Anime – Durarara!! [REVIEW] – Ikebukuro’s Most Colorful Inhabitant

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,29/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Studios: Brain’s Base
Author: Ryohgo Narita (Story), Suzuhito Yasuda (Art)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Miyuki Sawashiro

One of the shows that I highly recommend and have a unique and great story, Durarara!! I think this is one of the anime that makes me feel watching at home. Just like Baccano! because they both are the same author. Baccano! can be regarded as Quentin Tarantino if he directed it. Durarara!! focusing on a city where characters become subplots. This anime doesn’t require an explanation of how this anime works. There are no main characters who want to look much or less. In Durarara!! this anime uses a technique that tells the story about a character that doesn’t know each other but related in a city. So, I will fully review how this anime works.


“Durarara !!,” tells about a district downtown in Tokyo where there are a lot of strange rumors, anonymous gangs, and a dangerous person. One of the most remarkable is the Black Rider, a headless black biker who appears on the streets. Mikado Ryuugamine (Toshiyuki Toyonaga) has long been interested in being able to enjoy the city’s surroundings and his childhood friends invited him to move to Tokyo. The first time he saw the Black Rider on the first day of his arrival, his wish was instantly replied. But apart from some of the supernatural that occur in the city, the ordinary people who also seemed to, along with the Ikebukuro colors, mingled everything and caused events to transpire in the city.

DRR 01

The main story will focus on the one that we think he is the main character. Mikado Ryuugamine was invited by his childhood friend in a city in Tokyo district Ikebukuro. This district is known for the strange rumors that are always popping up. One of the famous is Black Rider, a headless biker. The first impression I get is that I think this is just an ordinary life of an urban and societies. But, there is no main character. All of them play a role with the intent and purpose each other and don’t grasp at all. The story will be fully run on Ikebukuro only. There is no change of places, even if some characters sometimes tell the background of his life before coming to Ikebukuro. Clearly, this is like a story that shifts the flow, telling each other, not related but related in a city. Baccano! telling the storyline in a non-linear way and a different timeline while Durarara!! also like that but with a city that focuses on it. If you’ve ever seen Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, maybe the summary might be that way. What is clear, Durarara!! keep a story that prepares a twist that you’ll meet. For anime which worked by Brain’s Base, I think is enough to say that. Similar to Baccano! but Durarara!! intends to create an atmosphere in a boring and absurd way. But I don’t see the resemblance to D-Frag! though is one studio. The visual and animation is executed dim by the contrast and saturation. The selection of the coloring feels like it seems wanna make their audience tired. In addition, it’s kinda weird when the portray of unauthenticated characters is colored as gray. But, the director also has a reason why he did it because in one episode will be explained by way of interpretation. This anime also doesn’t seem strange if there are so many references that you get. For example, Isaac and Miria from Baccano! always appear as a cameo in this anime considering that these two anime have the same timeline after the anime, maybe. In addition, some are also shown without any parody style. Nothing strange and I think it’s funny and weird.

DRR 02

It’s kinda mainstream but I love both the opening and ending song. Nothing can get rid of it in my head. The song is so nice to hear especially “Uragiri no Yuuyake” and “Trust Me.” Some are also good and it feels very memorable though it’s been a long time since I watched this anime. Makoto Yoshimori as a composer is also freaking amazing. He mixed up an element that felt heavy like a gang that fights each other with the soundtrack like in urban areas. But, “Akogare no Hinichijou” is fantastic too. I like the use of this song when the background told in the late afternoon as if signing the day is over, waiting for the day tomorrow. This song is also very familiar with “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven, as there is little improvisation in it. This anime invites a lot of seiyuu that is almost completely known. You can say like Hiroshi Kamiya as Izaya, Daisuke Ono as Heiwajima, Miyuki Sawashiro as Celty, Mamoru Miyano as Masaomi, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Mikado, Kana Hanazawa as Anri, Jun Fukuyama as Shinra, and many more. The rest, everything also performs well and match the role of their character. The characters are very good. The role and characteristics are made with different personalities. Mikado with his character who doesn’t know any situation that he just visited and get many unique experiences, interesting, and sad that he lived. Masaomi, his character who is completely cheerful and always helps Mikado who is always depressed. Anri, her character with a completely boring personality and her big breast. But her dark past made her that way but far from boring expectations. Mikado and Masaomi are also one of the characters that will be fully focused when reaching climax. Celty is the badass of all characters. He is a headless rider with a less scary nature. On the contrary.

DRR 03

It’s kinda ironic when characters that infrequently have their own background have more fans than the characters themselves. If you know, Izaya and Shizuo are the answers. I love Izaya more than all the anime characters I’ve ever seen. He is like a Joker who brings chaos by everyone even a city. His passion is like make him want to enter in the part of the story, his manipulative nature, and fight against a race it’s in behind the scene. Therefore, he also has a lot of haters than I believe but in good ways, he is also well-liked. Shizuo is also like that. His character who hates violence and his strength that beats normal human beings make this anime more focused on this character. In various stories, these two characters are rivals who always fight every time they meet. You especially fangirl are also careful when they are both meet because I know what kind of reaction you are taking out. But this is also part of the problem. Because of the many characters who want to tell and be a part of the story, sometimes this anime always escape from the character. Sometimes just appeared, sometimes just disappeared. Durarara!! is certainly an anime type that suits me because it’s so rare to find anime like this which do different storytelling from others. However, sometimes this anime is also boring and there is only a dialogue that I think isn’t so important that the characters always say it over and over again. But that never changed the fact that I put this anime in my favorites list. It’s awesome to watch it over and over again, changing one’s mindset for the anime and always be surprised by the plot twist. For the first season, this anime can be somewhat hanging due to various unfinished plot holes as well as a high curiosity.

Overall, Durarara!! is certainly a show with a unique storytelling, a variety of different characters, up to a twist that will wait for you. This anime is not much in demand by some people like Baccano! which some of my friends almost all don’t know or are lazy to watch it. Durarara!! is one of the anime I recommended, although sometimes the tone is always put down in some episodes and makes the nuance so decreased that it dropped by people. This anime may not be very suitable for you who just want to find some action because completely, only a few are contained therein. Fully, it’s dialogue, dialogue, and dialogue. Sometimes, this anime makes me think that an anime or a movie doesn’t really matter how it ends and starts where it’s told. Just like Baccano! which has a non-linear story, or Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan movies. But, Durarara!! is a guaranteed exhibition that I recommend.


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