Anime – Durarara!! x2 Shou [REVIEW] – A New Threat Appears

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,11/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Studios: Shuka
Author: Ryohgo Narita (Story), Suzuhito Yasuda (Art)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Miyuki Sawashiro


After the first introduction in 2010, the fanbase quickly spread just like Baccano! proved that this series became a success for the future again. Although like that, the second season is just given 12 episodes only while the first season is 24. The fanbase on the internet is growing more, especially fangirling, some people also consider that this series doesn’t need to make the sequel because it contains nonsense. A series that doesn’t have a core at all doesn’t need to be made, to be there, even the first season is enough to make the new series again. But Durarara!! x2 Shou comes with an endless story about the character who has to deal with some gangs and new insane people, introduces the characters that are not far insane than before, and will certainly contain something exactly the same as the first season.

“Durarara !! x2 Shou,” tells about a peace which finally arrived in Ikebukuro, nothing more to worry about. Even so, someone puts a huge bounty on Celty Sturluson (Miyuki Sawashiro) where all the gang members look for their whereabouts. On the other hand, Mikado Ryuugamine (Toshiyuki Toyonaga) is approached by Aoba Kuronuma (Hiro Shimono), the mysterious underclassman with unknown intentions knowing the true identity of Mikado. Since these incidents, a threat from the killer who wears a different mask every time he is committing a crime which made a mess at Ikebukuro. As with different place but related events, Ikebukuro is in another conflict that causes chaos everywhere.

DX2S SS1

By far, Durarara!! x2 Shou still can’t be separated from what is presented from the plot and the storytelling. Telling a character with a linear narrative style from one point to another, it will return to the story of what the character experienced and will continue later. In this second season, the main character will face a new character who suddenly knows the true identity of him. This season may be more to a determination of the main character whether he still wants to stick to his choice or want to leave it. The story will focus more on his viewpoint so some characters are missing and lacking in the role. Perhaps this is why the second season is more likely pass than the first season or because this season just gets a few episodes. If the previous season tells about an event from where and what’s the point, this second season is more to the character that’s forcibly wanted to get into the story but sometimes their steal each other. If the first season does need a more 20 character recognition, why in this second season do the rooms? But I understand why the second season is more referring to the characters stealing each other’s roles because, in the end, it will all meet in a vantage point that blends in the main character’s answer at the end of the story. Nothing much to say about the art. It’s mediocre and same as the prequel. Simple but unique in character development. I think Shuka studio understands how Brain’s Base minds are in the face of this issue. There is nothing to pay attention too because there is nothing to see. Similarity, it’s similar to a historical anime 91 Days. But, I haven’t watch it yet and just glimpsed the visually.

DX2S SS2

The soundtrack is practically similar to the prequel, but not as memorable from the first season. The location of the sound effect, jazz, and piano ballad, the parts are not lost from all these aspects. All the seiyuu also didn’t change at all, still performed with full of performance and uniqueness. So, same as the art. I don’t need to add every detail because there is nothing else to analyze. The characters take on more of their roles and focus more on the main story that the main character experienced. I see that Baccano! didn’t forget the role of all the characters, although focusing on the main characters that are interconnected from the event as well as different times but always pay attention to the tiny details. Durarara!! x2 Shou prefers to the original character of the main character, the manner of the main character is more precise. Some people on the internet always distinguish who is the best, Baccano! or Durarara!!. I think both have their own uniqueness neither each way despite having a similar storytelling. Durarara!! is more focus on the city which becomes the main story, I think this second season is more lost than the first season which more pronounced. But, the next season may be more to something than what they want to present. In fact, maybe this will be the time to fix any shortcomings that seen in this season. The post-credit as well also slipped some twist at the end which means there will be a new character perception, I think. If you still didn’t understand what you want to enjoy for this second season, I think you should watch it again. This second season isn’t worse than I expected because there are still some aspects that still follow the first season like the same storytelling, weird characters that do weird things, and you can still see your favorite characters in this anime. It’s pretty much enjoyed with the little acknowledgment of the plot holes that were in the first season as well as some confusion. What I’m amazed is, what is the meaning of the title? Well, you can interpret in your own way.


