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Durarara!! Season 1 Review
Durarara!!
デュラララ!! (Durarara!!)

Synopsis

Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city, moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, whom he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out to explore the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he does not want to cross in the city such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.” After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the “Black Rider” who rides around Ikebukuro on a black motorcycle that occasionally neighs like a horse and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The “Black Rider's” real name is Celty Sturluson; she is an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head while working as an underworld courier. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and create a greater plot line from each character's knowledge about a common incident.

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Overview

The story is told from the perspective of approximately eleven of the main characters and changes every episode in the anime, sometimes even more often. One of the few constants given in every episode is that the narrator gives their own opinion on the current situation that they are in as well as what things that make them tick and keep them going in Ikebukuro: a city with a large underbelly that is the medium for the majority of both the plot’s development and random violence throughout the series.

Alternative title

– Durarara!!
– DRRR!!
– デュラララ!! (Japanese)
– 無頭騎士異聞錄 (Chinese (Taiwan))

TL;DR Review

If you like Baccano, then you would like Durarara!! as the two series were created by Ryōgo Narita. They both have easter eggs that reference each other in the anime, but other than that, they have no other tie. You don’t need to watch one to enjoy the other, but I would recommend both series.

Personally, I like Baccano better, but Durarara is more well known due to it being the longer and newer series. Like Baccano, Durarara story is a bit jumble as it covers multiple characters at once, and can be a bit confusing. Try to stick with it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well they all tie together.

Baccano contains graphic violence and moderate suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Durarara!!
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Uragiri no Yūyake” (裏切りの夕焼け, lit. “Sunset of Betrayal”) by Theatre Brook (eps 1-12)
  2. “Complication” (コンプリケイション Konpurikeishon) by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D (eps 13-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “Headhunt” by Okamoto’s (eps 1-12)
  2. “Day You Laugh” by Toshiyuki Toyonaga (eps 13-24)
  3. “Steppin’ Out” by FLOW (eps 25-36)

Closing Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Trust Me” by Yuya Matsushita (eps 1-12)
  2. “Butterfly” by On/Off (eps 13-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “Never Say Never” by Three Lights Down Kings (eps 1-12)
  2. “Exit” by Revalcy (eps 13-24)
  3. “Joker ni Yoroshiku” by PENGUIN RESEARCH (eps 25-36)

Insert Song

TV Season 1

  1. “rain tears” by Saki Fujita (ep 6)

TV Season 2

  1. “little world” by Saki Fujita
  2. “rain tears” by Saki Fujita (ep 3)

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Durarara!!

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Vorona
"Love. I myself have never loved another person. Most likely, I don't even love myself. I do have knowledge of it. But I am incapable of determining whether or not it is vital in my life."
Shinra Kishitani
"These days, I feel more comfortable in dark places. I look at these shadows as a part of you. They absorb all the light. There's no one in the world who has this color but you."
Izaya Orihara
"I'm not rude... I just wasn't taught to politely pretend to be nice to people I can't stand."
Vorona
"If there's any possibility that I might visit this city again...Then I challenge you to a duel. I wish to speak with you head-on, to within an inch of my life...To actually experience the joy of existing in this world...that is my desire."
Shizuo Heiwajima
"Look, all it means is that when I lose it, it's cause things make no sense. If there was any logic to it, then I wouldn't get pissed even if I got shot or stabbed."
Shinra Kishitani
"Even if everyone in the whole world dies, I won't care, as long as my beloved survives."
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