「虎は死して皮を残す」 (Dora wa Shishite kawa wo Nokusu)
“A Great Man will be Remembered for His Achievements”
Oh dear, I don’t want to start off the post this way but let’s just get the elephant out of the room first. The first few minutes of this episode were just so hard to look at. When Tom showed up and started eating sushi – it was like there was absolutely no dimension to the scene at all. No shadows, just flat faces and movements with all the jaggity lines. If I thought last week was the lowest in animation budgets, clearly I was wrong. I hope that Durarara!! is saving up every penny for ts finale because these episodes leading up to it have been hard to watch. This isn’t a hit to the story itself, the presentation could’ve been so much better which would make it more engaging to watch.
Speaking of Tom and the sushi shop, it’s been a while since we’ve last seen Haruna and Takashi. And they show up with Hiroto?! Where was he again? Oh ya, the last time we saw him, he met with an anonymous stranger who knew the person that hit Kyohei; whom now we know as Takashi himself. My question still remains though, what does Takashi want? Did he order someone in his army to run Kyohei over to get rid of the leader of the Dollars? If that’s his motivation, then my guess is that his goal is to run Ikebukuro with his army altogether. He already has Haruna under his belt and Hiroto (whatever he does…) but will he be able to take down Simon? Don’t underestimate the fact that Airi is also making her way over to Celty’s house and will probably join the fight somehow (given that she’s the Queen and all).
Kadota Kyohei (Nakamura Yuichi) is alive and well (this is his first appearance this season)! He reconfirms that he was run over by a Saika army member and that there are hoards of them rampaging the city. I know he’s hoping that Celty will help solve the problem, but Celty is going through her own issues right now that might make it difficult…
Just as Kasane predicted, Celty regained her head but at the sacrifice of her memories while she was headless. She doesn’t remember anyone she’s met in Ikebukuro so what does that mean for Shinra? Will Celty eventually remember or will she just leave the city and go back to Europe? I always thought one of the climaxes of Durarara!! was going to be that moment that Celty finds her head. Now that it’s here… I’m not that satisfied with the way it was executed. I am neither excited nor very content with the ending for Celty, given that she’s such a pivotal character. She doesn’t even have much of a personality anymore and for a headless, voiceless character, that’s saying a lot.
Shizuo makes his way slowly to confront Izaya but not very easily I might add. Every step Shizuo takes is like a deathtrap waiting to happen. Luckily Shizuo isn’t a typical man and he’s not giving up while Izaya watches from afar. Not much else happened on this front while we wait for that confrontation… it was just fun to see them going at it again but on a much more malicious and serious tone.
The last big development this week was Mikado calling Chikage back. Chikage joins the Dollars chatroom and provokes Mikado to give him a call. That chatroom is simply the place to be now if any Dollars members wants to know what’s really going down in Ikebukuro. There aren’t many secrets in the city left after last week’s bomb. It’s going to be a little while longer before we see Masaomi and Mikado confront each other, but what do you expect when Masaomi has an injured leg? It won’t be a brawl… probably more of an angsty conversation.
As it is with a lot of Durarara!! episodes, there’s has to be some buildup before the next bomb drops. This episode was full of buildups and reintroduction of characters we haven’t seen in a while. It wasn’t amazing by any means, but that means I have higher expectations for the next month. Especially in the animation department. It could use a lot more work there, but once they nail that down, I’m sure the finale can be epic.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: A lot of returning characters – it was so unexpected! Celty! Kyohei! Haruna! And even Simon! #drrr_anime. Highlight of the week had to be Celty’s return! But the suspense is also building b/w Mikado and Chikage.Ugh, the animation really bothered me this week but I’m just hoping that it’s because they’re saving up for the finale.