Synonyms: Dhurarara!!, Dyurarara!!, Dulalala!!, Dullalala!!, DRRR!!
Jan 8, 2010 to Jun 25, 2010
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIn 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.
Ryuugamine Mikado 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.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Uragiri no Yuuyake (裏切りの夕焼け; Sunset of Betrayal)" by Theatre Brook (eps 1-12)
#2: "Complication (コンプリケイション)" by ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D (eps 13-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Trust Me" by Yuya Matsushita (eps 1-12)
#2: "Butterfly" by ON/OFF (eps 13-23)
All this information also applies to X2 Shou and X2 Ten.
-Storyline is interesting and completely character driven that will keep you hooked
-Large cast of interesting characters. Shizuo is my favourite character in anime PERIOD. Well, as of right now.
-MEIN GOTT the soundtrack is awesome.
-Voice acting in the sub is spot on.
-Dub, despite some hiccups, is still above average, and dub fans will be pleased. Hear the Freeman, BE the Freeman.
-Animation in the first half of season 1? Unquestionably top notch for its time.
-X2 ten with plot twists and ups and downs GALORE
-The main 3 characters (Mikado, Anri and Masaomi) are seriously the most bland characters in the show. They also get a lot of focus, and thus we don't actually have too much screentime on the actual interesting characters we like (Shizuo, Izaya, Celty, Shinra, etc). And while Mikado does get REALLY interesting in Durarara X2, Masaomi and Anri continue to stay bland as characters.
-Animation takes a dip in the second half, and X2's animation isn't too good either, but we should try to cut them some slack for X2, considering the animation is being done by Studio Shuka, who hasn't done any notable works, with X2 being their 1st notable project.
-X2 Shou is a bit slow, and you might be even a tad bored at some points.
Overall, pretty good. It still holds up to be one of my favourite Anime, and i can't WAIT for what X2 Ketsu has in store for us next year!
Durarara!! is one of those shows with a double life theme, add that with some gang drama and a headless motorcyclist, and you got yourself a mashup! Which is exactly what this is. A mashup.
Just what I said above. This is a mashup of different cliche or used ideas. The headless motorcyclist, the gangs and mobs, the secret double life of a high schooler, and two best friends who end being on the opposite end. I was a bit disappointed in the fact there was much at the beginning but silly introductions to the characters and their profile. I don't care! They could've easily done the same thing while they moved through the plot. And it was a bit hard to understand why this was considered "supernatural" minus Shizuo having extreme strength.
It was decent enough, but still had so much potential.
Not very good. Why do some of the people on the streets end up being just grey silhouettes? Now I haven't read the manga, so I don't know what the drawings look like, but the animation just seems so...sloppy. It looks like the animators got super lazy and said fuck it! Good enough. Heck! They look like they worked more on the background than the actually characters!
Probably what saved this anime. The sounds in this were pretty good. They added to the suspension of the scene and drew the watcher in. The two opening songs were spot on and prepared the watcher for what was too come. Kudos to the soundtrack team!
Not much to say really. These characters are pretty much based off of other characters from classics, although they are pretty well thought up and they do have their own personality. No sterotypes, although Mikado was a bit of a goody too shoes. My favourite had to be Shizuo of course. The way he got when Izaya came around was hilarious!
50th anime watched! I really didn't get into this until around episode 17/18. The first few episodes were a bit too dull for my taste. It seemed to be repeating itself over and over...I got bored. No lies.
I give this 52.5% on the fighting level.
"Durarara!!" is a fast paced anime with a very large cast. Very similar to Ryohogo Narita's other work "Baccano!". Within the mysterious city of Ikebukuro are the the entangled stories of a Dullahan working as an underground transporter, a mad scientist, gang leaders, a malicious information broker, his worst enemy who has the strength to lift a vending machine and throw it across the street, and the protagonist Ryuugamine, Mikado who's excited to become a part of the madness.
Due to the fast pace and many storylines this is definitely not an anime for first timers but if you're looking for a change of pace from your traditional story and some of the most interesting characters you'll ever see than "Durarara!!" is for you.
Apart from the story, the action scenes, music, and overall look of the anime are fantastic and surprisingly fresh. Just watch the first episode, you will be hooked. read more
Durarara; a review.
