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Postby Nadia » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:52 pm

Anyone else wondering if he's channeling Light Yagami, or is it just me?


I hope not. I liked Light, but I don't want to see carbon copies of his particular character. Then again, he's not the only one to have ever been corrupted by power, so... I don't know. I just don't want Mikado to turn out exactly like Light. (Or Lelouch.)

And why can people all of a sudden hear Celty now? Is it because her head is so close by? Is it because she's snapped and some power she forgot she had woke up and took over?


This is what I don't understand. I probably missed something along the way, but I always figured they gave her a voice because people would grow tired of just reading her words, and not hearing her. But now...I'm just confused.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:04 pm

Wyntre Rose (post: 1384096) wrote:And what's going to happen now to Mikado? He seems like he's trying to be a good guy...but absolute power corrupts absolutely...and he's very much a normal, flawed human. It seems like a lot of the reasons behind him starting this are, well, he was bored and wanted to see if he could do it. Anyone else wondering if he's channeling Light Yagami, or is it just me?

No offense, but I'm not seeing this one at all. So far, he's tried to bring a murderer to justice by much more legitimate methods and he started a gang of people who clean up graffiti and such...Sounds just like Light!...Oh wait. I don't see him channeling Light, given that he didn't have the Dollars just kill Namie. Sorry if I come off as angry, I just strongly dislike Light(and his "plans") and am very fond of Mikado. I think claiming he'll be corrupted because he has followers like claiming a general for the good guys will go evil simply because he's a general.
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Postby Fish and Chips » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:16 pm

Not sure what's supposed to be confusing about Celty's meltdown. We already know her head's important to her. She's been looking for it for twenty years you guys. And here it is, right in front of her, living its own life (apparently). Everything she wants and has wanted for longer than some of you have been alive is right here...and the one thing she can't do is just take it.

So yeah, she's sort of emotionally unstable right at this moment. Just a little. As for Yagiri's goons, I'd guess she probably agreed to take them out as an earlier part of the plan, though perhaps not.

And Mikado is nothing like Light, nor is he likely to become so.

For starters, he's not a tool.
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Postby blkmage » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:21 pm

Given what we've seen and the strategic use of symbols, I'm about 90% sure that Kida was involved with the Yellow Scarves and not Dollars.

The problem with comparing Mikado and Light is ignoring their personalities before they stumbled upon power. Light was a bored overachiever and was very good at putting on a mask when dealing with others. Mikado was bored, but he' s really an average kid who's kind of meek. Light thought he was superior to everyone and would be able to make better choices than the rest of society. Mikado wants everyone to be nice.
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Postby Yamamaya » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:40 pm

Mikado really isn't all that similar to Light. Mikado does not possess a god complex nor the will to kill(at least not yet).
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Postby Nadia » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:43 pm

Not sure what's supposed to be confusing about Celty's meltdown. We already know her head's important to her. She's been looking for it for twenty years you guys. And here it is, right in front of her, living its own life (apparently). Everything she wants and has wanted for longer than some of you have been alive is right here...and the one thing she can't do is just take it.


Oh, I'm not confused about her meltdown - I'm only confused about what Wyntre Rose brought up about Celty's voice, and why everyone could hear her when I was under the impression that no one could really hear her. She wasn't exactly typing on her phone while riding down the side of the building. I only thought they gave her a voice because people would tire of just reading and not hearing.

Hopefully this will be cleared up in future episodes. Either that, or I completely missed something. ^_^;
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Postby mechana2015 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:51 pm

The voice thing is just convenience and possibly, occasionally her thoughts. If you watch she still types on the phone or a computer during all her 'dialogue'.
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Postby Nadia » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:09 am

The voice thing is just convenience and possibly, occasionally her thoughts. If you watch she still types on the phone or a computer during all her 'dialogue'.


I am talking about the scene where she is speaking while riding down the side of the building, and people below, even Namie, are wondering who is talking... That's what I don't get. I thought no one could hear her at all with no head, and I don't recall any mention of telepathy. I even re-watched the scene to make sure I didn't imagine it.
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Postby mechana2015 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:42 am

I guess she finds a way to yell... maybe she's so mad her voice actually comes through. There's a sort of echo on the sound when she's yelling there. That's the first time that's happened in the series so far.
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Postby blkmage » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:47 am

Dear Mithrandir,

Please turn CAA chat into this.

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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:49 am

You found that?

