Did you hear about the sushi chef? He was Russian.
Really? He should slow down.
- Durarara still isn’t firing on all cylinders for me. For whatever reason, it just isn’t the same experience.
- I do rather like the Russian Bratva, who are singularly weird and colorful (though often curiously pale) characters in DRRR. But what’s with them (the guys, anyway) all having those sunken, shadowed eyes?
- I don’t recall meeting Lingirin (Tsuji Shinpachi, very funny here) and Drakon (Yamaji Kazuhiro) before now, but they’re obviously important – Lingirin seems to be the head of the crime family that all of the Russian characters we’ve met belong to, and Drakon is Vorona’s (and yes, it is Vorona) father.
- Interestingly, it’s Lingirin much more than Drakon who’s sympathetic to Vorona, who’s on the outs with the family (along with Slon). Her major crime seems to be that she’s a loose cannon, and you can certainly see why anyone would think that.
- I was right about Vorona and Slon’s other job – it was indeed to capture (though not kill) Anri. Unfortunately for Vorona she keeps getting sent out on jobs with very incomplete information on her targets. What in the world is she going to think of Japan after her first two jobs turned out like this?
- Izaya messing with Mikado’s head still seems like the main plot driver in this arc, but it’s still barely at a low simmer. Seemingly, Aoba is going to help bring it to a boil – which makes me wonder if his interest in Mikado is due to the fact that he’s working with Izaya.
- Not enough Simon this week to make up for the lack of Shizuo.