Durarara!! ~ Review
“Defining the phrase: there’s more than meets the eye!”
What do you call an anime that has a ton of characters that all get to play as the main character, fantastical elements in an otherwise normal looking situation, psychological problems, gang wars, and a headless woman riding a bike? You get possibly one of the most awesome anime series you’ll ever see in your entire life, that’s what!
Durarara!! is set in the town of Ikebukuro, Japan (that actually exists FYI). Ryuugamine Mikado is a shy teenager who moves to this city full of surprises that he still hasn’t discovered yet. He meets with his best friend, Kida Masaomi, who guides him around the town, introducing him to the many people that live there. Masaomi explains the town is ruled by an unknown gang called “The Dollars”. Although they’re existence is shrouded in mystery, Masaomi explains that they are no good. Then, in freak occurrence, Mikado meets the famous headless rider; a Dullahan by the name of Celty, who works as a courier in search of her missing head. Although every person’s story may seem unconnected, Mikado soon realizes that everything doesn’t happen by freak accident; everything is connected in some way.
The anime is known for its disconnected timeline, animation style and main character changes, much like its “predecessor”, Baccano!
The anime aired for 24 episodes (+ 2 OVA’s) during the first half of 2007 (January 2007 – June 2007). The anime is based off a light novel series written by Narita Ryougo, who is also known for the original writer of the highly acclaimed Baccano! series. The anime is animated by Brain’s Base Studios, who has gone on to make such highly acclaimed series as Baccano!, Natsume Yuujinchou and Spice and Wolf.
As the series has many characters (both main and supporting), it obviously has many voice actors; many of which are noteworthy including Hanazawa Kana who voices Sonohara Anri (and is known as the voices of Yuuki Mikan from To LOVE-ru and Shiina Mayuri from Steins;Gate), Sawashiro Miyuki who voices Celty Sturluson (and is also known as the voices of Beelzebub from Beelzebub and Inaba Himeko from Kokoro Connect) and Miyano Mamoru who voices Kida Masaomi (and is also known as the voices of Yagami Light from Death Note and Okabe Rintaro from Steins;Gate). Other noteworthy/famous voice actors include Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke and Kamiya Hiroshi.
There is a reason why this anime is so well known and often quoted; because it’s awesome! Of course, this may also have to do with the worldwide success of Narita Ryougo’s first light novel series/anime series Baccano! but nevertheless, Durarara!! is a cleverly put together series with entertaining characters, plot twists and connections that will sure have you wishing you were living in Ikebukuro too. I know I did~! Still, if you haven’t watched this series then I don’t have to say anything else. If you’ve read through this entire review, then I’m sure you just convinced yourself to watch this cult anime.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 10/10