Overall, maybe I’m compelled to admit how I love this series even if they made a new season again, I’ll keep watching it even though the story becomes a mess. Durarara!! x2 Shou isn’t as bad as we think. In this series, we will be taken from the decision of how the main character will be confronted in two options that are still unanswered, some of the twists are also still existed so sometimes I’m surprised when I watch this. Baccano! and Durarara!! are the two series with different storytelling from the anime in general and I hope, there’s anime like this again beside those two anime because I’m also bored with all the cliche that always appear every season. This season is worth watching if you are still curious about the first series.

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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.

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“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.

She’s So Hot. I Mean, 5 Flaming Hotties

Anime Hot Fan Sweating Sweat Relief

So, what’s this? I just got a nomination for The Mystery Blogger Award and now I don’t know what is this. But, calm down. I am not angry. Precisely, I’m grateful for getting a tag from the previous blog. By the way, he is The Pantless Anime Blogger. Thanks so much for choosing this blog as what’s that tag, 5 Flaming Hotties. Yeah, the name’s weird. 🙂 Anyway, The Pantless Anime Blogger is a blog that discusses anime. From the name also you know that, but the content is unique to read. He discussed an anime review or something. By the way, the author is from the Philippines. As far as I know, Philippines is the second country where the otaku is so numerous. The country is also ranked second only to Japan’s largest otaku in the world. Indonesia also entered, which’s ranked sixth. However, if you are very curious you can visit his blog containing anime content and such.

Rules:

  1. Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts  to all blogs involved and including the picture above.
  2. List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
  3. Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
  4. Add some appealing pictures.
  5. Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties.
  6. Post the rules.

Five Flaming Hotties

Greatest Hotties from TV or movie? What? I heard it the first time and it felt weird. But I’ll do what I can. For the sake of a unity of bloggers, let’s get started. But, am I free to choose any character? Or should I choose a female character that is ‘hot’? I don’t know what to do. 🙂 Why I talk about bullshit, dude?

1. Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!

Orihara Izaya

So, I want to start from the male characters first. Yeah, Izaya Orihara. Who’s don’t know him? Of all the anime I’ve ever seen, Izaya Orihara is the coolest character in the anime. If I was a girl, I would make him my husbando. Hey, don’t think too weird. I’m not gay. But, somehow, I prefer this Izaya Orihara before first watching Durarara!!. Because of his nature and his handsomeness, it’s not surprising that so many fujoshi from all over the world often make fanfiction, yaoi, and even the doujinshi about this character. Moreover, his compatibility with Shizuo Heiwajima makes something more passionate. Ah, forget it.

2. Kosaki Onodera from Nisekoi

Kosaki Onodera

We switch back to the female character that is no one other know than Kosaki Onodera from Nisekoi. “Oh, look at this dude. He’s a team Onodera. FUCK YOU! KILL YOURSELF!!!” weeaboo said. Hey, shut the f*ck up you little piece of shit. So, since the Nisekoi manga came up, there was a war involving all Nisekoi fans split into two teams. The first team’s support the Chitoge team while the second team supports the Onodera team. From the sentence that I wrote earlier, we already know who’s the winner. But, I don’t give a shit. I think Onodera is a dream girlfriend who can be a life partner. With her smart cooking, faithful despite having to accept the bitter of reality, and I don’t know what to say moreover. In essence, he’s a lot of good. It’s suitable to be waifu.