I would like to note the massive popularity this show commands, and the rabid nature of its fanbase. Normally, this would be a good enough reason for one to abstain from critically reviewing this show, but oh, the thrill of jabbing at the hornets' nest...
Let us commence.
Round One: The Stage.
Alright, this one is going to be a mess, and I should get this over with in the first bit of the review. Durarara does not have a plot. It has barely any backstory, and relies more on the established 'Rule of Cool' rather than an interesting story or an intricate plot, or even just the premise of complete pandemonium that made its predecessor 'Baccano!' such a phenomenal success. However, that is not to say that Durarara has nothing to offer in this field.
Just like its predecessor 'Baccano!', Durarara does not rely on a dominant and omnipresent central plot, but rather on the characters, although it does try to give a certain amount of depth to the stage, and this is where it fails.
You see, you can put up a decent enough play without equipping your stage with crimson curtains and whatnot, and instead focusing on your cast. Should you succeed in the latter, it might still be an extremely enjoyable presentation. If you to divert your attention to the stage itself for a slight, change your mind, and leave it there will certainly result in a spectacular failure on both sides.
'Durarara!' is set in Ikebukuro, one of the more dangerous urban neighborhoods in Japan. The neighbourhood plays host to all of Durarara's resident checkpoints on the unwritten list of anime stereotypes. The story takes place in the aftermath of a gang war that is only known as 'The color gang war', something we find out close to nothing (interesting) about. This was a miserable failure at adding depth to a stage, and is where it falls short.
For a rating, I'm going to have to give this section a 4 out of 10.
Round Two: The Cast.
The collection of Ikebukuro's occupants who partake in the story of Durarara! isn't exceptional in any sense.
You have Mikado Ryugamine; a country bumpkin who's moved into this wild urban district to-
Yes, go to high school…
Cross out 'Well-endowed class representative' (with a deep, dark secret that you will not give two Kusos for) and 'Pervert best friend' on the aforementioned list of anime stereoty- Oh, I know! Let's do something that has NOT been done to death in the world of Anime; put 'em in a love triangle!
Then, you have your filler material. Enter;
- The Otakus.
- The walking sack of anger issues that tosses weighty objects at anybody who looks sideways at him (CRISPIN FREEMAN!)
- His sworn foe, the 'Smart guy' with an affinity for slick combat (knives and evasion)
- The immigrant (they emphasize upon that to a degree that borders on racism) African-Russian sushi-bar worker.
All of the characters above get absolutely no development. Their introductions are rather bland, and their hastily added origin stories are almost cringeworthy. The most they recieve
But enter a pleasant surprise; there is an ace in this chaotic mess of a deck, and that would be Celty Sturlurson.
Celty is a Dulahan, the celtic equivalent of the grim reaper, a being with a dismembered head that guides souls into the afterlife. However, Celty differs from other Dulahan as she is missing her head, and is in the process of searching for it. She is the only standout character amongst this ocean of cardboard cutouts, alongside Shinra, whom she shares an… Unusual relationship with. Watching this is, quite frankly, is thrice as interesting as the rest of the show.
If I could change this show (and good lord, do I wish it to be so), I would focus on what the show is really about; Celty. The other characters only serve to detract from her story, and the focus is on the worst possible group.
This aspect of the show, in my opinion, gets a rating of 6 out of 10.
Round Three: The Sound.
The soundtrack is where this show really picks itself up, with some funk and jazz, and a very Baccano-esque initial opening theme (both in terms of animation and sound) that I thoroughly enjoyed. There's even a couple of unconventional but compelling tracks with solo upright bass that I particularly appreciated. In this respect, the show follows in the footsteps of Baccano, and the results are remarkable.
With two solid dubs and a great score, I see no reason why it doesn't merit a 9 out of 10.
Round Four: The Animation.
I'll have to concede that the animation for the show isn't all that bad, and it even has an appreciable organic vibe to it. However, at times this doesn't shine where it needs to, and I can even recall scenes where the average animation quality detracted from the show itself. As is evident, there is no worse sin that the art of a show can possibly commit. For shows that follow the previously mentioned 'Rule of Cool', the animation requires a certain emphasis which this show doesn't seem to have.
The animation scores a 7 out of 10.
Round Five: Entertainment Value.
