Durarara!! Episode 11 – Calling in the Calvary

These two really are immortal…

Okay, so there’s no more speculation about who Mikado really is. Pretty much everything regarding the matter has been answered in this week’s episode. While not really much happened in the present, we learned a bit more about Mikado and why he started up the Dollars. Along with all the ass-kicking Celty action, we’re treated to a small cameo from the infamous dynamic duo as well.

EDIT: Check out the video at the bottom of the post. It’s sure to make you die from laughter… or die from too much blood loss through the ears.

Namie receives a call from Mikado, informing her that he wants to make a deal with her. Mikado apparently wants Namie to come clean about Harima Mika’s murder and the whole head-swapping business that she was primarily involved in. Of course, she doesn’t agree to this and attempts to capture Mikado with her thugs. Mikado then uses his cell phone to send a message to everyone in the immediate area who all happen to be members of the Dollars. They were gathered to the location for what appears to be the first ever Dollars meeting. This causes Namie and her crew to some what panic with all the commotion allowing Mikado to escape from the scene.

The Dollars was started by Mikado and a few of his online friends. It was a fictitious group where they would spread crazy rumors about themselves (such as the leader being ex-CIA/Arabian oil baron). Initially it seems that the group only contained a few members with whoever Mikado and his friends leaked the password to on message boards and e-mails. However, eventually there were more and more members joining and negative things were starting to happen in the real world. This causes all of the original members to leave except Mikado. He attempts to save the Dollars by telling them to do positive things like clean up graffiti. At first he received negative feedback from this, but somehow the message got across and more positive things were starting to happen.

Back in present day, Celty was able to meet with Celty-Mika again with the help of Dotachin and his crew finding her earlier. Celty asks for her name and receives the simple reply of “Celty”. This provokes Celty to attack Namie’s bodyguards. I’m not sure why this happens, maybe because she confirmed that it was really her head on that body or something. But anyways, during the fight, Celty’s helmet gets knocked off showing everyone that Celty really is a headless rider. The episode concludes with Seiji finding and attacking Mikado with a scalpel, demanding that he give Celty back to him.

How ’bout a cool, refreshing Corarara!

What’s with interviewing people while they’re eating? Isn’t that a little rude? And is it just me or do half of all the people interviewed look a bit on the chubby side?

I didn’t really notice it before but the coloring of “important” characters really stood out in this episode when Mikado sent out his message to the Dollars members. Often the non-important characters would be grayed out but it was really significant in this episode when they all “turned to life” with color once it was revealed that everyone in the area were part of the Dollars. It was a really nice touch and thought it was worth mentioning.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting episode. It was fun seeing a lot of minor characters turning out to be Dollars members especially the infamous pair shown at the beginning of this post. It was also interesting to see that the Dollars turned out to be more of a massive social experiment rather than an underground gang of sorts. I definitely wasn’t picturing half of those people to be Dollars members (like the older folks). But this episode had to end in another cliffhanger making us eagerly wait more for the next one!

See you next week!

If you can’t tell, it’s Izaya’s version of “Ren’ai Circulation”, Sengoku Nadeko’s OP from Bakemonogatari. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry at this point.

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  1. Cherubium
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Seiji upgraded from pens to a scapal this week!

    As well as that kinda explains why Dotachin’s group didn’t reach Mikado’s house cos they ran into Selty-Mika. It was good to see the interview part as I kinda liked viewing it from Mikado’s point of view and feeling relieved that most people’s opinion of Dollars was positive.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Yeah, maybe next week he’ll use scissors or staplers… oh wait.

  2. Posted March 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    They certainly are wrapping some things up. But I’m still unclear what is going on with Celty and her head. I’m pretty sure they confirmed that Celty’s head has been transplanted, but what is she (they?) gonna do now? Lay waste to Ikebukuro, I guess.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure if Celty really went berserk or not. She certainly felt some emotion but notice she only attacked the bodyguards and not just anyone in the crowd. That must mean she still has some sense in her and won’t just destroy Ikebukuro on a whim.

  3. kazekaeru
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Awesome ep.