3. Norman Bates from Psycho

Norman Bates

The two anime characters I’ve set hotties and explained before and I want to move on to the movie. Norman Bates from Psycho. You know, Psycho is a classic black and white film directed by Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Ever since I first watched this movie, I just thought, “What the fuck!” Moreover, the antagonist character of this mental psychopath’s Norman Bates. I thought that Norman Bates was a character related to the protagonist. However, the end of the film is also surprising. Moreover, the cold and cold gaze that makes the audience as if the target of the next killer. Don’t deal with Norman Bates because he wouldn’t harm a fly.

4. Jenny Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot

Jenny Wakeman

Now I want to switch back to cartoon because I almost run out of ideas. I remember this cartoon ever aired on Nickelodeon every morning and afternoon since I watched. And since junior high school, I immediately became nostalgic again when aired back on my local TV. Especially if the character and main heroine in this cartoon, Jenny Wakeman, a robot who just started his teenage life and must adapt to his school. If this cartoon made into anime, I would love to watch it (Anime is a cartoon). However, I can only see the fan art in DeviantArt. I can only stare at him with sadness. 😥

5. Mai Kawakami from Myriad Colors Phantom World

Mai Kawakami

And in the end, I run out of ideas so far and I don’t know why I choose Mai Kawakami. I’m sorry, dude. But I immediately got the brilliant idea why I had to choose this. You know, we use the word ‘hotties‘ here which means, we choose the character that ‘hot‘ in this tag. How stupid I’m. So, Mai Kawakami can be said is a dream girl for men. Although she’s not a perfect character, she is very honest with his feelings. Her hair is blonde, her eyes are purple, tall, and very good in sports. She also has a nice body and boobs that, forget it. However, why he didn’t fall in love with the main character Haruhiko Ichijo. In fact, that’s what I want along with the anime fans. Why? 😦 But, she’s pretty cute, to be honest.

And it’s time I choose the blog that will be nominated, here is the list:

Get Wreck

DAY 10 – FAVORITE FIGHTER ANIME


Day 10 of 30 Day Anime Challenge. I don’t know what to say first but it’s time to discuss our topic this time titled, “Favorite Fighter Anime.”

Anime fighting is very cool to watch. Moreover, among men who love the anime action. Anime action is very much, call it mainstream anime such as Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, One Punch Man, and the most important is Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball. Among that anime, all people definitely know that anime. For some reason, I really like this kind of genre but I just don’t really like the anime like that. The anime that I watch isn’t much different from the others. Call it, “Durarara!!”

Durarara!!

“Durarara!!” Set in Tokyo’s downtown, Ikebukuro district. The city has its own uniqueness including rumors and warnings about anonymous gangs, and the most commonly encountered urban legend is “Black Rider,” a rider driving a jet black headless motorcycle around a city street.

Mikado Ryuugamine is always amazed by the beauty and life of that city. He was invited by his childhood friend to move to Tokyo. On his first day, he hopes to see the Black Rider. His request was granted on his first day. However, many interesting events that aren’t inferior to the Black Rider. Like the city residents who look ordinary itself, colorful of Ikebukuro, and unique people that he met.

I really like this anime because of the background story, the character traits are introduced in detail, and the visuals are very good. The plot is unlike other anime that using a nonlinear and character recognition is also introduced in their respective viewpoints.

Of all the characters that exist in this anime, Heiwajima Shizuo is a fighter (Maybe he isn’t exactly a fighter). From his childhood, he has got the power that can lift any object and throw it away. He’s emotional but always beat his enemy with just one punch. Shizuo has a rival named Orihara Izaya. When meeting, Shizuo and Orihara always fight. Shizuo also has a very caring person with his friends, especially with Ryuugamine. Since Shizuo is the strongest member in Dollars, Shizuo always helps the problems who facing Ryuugamine.


Okay, we have to end it this time. Indeed many other fighter anime that I like. But, if Durarara!! May not be exactly anime action. Although this anime many getting hated, I really like this anime.

Anti-Social Also Has Some Rom-Com

DAY 3 – FAVORITE MALE ANIME CHARACTER EVER


And here it is, the 3rd day of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. This time, I will discuss a theme that is nothing to me call “Favorite Male Anime Character Ever.”