I might appear to be dissatisfied during the course of my this review, but when I watched the series, I found that I was rather enjoying it, and would watched a slew of episodes in a single setting. It would be abject dishonesty to say that it wasn't enjoyable initially, but following the first few episodes, I found it was becoming boring rather quickly, and all of the aforementioned flaws became painfully apparent. Some were prominent enough to serve as immediate deterrents, but its merits were just enough to counteract them when they received attention.
The score for entertainment value is a 6 out of 10.
The overall score for this series will be determined by the average of the above scores, which is a 6.4 out of 10, rounded off to 6 out of 10.
As for an alternative, I would recommend Baccano, which is the spiritual predecessor to this series, and does everything a whole lot better, and I can say this despite not having completed the series yet (which is a very good sign). Also, most of Baccano is set about a century before Durarara, with certain parts in the 18th and early 21st centuries, so if that strikes your fancy, it's definitely a show you will like.
Same author, same studio. Both animes focus on various characters from the underworld -- criminals, violent gangs and misfits -- with splashes of the occult and the supernatural but set in a thoroughly modern society not unlike ours. While Baccano! had immortals and mysterious elixirs propelling the story along, Durarara! has a dullahan, which according to Irish myths, is a headless rider. Like Baccano!, Durarara! is told by an all-seeing narrator, populated by a large cast, and initially seems very scattered in terms of its storyline but should begin to make sense the more episodes you see.
Both shows are adapted from novels that are by the same author, Narita Ryohgo. Not to mention that the same animation studio and team worked on both adaptations. I'm almost certain that if you enjoyed Baccano for the obvious reasons, then you'll love this.
Both from the same author and director - both masterpieces! Both have many small stories which come together into one. In Baccano! most of the characters meet on a train called the Flying Pussyfoot and in Durarara!! the characters all meet in the city of Ikebukuro. Baccano! is all centered in the USA in the 1930's with some of the plot taking place in the past while Durarara!! mostly takes place in modern day Japan. Both series have extremely interesting characters and story. Both series have a strong element of mystery in them too and they both evolve in real life surroundings while they both have supernatural element in them. To sum it all up if you enjoyed Baccano! then you'll enjoy Durarara!! and vice-versa.
Both are from the same Director and are very similar to each other except that baccano took place at an older year and Durarara is during this time city.
Both emphasize great characters and the satisfaction of the viewer in one happens to these characters. Both also tell their stories in a highly original way, revealing plot points later on and in almost random places. Heavy use of foreshadowing and guessing games is present as well. But above all, both are incredibly enjoyable in a Tarantino-esque fashion, and leave you wanting much, much more.
Seeing as both are made by the same company, the characters are easy to love and get attached to. Both story lines are being told by different characters of the series, giving you different points of views; which makes it soo much more interesting. Of course each character has their own plans for each other, but they all get invovled with each other's situations (as do most animes), the art style is amazing. Each character is (i think) pretty well-rounded, some of them remind me of other characters that i've seen based on there actions and personalites. I would defintly recommend this series!!!
Though these series take place in different time periods they come across with generally the same feel. Not surprising considering the same team is behind both series.The use of mystical elements are present in both, but the true magic comes from the storytelling. Both series introduce multiple characters that seem unrelated that end up all being part of a larger connected story. Marvelous storytelling. Great use of music. And a good mix of blood and laughs make them both great picks.
Both anime have the same director, and the story's little similar, Durarara!! and Baccano is one of the best anime, both of them involve on having a Action genre, and supernatural, if like those kind of genres, you should try watching either of this two.
Also, both of the anime has great character illustration and a good story plot, so watching either of these two is definitely not a waste of time.
These two anime I was skeptical because, they have been 8, XX points, but after watching Baccano realized that this is just my thoughts
Anime Baccano Durarara and brilliantly made, heroes are shown in all its glory - their lives, secrets, the past, which is a maniac and the most powerful man XDDD
In general, I advise everyone who liked Baccano! ! !
К этим двум аниме я относился скептически, потому-что у них были 8,XX баллов, но после просмотра Baccano понял, что это только мои мысли
Аниме Baccano и Durarara блестяще сделаны, показаны герои во всей красе - их жизнь,секреты,прошлое, чего стоит маньяк и самый сильный человек XDDD
В общем советую всем, кому понравился Baccano ! ! !
I never write reccommendations simply because the same writer wrote both stories, there are story-based reasons behind this reccomendation...
