Durarara!! 22: Anri in a bunny suit
June 12, 2010
Durarara!! episode 22 is a mostly action-packed episode. Anri is chased by the Yellow Scarves, Mikado disbands the Dollars, and Shizuo is assassinated by Horoda.
Alright let’s get right to this. We don’t know that Shizuo is dead, but we do now know what can knock him down. Horoda attacks Shizuo with a gun. Shizuo looks pretty bad; he is losing a lot of blood, and he is apparently in some back alley somewhere, so it is unknown if help will (or can) arrive in time to save him.
The Yellow Scarves have obviously gone completely out of Masaomi Kida’s control. Not only has Horoda shot Shizuo with a gun, the Yellow Scarves are attacking more and more people, on the suspicion that they are involved with the Dollars.
A lot of this episode was dedicated to a chase scene, in which the Yellow Scarves tried to abduct Anri. Since Mikado found out that she was in danger, he pulled the Dollars Admin card, and activated his network. Many people, in many small ways, assisted in Anri’s escape, including Ryo Takiguchi, who had been beaten, just a couple of episodes ago, by the very man he dumped a pile of boxes on. This section really showed some of the potential of a distributed network of people acting towards one goal. Unfortunately Mikado doesn’t seem to quite get it. He seems more traumatized by the fact that his friends are getting hurt. He doesn’t listen to the enthusiasm in the posts coming in from Dollars members that together they were able to do some good. Instead he disbands the Dollars.
One person is happy with how everything is going down. Yes, Izaya Orihara is comfortable in his office, while people around Ikebukuro are being chased, beaten, and shot. While Shizuo lies bleeding in the rain, Izaya enjoys a hot cup of tea. Remember about two episodes ago, when Izaya mentioned to Namie that there was a stolen gun floating around? Remember how I said that Shizuo lies bleeding from a gunshot wound? Do you really think that is a coincidence? Can there be any doubt that Izaya was ultimately behind the shooting of Shizuo?
Meanwhile Masaomi Kida, who reinvigorated the Yellow Scarves, but has no control over them, comes across Anri, as she is being chased by his gang. Does he stand up for her in front of them? No. He takes her aside and accuses her of being a manipulative bitch. ???! I suspected that Kida was the weakest link, ever since we saw him getting owned by Izaya in the Blue Squares incident, but knowing and seeing are two different things. Somebody please slap that guy!