If you perhaps thought that the previous instalment of Durarara!! explained too much and tied up too many loose ends, then think again, as this twelfth episode sets the cat amongst the proverbial pigeons by quite literally turning the series on its head once again.
With Mikado being threatened by an understandably none too happy Seiji, it's up to Celty to regain her composure and stand in his way - Before we know it, Celty's head/Mika appears on the scene to protect Seiji from Celty's wrath, and thus the whole truth about a particular sequence of events in spilled in full. Talk about a twist in the tale...
Indeed, this whole episode is a series of twists and turns that, in their own very human way, all come to nought in the short-term as everyone goes back to their normal lives, whether it's Celty and Shinra despite what the former learns about the latter, or Mikado despite his wonderful show of strength in numbers last time around. After taking a bit of a back seat last time, Izaya seems to be back to his best when it comes to controlling the "game" going on around him, and indeed we also get more revelations about his own role in the growth of the Dollars as he also seems to be taking rather a keen interest in Celty's head.
You know a series is something special when it manages to make you think you know everything, before turning it all around in a way that doesn't feel at all contrived and yet still leaves you grinning at the fact that it's just made you feel stupid. Durarara!! manages to pull this trick off effortlessly here, before continuing on its merry way as though nothing had happened just like its characters after the insanity of the night before. As much as I enjoyed the broad range of stories earlier in the series, this show is really benefiting from its tighter focus on the major issues at hand right now, which it continues to develop and present in a hugely compelling fashion. So many series start to feel as though they're dragging a little by this half-way stage, yet like a well-paced marathon runner Durarara!! still feels as fresh as a daisy even at this juncture.