In Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.
Mikado Ryuugamine has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted. But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city. – My Anime List
Based on 24 review scores:
Simply put, Durarara!! is a ton of fun and infinitely re-watchable. There really is so much going on in this show and it all ties together in a neat little knot. On multiple viewings you will catch things you didn’t notice the first time through and then you will rewind it to check and see what else you missed. Throw in a stellar cast and you have one of the first truly great anime releases to come out in a very long time.
Durarara!! is one of the best anime series I’ve ever seen. The story starts out totally normal about a guy Mikado who moves to Tokyo for school. He meets up with his friend Masaomi who starts telling him about all gangs, the urban legends and supernatural stuff in Tokyo mainly gossip or is it? This anime is a must watch! It has all the elements of a good story and its unbelievably amazing. I mean its so unpredictable and it gets more interesting by the second. Also the writer didn’t leave any character out which gives you a satisfying story.
Well, it turns out this isn’t a short-season anime, so I can’t call it a “best ever” short season anime. But the good news is that means there are even more episodes to enjoy. Apart from that, this is still a classy, witty series. The multiple story lines interweave in complex patterns, the characters are multi-dimensional, and the stereotypes are not what they seem at first, and the sound and video craftsmanship are superb. The more I watch this series, the more I appreciate its combination of subtlety, action and mystery.
The Forgotten Lair
You know a show is going to be good when it has exclamations on its title. While the series is a shortened version of the manga, it’s still really good and allows you to fall in love with all the characters.
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To make a long story short, Durarara!! is really good. It’s interesting, exciting, funny, and actually does have a little bit of something for everyone, without spreading itself too thin.
Durarara stands head and shoulders above the crowd as a more intelligent and more profoundly characterized anime. This definitely belongs on anyone’s must watch list. As a note, even though the show seems done in episode 24 (or 25, depending on how it is counting), go ahead an watch the final episode, because it makes the thematic connections much stronger. It does drag a bit before episode 20, but it really is worth getting through the slow patch for the finale.
I’m calling it – this is on my list for one of the best series of 2010, and unless we get something really good later in the year, it’s the best Genre anime of 2010
When Durarara!! came out there was not too much talk about it. As such it was surprising to see an under-hyped anime surprise us like that. However, things have changed. After the success of its first season it has definitely created a massive fan-base across the globe and I personally wait for each season with much anticipation. I would definitely recommend this anime to anyone who’s looking for a great story with character dynamics.
Mind The Ethos
If you can be patience and roll with what Durarara is showing you, you will be in for a huge treat. However, if you are the type of person that needs some sort of early gratification or faster paced story, you will probably drop this anime before you reach episode 6. Durarara has a great supernatural story, hilarious and memorable characters, and great plot twists. If you are looking for an anime that is a mix of pulp fiction with some supernatural and mind blowing inception moments, watch Durarara…and then get ready for the second season.
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Overall: This is by far the best anime I’ve ever seen, I’d recommend it to anyone, no matter what their tastes are, since it has a bit of everything and an excellent cast of characters.
If if I didn’t have Baccano to compare it to, I’d be gushing with praises for Durarara. So it’s still pretty good. Just a betrayal of my unrealistically high expectations.
The Anime Review
I’m not sure my rating is particularly fair. I liked parts of this show much more than some others I’ve rated higher, but it just doesn’t add up to something spectacular. I love much of the storytelling, I like the inhabitants of Ikebukuro in all their zany nuttiness…but my limits were stretched way too far to think that this was a superb series, despite all the things I genuinely liked. It’s not that the journey wasn’t fun…it’s that I’m not sure we really went anywhere.
There’s not much else I can say about Durarara!!. The animation was great at the start, but started to get a little boring in the definitely more lacklustre 2nd half. The bouts of comedy were actually pretty damn good, and I had plenty of laughs watching the first half. Although it’s nowhere near legendary status, I give Durarara!! a solid thumbs up. Well done Brains Base for another good watch.
