they don’t get married. gay marriage isn’t legal in japan. they don’t go down the road of same-sex partnership either, because that means they’ll have to admit they like each other and they can’t be having that.
but–both of them try to spook the other one into thinking they want to get married. shizuo stops and looks at rings (plastic ones in those coin machines (“still too expensive for someone like you, flea”)), and izaya makes a show of looking at venues overseas. these venues are usually in holiday locations, but he only looks at airfares for himself (“shizu-chan can just swim, yeah? maybe you’ll get swallowed by a shark and i’ll have the holiday i deserve.”)
erika catches wind of the above antics and gets very concerned because if shizuo and izaya manage to get married, then they might settle down (kadota is both confused and praying they settle down because his heart can’t take this fighting much longer). this results in a whole bunch of people getting very worried about erika, because they all think she’d be happy with a gay wedding but “IT’S JUST NOT IN CHARACTER! SOMEONE MUST BE THREATENING THEM”
the awakusu-kai are equal parts amused and disgusted. mostly amused.
mikado is also very confused. he doesn’t understand. he wants to ask izaya (because he can’t ask shizuo? that’s weird), but also doesn’t want to ask izaya. he doesn’t know if it’s legal, but izaya doesn’t really let things like the law stop him. he worries for shizuo after he has a nightmare involving shizuo, shinra, a knife, and a penguin.
kida honestly wants to save shizuo and tries to help and tbh shizuo isn’t even mad. he takes shizuo to the hospital to get an mri (with tom’s confused blessing) just in case
tom literally has no idea about the rumours but is happy people seem to care a lot about shizuo lately
celty is also very concerned but can’t decide who for. she feels bad for shizuo and wonders if he’s being threatened as well (and has long talks about this with mikado online; their theories become increasingly more wild and unrealistic and both panic more and more), but also starts having worrying thoughts about the honeymoon. she immediately feels bad and buys shizuo milkshakes whenever she worries about that.
shinra is spreadin the rumour as much as he can he don’t give a fucc
vorona comes back from russia when she hears the rumour and, after a conversation with celty (who has now reached the height of her panic and wholeheartedly believes shizuo has been replaced by an alien (which vorona hears as “shizuo has been kidnapped by izaya”), breaks into izaya’s apartment and tries to fight him to the death. this is only broken up when shizuo stumbles out of the bathroom, half asleep, and is promptly kicked through a window by accident
In the light novels, in this scene, it was very apparent that he was talking about Celty when he said “a monster at my deathbed”.
“You were lucky I happened to be nearby’… It’d be a little hard to say that.”
“Your injuries were bad enough that you had to be rushed to the hospital, so I was fifty-fifty about helping you.” Kine spoke, blandly, of his own opinion.
“Honestly speaking, rather than that knife in your stomach, it’s the bruises that seem worse. It looks like your insides are in a bad state; you did well fighting Shizuo like that.”
With this, Izaya looked towards the side of his abdomen. Indeed, there was a projectile-type knife imbedded in it. But Shadow((courtesy of Celty)) coiled around the wound, suppressing the bleeding as much as was possible.
“You shouldn’t remove it. If you let it bleed your fifty percent chance would drop to ten.”
||Part of this really happened, though I improvised a bit.||
Person who has only seen Durarara!! Anime and admits to being too lazy to read novels:
Why would anybody like this guy? *posts gif where Izaya is saying*"People are my playthings."
There are reasons I like Izaya: For one, he's intelligent, charming, cunning, has class, cares for and values his friendship with Shinra in his own way even though he has trouble with empathy(something I relate to), and despite everything, he's just a human even though he's able to bring down an entire organization like Amphisbaena. Not to mention I'm pretty sure he's jealous of practically everybody he comes into contact with. Shizuo, Mikado, Shinra, even Celty.
He punches a telephone pole upon realizing he'd be betraying his only friend by normal human standards.
And he was neglected by his parents emotionally. That's a very typical cause of personality disorders, just so you know. It's not entirely his fault that he is the way he is. Just saying. But I enjoyed watching him outsmart Amphisbaena. And I really like reading the novels for his philosophical views. Plus, he's kind of agnostic and fears death more than anything, something I can relate to.
Haha his hand was literally swollen up because of slamming it into the telephone pole. But you know what happened when his sisters expressed concern for his hand?
Mairu tilted her head and asked as she saw his right hand, “What happened, Iza-nii? Your right hand looks swollen.”
“...Health (Are you alright)?” Kururi looked at him with worried eyes.
Izaya stroked her head with his left hand and lied with a sigh, “Yeah, I got this when I was running away from Shizu-chan.”