Of all the anime I’ve seen so far, there are many of my male favorite characters in every anime. Probably, it’s none other than because I usually like it in some nature that makes me obsessed. All anime that I’ve watched, there is an anime character that makes me become amazed because of his nature. He is the Hikigaya Hachiman from anime “Oregairu.” In Japan “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru” and in English “My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.”

The name of anime itself is very long, but I really love the romance story. There is the uniqueness of its own. I will only discuss the main character named Hikigaya Hachiman or commonly called Hikki.

Hikigaya
Hikigaya Hachiman

Maybe some of you guys also like this character. It’s highly deserved to be appreciated. Some story, Hikki is a high school kid who has a very anti-social personality against his friends. In fact, he has no friends at all. His life is like because, from his past, he always oppressed by his friends and the women who refuse to exist as well. At High School, his teacher asked him to kill his anti-social personality. From here Hikki begins to make new friends who initially met with Yukinon and Yui.

Hikki has a very different nature from the others. Describes human nature. He always doing his own way just to help his friends. Starting from stretching himself to being hated and think hard to do it alone rather than ask for help from his friends. Hikki has a very wide though. This is what makes me obsessed with Hikki. It’s also what makes Yukinon and Yui who initially hate being in love. Hikki also begins to open his heart to Yukinon and Yui who at first he always thought to solve his own problems to trust his two friends.

Of all the anime I’ve seen so far, maybe this is the coolest anime character if I look from his personality. In my opinion, no one can beat his sacrifice. For those who already watch the anime, maybe you also understand. But, will the season 3 be there or never exist and only in the Light Novel? But, for those who have not watched maybe you can watch first so you guys become to understand.


Okay, I think I will end here with our discussion this time. There are many anime characters that I favor besides Hikki. Like Orihara Izaya from Durarara!!, Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka, Ouma Shuu from Guilty Crown, and much more. However, it is Hikki who should prefer over all. For tomorrow, we’ll discuss the topic about “Favorite Female Anime Character Ever.” So, see you later.

The Literature Reference

DAY 2 – FAVORITE ANIME YOU’VE WATCHED SO FAR


Yes, Day 2 for 30 Day Anime Challenge. For this second day, this time I will discuss the favorite anime I’ve watched so far.

Hmmm … If asked what favorite anime I’ve been watching is actually a lot. There are Steins;Gate, K-ON!, Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Terror in Resonance and others. However, the anime that represent all of my favorite anime I’ve been watching actually I don’t know. Hahaha… But, if I was asked a question like that, maybe I would answer “Hyouka.”

Spring

Previous, I’ve been reviewing this anime and its uniqueness. Well, “Hyouka” is an anime representing all of my favorite anime. Why? Because I can also make some reference to my college for this anime. What, how? Well, not really want to be what is in this anime, but I take some references that are in the anime “Hyouka.” For example, some of the classic novels discussed in this anime are Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels. But, that’s not all that makes this anime represent my favorite anime. Of course in terms of visual very great, opening titled Yasashisa no Riyuu by ChouCho also very nice to be heard. Cast and story also I like it. Although this anime theme is a literary club, the mystery’s in the anime is fascinating from pretending to be Sherlock Holmes, the mystery in the school, in the case of losing the goods of each club.

The Civilization Blaster

Speaking of Hyouka, the anime also I took from my college reference was “Blast of Tempest.” In the future maybe I will review this anime. I made it a reference because some of William Shakespeare’s works are also there like Hamlet and The Tempest.

Well, maybe we will end here about this discussion. “Hyouka” is my favorite anime I’ve watched so far. It’s a lot more than that, but I’ll put it first “Hyouka.” Starting from character, visual, sound, everything is perfect. There are no shortcomings. Previously, I want to apologize for being too late to post this article. Tomorrow, I will discuss “Favorite Male Anime Character Ever.” So, see you later.