Not a bad episode here. It neatly puts Kida’s backstory in place and firmly explains and grounds his character into the Durarara!! universe. Kida’s character is perhaps the most realistic and less bizarre of the other ones. He’s just a kid, who wanted to gain acceptance and thus formed a gang, but then got in over his head. He also had the person most important to him get into trouble because of his actions.
While Kida’s story doesn’t lack the umph! of say Mikado or Anri, its still a pretty strong one. It also seems like Kida is the weakest and stupid of the three. If a battle does happen between Anri, Mikado and Kida, Kida will be absolutely butchered. He has no forces, and most of the other people are in the dollars. Anri has already gone a few steps ahead and already found about Kida. I don’t know how she’ll react to this, but it is an interesting development.
I do feel a bit sorry for Saki and Kida. Her complete and utter faith and worship of Izaya is what caused her to become crippled. Her worship of him is definitely a bit creepy, although I can understand how Kida liked her and wanted to free her of Izaya. The last line that Izaya throws at Kida, clearly shows that he knew of what Kida was trying to do, and didn’t appreciate it. In a few quick moves, Izaya totally destroyed Kida’s world. The whole incident did show one thing. No matter how much Kida seemed to know everything, he’s just a kid at the end of the day, and at the mercy of the master manipulator Izaya.
Izaya is still pretty much using Anri, Mikado and Kida as pawns, and his plan is working perfectly. As he says, it really comes down to how quickly people like Shizou, Celty and the rest of the characters get what the hell is going on. Considering how well people know each other in this series, Its possible that some clever thinking could resolve the issue after a few casualties. I can probably see Anri taking down Kida to protect Mikado, and then Mikado seeing her kill Kida and then going after her. They’ll stop midway or something to that matter, and then their anger will be directed to Izaya.
Of course, with unstable elements like Shizou thrown into the fray, I’m sure things could go from bad, to the worst.
Seems like the next episode is when things starting spiraling out of control. The next episode is called “Anarchy”