“So you deserved it after all—”
“Keep yourselves away from muscle idiots like that one. Or you could die, you know.”
The siblings continued their conversation as they disappeared into the city night. The city, which took in everything it was offered, absorbed their talk into its nightly cacophony as it did any chit-chat within any normal family.
That was from the ninth Durarara!! Light novel.
But what was even sadder was the scene before that -
The twins flanked Izaya as he began walking, a bitter smile on his face. Mairu, who was on Izaya’s right, raised her face to look at him and said in a natural tone, “Say, Iza-nii. We know that you probably don’t treat us any differently as you treat other people, but keep in mind that we still think of you as family, OK?”
“All of a sudden you’re saying things that would actually make me happy. What happened?” Izaya felt that the line didn’t sound like Mairu, who usually told him to “Die!” and highkicked him when she saw him. He glanced at his sisters’ faces—and saw that they were smiling innocently back at him as they continued.
“So, if you get killed by Shizuo-san, Iza-nii, we’ll make sure to cry a little bit for you before we laugh about it.”
“Small (Just a little)...”
“...I was a fool to expect any family love from you.”
Izaya chuckled and walked faster.
- Also from LN 9, I have no clue why it wasn't in the novels. It really should have been. Especially the scene where he actually punched the telephone pole. But another reason I like Izaya is because not only is Izaya changing, but Narita himself said, "I have a feeling there was a scene where he cried, but he didn't let the readers see."
There are many reasons that make me like Izaya Orihara, like his fascinating personality, but that doesn't mean I think of him as a good man ¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯ I love it anyway
Person who has only seen the Durarara!! anime:
*throws in lame ass argument about what 'bad' things Izaya has done, without arguing, even though the argument could go both ways, considering he did take down Amphisbaena, and took Jinnai Yodogiri's corporation, giving Kasane Kujiragi back her freedom.*
He's neither good nor bad. Most people can't be classified as either. We're all selfish in our own ways, and have a dark nature down deep that makes us want to test people at points. But without proper nurturing that can become harmful by nature, and it can consume us.
Somebody else number 2:
The funny thing is that most people fail to recognize that they are of equal good/bad scale to Izaya without realizing it. It's only because Izaya is presented as an antagonist going against the common societal view that he is seen as a villain. Anyone that stands out against what is accepted is seen as bad because that is what we are taught at a young age to believe.
So saying that you hate Izaya because he is evil or bad is playing into those accepted, ingrained, and common beliefs.
Person who has only seen Durarara!! anime:
I don't have to like Izaya. I don't agree with you, and I don't want to argue about this. Izaya is pretty terrible. He started a whole war for fun, and told a girl to commit suicide. Any Shinra was just assuming when he said that Izaya has a fragile heart. Shinra is just some underground doctor(me:
that doesn't know what he's talking about)?
You don't have to like him, but you can't just deny canon. First off, he didn't want to start the war entirely for fun. He's an atheist/agnostic, and is terrified of death more than anything. The novels outright called Shinra, "his friend, the first person to see through Izaya to his true nature.". And Shinra described Izaya's 'true nature' as being more human and his heart more fragile than anybody else. Nextly, Shinra isn't 'just' some ignorant doctor. He has the potential to be the most manipulative character on the show if he really wanted to, and he's not ignorant. He's actually fairly insightful and observant, even when others aren't even though he ignores them because he only cares about Celty. Even Tom seemed weary of Shinra, implied by the novels.
Somebody else 4:
Whether you like Izaya or not doesn't matter, because it's not just interpretation, it's canon, so in other words, you're just ignoring facts to justify your hatred for him.
Person who has only seen Durarara!! anime:
I mean he could made different choices and it could have turned out better.
Person who has only seen Durarara!! anime:
I think Izaya's the worst one because he started the war.
