Durarara!! 20 – you wuz trollin
May 29, 2010
Episode 20 of Durarara!! features Kadota’s gang, and more of Izaya’s masterful trolling. Meanwhile the leaders of the three factions fail to take advantage of the opportunities of their encounters to defuse the tension between Ikebukuro’s gangs.
Masaomi Kida meets with Kyohei Kadota and his gang members at Russian Sushi. Masaomi is hoping to get information on the leader of the Dollars. They try to dissuade him, in fact they take offense at his one-sided recollection of the conflict between the Yellow Scarves and the Blue Squares. Now he seems ready to start a fight with their current gang, the Dollars. As the conversation gets heated, the old chef hurls a knife into the room, which Walker and Erika think is really cool. At this point it is pure speculation by two characters who admit to indulging in fantasies, but Simon and the Chef at the Russian Sushi restaurant seem to have a lot more intensity to them than their professions explain. I usually don’t engage in calls for a second season, because I would rather have a strong plot than endless hijinks, no matter how lovable the characters, but DRRR has such a large cast of strong characters (and an established series of light novels, from a writer who knows how to assemble a great plot), that I could really see this show getting another season to give some of the side characters a chance to own a piece of the story line.
Kadota does give Kida a phone number for someone who knows who the Dollars leader really is. There really is no surprise when that turns out to be Izaya Orihara. As I mentioned last week, Izaya is a master troller precisely because he provides truthful information. He just provides only the information that he wants to reveal, and he provides it in a way that maximizes the effect he is going for. In this case, Izaya works Masaomi up emotionally, then he asks him how Mikado is doing. Now Izaya knows damned well how he’s doing, since he chats with him on a regular basis, but when Masaomi answers that Mikado is enjoying a peaceful life, Izaya is set up for his kill shot. He knows that Mikado actually is frantically trying to find a way to peace between the gangs, and he also knows that the Dollars have nothing to do with the Slasher, but he tells Masaomi that Mikado is the leader of the Dollars in a way that insinuates exactly the opposite.
As if that weren’t enough, Izaya also spreads the rumor that the head of the Yellow Scarves is looking to attack the Dollars’ leader to Anri and Mikado. Although Anri tries to talk to Masaomi, events overwhelm them, and a Dollars member is seriously injured before she can find a way to do so. Despite Kida’s concern that the Blue Squares had infiltrated the Dollars, Blue Squares members that have infiltrated the Yellow Scarves reject his orders to avoid conflict, and seriously beat Ryo Takiguchi, the harmonica-playing Dollars member that Masaomi and Mikado met on the roof about ten episodes back.