Just how many heads are rolling around out there on bodies that aren't their own?
What They Say
Seiji attacks Mikado to get back the girl with the scar on her neck, but the girl tells him the truth. The truth startles both him and Celty. Seiji is too shocked to move, and an infuriated Celty leaves the scene. What answer will they find in it? At the same time, a shadow approaches Mikado as he watches them toyed with by fate. It was the information broker, Izaya.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Durarara hits the halfway mark with this episode and things continue to build upon what's come before while adding some additional twists and turns along the way. The most amusing comes almost right at the start as Celty makes her mad dash to take down Seiji who is threatening Mikado over what he's done and because he wants his girl back. What he doesn't know is the true origins of that amnesiac girl and that it's someone he knew in school who had gone missing recently. In a rather quick outburst, Celty's-head-who-is-not-Celty lets it all come forth in how she ended up as she is because of Namie who manipulated her love for Seiji and used Shinra to accomplish it.
That little nugget sends Celty off on a tear as she goes to find Shinra and confront him about it. In an intriguing twist, not only does he not deny it, he lays it out completely as to why he did it and why his love for her is like it is. It's so off-putting for Celty that it stops her in her tracks, even though he's been aware of things for so long, things that she's longed to know. Shinra and Celty's relationship is really complex because of how the two work together. She's beholden to him in a way that she has a hard time pinning down while he's been in love with her for twenty years. And with him being able to figure out her emotions, something nobody else has been able to do since she lost her head, she's very reluctant to lose someone like that. The fear of losing her life should her head die though is still a powerful motivator and the way the two work out their relationship after all these revelations is priceless.
On the other side of the story, there's a lot of fun to be had there as well. Izaya has a great moment where he gets to teach Mikado something about life and what he really needs to do in order to feel alive every day. That it brings Shizuo back in for at least a moment as he flings whatever he can find at him is just icing on the cake. Where a lot of the second half of the episode falls is into an epilogue sort of mod where it shows how things have changed. Celty's public moments certainly changed the view of her by others since she's not a mysterious spook in the shadows anymore. Mikado is far more confident than he was before though something as simple as asking out Anri is still a big hurdle for him even after what he did with the Dollars. The most intriguing part, the part that lays down an idea of where the show may go from here, is at the end with a quiet yet amusing conversation between Izaya and Namie over what to do with Celty's head. Legends are given relevance again here in a way that could be an intriguing way to tie it all together.
At the halfway mark of the series, Durarara really offers up one of the more engaging layered works out there these days. It's all starting to come together more now with this last couple of episodes which has heightened the interest even more. Not everyone is who they seem and that there are others to be dealt with gives this a lot of places to go. The show takes on an interesting relaxed vibe with the second half of this episode as the fallout from Mikado's confrontation with Namie comes to light and the other revelations but that's all very welcome considering the little nuggets that are gained from it. The show continues to have a strong visual design, intriguing characters and a storyline I want to know a lot more about. This continues to be the real highlight of the season that Crunchyroll has acquired.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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