The reach of the Yellow Scarves is pretty wide and the group isn't much like what Kida had first made it to be anymore.
What They Say
The Dollars are enraged at the evil deeds of the Yellow Scarves. While watching the member's comments on the BBS, Mikado desperately tries to find a solution. Meanwhile, the Yellow Scarves find the identity of the girl who escaped from their hideout the night of the meeting, and come after Anri. But a surprising group of people step in to save her...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The rising tensions between the Dollars and the Yellow Scarves has ratcheted up pretty well lately and now it's taken a more personal turn with the Yellow Scarves hunting down Anri. With te girl with big knockers being sought after, found and then lost again, the chase is definitely on. Mikado's sudden return to being alive is fueled by this as he's doing his best to find her and he's mobilized the Dollars to do just that. It's done with a bit of comical overtones to it, particularly with the music, as Anri finds herself moved along in a couple of different ways as she does her best to get away from the angry mob that wants her.
With Kida doing his best to try and change her direction as well, Anri's definitely not sure of what her best course of action should be. All she wants to do is to make sure nobody is hurt, but that becomes problematic when the Yellow Scarves thugs catch up to her and accuse her of being with the Dollars. She's her own person, providing the third leg of the Kida, Mikado and Anri triumvirate, and getting accusations like this have her feeling like it's time to reveal her Slasher nature to those that are about to accost her. She's still uncertain about going that far though and it's just luck that the day is saved when Shizuo shows up to dole out some ass kicking as he's frustrated by the texts he's getting from the Dollars. Add in a little Celty appearance as well and it's a chance for Anri to get away from everything and recover.
The main tensions that are rising are still between the Dollars and the Yellow Scarves. Seeing what they wanted to do to Anri was a big sign and they're taking it further now by terrorizing more of Ikebukuro. Mikado's made his decision to disband the Dollars though in an effort to try and break the tension but it's not something that people will go along with after supporting for so long. And especially not when there's a lot at stake when they can do so much good just as the Yellow Scarves are doing so much damage. What's suffering the most is the friendship between the two young men who are learning who they really are and what's at stake as the things they've built are most assuredly taking on a life of their own.
While the episode title gives away the key point of the show by beign called the Declaration of Disbandment, the episode is mostly about setup as it's getting the main cast of characters into the places they need to be for the end of the series. Kida and Mikado's friendship is truly being put to the test as they're on opposite sides of things at this point and Anri is finding herself in the middle along with just about everyone else in Ikebukuro that's not connected to either the Dollars or the Yellow Scarves. Unfortunately, Durarara has really felt like it's lost a lot of its steam with this arc as it's now drawing out too far and becoming too relaxed in its approach, leaving you with too many episodes where seemingly little of value takes place. It may surprise me at the end, but right now it's a show whose first half was stellar and then fell apart in the second half.
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.