Durarara!! Review: Good ‘Ol Fashion High School Gang Warfare!

With the second season coming out I thought I’d give Durarara!! a chance in the same way that I gave Tokyo Ghoul one, and I have to admit that I wasn’t disappointed. For a shonen, action lover like myself, I was a bit worried that Durarara!! didn’t have enough face punch for me, but it actually balances things out quite beautifully. Also the opening is pretty nice

Durarara!! is quite the weird anime. In fact, I remember years ago when a friend of mine suggested it to me and I thought to myself, “Nah, this sounds a bit too weird for my taste”. After all, the idea of a girl that’s the headless horseman, a Russian, black sushi chef and internet chat doesn’t sound like my idea of a kickass action anime, but, like most anime, the individual elements, as ridiculous as they sound, aren’t what make Durarara!! so great, but the fact that they all fit together in some weird crazy way.

Also it was voted best anime with a sexy headless woman,
Also it was voted best anime with a sexy headless woman.

The series is about Mikado Ryugamine, and Masoami, and Anri….and the headless rider…..and a bartender…..okay the series is about a lot of people, and different episodes follow a different narrator. See Durarara!! isn’t actually about one single person, but instead about the most powerful people in Ikebukoro. As the viewer you aren’t following one character, but instead one situation that has a huge impact on each of the characters differently.

There are quite a few episodes where you see a scene that has happened previously, but you see how it came about from a different character’s perspective. I have to give the series credit for retracing steps without feeling as if it’s forcing you the same thing over and over again.

I really like the episodes focused on the more supporting characters as many of them are really craz....err interesting!
I really like the episodes focused on the more supporting characters as many of them are really craz….err interesting!

The art direction is another thing to be noted in the series. Color is a big thing in terms of both the theme and the art style. With most of the extra characters being cast in a deep grey, you’d think that it would be a work of simple laziness on the animator’s part, but it actually has some incredible significance, especially when watching the series a second time around.

The way color is used in the series is particularly interesting and makes me adore the art direction.
The way color is used in the series is particularly interesting and makes me adore the art direction.

Durarara!! was definitely an unexpected pleasure and of course I recommend to people who want something that has a bit of a bigger focus on art direction and character development than action.

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The man behind Two Frames Studios from the first frame to the last, which in this case I guess is the second. When He/We/You isn't posting up new stuff on the website you can find him meditating on the philosophies of life, happiness, and the universe around us....or desperately trying to draw better.

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