Everything continues to build up slowly but surely as Izaya pushes multiple factions against each other with quite a bit of glee.
What They Say
The headless rider, a member of the Dollars, saved someone with a katana. This fact makes the Yellow Scarves even more suspicious that the slasher is a member of the Dollars. What's more, Masaomi starts to suspect that the remnants of Blue Square, the gang he once fought, are part of it as well. He visits Kadota's gang to find out the truth.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the first half of the series slowly focusing and bringing together what the Dollars is all about, the second half is definitely all about the Yellow Scarves and its origins and revival. Watching the two sides having somewhat similar parallel experiences has been amusing to see when you figure in who is actively leading each of them, as much as two large organizations of this nature can be led. With the way things have been going though as Celty has helped out the Dollars by circumstance, there's a belief that the Slasher may be involved with the Dollars as well as the reputation of that group is now very different from what it used to be.
The focus also turns back toward the Blue Square gang as there's some resurfacing of that group in ways that really does concern Kida. With what happened to him in the past and how it's still having ramifications, it is little surprise that he's viewing it as intently and seriously as he is. Of course, when you figure in how Izaya is manipulating things and the birds-eye view he has of so much going on, watching how these various groups are being played against each other becomes even more amusing. But Izaya's overall goal, outside of doing it just because he can, still seems to be missing. A good chunk of this episode revolves around this kind of basic dialogue, minus the Izaya aspect, as Kida and others talk about what's going on in a way to try and draw the pieces together and whether he should actively meet with the leader of the Dollars.
Izaya and Kida's meeting is something that has a lot of tension to it, made all the more so by the piano music which is surprisingly loud during several aspects of it. The recounting of events that has gone on until now, done in an amusing action figure sequence with toys from other series, adds a little bit of humor to events but almost feels too forced. Izaya is where the real action is at as he hits Kida hard with just words, saying it in a very simple voice but going on and on, slowly but surely whittling away at Kida until he can get him to react. Getting Kida to react though isn't as easy as one would expect it to be for someone his age and Izaya's almost flamboyant style with how he deals in conversation allows him to treat everything in a somewhat flippant way. Izaya is really crafty in how he plays this, particularly when he brings Mikado into the conversation and drops the biggest revelation on him about who's leading the Dollars. It was a will he or won't he reveal it moment for a bit, but having that out there is a key part to changing the storyline so it can progress towards the conclusion of this particular arc.
Izaya's a character that I continue to like a lot and wish he had more dedicated time in the show. Seeing how he's playing everyone against each other for his own mysterious purposes is simply a lot of fun, whether it's the reveal he makes or the way he's playing around in the chat rooms and adding more fuel to the fire. Everything is moving along towards a bit blowout, much like they did in the first half of the series when the Dollars revealed their numbers and Celty had her big moment, but now it's even more personal because of those involved in the groups. Add in a growing amount of violence across Ikebukuro and Durarara!! is definitely becoming a more intense series, though this is a fairly dialogue heavy episode overall.
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.