Within the plot, both stories feature:
- a number of gangs
- mysterious gand leaders
- supernatural characters thrown into the mix
- Neither serise's have a cast of; innocents, weaklings or do-gooders
- a religion/science connection (angel living with scientists in one, alchemy in the other)
- Claire and Shizou; hard working guys who keep themselves to themselves, yet quickly turn unhinged during conflict, both may or may not be supernatural
- Miria and Issac, like Walker and Erica; male+female best friends, a goofy and likable criminal parnership who share the same interests
- Chane and Celty; the but-kicking, silent ladies in black with a supernatural background
Both series are by the same author. The art styles are similar. Both are full of blood and awesomely choreographed fight scenes. Baccano! takes place in the 1930s while Durarara!! takes place today. Although they take place in different time periods, both deal with gangsters, wacky villians, and cute likable characters (especially boys <3).
Same producer, director etc etc. The cast of this one's so much more better. The art's changed and the story is modern but the time jinxes and the mystery/action feel remains the same and so does the awesomeness of the plot.
Not gonna say the same thing everyone else has, because it's obviously already been pointed. Baccano!'s Isaac & Maria, after drinking the elixir, lived until the date of Durarara! and appear in it as well.
Snazzy opening, catchy background music, urban myths and legends and a ton of lead characters marks this series as the 21st century edition of Baccano.
Both have similar art style and concept. Both are focused on the underworld. Both have a complex plot and action at the right times.
They're based on light novels by the same author, and made by the same studio. There are myths and gangs in both of them. While watching Durarara I was constantly reminded of Baccano.
Another similarity: They both have kickass openings.
If you loved Durarara!!, then you'll love Baccano. Same Author and same art style. Both are Slice of life. If you like the gangster theme surrounding the story, then you'll love Baccano.
Same author, same studio, same director, and set in the same universe. Durarara can be seen as a spiritual sequel to Baccano. Both feature underworld themes.
Not only are both of them originally created by Ryohgo Narita, but are both similar as character driven stories and deals with supernatural elements in somewhat realistic settings.
Haha, like who didn't see this one coming. Same author and studio, both have seemingly disjointed stories (Baccano to a much larger extent) and huge, colourful casts that all eventually come together for an exciting finale. Not to mention, both are incredibly entertaining!
Both anime are the same author.
Both contain a character immortal.
Both contain a variety of characters very present.
Baccano! in his special, has a minimal resemblance to Durarara!, being also set in a city. Even though very little.
For starters they're both by the same manga artist and they also both use the same composer (two very epic soundtracks, I've gotta add!)
They each have various storylines following different characters, which all end up overlapping. They also both include similar characters elements such as the use of gangs, information brokers and supernatural beings - the Black Rider in Durarara and the homonculi in Baccano. Baccano has more action and gore whereas I'd say Durarara has more character depth and comedy.
There's also a fun little crossover appeal. The password to the Dollars website in Durarara is "Baccano" and Isaac and Miria have a couple of cameo appearances in a few of the episodes.
Very interesting characters, great plot development and an different way to tell the story
very similar feel to Durarara!!
Same company, I believe, and very similar art..
It has similar themes and action, though the setting is very different..
Same author, same narrating style.
Both animes have lots of characters with their own story. They initially look like they are telling separate stories but all of the pieces of the puzzle come togheter in the end. I suggest to watch Baccano before.
As Durarara!! is much more known, Hence this would be the logical thing to do, even though Baccano was written first.
-Large casts with lots of personality
-Nice plot, though seems kind of disconnected. It'll come to you in the end. And you'll like it ;)
- No real villain (arguably)
- In many POV's.
- Makes you feel smart when you get it at the end. You like that don't you.
- Heck, written by same author (light novel)
First, both have the same author. So you can see the similarities of the art. The way the story goes on is similar to each other too. Especially when it cuts from an idea to another. Characters in these two animes are very connected to each other. And how fate made them encounter each other is just amazing. You know? Coincidence? I like types of stories where coincidence exists. And, well, both have a good ending.
Adapted from novels by the same author, Baccano! and Durarara!! are series about supernatural events affecting gangs; one is about gangs in 1930s New York, the other is about gangs in modern day Japan. There's a similar sense of humor and interesting use of larger-than-life characters.
