Durarara!! 21 – Bit Late for the Hard Knocks Approach, Eh?

Seems appropriate that the first time we see Kida exercise any sort of physical control over his group, the mutiny against him is starting to reach its fever pitch. :p

In a way, doesn’t that represent everything we have seen from Kida so far? People have been wondering just how in the hell Kida keeps a large group of big, tough dudes in check, and it isn’t until the gang is coming apart at the seams do we see him back up his commands with action. Presumably Kida has been running the show this way for quite a while, but for the audience, it is too little, too late . . . just like his realization that he was in too deep with Izaya came too little, too late, and how his realization of his friends’ true identities threatens to be too little, too late. If someone’s going to hold all the cards right now, sure Izaya would want it to be Kida, right? He comes off as the most adult, but he is also the most under Izaya’s control.

Eventually the Yellow Scarves will go off the deep end (if they have not already with the capture of Anri), and once they do, Kida will cease to be useful to Izaya, which means Kida will probably play the hero soon and help protect Anri. He’d claim it is because he is such a gentleman, and he understands that Anri is in pain, but really, the reason for his eventual turn can be found in Young Frankenstein.

Anri, meanwhile, is actually taking some action, unlike the dudes in this episode, although her plan is fairly risky and not really built to fool the Yellow Scarves for an extended amount of time. It’s also a risk to do all of her operating in the open,. Can’t Saika have some more convenient powers? You telling me an ancient sword with mind-control powers hasn’t taught itself to do some long-range shit with that yet? What a lazy sword. How did it ever get to be so legendary?

But, again, it’s good to see someone with some initiative, at least. Kida is less being cautious and more being totally confused right now; really, he’s trying to be the complete opposite of how he was when everything with Saki went down. (And yet he still goes to Izaya for help in the previous episode, which makes him even more confused and unwilling to act. Kida, Kida, Kida . . .) Anri may be confused about what is going on (not sure what to think about Kida, and totally unknowing of Mikado’s identity), but hey, at least she does something that can help things briefly and not strain her relationship with her buds.

Mikado, meanwhile, is just a whiny doof. Beats himself up about not noticing Anri has been concerned recently even though someone who hasn’t been in the series for, what, seven or right episodes now notices (how does he not notice?? Guess he’s just used to people ditching him at random times), and then he wonders whether Dollars should even exist due to all the violence that has been rising lately. (Which of course would not disappear even if Dollars were to go away, but, you know.)

And then Mikado’s solution is to type some goody-goody gumdrops idealism into the chat and hope Dollars morphs into a funtime group that cleans graffiti off walls . . . and it works! But you know why it works? Because of the presence of Dollars’ unofficial leader — Kadota!

Wouldn’t he be a great leader? He’s already got experience leading a group, he’s honorable, and he’s also tough enough to command respect. Kadota wouldn’t dominate the actions of everyone in Dollars, but if someone got out of line and tried to needlessly stir up shit, he would definitely step in and put the hammer down. And you’ll notice that he was in the chat helping the positive feelings flow. Dollars doesn’t rise back from being more than a band of well-intentioned ruffians without Dotachin.

This episode isn’t too exciting. Mikado’s moping is more annoying than anything, and it’s tough to care about what Kida is doing because his control of the Yellow Scarves is crumbling ever quicker. But at least there are plenty of jokes about Anri’s knockers! Woo!

10 Responses to “Durarara!! 21 – Bit Late for the Hard Knocks Approach, Eh?”

  1. Looped Says:

    Eh, I think your being a little harsh on Mikado, he’s shown he can certainly act when he needs to things just more complicated now with him being in the dark and being inexperienced. Anri being in suppose danger, Seiji’s talk and the Dollars wanting him to take action against the YS seems to have gotten him back on track looking at next episode prev.

    I do agree with you on Kida especially since the YS have successful instigated the Dollars against them.

    • I’d be less harsh on Mikado if he weren’t the one harping on about how he wanted a more exciting life and then settled back into routine as soon as things died down a bit. His rut is at least partly self-imposed.

  2. jacob Says:

    im interested in how mikido will act when he finds out that his best friends are his enemies because kida practically know but is in denial anri is actually doing something but mikido is still in the blue….personally i think he’ll take sides with anri or something but that my guess

    and on a side note i find it funny that seiji is all of a sudden the love guru and that the way that mikido and kida know how to describe anri is uniform, glasses, and breasts

  3. You left out how this whole story comes down to Kida dealing wth the Blue Square, Horoda and co, a year later then expected. Better late then never I suppose.

  4. I’d never thought of campaigning Dotachin for Leader of the Dollars, but you make a very good argument for him; at the very least, he’s better than Mikado at this point in time, haha.

    Despite the focus being on Mikado, Kida, and Anri right now, I couldn’t help but be reminded this episode that there are “bigger” forces in Ikebukuro (like Shizuo, Celty, and Simon) and I really wonder how they’re going to play into this gang war business.

    • I feel like the series is teasing Simon jumping in and kicking ass so much. If he doesn’t do SOMETHING by the end of the series, then I am going to flip out.

  5. [...] Unmei Kaihen: Shinmaru uniquely he makes the case for Kadota as leader of the Dollars. Wouldn’t [Kadota] be a great leader? He’s already got experience leading a group, he’s honorable, and he’s also tough enough to command respect. Kadota wouldn’t dominate the actions of everyone in Dollars, but if someone got out of line and tried to needlessly stir up shit, he would definitely step in and put the hammer down. And you’ll notice that he was in the chat helping the positive feelings flow. Dollars doesn’t rise back from being more than a band of well-intentioned ruffians without Dotachin. [...]

  6. I think Mikado would be accepting of Kida as leader of the Yellow Scarves and Anri as the leader of the Slashers, even though it would freak him out at first. He is just that kind of guy.

    I was going to bring up how weird I thought it was that someone who fell in love with a severed head and is currently dating a girl he tried to murder is suddenly an expert on finding and keeping love. Yeah, right!

  7. LOL – I knew exactly what scene that Young Frankenstein link was pointed to without even clicking on it. Now that you bring it up, it probably would have been more fun to rewatch YF than the last few episodes of DRRR!! /grumble

    It was pretty funny how Mikado was all “blah blah… blah blah… huge knockers, wait, huge knockers!?” though. At least he’ll (hopefully) find out what’s up with Anri when he runs to save her and figures out that she’s literally and figuratively more than two handfuls worth of trouble for Horoda’s posse.

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