||So… Ryohgo Narita himself says in a tweet that Izaya likes Shinra as a friend, and the narrator of the light novels say “Not a friend by Izaya’s standards but a ‘friend’ as defined by most humans in the world” before Izaya punches a telephone pole when he is trying to tell himself there’s no reason to be afraid of Shinra being mad at him since he has simply always lived his life like that. How much more obvious does it have to be? This is IZAYA we’re talking about. He isn’t gonna come right out and SAY aloud that he cares.
No, he will stubbornly try to deceive himself to believe he doesn’t(even if he did, nobody would believe him). I simply think too many people forget and purposely ignore the very important, but subtle things(which he has done in relation to Shinra to support the canon truth of their friendship as well) just because they refuse to see Izaya as anything but cold-blooded, therefore they simply reject truths to justify their hatred in their minds.
People want to insist that Izaya can’t and won’t ever change. You’re not Narita. You don’t know. Period.
He has changed some. He at least has admitted that he failed to accept Shizuo as human before, in the Sunset novel.
And he has also said that his love for humanity was “impure”.
This is IZAYA.
He’s not just gonna change over night, especially if nobody feels inclined to give him a chance.
Izaya is childish and as such, you have to work with him, at his own pace and be willing to put up with him.
In return for that, you’ll be extremely surprised how far he’ll go for you after afterward.
But even you probably won’t know he’s going that far.
Even so, he’s actually being more honest about his feelings and even admitted the he had “a bit of a personal trauma”(in regards to his and Shizuo’s fight)
He doesn’t know how to deal with his own emotions and, subconsciously or not, constantly avoids them, avoids what he’d rather not face, even if it means denying love.
Narita has also said himself that Izaya’s parents’ absence may have been part of the reason he turned out the way he did, and emotional neglect can be detrimental to the child. He doesn’t know how to handle love, nor reciprocate love.
He may bring it on himself, but he actually doesn’t know how to function any other way.
He has even told Mikado(or Shinra’s sister, one) that he is self-conscious, so that much implies something.
He’s jealous of Shizuo especially for being loved and being able to accept love.
He was jealous of Mikado.
He was jealous of Shinra.
He was obviously also a bit jealous of Celty as well.
Shinra calls him a masochist.
He actually feels a deep jealousy towards the world.
Multiple times, he basically says, “Even I can’t trust me.” and admits, as the narrator, to not being able to control himself at times and leading himself into terrible situations because of it.
He said he felt guilty for how his sisters turned out, but said he didn’t know how to deal with them when his parents put them on him to raise.
They idolized him, and held him to a higher standard than he could probably deal with, and he likely resented it in some way or another.
Izaya obviously has problems.
And he is human. You can’t just ostracize him and decide that he doesn’t deserve to be given a chance and say that he can’t care, when you can’t read him, and especially when he says himself that he even lies to himself.
A lot of people say, “If it weren’t for Shinra, Izaya would be a complete monster.” but then that’s the thing. That fact alone means he isn’t a monster.
By the way, Izaya thinks about that Shinra getting stabbed by Nakura(back when he nearly betrayed Shinra), and thinks something like, “Come to think of it, it probably was the only thing that had a significant effect on my formation,” which greatly implies that meeting Shizuo didn’t have even close to as much of an effect as that did.
He WAS obviously pretty anxious when Shinra got stabbed, to the point it even says that he was unable to properly analyze his feelings back then.
||People really do need to look into things more before jumping to judgements. Somebody once came off at me:
“Don’t judge Izaya by the anime? Wtf are you talking about? I don’t need to read the novels because the anime is meant to taken that way.”
Me: Um, sorry but what is the point of all film and anime adaptions? To promote the original sources.
To be honest, there are things I don’t like about a lot of the characters in the anime. For example, you know the scene where Kida got all over Anri and accused her of “sleeping around with Mikado” and Anri slapped him? That didn’t happen in the novels. Instead in the novels, both Mikado and Masaomi did both feel like Anri might like the other, but they were both thinking there was nothing they could do, and Mikado was considering wishing them luck before they both asked themselves what they were thinking. The anime made Masaomi act really possessive right there and it pissed me when he did that. But, point blank, he was too much of a coward to be like that to either of them in the novels.
Because of the novels, I love practically all of the characters in some way(even if barely), except Jinnai Yodogiri and Takashi Nasujima and some minor background characters like Akabayashi’s old boss and Anri’s father and such.