then there’s the odd characters that don’t really belong to any gang anymore but have their own side stories going on… Kadota, Shizuo, Haruna and even Anri. Surprisingly, those are the characters whom I think will play a more critical role later on because they don’t have any specific alliances to any gangs. As far as I’m concerned, as long as they’re all against Izaya, then that’s enough to satisfy me.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wo, did #Drrr_anime suddenly get a budget increase? Some scenes were surprisingly sharp and crisp =D Just what I’ve been missing lately. Plenty of action in this week’s #drrr_anime. Lots of returning characters and Kadota wakes up?! #Finally