I would like this too Mith.
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Postby blkmage » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:03 am

P.S. I was kidding; I know that we cannot implement such a chat here because being in street gangs is frowned upon.

However, it is possible to create channels, soooo.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:25 pm

So having just read the prologue of the first light novel and a bit of the manga, I find it interesting that it reveals that Seiji killed Mika Harima from the beginning.
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Postby Hohenheim » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:33 pm

Caught up with the 'Durarara' episodes, having just seen episode 12. I don't know if anyone else has seen it yet (I have noticed that most here watch the series on crunchyroll, while I saw it on a different site), so I won't give away spoilers. However, I have to say that this may be the best episode I've seen yet.
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Postby Fish and Chips » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:45 pm

Episode 12.

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And now it's time for our coffee break.

Did you like the episode? Are you enjoying the show so far?

Ordinarily I'd call this the midpoint of the series, but with how it's working out I almost wonder if it isn't actually the end of the prologue. It wouldn't be unthinkable for a Narita adaption to have a prologue that took up the first half of the story. That status quo has changed so much in 12 episodes that anything could happen in the remaining half of he series.

So Yagiris Pharmaceuticals is done for. Nebula's bought the company name, Namie on Izaya's payroll now, and Seiji has consistently the weirdest relationship in the show - a show I should briefly remind you all includes a black market doctor with the hots for a headless Irish faerie who rides a motorcycle.

But it's not all bad, Mikado's getting cozy with Anri and Shizou still wants to kill Izaya, and Izaya is apparently an atheist who wants to go to Heaven...or something? We'll probably figure out the rules he plays that board game by faster than what he's trying to do.

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According to my secondhand information, episode 13 will have a new OP (and possibly ED). You don't have to believe me though, so it's entirely up to you whether you TRUST ME TRUST ME TRUST ME TRUST ME or want to ROAR OUT LOUDER.
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Postby goldenspines » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:01 pm

(random silly note: I was totally in the process of posting the episode link but my internet was being dumb and not letting me take a good screencap. Oh well, better luck next time.)

I will take tea, not coffee, during the break please.

Going off of what Fish said, this whole story arc of 12 episodes seemed to be setting up for something bigger. At least we can hope for something like that.

I think Celty is making a mistake going for the creepy doctor Shinra, but there's someone for everyone, I suppose. XD; Speaking of which, Senji does indeed win for creepiest relationship.

Izaya continues to be confusing. Not sure what he's up to and if he has a goal in mind at all besides amusing himself. I guess we will have it wait and see.

Poor Kida, will he ever end up with the girl?


I will miss the OP and ED (if they do indeed replace them). 8C
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Postby blkmage » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:14 pm

So my sources tell me that we've pretty much cleared book one. They also mention that the show has been rearranging events or covering them in such a way that we've also made decent progress into books two and three.

I am highly skeptical of what they're replacing Uragiri no Yuuyaku with; they'll probably do fine with whatever's taking the place of TRUST ME TRUST ME TRUST ME though.

About relationships. Mikado's 'you guys are messed up, but I guess that works out, huh' remarks were pretty great. Shinra is really only creepy in the sense that he's into the headless ladies. Otherwise, he's one of the most insightful and rational characters in the show.

And I guess we were all momentarily tricked for a bit. Of course head transplants don't work, what were we thinking?

But yeah, this is still the awesome show that we started out with. The only show this year that's impressed me as much was the first episode of Gundam Unicorn. I don't see anything coming up in spring that'll be topping it except for, perhaps, the FMA finale.

Another good sign for the show is that sales remain strong. At this point, it's doing slightly better than FMA Brotherhood did in the same state, with the release of the second volume. The first volume got sales in following weeks, which is always a good sign, so I think we can expect about 20k per volume in total, which is really good. We're talking 'easily in the top ten of the year for sales' good.
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Postby MasterDias » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:22 pm

The reveal at the beginning caught me completely off guard, I admit. I hadn't even considered that. It's amazing what plastic surgery can do. Izaya's conversation at the end was...interesting...but I'm uncertain where it's actually going or if it even made much sense in context. He's attempting to connect Celtic and Norse mythology?

Also, there won't actually be a free episode next week, since no episode aired this week. Just a heads up if anyone didn't know this.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:22 pm

So we were all fooled. Silly us...

So is anyone else shipping Shizuo and Celty, or is it just me? Probably just me...