    Maybe that is not Celty’s head on Mika, but she realized the folly of searching for it as a way to feel complete. That could explain why Izaya has her head in the previews….or maybe a flashback?

    Shinra’s proposal feel too much like a “Death Flag”… I wouldn’t know…but I call it.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      It has to be Celty’s head, there’s no other explanation. The previews with Izaya must be in the past or maybe… someone else’s head *shudders*. And I doubt Shinra’s proposal will be his death flag. He’s always swooning over Celty that it makes almost anything he says lack any impact. We don’t even know if Celty accepted or not, but after this episode, I doubt she’ll want anything to do with marriage or love at this point.

      • jaysus
        Posted March 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Not for nothing… but the head in the jar and the head on Mika haven’t had the same hairstyle or color. The head that Izuya has looks like the head from the jar. Seeing how involved Izuya is in all of this, and his connection to Selty-Mika, I’m beginning to wonder if our favorite stalker isn’t so dead afterall.

  4. unentschieden
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    It was Celtys head. The thing is by having a name her head has a life on her (it´s?) own. It´s effectivly lost to her and now she questions her existance. She lashes out at the people responsible.
    It´s possible she even knows that Shinra lied to her about not knowing about her Head. Even if not so this will definetly have to be resolved.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      I don’t think she knows that Shinra knows about the head yet. Heck, we’re not even sure at this point that he really knows what happened to the head even though it was sort of hinted at. She found the people who were responsible and now wants to take her revenge out on them. She’ll probably learn the truth about Shinra eventually though.

  5. iamTN
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    For the interviewing part, I think it’s from the perspective of the reporter guy that got beat up by Shizuo a couple of episodes ago.

    Loved the episode of everything falling in to place, and the plan executed without any problems until the end. Now it gets interesting.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      That’s probably true. I just found it strange that almost everyone who got interviewed was eating at the time.

  6. Rayneman
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    This ep was intense. I’m excited to see the how this ends.

    Anyone else waiting for that alien/monster/whatever thing that attacked Celty a couple of episodes back to show up and fight with everyone’s favorite Dulalala?

    • jaysus
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      That will probably be the next arch. The first arch should be ending after the next episode.

  7. kwantum0
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I am hoping Mikado has a really awesome plan, and this is just the tip of the iceberg… i’d be really disappointed if this was it.

    Also, i wonder who make Dollar with Mikado… is it a character we’ve met before? or are they just random anons? For some reason Dollars reminds me too much of 4chan. I can’t imagine /b/rothers doing anything like this. I also keep thinking moot will be showing up sometime.

    • iamTN
      Posted March 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      I had the exact same thought… Dollars is a glorified version of Anons. But then again… anons have done rather interesting things in the past.

  8. Posted March 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    1. Seiji will use a pen
    2. The next time we see that mad cow again, he’ll use scalpel
    3. Another time again, Seiji will probably use a kitchen knife
    4. Again, Seiji will most probably use a axe
    5. Seiji will use a scythe, the same Celty is using right now
    6. Finally, when we see him at the craziest, he’ll use a chainsaw, so powerful that even Celty won’t be able to stop him.

    So you see the reason why Seiji needs to see a psychologist.

    Poor Celty, I hope she gets her head soon someday, even if it takes her entire life to reclaim it.

  9. Posted March 21, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Great episode can’t wait for next week.

    Interesting previews for next week too with that other head I wonder if Celty will take that one instead of her own?

  10. akani
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink


    God, I love those two. That cameo really came out of nowhere and it was AWESOME.

    lol, I saw that Uzaya Circulation video. Limone Sensei’s voice really does sound a lot like Hiroshi Kamiya’s (Izaya/Araragi/Zetsubou-sensei).

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 25, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      I was beginning to worry if anyone actually noticed those two in the episode, lol.

  11. Fulluphigh
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I sort of feel that the colorless, no purpose characters “coming to life” was sort of related to the Dollars being the “colorless” color gang. All of the non-important members of the dollars to this point have been gray, even while yellow scarf members have had color, even if they’ve had no role whatsoever.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Oooh yeah, good point. But if you notice “extras” throughout the show they appear as colorless most of the time. This couldn’t mean that they’re all in the Dollars, could it… =)

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