Title: Ikkyoichijitsu (一虚一実) - Highly Unpredictable
Japanese Date Aired: 14 January 2010
English Date Aired: 2 July 2011
Narrated by Celty Sturluson
The episode opens with the introduction ceremony of Raira Academy and the class introductions of Mikado Ryuugamine, Masaomi Kida, Anri Sonohara, and Rio Kamichika. Seiji Yagiri arrives late, only to inform the class that he will be leaving as there is something he needs to take care of.
In a flashback to two days prior, Rio is texting a man named Nakura on her cell phone. She tells him that she found pictures of her dad having an affair with another woman, but that her home life kept going as normal, despite how fake she found it. Rio dropped the pictures in the family mailbox for her mother to find but still received no reaction. Nakura texted her about his girlfriend cheating on him with his dad, but what annoyed him more was that his mom was more concerned with protecting the family image than Nakura's feelings. Nakura then asks Rio to disappear with him so that their deaths would show their families what they were missing.
When Rio meets a man posing as Nakura, Izaya Orihara is seen spying on her from a cafe. Rio states that she had suspicions about 'Nakura,' but that she decided to go with him anyway. The man leads her to a van, where two others are waiting to drug her. After the kidnappers take Rio, Izaya asks Celty Sturluson, the Headless Rider, to do a rescue mission for him. On her way, Celty watches Shizuo Heiwajima throw a vending machine at a man, shaking her head. Izaya calls Celty and tells her not to kill the kidnappers, just to scare them a little. She rescues Rio, who comments that riding on the bike with the Dullahan is surreal. Celty then drops Rio off at an abandoned building, where 'someone' is waiting for her.
On the roof, Izaya introduces himself to Rio as Nakura, and after confirming that he organized the rescue, asks if she was scared, to which Rio replies yes. Izaya then reveals that he orchestrated the kidnapping as well and tells Rio that since she wanted to die, she accepted the kidnapping as her 'disappearance.' However, he points out, she now is thrilled she is still alive.
Izaya tells Rio that he loves all humans, not just her specifically, and that he just wanted to see the look on her face when he told her what he did. He then takes Rio to the edge of the roof and shows her the stain on the ground below where others had jumped to their deaths. Izaya poses a question to Rio, stating, "Everyone lies, everyone hides things, no one goes through this life completely honest," and asking why should she be able to keep secrets while it's not okay for her parents to have any. Izaya then leaves the roof, promising Rio that she was just as ugly, immature, and boring as he thought she would be.Rio thinks that she could get back at Izaya by actually jumping, and does. However, Celty catches her in a net of shadows. When Rio asks her why she saved her, Celty answers, "Because the world isn't as terrible as you think." Izaya, observing the sequence from the roof, notes that Celty always goes above and beyond. As she walks home, Rio decides to forgive her family and keep their secret.
Back in the present day at Raira Academy, Anri stops Seiji from leaving, asking him if he knows anything about "her" whereabouts. Seiji angrily replies that he doesn't know anything, but that he must leave immediately. Masaomi asks Anri if she's okay, then tells Mikado that she "totally wants me," to which Mikado shakes his head at his friend.
Elsewhere, Izaya stops Celty on her bike and wonders when she changed professions to be a protector of the innocent. Celty asks him if he was responsible for the others who jumped, too, but Izaya laughs and denies it, saying that he's not a villain. However, he goes on to say that if someone wants to disappear, who would he be to stop them? Celty drives away, leaving Izaya to muse about her.
This is an anime-exclusive event. In the novels, Izaya is introduced through a meeting with two suicidal women, and he puts them through an ordeal different than that he put Rio through.
The events in the primary story arc in this episode intermix with those in episode 1 and "shed new light" on those events.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Mikado Ryuugamine
- Masaomi Kida
- Anri Sonohara
- Takashi Nasujima
- Rio Kamichika
- Seiji Yagiri
- Izaya Orihara
- Celty Sturluson
- Shinra Kishitani
- Shizuo Heiwajima
Answered Questions Edit
- Who is the Info Broker?
- Izaya Orihara
- Who is the kidnapped girl?
- Rio Kamichika
- Met up with "Nakura" to disappear together
- What happened to the kidnapped girl?
- Was saved by the Headless Rider
- Met Izaya Orihara
- Jumped off the roof to commit suicide
- Was saved again by the Headless Rider
- Who is the Headless Rider?
- Who is the man who gave the Headless Rider the message?
- What is the connection between Izaya and the Headless Rider?
- What is so important to Seiji?
- Who is Anri trying to find?
Izaya: "Thanks a lot for proving just how ugly and immature you are. It's been real, and just so you know, I don't care about your problems."
Rio: "So, I figured maybe I would just disappear. Lately, that's all I've been thinking about."
Celty: "Because the world isn't as bad as you think."
Izaya: "Why? Let's see. This will sound a tad philosophical to you but if I were to try to explain it... I just love humans. Humans are the most interesting creatures you could ever hope to find. Ah and when I say I love humans, that means all humans, not you specifically."
Rio: "Ever since then, all the regular, everyday moments of my life took on this awful tone."
Izaya: "Look. Whatever problems they might have had, they're all just stains now. Stains. Without exception, all of them. Equal before God. Want me to let go of you?"
Celty: "Were the others who jumped also your fault?"