Durarara!! Episode 15 – Keep on Truckin’

Starting a bit further back from where the previous episode left off, we see the story from our neighborhood reporter, Shuji Niekawa. After having been tossed like a rag doll by Shizuo, Shuji has been searching the town, continuing his effort to find the “strongest” in Ikebukuro.

Shuji meets with several characters who all tell him a little bit about Shizuo and how he is possibly the “strongest” person in Ikebukuro. As a side note, Izaya mentions how Simon is probably the strongest person when it comes down to a fist fight, but Shizuo would win if anything goes. Shuji’s research leads him to the spot where the slasher attacked the girls who were bullying Anri and he starts to relate Anri to his own daughter, Haruna, as a girl who is being targeted by the slasher. Shortly after he is attacked by the slasher and becomes possessed by the spirit of Saika. This leads us to believe that the “slasher” is not limited to one person. Shuji eventually attacks Anri as she revisits the same spot where she witnessed the slasher attack earlier. Anri gets saved not only once, but twice by Dotachin’s group and Celty. The episode ends with Shizuo taking on the possessed Shuji with a car door ripped off Togusa’s precious van.

While this wasn’t a particularly great episode, it still had a few good points. In particular, the parts where each person interviewed was introduced with a newspaper-style photograph with the headlines around it were a nice touch. However, the primary character, Shuji, for this episode was pretty bland with no striking features and made for a mediocre episode. But, we do find out a few interesting points and we’re getting closer to the truth about the slasher.

First of all, we learn that Anri lost her parents right around the same time when the “slasher” first appeared. This leads us to believe that the slasher and Anri’s parents are related. Perhaps, the slasher killed Anri’s parents, or perhaps one of her parents was actually the slasher instead. We saw a brief flashback in episode 14 that had an older woman with red eyes and a katana who could possibly be related to Anri (this flashback occurred while Anri was wandering around town). Could that person be possibly be Anri’s mother? Or perhaps Haruna’s? Either way, the slasher is related to Anri somehow, since when Shuji was possessed, he mentions a voice telling him to “Look after her” (“her” being Anri of course). While some may think this is because Shuji wanted to interview her about the slasher, I would have to disagree. It seems that it’s Saika, or rather a mind that has been possessed by Saika that wants Shuji to “look after” Anri, though I’m not sure how attacking her with a knife would accomplish this task.

Besides the slasher, we learn some subtle details about the other characters of the story. Simon, who always seems cheerful and friendly, has shown a side of seriousness in the past. In this episode, Shuji points out how Simon’s strange way of speaking Japanese might be on purpose. We already know that Simon might actually be hiding a few secrets, but this further proves that Simon might know a lot more than he appears. Of course, he isn’t the only one who seems to be acting ignorant in this show.

Izaya is also hiding some information of his own. He outright denies any information about Shizuo to Shuji, saying that the only person who needs to know about Shizuo is himself. I’m not sure what this could mean, but I’m thinking it has to do with that incident where Izaya got Shizuo arrested a while back. Perhaps, he doesn’t want anyone digging up information about what he did to get Shizuo arrested or what he got Shizuo arrested for? Or I could be completely off and he could just have those “special” feelings for Shizu-chan.

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  1. Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Re: Izaya’s info on Shizuo. It could very well have to do with the source of Shizuo’s extraordinary strength. Izaya might have been collecting data on Shizuo from the time they were students.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted April 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      I thought it was pretty much established how Shizuo manages to display such amazing strength. If there’s another reason that Izaya might know then that would be veeeeery interesting.

  2. Posted April 27, 2010 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Or it could be that Izaya just enjoys having Shizuo as his own personal plaything – Izaya doesnt like other people interferring with his toys.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted April 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      True, Izaya would want Shizuo all to himself, if you know what I mean. *wink*

  3. Da5id
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    …I’m pretty sure that when Shuji said “look after her”, he was reffering to HIS daughter, the one that creepy teacher went after before Anri, if the preview is any indication.

    • Shokkeru
      Posted April 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Are you sure? There was no indication that he would be talking about his daughter. In that scene he was watching Anri from a distance and said “kanojo o mihare” which practically means to look after her. It seemed pretty clear that his daughter is already one of the slashers and is the one who attacked him earlier so it wouldn’t make much sense for the voice to be telling him to look after Haruna. The preview didn’t really tell me much except that Haruna will possibly be meeting with Mr. Sexy-Harasho and Anri during the next episode.

  4. blind_dead_mcjones
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    in regards to izaya and shizuo, its more they just hate each other, izaya hates the latter cos he’s too simple to be manipulated, and shizuo hates him because he’s a manipulative jerkass

    speaking of shizuo anyone else take note of the obsession saika has for him?

    • Shokkeru
      Posted April 28, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      It’s obvious that they hate each other (the “special” feelings bit was a joke), but that doesn’t explain why Izaya would hide information about him.

      In regards to Saika, I’m not sure why it would have an obsession for Shizuo other than the fact that the most recent person possessed by it was Shuji. His “desire” for Shizuo was most likely related to him wanting to write that article about the strongest person in Ikebukuro (Shizuo). You hear him mention towards the end of the episode that if he could just write that article then everything would go back to normal with his wife and daughter thus the strong desire for Shizuo.

      • blind_dead_mcjones
        Posted April 28, 2010 at 2:53 am | Permalink

        maybe because its something that could incriminate himself, or just because he could withhold it, and was trolling shuji, as per izaya’s custom when dealing with anyone

        saika has been stalking shizuo on and off since episode 7

        the manga also expands on saika’s obsession with shizuo, in one scene when she catches a glimpse of him she starts chanting ‘I love you’ repeatedly inside the head of the person she’s possessed

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