Durarara!! – 1st review.

An anime I watched in 9th grade at school, back then I was 15 years old, now rewatching again when I am 20 :D. There was only one season then. Now 2nd season is airing, plus some specials! And it is really worth it, here’s why:

1. You will love Durarara!! if you’re into complicated stories, with a lot of plot twists.

Anime is mostly based on character development. Durarara!! is full of characters, each with their own complicated story, and all those stories are somehow connected. There’s a boy, Ryugamine Mikado, who’s searching for adventures, his friend, Masaomi Kida, who wants to protect the ones he cares about, a guy like, Heiwajima Shizuo, who hates violance, but can’t control himself, black russian guy, Simon Brezhnev, who can switch his personality together with language, even supernatural character, Celty Sturluson, who’s serching for her past, justice and acceptance, let’s not forget badass Orihara Izaya, who makes the whole city real mess and the mysterious internet gang “The Dollars”, where are no rules! One page would be not enought to introduce everyone, but trust me, you will love them all!

2. Huge drama, with a perfect amount of comedy.
Even though anime has a lot of mysteries and questions that need to be answered, it is not gloomy at all, either you’re so intruiged or just bursting out with laugh, especially from characters like Kida or Izaya.
3. Not a slow paced anime.

Do you like me just hate those animes where in 5 episodes nothing happens, well don’t worry about it here, I wouldn’t call it action anime, but it sure has some fighting scenes or all the “catch the bad guys” scenes. In every episode you learn more and more about the story and you won’t know where it leads to…

4. The music.
Maybe it’s just my personal taste, but I love all opening and ending songs, listening on repeat while watching this anime. Openings sure get you into the mood for this show, and endings have such a nice and easy rhythm, that you end up singing along.

5. The producing companies behind this are: Aniplex (responsible for almost every anime that exists), Square Enix (Full Metal Alchemist, Akame ga Kill, Darker Than Black), and others. The director of the anime is Takahiro Omori, also known for such animes like, Baccano!, Jigoku Shoujo, Koi Kaze, etc.. This anime is an adaptation from manga with the same title (13 volumes, 89 chapters, finished airing). Original story written by Narita Ryohgo (Baccano!). Anime is both subbed and dubbed.

6. Some statistics.
According to IMDb, Durarara!! is ranked 8.1, MyAnimeList – 8.45, rank #122, based on popularity #19.

7. Previously mentioned online chat room actually exists now. Fans probably have made it, and it sure is fun, go check it out: http://dollars-bbs.org/
But do you know the password??

I hope it caught your eye and you’ll enjoy it. Please tell me what you think 🙂
The ONLY RULE – say that you’re one of us.
-Taiga.
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