The same could be said for pretty much every single one of the characters, who all have done some pretty bad things, and crossed over things Izaya never would. *points out Shizuo's non justification for his hair trigger and how if it weren't for Simon, Shizuo could have killed somebody. Points out Ran's joking about raping both Saki and Mikage, as well as his abuse towards his brother, not to mention what he did and threatened to Saki(though he is jealous of the love Aoba receives from his parents, and the natural leader role Kyouhei has), points out Anri's hypocrisy in siding with Saika just because she saved her, points out Masaomi's cowardice(even though he has his really good moments), points out how Izaya saved Saki and multiple other girls from abusive situations, and especially Kuon's sister's experience with Izaya and how they can't properly seem to live without Izaya, points out the fact that, in reality, Mikado stabbed Aoba because he wanted to fulfill his ego, as well as the fact that he shot off a gun and caused a spark in the Awakusu-kai, points out some of the things Namie and Seiji did, not to mention Shinra's manipulative nature. Above all, points out all the trouble Nasujima caused and the terrible things he did(to Haruna and her family especially), as well as Jinnai Yadogiri sending Vorona(serial killer for fun at first, likely because of neglect) and Sloan to kidnap a child and do who knows what with her, considering all that Jinnai did to Ruri(also serial killer, but less for fun and more for revenge to get back at those who killed her parents)(not to mention Jinnai doing experimentation on her), though killing still starts to consume her because she feels freedom by doing so), Adabashi beating Shinra to a bloody pulp(though not apparently as bad as Shizuo has supposedly done to Shinra in the past, according to Shinra himself)(after which Izaya had Izumii break Adabashi's leg broke and kept him in his apartment for three days until he managed to escape.)* I'm not going to even go into Shizuo beating up a guy for simply questioning the purpose of life and telling him to go die, or the things Vorona, Shinra, Walker, Erika, Aoba, Rokujo, even Celty,(probably)Simon, and many others have done. Because every character has flaws and weaknesses that make them human. Minus Takashi and Jinnai Yadogiri, everybody has a least one person they have an attachment to of some sort and can feel a little closer to than others, even if they won't admit it, mostly everybody has unhealthy obsessions, Izaya nonetheless. But most everybody is changing, Izaya has even took the huge step of NOT calling Shizuo a monster, and instead admitting that Shizuo is just a man that distanced himself from humans. If that alone is not an improvement for him, I don't know what is.
Person who has only seen the Durarara!! anime:
*obviously didn't read much of anything* Eh, Izaya's not good, and I just can't find it in myself to like him. If he were a real person, I might sympathize with him a little bit, because he could find help, but he's just a character, and there's no real justification for why he is the way he is.
Other person who has only seen the Durarara!! anime:
The anime is made for you to interpret Izaya however you want.
Somebody else number 4:
This is why people need to read the novels. There is more to Izaya than what is portrayed in the anime.
Plus, both the anime and manga is there to promote the original sources, so, naturally, they are going to leave out stuff, because they want you to read novels.
Somebody else number 5:
Izaya isn't evil. He's not a sociopath. He's not a psychopath. He's not a troll. He is indeed only human and only wants a little more in his life than sitting on a bed and binge watch anime. There's so many reasons to like him <3
While sociopath can be a generic term used for people with delayed or limited empathy(due to trauma)(unlike psychopaths, who are just born that way), as far as I know, sociopathy can still be detected in brain scans, because their brain still works and is wired very similarly to a psychopath. Either way, I honestly don't believe Izaya is either. I believe that he's just a human with a normal brain like both of his brain scans suggested.
Somebody else number 6:
I honestly love hate him, but mostly I hate him, but I gotta admit he's a hot bastard.
You're kind of missing the point, but whatever. He, just like anybody, has a side to him one can hate, but he also has a side to him that makes him a very complex character. The way he views things are so fascinating and he really opened my eyes to certain things. I can relate to his philosophy, I can empathize with his feelings about humans, and especially his hatred/jealous of Shizuo(having grown up with a brother that acts much like him, just to a less extreme, not mention I've experienced some domestic abuse, so I don't just like him for his looks alone(even if he is pretty good looking. Like I said, he's charming, cunning, shrewd but with class, is kind of funny at times, has views on society that I personally understand, is jealous of a lot of people for various reasons which I can also relate to. Despite being a mere human, he uses his wits to get out of dangerous situations, and to take down corporations like Amphisbaena and Jinnai Yadogiri. He has a an amazing ability to turn the tables when one least expects it, and wonderful flexibility as well. Unlike Shizuo, who has super strength, or Mikado who has close confidants he can truly rely on, or Celty, who can use her shadows and many others, Izaya is just a human(though he's jealous of every one of them, not forgetting Shinra, and doesn't actually want to be acknowledged as himself.)
He's an incredibly written character in the novels, but ultimately one I can relate to in certain aspects, including the feeling of loneliness, and feeling fear at the one he called his '(only)best friend' being mad at him. It honestly frustrates me when people bash him, or ignore the things that make him who he really is.
Izaya isn't a sadist, he just wants answers. And he's an emotional masochist at it's finest, possibly a chaotic neutral, and both an Anti-Villain and Anti-hero(though maybe a little more on the Anti-villain side at times). Also, lastly Izaya didn't "convince girls to commit suicide". In reality, he saved them in the novels(even if it wasn't really his intentions.) Ryo didn't happen. Izaya didn't cause the blood splatter. Because Manami and the other girl were the last two he messed with, and it clearly said that nobody he met up had actually went through with it in the end.