Once you watch Baccano! You must watch Durarara!! and vice versa. What makes these shows great is that they have so much in common with the layout of the actual show. But the another bonus is that these shows are completely different at the same time, all the characters have great depth which makes the twists and turns in the anime so much better. Its also for people who loved our beloved duo Issac and Miria!
The story telling from different point of view. Which make the world in both series is big, and learn the world from their perspective. The ensemble cast in both series are able to distinguish from other character in the same series, because of the unique personality between each character.
Like Baccano!, Durarara!! was written by Ryohgo Narita, had the anime made by Brain's Base, was directed by Takahiro Omori, tells the stories of multiple characters in parallel, has lots of action, has a supernatural element, and is R - 17+ (violence & profanity).
Both seem very confusing at first by adding a whole lot of characters that don't seem important and very random. After a few episodes, the pieces come together. They also have a lot of violence and a supernatural aspect.
First of all, both shows are made by the same person, Ryohgo Narita, so if you liked Baccano! then it's almost guaranteed that you will enjoy Durarara. Both stories follow the multiple view points of a very large and unique cast, so both series tend to jump around alot, giving the perspective of each character. And like Baccano, Durarara may seem confusing at first but comes together very well at the end, showing how all actions are connected. In addition, both series have a supernatural element: Baccano has the Immortals while Durarara has a modern-day dullahan or headless horseman if you will. Furthermore, as the Immortals in Baccano had a deep and meaningful story, so does Celty and her pursuit of her head. It's hard to determine an exact plot for these two series as they simply show how all actions are connected, how each moment influences another and the many ways they come together. I could go on an on trying to convince you to watch this, but I feel it's best learned through experience, my only goal is to simply introduce you to Durarara, the rest is up to you.
In conclusion, if you enjoyed Baccano, you will not regret watching Durarara. Thank you for your time in reading this, sorry it's a bit lengthy.
If you liked "Durarara!!" then you'll absolutely like "Baccano!" or vice versa.
The same author, the same studios, the same atmosphere, lots of characters and lots of stories. even Isaac and Miria from "Baccano!" appeared in one of the episodes of "Durarara!!".
Both anime take place in the same exact universe and a few cameos. But besides that, they both deal with mystery and gang wars. With a hint of supernatural sprinkled on top.
Both animes are based off light novels written by the same author. They also feature a large cast of unique characters that deal with strange, unnatural events.
•both are produced by the same author/company, which = same art style/music/character design etc
•both have the supernatural/violence/action genres
•both have groups of gangs that are controlled by leaders and fight each other
•both anime dont have a protagonist,the focus is evenly spread throughout the anime, focusing on different groups/people each time, following their storys
•both have individuals/groups of people following their own story, but they all have a connection in some way or another, which shows it in the climax of the story, that they are all connected through their own stories.
•they are both enjoyable to watch since they are both produced by the same company, its only natural to watch the other if you watch one.
This is sort of obvious, maybe somebody has already pointed this out. They should have, but I haven't seen it. Both Baccano and Durarara written by the same guy, Ryohgo Narita. If you liked one of them, then it's a no-brainer to watch the other one. Both are spectacular anime, if you like that style of story telling and character-driven narrative.
Both anime are made by the same production company: Sakura Create
Both anime use multiple perspectives as the main story telling technique
Coincidences play a big role in both anime. A coherent story is formed from many random events.
Both are originality written by Ryohgo Narita and give a same vibe along with that they have a similar art style as well.
-both by the same creator
-both have very similar story
-both have great and similar characters
- 2 character from baccano were used in durarara for few moments
-both action and supernatural
-both unique storytelling
Both are written by Ryohgo Narita. Fast paced and non-linear narration style appeal in both the series. If you're a fan of Quentin Tarantino then both these series are exactly what you're looking for!
Filled to the brim with characters you'll need a few episodes to get your head around. Both of these anime are a necessity for those who love a character-driven tale.
both have less focus on a single character and tell a story from multiple points of view, also similar themes of gang war with supernatural elements, most of all THEY ARE BOTH AWSOME !!
Same author and both anime are told by an all-seeing narrator showing each character life not making much sense in the beginning, but then all characters connect to each other and the story makes perfect sense.
Both animes have supernatural powers like immortal beings and great mysteries.
These animes come from the same creator. The stories and the ways they are told are unique compared to other animes.
