Things slow down a little as Kida and Mikado unknowingly face off against each other under Izaya's manipulations.
What They Say
Mikado, Masaomi and Anri continue their peaceful everyday life. But Anri realizes that something is wrong with Masaomi, and tries to find out what. At the same time, a gang war starts to break out between the Yellow Scarves and Dollars over the identity of the Slasher. The standoff grows as Mikado's desire to stop it is ignored.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This part of the series has seen a lot of things going on since we understood what the Dollars are all about. As we've understood more about Celty, seen the rise of the Yellow Scarves and understood their origins and then dealt with the Slasher and a whole lot of background with Anri, Durarara!! has covered a whole lot of ground. I still feel that this half of the series has lots some of its energy and focus, but there's still a lot of fun to be had as we see various ties slowly coming together that weren't all that apparent at first, such as what we got about Izaya recently and some of the things he's been up to over the years.
Kida's past was certainly unexpected, even after all the things we learned about Mikado at the halfway mark of the show. Since learning about that, his mood is continuing to change little bit little as you can see him acting more boldly and loudly than he was before, which is a surefire sign that something's wrong. Even Anri, who hasn't been all that aware of other people for so long because of her own issues has noticed this and is concerned about him. It's a difficult thing for her to grapple with since she's been so self involved for so long and has let her problems and issues dominate her that she's uncertain of how to help him, especially since Kida is someone who has such a problem himself. The narration for it gets a bit heavy handed at times, but it's a decent approach to getting it out there without hearing her inner monologue and it come across as too self pitying.
Kida's movements with the Yellow Scarves still isn't all that clear at times, but a situation plays out where Anri gets discovered by them and she calls in for Celty to help save her before Kida can discover that she's the one who saw him. The action is fairly brief, but there's a certain intensity to it because of how Celty reacts to it and the way she takes care of Anri, never mind the transformation her bike goes through. That's a beautiful moment right then and there, but all of it starts to cement even more the inevitable fight that looks to be coming between the two groups. The manipulations that Izaya is running here, often through the chat system itself, are becoming more and more interesting as the various layers are being revealed and how things he's done in the past are now wonderful tools available to him in the present, particularly with Kida's former girl.
Durarara continues to be a show where a lot goes on but it doesn't always feel like it. So much of it is about the new revelations regarding the various groups and their past histories and how it ties into the present. Kida and Mikado being on the sides that they are adds a new wrinkle as does the way Anri is now coming out of her shell and getting closer to deciding what it is she's going to do with the cursed sword inside of her. You can feel for each of these characters, Izaya excepted, while wondering exactly how badly all of this will go before a hopeful fix comes into play to ease the trouble that's coming down the road. There's a lot to like here, but similar to past episodes it's not a stand out piece by itself, but rather as a part of a larger fabric.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.