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- Age Rating: 13 and Up
- Region: All Region DVD
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- Running time: 25
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p
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- Series: Durarara!!
Durarara!! Episode #06
Durarara!! Episode #06 Review
By Chris Beveridge
February 12, 2010
Release Date: February 12, 2010
Durarara!! Episode #06
More layers of Ikebukuro are peeled away in another episode of Durarara!!
What They Say:
Lately, more people have been going missing between Ikebukuro and Shibuya. The ones going missing are people like runaways and illegal aliens; people who won't be missed. And today, once again, a group of young thugs, metal pipes in hand, have broken into an abandoned hotel where illegal aliens live to go "manhunting". They call the fleeing people "materials", but then where is the "drop-off point" they speak of? And which surprising group of people stood up to save the person they captured?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Durarara!! hitting the halfway mark, I’m becoming more and more convinced that there’s either a grand master plan at work here or we’re going to get another Baccano in that it has a myriad number of intriguing smaller stories that weave in and out of each other and that’s the whole point. A look at some of the strange life within Ikebukuro and how it’s all very interconnected. Both possibilities will likely be satisfying, though the woven tales idea would be a little less so as I want to believe that there will be something that really ties it together beautifully.
The sixth episode of Durarara!! focuses on a different area of life in the city but again ties back to the first two episodes nicely. We return to the story of the Manhunters, the small group of thugs that kidnapped the young classmate of Ryuu’s at the start of the series, and we find that they’re still in that business as they hunt up illegal aliens and the like through an abandoned hotel. These victims are for some “evil corporation” that needs warm bodies for their experiments of some sort and they’re cold enough to label the victims as little more than materials that they’re subcontracting out for. It’s all very clinical and cold, though there are plenty of implied threats by the woman who seemingly needs these bodies the most.
The latest victim, one that you wouldn’t think they’d even want, is a foreigner named Kazutawno who is friends with a group of young guys who are actually part of the Dollars. We get a nice little nod as to how they got into the Dollars and the very loose way the organization is run, but it’s almost a throwaway piece when you get down to it. Kazutawno is a valued friend of theirs for amusing reasons so when they do discover that he’s been kidnapped, they rush off to save him. We get to see that exploration as well as how Kazutawno deals with being kidnapped as well as having Celty being brought in to try and stop this particular van as well. Similar to past episodes, it’s a confluence of events that are random but end up tying together rather well yet leaves you wanting for more.
The overall story is alright, as it’s narrated by one of the Dollars named Dotachin, but it’s an episode that seems to be more designed to showcase the city and some of the underworld rather than anything truly specific. We get a few nuggets of goodness with potential plot significance, but it’s really hard to say at this point. It’s the small things that make this a winning episode though, such as the Dollars password being “baccano” or that when the preferred method of torture comes up they haul out manga for Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan and Ladies X Butler. There is a great brief moment where Izaya and Shuzu come across each other in Ikebukuro again and that was simply priceless. Add in a few minor things with Ryuu and his friends and there’s a lot of ground covered, but what it all really means is still very much up in the air. Completely engaging and fascinating, but a mystery nonetheless.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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