Durarara!! Episode 9 – The Pen is Mightier?

God dammit, why is Shizuo so f-ing COOOOOOOL!!!!????

Celty finally finds where her head has been this whole time. Of course, we knew for quite a while, but the gears on this story are finally starting to turn. We also find out how the Yagiri family came into possession of Celty’s head and what happened to Harima Mika (and I thought Seiji was messed up even before this episode, holy shit). Mikado also jumps in all the fun and may finally start to have some sort of meaningful role in all of this.

Seiji and Celty’s head (let’s just call her Celty-Mika for now) are out doing their usual business. Celty-Mika gets jealous of Namie always talking to Seiji on his cell that she disposes of the phone in the nearby fountain. Because of this Namie tries to search for Seiji thinking that something has happened to him. Namie even tries to get Izaya to help but gains nothing but snide remarks from him. It also appears that Izaya might be communicating with Celty-Mika through text-messages warning her of people pursuing her.

Namie’s uncle was apparently responsible for smuggling Celty’s head into Japan. While Namie and her uncle were the only ones who knew about this, Namie eventually showed it to Seiji whom immediately fell in love with it. Later on, Seiji is found to have murdered Harima Mika after she discovered the head while Seiji was keeping it in his room. Namie took Mika’s body and attached Celty’s head to it somehow and the rest is history.

Back in present time, Celty notices Celty-Mika (geez this is going to get confusing) run past her. After she realizes that it’s her missing head, she chases after her but only for Celty-Mika to start screaming uncontrollably. Shizuo tries to calm down the situation (how ironic) but Seiji comes in and starts stabbing Shizuo with pens and pencils (yeah… pens). Celty-Mika runs off and Celty chases after her while Shizuo deals with that Seiji brat. Celty-Mika bumps into Mikado and Mikado “rescues” her from the pursuing Celty.

“I’ve always wanted to say this… Leave this to me. You go on ahead!” – Jesus, I love this show so much.

First of all, I’d like to say that I felt extreme joy when Shizuo chucked Seiji like a rag doll into that truck. I only wish he roughed him up a little more. But seriously, fighting with pens Seiji? At least aim for some vital points if you’re fighting against Shizuo… actually that might just make him more mad.

So Seiji really does have a head fetish since he was apparently in love with Celty’s head before it was even attached to a body. But gawd is he creepy as hell. I’m not sure if eating cup ramen is a way of coping with the stress of killing someone or if he simply does not care about anyone but himself and Celty’s head (not Celty-Mika since I doubt he even cares about the lower “half”). Also, our suspicions of Namie having a incestuous obsession for her little brother seems to be true. She’s even willing to kill off the one thing he loves just to get him back. Of course, it doesn’t seem that the feeling is mutual with Seiji. I’m starting to even think that their whole family is screwed up though I’m not sure how unordinary brother-complexes are with the shows this season (Baka to Test ep. 9, Dance in the Vampire Bund ep. 8*).
*I realize that Nanami and Yuzuru are not really brother and sister but it still bothers me.

I wonder if Celty-Mika’s love for Seiji stems from having Mika’s body or if the feelings are really from Celty’s head. I couldn’t imagine why she would even like the guy other than the fact that she probably could not remember anything but him. Speaking of which, I wonder why she doesn’t even remember anything. Could it be all of the experimentation? or could it be from getting attached to another body? Ah the more we learn, the more questions we will have…

Izaya as one of the chatters confirmed.

So Izaya is communicating with Celty-Mika. What this could mean and how it will affect things to come is still a large mystery. What is he trying to accomplish with Celty-Mika? Could he have foreseen Mikado’s involvement in this as well? Izaya you’re such a crafty bastard, but your maniacal laughter sure does give me the creeps (not as much as Seiji’s love mania though).

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  1. iamTN
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Comments in this episode makes it sound like Izaya set up the entire situation. I mean every single person was put in to the right place at the right time for this whole event to happen. I’m not sure how some people got to where Izaya wanted them to be, but it seems to me that he’s just that scary good.

    Also I assume that Celty-Mika texted Izaya that Mikado was the one that helped her.

    And I’m rather interested the pieces on Izaya’s gameboard. Who’s the one that is surrounded by everyone represented by the Shogi piece (I believe it’s a promoted pawn piece, I think…)? I don’t think I can describe anyone as trapped or surrounded. Maybe looking at it another way it’s not being trapped, but it’s being protected by the many black and single white Othello (I think…) pieces.

