Posted by psgels on 26 February 2010 with categories: Durarara



One of the many reasons why this series rocks is the following: even though every episode is dedicated to one particular character (in this case Celty), it never forgets that it has a huge cast, and also shows some of the lives of the other characters that don’t have anything to do with the episode’s main focus, beyond mere cameos. This is especially important early on in the series, and a lot of series seem to forget the entire rest of the cast when they decide to dedicate an episode to one or two particular characters. This is a great way to breathe life into all of your characters, rather than just one or two.

I also have to say, that this show is very good at red herrings. We finally get to see Celty’s real head confirmed. I could have sworn that it was captured by that scientist woman, but no! It was the girl with the scar after all! In any case, it’s great to finally see an episode from Celty’s perspective. This episode was mostly slice of life, but very enjoyable slice of life nonetheless. We got to see her worries and how much finding her head back means to her, and this episode managed to get much more into her character than in the Shinra-episode, at which she first was properly introduced.

The question-mark in this episode was that strange guy who blew himself up. I mean, what was up with that? We never saw him before, he just appears and then kills himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if Izaya was behind it, but still, that might seem a bit extreme even for him, to suddenly command an army of suicide terrorists…

And yeah, Walker and Erika were really cute together in this episode.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

15 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    every episode is exciting to watch. this anime is 1 of the best this season. i hope they will also pull out something that would make this anime, one of the best in the decade

  2. chounokoe says:

    Well we still have 9 years of this decade left, so it would be sad if DRRR was already the best they could offer.

    Still this episode was enjoyable. Now that they officially revealed whose head was on that girls shoulders there was finally some actual tension.
    The slice of life was executed as good as always and some characters are starting to take shape.

    Yet I’m not that pleased with the animes plot-construction compared to the novel…somehow that part about Celty’s head came a bit too blunt.

  3. m says:

    I thought the repeated mistaken identity foreshadowed the location of Celty’s head pretty well. I thought the head in a jar belonged to the missing girl whose body she’s using, though clearly I don’t have a lot of evidence for that position.

    This episode was pretty good. Celty’s a likable character, we saw a few different settings, and I assume all of the other threads don’t just serve to flesh out the characters for their own sake, but to construct the story. I like the formula for this show, because it always manages to dangle carrots for future episodes instead of just being plainly predictable.

    I’ll have to import the novels in the spring when I should have more free reading time. Books are almost always better than stories told in a visual medium, and this one’s already pretty good.

  4. Scamp says:

    I’m pretty sure Mr.Fireworks guy isn’t dead. When Shinra pointed the torch in his eye the pupil…changed shape (forgotten the technical term) which is a clear sign he’s alive. More obviously, the guy talked about erasing his memories which you wouldn’t say about a dead man

  5. Yamamaya says:

    Poor dude, even the girls with no head are complicated and tough to read.

    Celty’s head actually fits quite well. I must say I enjoyed this episode a lot. It’s low key, relaxing, and just puts a warm feeling in your chest all while keeping an element of mystery.

  6. Meep says:

    I also enjoyed this epi quite a bit. =] Can’t wait for next week’s episode!

  7. Pi says:

    My guess: the head was in a jar until the pharma. facility was able to find a compatible body–which is Mr.Dynamite’s girlfriend’s body.

    I find it really sad that Shinra ended up with a “unrequited love” fortune paper. I thought Celty and Shinra would be a better match compared to Celty X Shizuo.

    And was Kida purposely ‘away’ in this episode to let Mikado be with the class president for awhile longer?

  8. c160 says:

    I think Celty’s head is probably on Mika Harima’s body,as Pi said above but I wonder why Namie still need experimental subjects if Mika is compatible with Celty’s head?Or is the Kaztano kidnapping incident happened before Mika got Celty’s head?But I swear I saw her with that head since episode 1,which happened before episode 6..

    Or,and I think Mika will meet up with Mikado next week according to the preview,can’t wait for next week!

  9. Joojoobees says:

    I think Kida went after the perps who threw the shoes out the window. Hopefully we’ll get to see what came of that next week.

  10. Rakuen says:

    Actually, I think the most important question mark is why is Mikado looking for connections, presuming he was in fact the one to write it…

  11. Taka says:

    yeah the fireworks guy wasn’t dead. In fact the impression I got was the security at the company beat him up after he started flingin fireworks. But yes, his pupil dilated which means he’s alive.

    As for why Mikado was looking for connections…I’ve always fancied this strange theory that Mikado was actually the head of the dollars. you just go on the website and sign up and bam you get to be a member of dollars. It seems to me something a lonely kid would create. I have absolutely no evidence supporting that theory. It’s just a gut feeling that’s probably wrong.

  12. Drill says:

    actually this isn’t celtys head on the girls body.
    its just the face looking the same.
    coincidence? probably not…

  13. Rakuen says:

    Actually Taka, I agree with you. Mikado also seems to always be around, and the series goes out of its way to point that out to you.

  14. UmbrellaMan says:

    @psgels

    My impression with the kid with the firecracker was that he was angry at the pharmaceutical company for ‘doing’ strange ‘expiriments’ on his girlfriend. The dude was just stupid enough to get caught by security and got the crap kicked out of him. That’s why the doc was called in to fix him up and ‘erase’ his memories so they could send the kid packing none the wiser.

  15. Pi says:

    Maybe Mikado is looking for people in order to get in touch with members of Dollars?

    I feel that the head of Dollars could be Mikado as well, but… perhaps they’re trying to mislead us to think that Mikado’s the gang leader of Dollars. Maybe the leader of Dollars is someone else.

    On a random note, don’t you guys think Dotachin and Seiji Yagiri look alike? Perhaps Dotachin (if that’s really Seiji) agreed to join Dollars in hopes to keep Celty from retrieving her head and lose his girlfriend.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.

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