Durarara!! Episode 8 – Dude, where’s my head?

Please excuse the Megas XLR reference and the terribad CSI: Miami comic spoof.

So the apparent theme of this episode is things that are lost and found. Anri lost her shoes, Erika lost her partner in crime and Celty lost her head… wait we already knew that last one.

We’re also treated to some revelations in the story, most of which were speculated by some of the commenter and myself earlier in the series.

It’s Celty’s day off and she’s cookin’ for Shinra. Although Shinra is deeply moved by this gesture, Celty’s lack of taste brings him to tears. Celty realizes that Shinra is forcing himself to eat her cooking and storms out after preventing him from eating anymore. While Celty is gone, Shinra is called to “fix-up” a kid who attempted a terrorist attack on Yagiri Pharmacy. We then learn that Shinra has been keeping some of his own secrets…

Elsewhere, Mikado and Kida help Anri look for her missing shoes (most likely from an act of bullying). Anri gives up after a short while but Mikado continues to search for them. Mikado eventually finds the shoes and brings them back to Anri at her home, but while Mikado was probably expecting a much more enthusiastic response, Anri simply says “thanks” and sends him off.

After Shinra’s job at Yagiri Pharmacy was done, he meets up with Celty and they go out to eat “sushi” at the Russian sushi shop. There they get fortune cookies with messages that conveniently describe their situation.

And as a closing to this fine episode, we see Seiji and his lover. The big bomb dropped here when Seiji casually calls the girl “Celty” which further proves that the head on the girl belongs to our favorite headless rider. Not only this, but we finally catch a glance at what Celty’s head really looks like in one of her dreams.

Poor Shinra, even the cookies are telling him it’s useless.

So it seems that Shinra knows more than he’s letting on. With the hints that were presented in this episode, it seems that Shinra possibly knows what has happened with Celty’s head. This would explain why he’s so intent on telling Celty that she’s better off without her head. Whether this is something Shinra truly wants or if it’s just that he’s being pressured to keep the secrets he knows hidden is still something to ponder.

If connections is what Mikado wants then the Dollars might be able to accomodate that…

I’m still having a hard time thinking of what Mikado’s role in this entire story might be. Everyone keeps hinting that Mikado will have some major role in the future and since he’s the main character, I would not doubt it. It seems that Mikado wants connections or relationships according to his little message that he left. I’m not sure if this is just referring to Anri or if it just means that he wants to meet lots of people. If the latter is true, his involvement with the Dollars looks like it’s going to true pretty soon. I do feel bad for Mikado though getting shut down by Anri. =\

So Seiji is in love with Celty’s head and not Harima nor Celty’s other “half”. We still don’t know how Seiji knows her name or how deep his connection with this whole scandal is, but one thing I know is that Seiji is creepy as hell. He almost sounds like a guy who would chop up different women and sew them together to get the perfect girlfriend. Ugh.

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  1. iamTN
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    The scenes with Shinra and Celty certainly made my day. But later on in the episode, I’m rather interested in why the guy in the suit mentions erasing memories to Shinra.

    Mikado is suppose to have some big role, I can’t wait to find out. But even the obvious plot progression of him trying to get the girl seems interesting enough.

    I was always on the verge of caring about Seiji and his girlfriend/love slave/scarred kitten, but this episode let me make up my mind on him. He’s just plain creepy. *shudders*

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      The memory wiping didn’t really catch my attention. I just assumed that it was the SOP for dealing with guys like that. Of course, it could also related to Celty’s head since it doesn’t seem to remember anything.

  2. Posted February 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Shinra and Celty together makes for some great and funny stuff i like how she reacts to some things but Celty sure is going to be pissed when she finds Shinra’s big secret.

    @ iamTN I agree with you about Mikado i cant wait to see that too, totally agree about Seiji haha creepy i thought Shinra was the creepy one guess not anymore, just wants her for her head lol…

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Celty has proven to been more adorable than she initially let on to be. It’s no wonder everyone seems to be in love with her.

  3. Posted March 1, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    It would be interesting if Mikado ends up being the one who has to kill Anri. Ironically he finds out that he just can’t let her live; perhaps he joins the Dollars and it is required of him, perhaps he is trying to help Celty regain her head. There are still a lot of episodes left, so I’m guessing there will be at least one major plot twist ahead.

    Why do you guys think Simon said he hadn’t seen Erika? Does he not really know who people are, or does he not understand Japanese that well, or was he really trying to prevent them from meeting?

    Regarding Shinra, I never trusted the guy, so I am not inclined to give him a pass on the secret of Celty’s head. I bet he does know, and is keeping the secret so he can keep control of Celty. He knows that, as soon as she gets her head screwed on straight, she’s out of there. Keeping the secret keeps her dependent upon him.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      Good point about Shinra.

      I would hate for that to be the case with Mikado though. He doesn’t seem like the type to end someone’s life, especially one that he’s so close to. I’ll keep on with the notion that he will someday get involved with the Dollars since it seems to be a reoccurring theme. If Izaya is truly the leader and if he truly was looking for Mikado (for whatever reason), his involvement is inevitable.

  4. Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    You are now manually aware that Celty is genderbent Lockon Stratos.

    • Posted March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      And now I can not unsee that…….thanks Shin

    • kwantum0
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      I facepalmed when i realized i had completely missed the obvious connection between celty’s missing head and neck-scar girl. I mean i guessed there was some involvement, but the idea that her head was celty’s completely passed over mine.

      Although if you think about, a researcher who comes across an immortal supernatural head is bound to experiment with it, and attaching it onto other bodies is definitely one way to accomplish this. Of course the biggest question is how much does Shinra really know? and what are his motives?

      • kwantum0
        Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t mean this as a reply…
        but anyways, Shin, yours observations have truly mind raped me…

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Haven’t watched 00 yet so I guess I’m unaffected… until I watch 00 then I’ll probably be tormented with the idea that he’s a genderbent Celty.

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