In Durarara!!, I first thought that Izaya saying that the Dollars were the Slasher was just him causing trouble, which it is in part, but in a way, he's right. Just as the Dollars are gray figures before they reveal themselves, so too are the various people who become possessed after being attacked by other Slashers. Also, reminiscent of Snow Crash is the similarity between memes/groups spread by the internet and divine possession.- Jordan
Don't forget that the Dollars overlap with all the other groups. There in fact are plenty of Dollars among the Slashers, even though the idea that the Dollars would have instigated the phenomenon is false.
Durarara!! and Baccano! are written by the same guy, animated by the same studio, and share a lot of stylistic similarities. Compare the opening themes: Anri Sonohara is in the same position as Chane Laforet (right before the "Previously on..." recap) and makes an almost identical slashing motion with her hand as Chane makes with her knife. Brilliant foreshadowing for Anri being Saika's host. — Neep
Also note that the two series have completely opposite central themes. In Baccano, love and friendship brought out the best in even the more morally impure characters, while Durarara has most of its characters become more deranged and evil due to forming romantic attachments (Shinra and Celty are the most normal and moral couple). Checking the Character pages for both of the series and comparing makes this fairly clear.
Celty's fear of aliens might seem a little random at first (particularly since she herself is a supernatural phenomenon), but consider this: Celty's most traumatic memory is when she was vivisected by Shingen while fully conscious. What habit does pop culture usually attribute to The Greys? Abducting people and vivisecting/experimenting on them. Worst yet, Celty knows that the world she lives in is a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, so she knows that little grey Mad Scientists are entirely plausible.
So, watching the first OP again, I noticed at the very end part (showing what all the characters are doing in the same area), you can see Seji texting Namie on his phone and Namie's texting back, directly behind him. It seems likely that Seji thinks his sister is still texting from their home and doesn't realize his sister is stalking him.
When you've got a Meaningful Name like "Mikado Ryugamine," and you're on the top at the ending song...let's just say that there's more to you than meets the eye.
Also that girl who didn't have any name in the opening credits? She didn't have a name because her name was already shown...She's Celty! Well, her head anyway, it's complicated. Now in the second ending, her name is shown. Actually, that's not Celty's head, that girl just having the same face (with the help of a certain doctor). Her name has been mention at least once in the anime.
Why does Celty Sturluson, a Dullahan from Celtic Mythology, have an Icelandic last name? Because Izaya just might be right about her being a valkyrie, that's why. Bonus to that: She has the same last name as the poet who is the author of Edda that is basically the source of the literary Norse Mythology - Valhalla, Valkyres and Ragnarok included. Might or might not be Meaningful Name in the end.
I just realized something, Anri claims that the only she can wield Saika without going insane is because she can't feel love right? Well, assuming that's true, Shinra's dad has also wielded Saika in the past, in order to cut off Celty's head. However, he actually is capable of feeling love, as evidenced by his status as a Papa Wolf (apparently the only reason he did that with the sword is because someone threatened his son's life). This means that he can pick up and use Saika without being driven insane and being controlled by it despite having an apparently undamaged capacity to love. This says a lot to me about how strong this person is mentally, and he just became a Bad Ass in my eyes.
Or rather he IS affected, he's just smart/willful enough to channel the urges that Saika gives constructively. I.e. Saika wants him to cut people. What's his job? A surgeon! Which means he does cut people, to help them. Which colors his having Shinra help him with Celty's vivisection somewhat.
That does however have the implication that he could have been responsible for creating all the previous Saika children prior to the more recent Slasher incidents possibly including Niekawa. And all of it intentionally or unintentionally because of Saika. Which could very much be a case of Fridge Horror as well.
Mikado is always pointing out Masaomi's bad jokes (and let's be honest, they kinda suck). But then consider that Mikado had a hand in naming Dollars based on daradara.
Izaya has mentioned that no matter how many times he stabs/slices Shizuo, his knife can't do much more than break his skin. When Vorona stabs Shizuo, that knife can't get in more than 5 mm. And yet Seiji manages to drive a penall the way through his hand. Therefore, the pen is mightier than the... many, many knives.
Well, it has been stated that you can drive a machine tank over those pens without breaking them. Plus, hands have those bone thingies. They're built differently than say, Shizuo's abdomen, so the pen could have gone through those bones...uh. Yeah.
Why did Masaomi joke about polygamy? He's talking about Anri and Saki.
Why Shinra was not averse to the idea of Shizuo and Izaya being in love with each other? Those two are his only friends. And they hate each other's guts. Shinra would probably prefer it was Belligerent Sexual Tension. Having your two only friends trying to kill each other all the time probably isn't a pleasant thing.
Re-watching the show, I noticed that early on, in the chat room sequences, the voice actors for the various chat users whose identities we don't yet know (like Setton), are voiced by generic actors. As the show goes on, and the audience has theoretically learned these characters identities (Setton is Celty), only then do those characters voice actors shift into doing their dialog.
After reading the Wikipedia page for dullahan, I just realized why Celty only speaks in that one scene: The way a dullahan kills people is by calling out their name. - Black Humor
This is probably more suited for the trivia page but while rewatching Durarara with my sister, she spotted a Slasher stalking Shizuo in the background in episode 13, foreshadowing the fact that he's their main target.
So the Raira trio can all be associated with one of the three primary colors, yeah? Mikado = Blue, colorless for the Dollars, Masaomi = Yellow and the yellow scarves, and Anri = Red and the slasher. But for me, it always felt like there wasn't enough to Mikado being associated with the color blue, like there should be a little more to it. And then I realized that it wasn't just because it was the color most relatable to 'colorless' and a good contrast to the other two, but that it was brilliant foreshadowing early on for Mikado becoming a part of the Blue Squares.
Durarara!!. Saika "puts its children into the souls of those it cuts". It does this because it loves all humans and can only express that love through cutting, being a sword. Which means it's pretty much a rapist who can completely control its victims at any time. It sent a MOB of these children to do this to Shizuo. Interplay of Sex and Violence gone literally, horribly wrong. Now consider that, even when controlled, it can still telepathically relay these desires to the host, who is only immune as long as they're incapable of love...
It is impossible for Anri to have a normal life because of Saika. She can't allow herself to love because she would succumb to Saika's influence if she did, which means she can never get past the trauma of being abused or watching her mother commit suicide. She could get married and have children, but sex would be a purely physical act, devoid of any emotion, nor could she bond to her children.
Volume 4 reveals that Walker makes a living as an ice sculptor. Ice sculptors often use chainsaws in their craft. This means that Walker almost certainly has a chainsaw and knows how to use it.
So Mikado, you planned to stab Aoba in the pen from the beginning but you also meant to wrap a bandage around his hand shortly afterward? This not only all but says the action was committed with preplanned malice, but also prompts the following question: HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU DONE THAT TO IN THE PAST?!