Durarara Review

Mikado Ryugamine moved to Ikebukuro with big dreams of how exciting life was sure to be in a big city. But although he didn’t find the city to be boring, he certainly didn’t expect it to be overflowing with gangs and old supernatural lore come to life. Between his school days with his friends, odd encounters on the street with manga lovers and a tall sushi bar owner and occasional glimpses at info brokers and thugs, Mikado learns his way around his new home and some of the more dangerous people that live there.

There are two main elements of high violence (besides the over the top slap stick stuff). Element one: evil sword possession. This whole sequence is creepy and there is quite a lot of blood. I’d say Fullmetal Alchemist levels on average with a few quick bursts of Trinity Blood. So expect blood, mainly via cuts.
The other element is supernatural. One character is headless and cannot be killed. She is experimented on. No real blood or anything, but it’s still creepy and a bit horrifying as it feels pain.

Expect the usual fare of d-mn and sh-ts, with an occasional b-word flung out for flare. Nothing too excessive, but it’s not PG stuff either.

We have that one character with the big rack (don’t we always these days?) and they trow out a joke on her… assets here and there. There’s also the above experamental scene. The female creature appears to not wear clothing. We don’t see any details, however.

Since I’ve mentioned supernaturals, you should have guessed this would be coming up. So, yes, there is a headless creature, also called a fea (fairy). And, yes, there is a possessed sword. And, yes, if those kinds of things bother you chances are so will this show. But there’s not much stalk put into theology behind these strange things. They just simply… are, oddly enough.

Personal impression:
I absolutely loved this show back when it was airing and I still do. It’s very strange to see such an amazing blend of current technological worries and folklore work so well together and for an anime to pull it off is quite rare. The characters are rich, the art is amazing, capturing both bright city lights and mythical headless riders in the same scenes, and the music is fitting.
This said, there’s also so much to this story that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. At times the story is almost too much to keep track of and the ending leaves a great deal to be desired as a major plot element is left to hang itself. If you like everything to wrap up, this series’ ending will leave you frustrated in the extreme. But if you can deal with a loose end or two, you’ll find that this show is an amazingly fun ride between the modern and fairy tale worlds with more than a few twists to dazzle you.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 25
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Action, fantasy, drama
Website: n/a
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
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Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

8 thoughts on “Durarara Review

  1. I’m really hoping that we’ll see more of Durarara!! in anime format some day soon – and although I’m not exactly holding my breath, I do think it’s possible given just how well this series has done, especially in its home country. As for me, it’s definitely in the top 10 list. Love it!

    • I would ADORE seeing more of this series too. But it has been awhile since it’s debut… Then again, the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya took forever to come out, plus there was that newer Rozen Maiden this year (even though it kinda sucked), so there’s always the chance.
      I just wish it was as simple as a show “doing well.” Many shows have done well and yet been left to sit. So there’s likely a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than we know. Probably having to do with getting enough sponsors to back the project, sales figures, etc.

      • I could be wrong, because I’m not particularly intimate with sales figures of anime in general, but I’m pretty sure that for Durarara!! they were especially high. I was thinking that this, combined with the fact that there’s now more than enough source material with those light novels, would mean the creation of another series certainly isn’t out of the question. But yeah, that’s unfortunately no guarantee.

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