Spoilers for the end of Durarara, as well as if you’re a KidaxSaki fan, this is probably not the post for you.
The series of Durarara ends with Kida running off Saki and leaving the group behind. It’s cute enough, but it rubs me the wrong way. There are these small bothersome things about the situation, such as him leaving Anri and Mikado behind and whatnot. Of course, it’s because the creators wanted to put him on a bus.
What probably bugs me the most about the pairing of Kida and Saki is that I feel their relationship ruins all the character development that Kida went through.
After all, the entire arc that focuses on Kida was all about the guy facing what he’d done and who he’d been in the past, as it was holding him back in the present. Once he’d done that, he could let go, and move on by…going back to Saki, the girlfriend from his past that he had a failed relationship and a reminder of everything that had happened for him…um, what?
Not to say that it couldn’t have worked. The main problem with Saki is she is just such an underdeveloped character. Yes, she realizes Izaya is a fraud, but that doesn’t change the fact that she sat in a hospital room pining away for Kida and waiting for him to return, clinging to her relationship with him and refusing to let it go. For Kida to go back to someone still stuck in the past right after he’s been struggling to move on is not good.
However, if Saki had moved on, with Kida still consumed by guilt, and when the two reconciled, realized they were still into each other despite being different people now, I feel that could have worked.
What I also think would have worked would have been if Kida apologized to Saki, but didn’t get back together with her so that she could move on and no longer be stuck in the past. True, no romantic ending there, but rarely do people get the girl in anime anyway.
Instead, what the creators give us is two characters chasing after a past relationship. I’ll say what Durarara!! made me say a lot. Dammit, Kida deserved better.