My problem with KidaxSaki

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.

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7 responses to “My problem with KidaxSaki

  1. The light novel series is still going on. Kida still plays a huge role in the story, but Saki…she’s just there to help him and Izaya. That’s it. I hope they do a 2nd season to introduce the new developments going on in the novels.

    I did a look at Durarara!! and its emphasis on chat room psychology. You can take a look at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/932185689/chatrooms-durarara

  2. Roger

    “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?”

    I dunno where it was said that he suppose to move on from his past, I don’t exactly remember Kadota’s selfrightous speech but he was suppose to be embracing the past and Izaya said his attidute towards Anri stems from his idea that he didn’t truly love Saki and this was him trying to prove to himself that he could do whatever it takes if it’s for someone he really loves, accepting that he does love Saki is thus character development.
    But I agree, Saki was underdeveloped herself. But I am glad we have a shounen protagonist that doesn’t take for ****ing ever to hook up wth a girl if at all.

    • Well, if you take it literary, he did say embrace in the translation, but he didn’t want to go back to the person he was. Rather, he needed to stop avoiding his past to be able to let it go, which he was trying to do, but rather, face that it was part of who he was and ’embrace it’ to be able to let it go.

      I still think it would have made more sense for him to have apologized to her and them go their separate ways. Going back to someone who you had a failed relationship with it usually a bad idea.

      (Please don’t use or hint at using the f-word here.)

  3. hippiefreak12

    saki has a strange look when she smiles

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