Durarara!! Episode #08 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Release Date: Friday, February 26, 2010

Domestic bliss between a headless woman and an underground doctor never looked so disturb-ing.

What They Say
Celty, anxious and uneasy about being unable to find her head, gets into a fight with Shinra and runs away from home. Shinra quietly awaits her return, when he is visited by a certain individual. What is their connection to Shinra, and what is their goal? At the same time, an exchange student named Shiri wanders the streets of Ikebukuro with a sketchbook and pen in hand. She asks the people she meets one question, "Hello! What are you looking for?" The people of Ikebukuro give her many different answers.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Durarara!! continues to be all about the connections as episode eight plays out, though the connections are small and subtle ones in a lot of ways. The subplot of the episode doesn't warrant too much discussion as it's setup potentially as we're introduced to an exchange student named Shinri. The cute blonde girl is traveling around Ikebukuro with a sign that says 'Lost Objects' on it and she has a sketchbook with her as well. She asks them what they're looking for, what it is they've lost, and each page is for a different person. Some are cute, others obvious but when Ryuugamine ends up meeting her we get a strong idea of what he needs in his life - connections.

The connections theme permeates the episode in general as it focuses mostly on Celty and her relationship with Shrina. She ends up with her first day off in 256 days according to Shinra so he takes the day off himself so the two of them can spend time together. Shinra's an odd duck even for an underground doctor but he's excited that she has the day off and wants to go somewhere and do something with her. Celty is still coping with the issues of her lost memories since she doesn't have her head, but with it being close by she feels like she's on the edge of rediscovering some of them. One of her introspective moments deals with emotions and she's started believing that the feelings she has in regards to Shinra may be love, but questions whether she can really feel like that as a Dullahan.

Unfortunately for Shinra, Celty opts to stay in and decides to cook him a great meal, but that goes badly and even though he tries to cover for it she sees right through him. It turns into a situation where Celty feels like Shinra treats her as a child and she can't help but feel that way with him right now because of all that he does for her. It's so much of a problem that she bolts out of the house and spends a good part of the day away trying to sort things out and dealing with her memories. It's all a very humanizing aspect for Celty as we see some of what she's going through in this form while trying to process the idea that she's fine as she is, something that the adoring Shinra tells her regularly. The way he is with her certainly comes across as condescending in ways, but a lot of it is just his quirky nature, including the way he seems to be able to read her expressions.

In Summary:
While there is a great if brief tease at the end about where Celty's story may go next, this episode by and large is a quiet one with lots of little connections playing out. The introduction of Shinri is odd as is what she's doing by walking around town but it does strengthen the core concept of connections in this episode. The majority of it is given over to Celty and Shinra though and the two of them are very amusing to watch in their domestic semi-bliss moments. It's hard to tell what the relationship really is there but the possibilities are certainly intriguing. There are a lot of good little things going on here as there are numerous side moments that play out, but overall it's a good if unexceptional episode that helps to set things up a little bit more.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 25
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Durarara!!