Durarara!! Episode 12 – Aftermath

Wowowow. Talk about your turn of events here. Although some of you already probably called it, but for those of us who weren’t expecting it, we found out something pretty shocking. This episode feels a bit like an ending for this so called “arc” and rightly so as we’re probably moving on to other things.

Last episode ended with Seiji attacking Mikado with a scalpel. Celty jumps in the way and successfully protects Mikado. However, as Celty is about to slice through Seiji, Celty-Mika HARIMA MIKA jumps in the way and begs them to stop. As Mika beings explaining things, everyone realizes that it is not Celty’s head on Mika’s body and that she never died in the first place. Mika went through cosmetic surgery to look very similar to Celty’s missing head to fool Seiji with the help of Namie and Shinra. This puts Seiji in a state of shock and Celty rides off to confront Shinra. Mikado is left chatting with Izaya after the whole event.

Shinra reveals that he knew where Celty’s head was this whole time and that he didn’t tell Celty because he was afraid that she would vanish once she got her head back. He explains that he thinks Celty is only able to exist in the human world because she is missing her head. Celty explains to Shinra that she wants her head back because she’s scared that someone could “kill” her if they destroyed her head. Both agree that they had been stubborn with their assumptions and forgive each other.

The next few days, everything seems to return to normal. Seiji and Mika return to school and apologize/thank Mikado for everything that’s happened. Mikado, Kida, and Anri are back to their usual antics. Celty seems to not care about her head anymore and Izaya shows his conniving side again. Namie is seen with Izaya who now is in possession of Celty’s real head. He says that he believes that there is an afterlife and that is because he considers Celty as an “Angel of Death”.

Well first thing’s first. Like some of you have commented in my last post, that wasn’t really Celty’s head on Mika’s body. I, along with most of the characters in the show, were deceived into believing that some how Namie and her company were able to magically place a dullahan’s head on a human’s body and bring it back to life. Thinking back on it, it really does seem foolish to believe that, but in a story with a headless rider and a guy that’s able to throw vending machines across town, I was willing to throw impossibilities out the window.

Izaya playing around with Celty’s head in the end of the episode was a bit creepy. I’m not sure how many people would be able to play around with a severed head as if it were a play thing of sorts. I wonder what the inside of the neck looks like… is it empty or…? Anyways, Izaya mentions giving a fallen angel back her wings at the end of the episode. I wonder if he really means giving Celty back her head, but I know it can’t be that simple. He wants this “Angel of Death” to take him to heaven, so I’m sure he’s going to try and make some preparations for this and makes sure he’ll get to go to the afterlife.

I really don’t see what Celty sees in Shinra. He just seems like a selfish brat to me. But to each their own I guess.

But these two are perfect for each other! I don’t know about you guys, but Mika’s stalker mode creeped me out a bit… even a little more than Seiji’s love mania.

Uh-oh! You forgot to leave the door open for me! Luckily I have my trusty Z-E Pick Gun. Never leave home without it!

Other things that were revealed/confirmed but we already pretty much knew were the identities of the chatters (Mikado/Tanaka Tarou, Celty/Setton, Izaya/Kanra) and Izaya being the one who was directing Mika through cell phone. The next episode seems to feature this awesome looking motorcycle rider. The facial features remind me a little of Isaac from Baccano… but he can’t possibly make another appearance can he?

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  1. Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I think the Celty/Shinra relationship is one of comfort. Just by way of example, in most classes that graduate from high school, there’s at least one couple that sticks together. They may not be the best match for each other, and usually aren’t by any stretch of the imagination. On the other hand, they’ve also grown up together and they’ve been around each other for years. There’s a measure of familiarity there that you usually don’t just get with someone new entering your life.

    Think about it. A lot of marriages in this world break up within 5 or 10 years. Celty and Shinra have been together for 20. There’s something to be said about that.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      I guess that’s true. I wasn’t giving them enough credit for being together for that long.

      I never really saw their relationship as a romantic one… more of a one-sided love. But I guess Celty has been showing signs of affection towards Shinra lately. It just seems a bit weird for me since we know so little of their relationship and what we do see of it does not seem like a relationship at times at all.

  2. Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I was a little grossed out by Izaya tossing around Celty’s head like a basketball. On the other hand, I do like the Shinra x Celty pairing. I think they’re a cute couple together. Sure, Shinra’s sort of creepy himself, but… that seems to be the norm in this show.

    • Posted March 29, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Yeah, what the hell Izaya! Selty’s head is totally going to tattle on Izaya when it gets back to her body.

