Durarara!! Episode 2 – The world does not end with you.


Episode 2 in a nutshell… sorta.

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So basically episode 2 was episode 1 but with the main focus on the young miss Rio Kamichika who was part of the attempted kidnapping. Rio wanted to commit suicide when she found out that her father was cheating on her mother and was supposed to meet someone by the alias of Nakura. Nakura, or Izaya Orihara (his real name), told her that he simply wanted to observe her reactions and emotions the entire time. What his real motives are, if any, are still unclear. Rio decides to go ahead and proceed with the suicide attempt, but is saved again by the headless rider, Certy. She departs with a single message for Rio, “The world isn’t as cruel as you take it to be.”

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It wasn’t that great of an episode in terms of content, but I do like this style of story telling. Being able to see what goes on from different perspectives is always fun especially with so much going on. We get to meet a few more characters, both entirely new and some from episode 1 with more exposure. There’s so many that you can’t help but wonder how they will all interact with each other.

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So Izaya is supposed to be the sinister badass of the show I guess. At first I thought he wasn’t going to be a bad guy and that the whole thing was supposed to stop Rio from wanting to commit suicide. But boy was I wrong. The guy just wanted to observe humanity like some sort of god looking down on a petri dish. Of course, this makes him a perfect candidate for the “villain” of the series if there’s supposed to be any.

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I honestly liked her better with her hair this way… not much else to say about this character.

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Creepy teacher is creepy. Already checking out the students on the first day, eh?

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This guy seems like a prick. If you’re not going to come to school then don’t show up at all.

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Despite the show’s natural realistic setting, it’s a bit nice to see some supernatural elements embedded in. We of course have Certy (or Selty? Which is it?) the headless rider. Now we have Shizuo Heiwajima who we saw during the opening and a little bit in episode 1 throwing around vending machines. I’m not sure how this will all play out in the end, but it certainly does make me curious enough to watch the show even more.

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This is a bit off topic but I’m kind of liking Erika Arisawa’s character design. It’s strange since the character seems so plain, but just the outfit itself is a bit unique and somewhat refreshing among all the school uniforms, plug suits and fancy clothing you seem in anime these days. Or maybe I just have a thing for plain looking women… who knows.

On a side note, I thought including sort of a summary of what happened in the previous episode in the middle of the opening sequence was kind of clever, but that’s just me. =)

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7 Comments

  1. Adrian
    Posted January 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I agree on the summary comment, it was cool, however it might get annoying by episode five. I don’t get the “villain” vibe from Orihara, he said he’s an information broker and I would like to believe that he is just a morally gray mercenary, he put it that he is not so mean as to kill someone but not so nice as to save them either, though he knew how it was going to play out, so he is an asshole. Also those guys who kidnapped the girl in the previous episode made it sound as though this wasn’t the first time they got a tip from him. And he also had to do with the other deaths, and assumed rapes. Alright I have put forth an argument against myself, great…

  2. Posted January 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    “It’s a bit nice to see some supernatural elements embedded in.”
    I totally agree – particularly in respects to Shizuo Heiwajima. The fact that he picks up vending machines and throws them at people is just fantastic in a ridiculous sort of way. (I’d be in awe of anyone who could actually do that in real life.)

  3. Posted January 18, 2010 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Completely agree about the last ep summary being in the middle of the OP – was unusual, but worked really well.

    I’m not getting villian vibes from Orihara though, he’s no where near sinister enough – definately firmly in the grey area. I think he’ll be skirting about the edges of the various stories since he’s an information broker.

    The supernatural element keeps things interesting – looking forward to seeing more of Selty/Certy and vending machine guy.

  4. Posted January 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    @Adrian: Well even though it may get old, most of us skip the OP sequence by episode 3 or 4 anyways, right?

    @Adrian & Caraniel: Orihara is definitely the “villian” of the series compared to the other main characters so far. Not one of them even comes close to being “morally gray” as this guy.

    @blindability: I feel sorry for the poor guy who has to come and replace or repair them every time… unless it’s Shizuo who has to do it.

  5. ExecutiveOtaku
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Sorry that my comment is kind of belated, but just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying the series. As you noted, the multiple characters viewpoint and storytelling is a really cool way to go about it, especially in a densely populated urban environment. Also I also fell for Erika in the brief bits of screentime she’s had, hehe.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted January 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      No problem, EO. Thanks for the comment. I’m eagerly anticipating each and every episode in this series so much it’s almost painful, lol. ><

  6. Anonymous
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Ive only watched ep 1 on you tube (you know were rio gets taken away kiddnappers yeah just that cuz im not allowed on you tube and get no alone time to sneak on) and seen ths (is my rough estimate)of pics but fasinated all ready by the cartoon. My fav characters are shizou, izaya, kida and simon :)

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