Durarara 17 – love triangle
May 8, 2010
Episode 17 of Durarara!! includes the epic fight against the Slashers, revelations about the manipulations behind some of the events previously seen, and the beginnings of the battle royale that will undoubtedly form the core of the final episodes in this excellent series.
As expected, Shizuo Heiwajima opens a can of whoop ass in the Ikebukuro park. The fight is nicely handled to combine elements of intensity and comedy. Celty, witnessing Shizuo in action, remarks on how cool he looks, but of course everyone knows by now that she secretly has a thing for him. Shizuo seems to have a good time fighting as much as he wants, but he doesn’t really want to kill anybody, so the solution to this mess needs to come from Anri, who is fighting for control of the legion of zombies.
After its all over, Mikado goes to see Anri in the hospital, but his jealousy gets in the way of his ability to enjoy Anri’s cute smile. He wants to punish the Slasher(s) for attacking Anri, and so mobilizes his troops, without realizing that the opposing side is led by the girl he loves.
Meanwhile Masaomi Kida is making a similar mistake. Thinking that the Slashers are a rival gang, or possibly an extension of the Dollars, Kida rejoins the Yellow Scarves as their general, with the goal of making Ikebukuro safe for Anri and Mikado. Little does he know that the two other sides he has just declared war on are led by his two best friends. Who could be responsible for sowing such dissent? Who could profit from the chaos? Yeah.