'It took thirty seconds to the girl. Thirty five seconds to find his friend hitting on the girl. Thirty eight seconds for him to kick his friend'

So while the last episode pulled of the awesome meter to the extreme, this one pulled some heartwarming and intrigue at the same time. I'm seriously hoping this show gets a second season.
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Postby mechana2015 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:38 pm

Mr. Hat'n'Clogs (post: 1385750) wrote:I'm seriously hoping this show gets a second season.


Or, y'know... the rest of the first season could air...
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Postby Kung_Fu_Master » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:29 am

I didn't just get one right, all three of my theories were correct? Oh happy day.

As for this episode; Shinra and Celty are happy, Mikado is still awesome but how far will he go, Kida still hits on every woman, I don't know how to describe Senji and his love, Shizou and Izaya are still the same with one wanting to kill the other and that other having more secrets than the Vatican. I'm glad I started watching this series.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:38 am

mechana2015 (post: 1385751) wrote:Or, y'know... the rest of the first season could air...


Yeah, but, it's not like they'll cover all seven light novels in the next twelve episodes. I mean, we're through one, and have a bit of two and three through.
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Postby Hohenheim » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:22 pm

What with the secrets that have been exposed already, I'm curious to see how the rest of this series turns out. Maybe we will see more of Simon's past, and Anri's as well. I'd also really like to know more about Izaya and how he became the way he is now; maybe then I'd know how his chess/checkers/shogi game works...
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Postby AngelicTotoro » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:13 pm

Yo, I was just looking around the forums and I saw this topic. It seems like a lot of people like this show, so it made me kinda want to check it out. The only thing is, I want to know the content first. Could you tell me anything objectable? Thanks a lot! ^^
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Postby mechana2015 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:26 pm

What do you personally think of as objectionable? There's a lot of different opinions on that, so providing a more defined answer would make it easier to answer the question.
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Postby AngelicTotoro » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:34 pm

mechana2015 (post: 1385972) wrote:What do you personally think of as objectionable? There's a lot of different opinions on that, so providing a more defined answer would make it easier to answer the question.


Just tell me anything sexual, if it has nudity, anything against what Christians believe, witchcraft, gore.
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Postby ich1990 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:10 pm

Every episode brings me new happiness.

In this case it was the fact that the lock pick set used by the girl-with-scars was an accurate representation of the real thing and was used entirely properly.

And pretty much everything else in the episode as well.
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Postby knightlee » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:17 am

Wow. I'm really loving the art and animation. I just watched the first episode and I'm definitely hooked. Am I the only one that thinks of Batman everytime I see the black bike?
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Postby blkmage » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:17 pm

Sup guys. Unfortunately, there is no new episode tomorrow for this week. However, since episode 13 has aired, in lieu of watching an episode, you can loop the new OP for twenty minutes or something. Notice that Brains Base has broken out the Baccano font for this OP and that there are some interesting faces within.

And while we are taking a break for this week, let me remind you about what is up with this thread, especially for those of you who are new and have joined us recently.

This thread is for talking about Durarara!!, a new show by the team that brought you Baccano! based on the light novel series by Narita Ryohgo. It began airing in Winter 2010 and will continue to air in Spring 2010. Since it is currently airing, we are watching it as it airs together and convening in this thread to discuss it. Since we are cheap, we will be watching the free, delayed airing on Crunchyroll.

What this means is, if you are not watching the Crunchyroll free stream and are one week ahead, you are not to mention anything about it at all, even the fact that you are watching it at all.

Episodes are streamed for free on Fridays at 11:00 am PST. If you're the first one to talk about the new free episode, please kindly throw up a link to the Crunchyroll video.

Now, feel free to speculate based on and over-analyze the new OP.
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Postby Kung_Fu_Master » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:52 pm

Yea, Slashers back. I completely forgot about her/him/it/whatever you call an alien or monster or curse or whatever that is.

Theory time. Unfortunately this being sort of a arch end and the fact we know more about the mysteries of the universe than we know about Izaya (or maybe not), I only have one.

[Spoiler] I believe Anri to be the Slasher. Reasons: No one in this series is innocent, and unless the Saki girl happens to not be staying in the hospital like we think, Anri is also the only one to fit the size. As for why she's doing this: Fighter of Justice(my #3), Alien(U never know. #4), Curse(on her or the sword or both. #2), Or my top guess that she just likes too.[/Spoiler]
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