    On top of that, there were European Chess pieces on the board in the short scene they showed (as well as more shogi pieces). Wonder if those will factor in to the current event or not.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      The game board scene(s) was very symbolic. I’m not exactly sure what it means still but one could only assume that the middle piece would be the person in the “middle” of all the events going on. This, so far, could mean a few people. Izaya, as Cherubium pointed out would probably be the most likely person, but I think it could be Mikado or even Celty.

  2. xfd
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Shizuo was amazing this episode

    Bandages or superglue?

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      I’ve never had an injury where I had to use superglue to fix. Hopefully I would never have to be in that situation. @_@

      • Akedus
        Posted March 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        It’s actually a decent way to get fixed up. I had a cut once which the doctor decided to glue shut with some sort of skin glue… Wasn’t superglue, though.

  3. Cherubium
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I thought with the Othello piece it represented that he was the centre/god of the situation or he is trying to making it so that everyone becomes dependent on Izaya.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure if that piece really represents Izaya since he seems to be the person looking down on everything from above (which he’s pretty much doing with the gameboard). He moved the piece into position which could mean someone who is finally in the “picture” of the whole situation. I think this might refer to Mikado’s sudden involvement in everything or Celty finally finding out what happened to her head.

  4. Posted March 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    I laughed when Seiji started stabbing Shizuo with the pens/pencils. You’d think he would have enough sense to punch a guy in the face to knock them out or use some more lethal weapons, but I guess psycho’s have different ways of thinking.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Eh, he was using whatever he had at the time and he doesn’t seem like the type of guy who could win a fist fight. But yeah, I really didn’t expect Seiji to do that lol.

  5. karry
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    “God dammit, why is Shizuo so f-ing COOOOOOOL!!!!????”

    Umm…because he is standing next to a retard who uses pens as weapons ? This episode Shizuo was pretty disappointing.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      Hey, utensils could be pretty dangerous. A boy was reportedly stabbed to death by another kid when pens/pencils. But it is true that Shizuo didn’t really get a chance to go all out… I wish he would beat the crap out of Seiji a bit more.

  6. Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    The entire series are ruled by a bunch of psychos! Surely this will make people of Ikebukuro’s mudane lives interesting.

    Love that moment when Shizuo was thinking of using superglue to remove the pens.

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

      Ikebukuro, at least portrayed in this show, seems pretty interesting even without all the “psychos” running around. Of course, this is anime and everything needs to be exaggerated. But yeah, Shizuo is pretty awesome.

  7. ExecutiveOtaku
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Shizuo is fast becoming my favorite character in this show, they’ve really done a lot to make him less of a one-dimensional angry tough guy in recent episodes. Especially with his friendship with Celty.

    Izaya is some strong competition though, especially if he starts getting all keikaku doori as his parts in this episode might suggest.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      You know my head’s in the gutter when I read that as “all keikaku doori in his pants”.

      I agree that Izaya and Shizuo are probably the most interesting characters in this show so far. I just like how Shizuo was trying to calm down the situation with Celty and Celty-Mika when he’s always the one to cause things to escalate into chaos.

  8. Posted March 9, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if this has been suggested before, but I’m starting to wonder if the chatroom has links to Dollars. We know that Dollars is basically run online, and it’s been rumoured that both Mikado and Izaya are members (or in Izaya’s case, is the brains behind it all).

    I’m starting to like Shizuo more and more as the series goes on. And geez, the Yagiri family are all complete nutcases.

  9. Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Great episode shizou is great in this series, now to see what Mikado does from this episode on now that hes somewhat in the story.. and i agree Yagiri family bunch of nutcases lmao..

  10. Ceeroo
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Maybe the shogi piece in the middle of the orthellos was meant to be Celty-Mika being surrounded by Seiji Sister (the white piece) and her Underlings (black ones). And the Shogi piece means, that it’s just something else than human.
    Could also be that its just for Celtys head being the connection between the people, can’t emember the number of pieces.

  11. Posted March 10, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    “I’ve always wanted to say this… Leave this to me. You go on ahead!” Ok that was definitely the best line of the episode. It’s just cool that Shizuo has always wanted to use that kind of line. Of course there wasn’t much danger to him since he can handle just about anything. Still it’s really like Shizuo to just walk away from that with the pen still in his hand wondering how he should handle it.

    This was a case where I kind of wish Shizuo had gone further. After all while the girl might have been a stalker nothing cna justify Seiji murdering her. It’s a scary thing that he will do something that extreme when it comes to protecting the head. Really his whole family is just messed up. Seiji’s sister is hardly stable, but Seiji should be locked up since he’s dangerous. Someone other than Shizuo could have suffered even worse injuries.

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