Ryuugamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called “Dollars.” Nervous from Masaomi’s stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Turbans will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point.
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(yea, gonna have to do my own. will update.)
Ok, on to the good stuff~!
The plot of Durarara!! is actually really intricate. It may not come across that way at first, but everything intertwines really well. The more the series progresses, the more we find out about the characters and how everything relates together. You find out which characters are tied together and in the end, all of them are connected to someone else somehow to create a web. There are multiple plot twists that aren’t easily seen from far away and it all blends very well. Parts of it may come across as random but everything has an important part to the story. I was never bored and that appeals to me greatly.
All the characters in this series were really strong. It is rather unusual to have such a large cast of important characters but Durarara!! pulls it off very well. The series delves into almost every character and I know that the manga does for everyone but I digress. I honestly couldn’t find a character that I genuinely disliked, even Izaya (the most like an antagonist in the series) turned out to be my favorite character. The characters themselves were all very unique had their own quirks. Very realistic in my opinion. Characters that were thought to be non-important ended up having a major role and seeing the friendship of the school trio develop was a lot of fun. Seeing reactions to situations and secrets was very well done and I felt like this was a huge strong point to the whole series.
I’ll admit that I used to be an art snob when I first started watching anime. I liked pretty art like Ah! My Goddess or Chobits. I’ll be the first to admit that back then I probably wouldn’t have watched this anime for the style of art. I’m glad that’s something I have changed about myself. Honestly it’s another style but I found myself really liking the art. A lot of the characters are tall and lanky but I’m ok with that. The scenery was top notch and while more realistic than the characters themselves, it works out very well.
Sometimes the episodes may have come across as random, but honestly the series flows together really well. Like I mentioned earlier, everything intertwines and everything works together to lead up the finale of this series. I felt like it was evenly paced, there weren’t really filler episodes (which I always greatly appreciate) and I didn’t feel like they spent forever on one topic.
What I really like about the music in Durarara!! is that it is really consistent. They don’t have a boatload of different music throughout the series. You’ll definitely rehear things but I like that kind of thing. I think the music was fitting for whatever setting it was in and at times when there was none, it was warranted. I adored the choices for the openings and endings. I knocked it down just a bit because it wasn’t overly memorable, to be honest I had to rewatch a few snatches of episodes to remember the music of the series but once I heard it I remembered.
I personally love love love this series. Everything about it, the characters, plot, everything. It was incredibly easy to watch and sometimes even when I’m interested in a series I won’t sit down and watch multiple episodes in a row. I did that with Durarara!! hands down. I got hooked and couldn’t stop watching. When it was over, I wanted to read the manga to see what it covered that the anime series didn’t. I totally geeked out over it and had Izaya as my wallpaper for ages (and he’s still my ipod wallpaper XD). I highly recommend this to everyone. It had a few random things (like Shizuo’s super strength that lets him pull streets signs out of the pavement and throwing vending machines) but it was epic. I was laughing, I felt a connection the the characters and this turned out to be one of my favorite series.
Overall Score: 4.7/5
Re-Watch Factor: Most Definitely