      I am against the Shinra x Selty pair, and I hope she’ll leave him when she gets her head back.

      • Shokkeru
        Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

        Glad to know someone agrees with me.

      • Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        I’m also against CeltyXShinra. I hope Celty slices him with her big magic knife, and leaves him for good.

        Izaya: definitely creepy tossing the disembodied head around, but he also gets points from me for calling out Seiji on his hollow, pathetic excuse for love.

  3. jaysus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I guessed right. *pats self on the back*

    New arch looks like it’ll be based on the Yellow Turbines/Scarves/whatever. We also get the gas mask guy from the OP finally in the next episode (he’s behind Shizou towards the very end of it).

    And that dude totally isn’t Isaac. My bet is that he’s the leader (or high ranking member) of some new gang or organization.

    Izaya was going on and on about starting a war to awaken the head, so I’m betting that we’re going to see some gang wars from here on out. Yellow Scarves vs. Dollars? vs. New Gang? I only suggest three because he has three kings on his board. Mikado is obviously one of them (“leader” of the Dollars), so I’d assume the other two would be the leaders of rival factions. Or maybe I’m just looking too much into it?

    Oh… and I’m totally loving the Izuya/Namie pairing. Izuya loves humans, whereas Namie only loves her brother. She seems completely disgusted with Izaya, which should make for fun interactions.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      You don’t see Isaac in that face at all? =\
      I guess I was too excited to see his and Milia’s appearance that it made me think he would appear again.

      • jaysus
        Posted March 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

        There’s no way that Isaac could ever successfully operate a motorcycle… lol

  4. kwantum0
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Wait… I still don’t get Mikado’s plan. Was that it? Was he only testing out the potential of Dollars? What happened to my Xanatos Roulette? Gakkari.

    • Iron Maw
      Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Mikado’s plan was to use the Dollars and Celty to corner Namie and have her give up by threatening her life.

    • Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Izaya’s ‘plan’ is, simply put, create a conflict so massive that it would trigger the awakening of Selty’s head, which he hopes would grant him a reserve ticket to the Great Beyond… All the while messing around with people to his heart’s content.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      ^ What they said. =P

  5. Posted March 29, 2010 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    I got it right, and was inordinately pleased with myself when I watched this episode :D

    I like the ShinraXSelty pairing – I think they suit each other……Shinra doesnt always make the healthiest choices, but I can sort of see where he’s coming from. They’ve been together for 20 years, thats got to count for something!

    Izaya I love – when he finally gets his own episode its bound to be fascinating as there is absolutely no way to know exactly what he’s thinking! Did laugh when he started merging the Valkyrie legend with the Dullahan…….they don’t really mix well :P

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I thought that was a weird connection to make. Celtic mythology meets Norse mythology… it could happen… couldn’t it?

      • Posted March 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        Izaya is making quite a logical leap. That said, mixing myths is something that’s been imagined in other places. As a cursory example, Final Fantasy has drawn inspiration from Hinduism, Mesoamerican tradition, and Greek myths, most evidently in the summons. I think there’s been some stories that devote themselves to the idea of mixing mythologies, but none come to mind at the moment.

      • jaysus
        Posted March 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

        The Vikings and Ireland had a lot of interaction with one another throughout history.

        The Vikings had settlements in Dublin for a long period of time. They typically would go from their Scandinavian territory, run amok in Ireland, grab some Irish girls and then head off to Iceland. If you go to Iceland now, you can still see that people either have Scandinavian features (tall and blonde) or Irish features (short and dark hair).

        So, the mixing of the two different mythologies isn’t as far fetched as people make it out to be.

        • Shokkeru
          Posted March 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

          You guys make good points. I didn’t realize how common mixing mythologies was really and since the Vikings had interactions with the Irish then it’s only natural that some similarities show up.

  6. Posted March 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Yay, I was right about the head ^.^

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Congrats, here’s your e-cookie.

      • kwantum0
        Posted March 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

        The cookie is a lie.

  7. Posted March 30, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Good episode. Love for Celty, and Mikado/Anri :D.

    But what Mikado said to Mika was bullshiiittt. Still a friken stalker, and Seiji is still a little b!tch.

    I’m sort of getting bored of Shizuo just screaming ‘Izaya’ all the time. Is it supposed to be like a funny moment?

    • Shokkeru
      Posted March 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      I saw it as a way for Shizuo to get some screentime and for Izaya to exit the scene. =P

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