||I’ve noticed a lot of the parents in Durarara!! aren’t the greatest.
Take Masaomi’s parents for example. Mikado said to him in the chatroom, “Your parents don’t really care what you do, so I’m guessing they don’t mind your dropping out of school either.” (DRRR!! LN Volume 4)
Or Namie’s parents:
Namie’s parents were the original successors of Yagiri Pharmaceuticals. But when her brother was born, they made a serious error with a transaction that caused them to be completely ostracized from the company core and were excluded from the inheritance rights. The couple became estranged as such, and slowly grew distant from their children.
However, her uncle still regarded them as ‘a chess piece in the family’, and continued caring for them. But the concern he offered was what a superior would offer to a subordinate, and was completely devoid of kinship. Finally, Namie directed her craving for familial affection on her brother who was in a similar situation. These desires exceeded those of sisterly love, and contorted into some form of twisted affection.
- DRRR!! LN Volume 1
Then there’s this scene from Epitome of Eighteen Histories, where Celty finds something about Shinra being abused which turned out to be fake, but this is what it says:
So Shingen is collecting things like Saika, and it’s making the mother mad because it’s taking away the living expenses and is somehow letting Shinra down? Okay, I can understand her feelings in a way, but does that make it right to completely walk on Shinra, and never make an effort to actually see her son? It makes it. He didn’t even know he had a younger sister for a couple decades.
Ignoring the cries of Shingen, who had the unusual habit of wearing a pure-white gas mask, Celty softly pat the head of Shinra, who was clinging to her still.
‘I’m sorry I tried to take on a mother’s role. I even embarrassed you.’
“No way. I don’t even remember much about my mom.”
‘Oh… I see. Bad things don’t need remembering, anyway.’
Shinra tilted his head. Hastily, Celty wrote on the notebook,
‘Ah… I mean… I’m sorry. It was nothing.’
“Celty-kun. Could this be about… Shinra’s mother having mood swings and pushing him to the floor?!”
‘Don’t talk about it! Who would say that in front of the victim?’
Celty panicked, but Shingen paid no heed as, trembling, he cried out, “You… youyouyou read it! You! What have you done! Damn it… To read the story I wrote in a padlocked journal, have you no heart or soul! You monster!”
‘Ah, I’m sorry about that…’ Celty wrote on the notepad, before startling, and asking Shingen, ‘Huh? Story?’
“A story indeed! It was a story I started in my journal with my life with Shinra and you as the models; I was planning to get a mountain of awards, too!”
(A father shouldn’t write about stuff like that, but Shinra’s mother is just as bad.)
‘So that was all fiction?!’
“I wouldn’t have gone anywhere near a woman that unstable in the first place!”
‘Th, then, why divorce?’
Upon being asked, Shingen averted his eyes behind the gas mask, and mumbling more muffled than ever, replied. “You can’t say spending all our living expenses on antiques* is letting down my son, it’s not that important, right. It’s all in the past…”
(*Reference to Saika.)
‘There’s no excuse!’
After Shingen had fled the apartment in embarrassment, Celty wrote on the notebook, with an air of weariness, ‘I don’t know about your mother, but are you really fine with that sort of father?’
“Maybe? Children don’t choose their parents. I don’t really know.”
Shinra has been through so much that he doesn’t even want to truly involve himself with his so-called family. A lot of his personality, and his desperate clinging to Celty, could very possibly stem from the absence/abandonment of his mother, but he refuses to psychoanalyze himself, because he doesn’t want to care about anything but Celty.
Wasn’t Celty, to me, a substitute for a mother? As a mother and not a lover, she has been with me for 20 years, am I still not sick of it?
……Even though Dad says it that way, I think it’s different.
It’s true that from the time I was aware of myself, my mother was no longer around. Even though father obviously tried his best to love me, it’d be a lie to say I wasn’t lonely.
- Shinra’s Secret Diary entry. What got me though was this:
Yes, Celty was special. She was gentle and filled with human kindness - and yet, she made a wall between herself and humans. That was was probably the reason I couldn’t consider Celty a maternal figure. But it couldn’t be helped that I wanted to break down this wall.
While he didn’t have abusive memories of his ‘mother’, he never actually had good ones either. Because she had left him before he was really aware of it going on.
This could also be a little like the reason why Izaya doesn’t see his parents as any different from other people; he never had that chance to form that bond with them because they weren’t around much. Perhaps this is one reason why Shinra and Izaya are a little alike.
I could go on about many of the other characters, but I’m gonna stop here, because I’m kinda mad. Izaya was clearly neglected, and so were his siblings, because his parents were hardly ever around. It’s not Izaya’s fault he didn’t know how to raise them and then felt guilt for how they turned out.
Yahiro’s parents completely abandoned him.
Shizuo’s probably didn’t know how to handle him, and for the most part couldn’t control him. Therefore it contributed to him becoming even worse and tear his body to pieces. Where were they when he was in the hospital recovering from that? Why were only Kasuka and Shinra there?
Kasuka doesn’t even know how to express himself emotionally, and doesn’t even understand emotions very well, because of Shizuo’s over expressive behavior.
Izumi’s parents abused him, so he started abusing Aoba, the one that received all the love from everybody, the one Izumi was jealous of.
Aoba, at first, didn’t do anything and just let him beat him, before finally snapping when Izumi went too far and framed Izumi for setting the house on fire. He gained a hatred for the world.
Ruri’s parents were super controlling, and when they died a part of her felt literal relief for having some freedom.
Vorona’s father was extremely neglectful(while her mother died when she was very little).
Anri’s dad was abusive and then tried to kill her, before her mother killed him then herself.
Saki was terribly abused, so Izaya adopted her in a way.
Mikado’s parents at least showed up at the hospital and hadn’t really wanted him to move to Ikebukuro, but I’m just gonna stop here, again… Pretty much all of the parents in Durarara!! aren’t attentive enough in some way or another in Durarara!! even if some of ‘them’ ‘tried’.
One question, though: Where’s Mikage’s mother?