It’s difficult to write a review for this series– the story is so complex that I couldn’t explain it without completely ruining it for you. So here’s a teaser. Basically, Mikaado Ryugamine moves to Ikeburo to go to school at the Raira Academy. He is reunited with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida and makes friends with the quiet Anri Sonohara (girl with the glasses). During his first day, he meets the two men in Ikeburo he should avoid at any costs. Well, it’s always good to have a face with the name in such situations. Things get crazy though when mysteries began to pop up, and rival groups, such as the Dollars and Yellow Scarves, battle. Meanwhile a headless motorcycle rider and a supernatural slasher wander the streets. Somehow all of these elements are connected. But how?!
I absolutely adored Durarara. The plot, while it certainly to have a bunch of disconnected parts, it actually ties together very nicely. The show does a good job of keeping its tempo varied and interesting, and it addresses some interesting identity issues. Although I was initially concerned with it, I loved how the anime shifted tone in the middle of the series. Things become very serious halfway through and finishes off with a strong and delightful conclusion. Overall, it kept my interest the whole time and kept on moving in a solid direction, which anime doesn’t always do.
The characters are all pretty fun too. They are well thought out, and, while I wouldn’t necessarily say everyone has a character arc, they do provoke some thought. Also, most of them are just flat-out entertaining. Speaking of entertainment value, let me give a shout-out to my personal favorite character:
A loose cannon, Shizuo Heiwajima is notorious in the series for his extreme strength and antagonistic relationship with the information broker Izaya Orihara. While he’s perhaps not the brightest tool in the shed, he’s my favorite, if only because I found Shizuo’s explosive personality to be oddly carthetic to watch. When I started watching the series, I had been having kind of a rough time of it, and I needed something to cheer me up. Watching Shizuo pick up vending machines and stop signs and hurl them made me feel so much better. I mean, how can you not like a guy who can do stuff like that? Okay, maybe I’m just a bit weird.
Anyways, the take-away message of this post is that Durarara is definitely an anime to check out. Do so!
There’s one last review for the semester. Up next is Mushi-shi!