Durarara!! does well to balance a number of different genres and as a result carries a unique air about it. There are so many characters at play, but each has their own important place in the big picture, and for the most part they are all quite likeable. Though the story is paced well and most plot points are resolved before the finale, there are a couple of major points left ambiguous, and it feels like the creative staff could have made one more episode to clear those off the record. Still, Durarara!! is a nice blend of real world issues and fantasy elements, and never loses its identity as a fun-filled series.
Overall, this series has been created by the creators of Baccano, and the director had done a ton of other stuff including Jigoku Shoujo, Fancy Lala, Natsume Yuujinchou and Koi Kaze. Durarara isn’t among the best of them, and in that way it turned into a bit of a disappointment. From most other directors however, this series would have been gold. It suffers a bit with its characters (quite a few of them have their unlikable moments), it has a bit of a wonky pacing in the second half, but it has a pretty inventive plot, a ton of nice ideas and while not the best, it’s definitely worth your time.
The series ends with a few loose ends and I can tell there was more to be done. But hey if an anime isn’t made up of mindless action I guess it gets canned. But the series is good and I do not regret seeing it. It is only subbed at the moment but a dub is in the works so if you like American dubs you can see it that way. But yeah great series but it could have been more… ):
It was tough for me to find anything to nitpick about this anime. I love it and would recommend it to any one. If you haven’t watched it, definitely do so! You’ll love it or probably at least like it.
Fantasy And Anime
I would recommend watching at least the first two seasons. Although not ground breaking, it does what it does well, and by the end of Izaya’s plan you can decide whether you want to sit through another three seasons to see his larger master scheme come into effect. Either way, this anime’s story of connecting characters through invisible plot threats really inspired me to do the same in my own story. This was a prefect example of a anime that I could show to people for the very point of asking the person watching it how they think it should end, simply because the premise is creative and open enough to allow watcher to fill in the gaps themselves.
Unleash The Anime
Overall I found Durarara to be complex and deep. This is also part of it’s downfall as well. Sometimes it’s too complex for it’s own good but the story does enough to keep you hooked. If the story doesn’t interest you then the characters sure will. There’s so many of them you’re bound to find one you like. There’s even an all star cast of voice actors to go along with all those characters so they come to life so to speak. Durarara also has a solid soundtrack that is perfect for the show. With 2 seasons totaling 60 episodes there’s plenty for you to watch. Season 2 is divided into 3 mini seasons called Shou, Ten, and Ketsu. Each season has a handful of OVA’s to go along with them so you can watch to your heart’s content. There isn’t any word about another season yet so keep a look out. I really liked Durarara I just wish they would’ve made it a little bit easier to follow.
Each of these individual elements–clever musical score, cleverer visuals, exceptional acting, a cast of characters as large as it is varied and fun, a sense of humor by turns wacky and deadpan, and a twisting, multi-layered story–weave together into a unique and tremendously entertaining whole. Even if the final story arc isn’t as much fun as everything up to that point has you craving, Durarara!! is still entirely worth watching.
Durarara is at its best when in constant motion. It suits its colorful style and outlandish story best, making the undercurrent of heartfelt existentialism palatable. That the final set of episodes bogs down in teen angst that wasted the momentum the series had built up to that point is a crying shame, tempered only by the promise that more material from its original novels is still waiting to be adapted. Overall though, Durarara is still a great watch; hip, original, engaging, and vastly entertaining. This reviewer is crossing his fingers for a second season soon.
It’s not a great series by any means, but those with a penchant for quirkiness should certainly take a look.
Overall, Durarara!! suffers from a number of ups and downs (although maybe more downs than ups). Most of the characters are interesting, and the music and humour are a welcome addition. Sadly, the second and third arcs seem contrived and the conclusion just seems unfinished. It’s entertaining, sure, but there are better shows to watch.