New season, new arc and of course, a new OP and ED. I can’t say that I like the new OP and ED as much as I liked the ones from the first half of this series, but they are quite catchy nonetheless. The “new” characters are also a nice addition to the story and their personalities fit quite perfectly with our already misfit cast of characters. Also…
Don’t underestimate the Traffic Police Force!
It has apparently been six months since the incident with Namie and the Dollars members. It seems that the focus of the story now involves the random slasher events happening throughout Ikebukuro. We’ve had out suspicions before, but it seems this episode ties Anri’s involvement with the mysterious slasher even further. Though nothing really changes with her relationship with Kida and Mikado, Kida does seems to be flirting with Anri more and more mentioning her “sex appeal” of all things. He is of course just being Kida and helping out his buddy at the same time, but it still seems pretty bold of him.
Over on Celty’s side of the story, she suddenly has caught the attention of a badass cop by the name of Kinnosuke Kuzuhara. I’m not sure why he’s so fixated on arresting her, but he does mention that he hates the fact that policemen are always depicted as weak and powerless in TV shows and movies. Perhaps, he believes by capturing Celty he can disprove the stereotype.
Aside from awesome cop, we get another interesting character, Shingen Kishitani, also known as the masked man in the lab coat we’ve seen before. This is actually Shinra’s dad, the same guy who operated on Celty in the past. Despite his appearance, he doesn’t seem to be as threatening as I’ve mistook him for when I first saw him. While his scene with the gangsters was hilarious and interesting to watch and probably depicts the type of person he is, it’s too early to tell what his true nature may be. After all, we can’t really believe everything we see in this show, and the mere fact that he wears that mask must mean that he’s hiding something. But, I could be wrong… again and his mask just might be for the reason he stated (the air is very filthy).
It appears that Simon knows something about what Izaya is hiding. Whether he actually knows that he’s hiding Celty’s head or that he just has a feeling that Izaya is hiding something is still unknown… for me anyway. But in any case, it’s now obvious that he’s more than just a simple Russian sushi advertiser.
Kida’s backstory is also showing up in this episode when some Yellow Scarves members are asking Kida to return to their gang. It seems like Kida had an important position (probably leader or officer of some type) for these guys to want him back so badly. Of course, it seems like these guys are the only ones who recognize Kida and the rest of the Yellow Scarves are probably too new to know about him.
These girls are finally getting CUT from the show… GET IT? CUT? LOLOLOL
Ahem, anyway… I thought this episode was pretty good. It felt like another “first” episode for the start of the second half and has successfully piqued my interests again. With almost everything unraveling in the few previous episodes it was an “edge of your seat cliffhanger” over and over again. The previous episode kind of settled everything pertaining to that half of the story and kind of wrapped things up nicely. This episode brings back all of the things that were mentioned briefly through out the first half of the series like Anri, the slasher, Kida and the Yellow Scarves as well as many new elements. It also appears that Tom and Kasuka’s names appear in the introduction now so maybe they will have a bigger role in the show. Saki Mikajima and Mika Harima appear as well but that was to be expected I guess.