With Mikado having turned the Dollars invisible again, things are starting to calm down some, but there are still issues to e dealt with.
What They Say
Complicated and Confused
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The struggle between the various forces in Ikebukuro has taken some odd turns, but even more so now that Mikado has done his best to try and end things in the way that fits with the beliefs of the Dollars. The fallout from that is starting to hit though as Kida grapples with the issues involved with it, such as what Mikado and Anri were really up to, but also the fact that someone in the Yellow Scarves figured it out and has managed to oust him from the leadership position of it. A definite advantage that Mikado has over the Dollars in being essentially a leaderless and formless group of people that set out to do good things.
The other interesting bit of fallout from everything is when Shizuo arrives at Celty's place all bloodied up and wounded. He's had a rough time in dealing with people and he's intent on getting a whole lot of revenge on the Yellow Scarves and on Kida in particular for his apparent role in the kidnapping of Anri. He's doing his best to get back on track while Celty herself is off with Mikado trying to get him to understand what it is he really has to do. Mikado has become so wrapped up in dealing with the troubles between the Yellow Scarves and the Dollars that he's lost his real focus, which is to make sure that he himself is doing alright and his problems are as taken care of as they can be.
Much of what's going on is really summed up easily by Izaya when we see him playing his little chess game where he shows three friends who all have important secrets hidden from each other. It's a larger picture view of things going on and makes it easy to understand, though as is quickly shown, Kida has lost control of his group and his secret is about to become irrelevant. Though the Yellow Scarves have a new leader, they're essentially reduced to just a mob at this point. Kida was able to bring something a bit more intelligent to the group with what he wanted to do with it, but once he was ousted it became all about fear and basic control. Power, plain and simple. With all that Kida has done to utilize the group, it's not something he's going to give up easily, though it's not something he's going to get back easily either.
Secrets upon secrets make up this episode and it ties in well to the actual episode title of being complicated and confused. Kida's discovered much about himself and the Yellow Scarves and some of what he's learned is actually quite liberating. His struggles make up the bulk of the episode as he copes with what he thinks Mikado and Anri have been up to takes up a fair bit of time as well, but it's all material that helps cement in his mind the things he really must do. Like Mikado, he's having his defining moment come into play with the Yellow Scarves and watching him be a man, to grow up and be straight, is one of the best moments of the series, and especially the second half of the season which I've found to be about half as good at best as the first half of it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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