Both have a similar animation style of drawing attention to the main characters, of which both stories have a large cast of characters that have relevance to the main plot. Both also have some eccentric, memorable characters that their presence alone makes the shows worth watching.
Story is unfolded in a similar way. Large cast and lots of things going on.
With the same author and the same animation studio, both series use multiple perspectives from the eyes of many likeable characters to tell multiple stories that ultimately intertwine to form one big narrative.
Baccano! has a similar style of pacing and has a similar way of coming together like one bog puzzle. Plus, both are amazing. :)
They both have the same author and a plethora of characters whose relationships become more lucid towards the culmination of the series. Baccano does a far superior job with its cast; but for those who want a nostalgia trip after seeing Baccano, Durarara is the idyllic choice.
Both are from the same production company and both have the same format of the way the show is setup.
Both are very character oriented stories and the general way they are presented are both very simular.
These two tells the story in the same ways. They both show what happened from numerous points of views, and you really don't understand it completely until the end of the part of the story they are telling. They are both very fun animes to watch.
Both series have the same creator and both are made in the same unique way with lots of characters as it jumps around constantly.
Light novels were written by the same author and plots all interwine, action packed and occasionally funny!
Same creator. Both have many characters with many stories, and both are a must see.
Both DRRR! and Baccano has many different story lines involving many different characters, but by the end of the anime these seemingly unrelated individuals somehow were all impacting each oter in ways they did not now.
I personally love both of these anime simply for the face-palm "IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW" moment in the end and if you are the type of viewer that enjoys obscure but original anime, then you should watch both of these.
* Alot of different characters and not just one protagonist.
* The stories of the different characters start from seperated positions but come s altogether towards the end.
* The art style and plot process is very similar and almost identical is some way.
* They both seem to happen in the same world but in different times and places.
* Baccano has more action in it. Durarara puts less focus in this area but pays up with someone different.
A masterpiece and a phantastic mess of chaos and delight. Both series could be described with these few words. Narita, Ryougo did a geniune job with both of these works. But one has to understand that both works, though alike in the aspect of story-telling and unique feeling, are both different works.
They have a prefect pacing, phantastic humor, weird and individual characters and beatiful art paired with the most fitting music.
Action, comedy, love, deepness and a whole range of weird things. Thats what both of these works are. If that is what you like, then look no farther than this, because you found what you're looking for.
・both are based on manga by the same author
・both are directed by the same person
・both have very similar ways of telling the story ("round-trip plot")
・both are mystery/psychological anime
・both tell the same story from the viewpoint of different characters
・baccano! is set in 1930s-era New York City while durarara!! is set in modern day Ikebukuro
・both are action-based but also have touches of romance and comedy
These two share the same DNA in a sense that they are adapted light novels by the same writer, have same director, and are made by the same production house. What really makes them very similar is that they use fantasy elements (Alchemists vs. Dullahan) to create richly, dark, and varied characters in a special setting and time. The use of ensemble characters makes them relatable to a lot of people. Above all, Baccano and Durarara!, in a great sense, are very entertaining and well-adapted anime.
Both series' are comedic, action filled genre.
-Both series' very main protagonists(sorry, don't know what word to use) is the backbone of both stories.
-Both series' made the legends funny and interesting at he same time.
(the Dullahan and the Immortals,.. "spoiler alert")
both shows technically should take place in the same world of the super natural. in fact there are a few baccano easter eggs in durarara. The character art style is obviously the same so if you like one you'll like the other. Theres a little bit of something for everyone in this show with the wide range of genres covered (but not necessarily stated) in the show. durarara has a killer ominous sound track the is quite good in my opinion. so I see no reason why you shouldn't give it a go.
They have the same author and have very similar plot. They have gangs, extreme broad character set and the storylines are cast around but will come to clear. They have mature asoects like war between gangs and with a city settings
They are from the same manga artist and they has the same formation. A lot of characters all different but they have some things in common and those things unites them.
Baccano! and Durarara!! are increadibly similar titles, as they are primarily produced by the same studio- Brains Base. They are both in the same universe, as there are various hints that prove this. The action sequences are very similar as well, as the camera angles are typically shot from below, rather than more on-surface. They are humorous characters in both series, who act as comic relief from the more darkly-thematic state of the anime. Their respective openings are as well in similar style and fashion, and finally they both have exclamation marks in their titles!!! ( pun intended)
It is from the same author, and the plot is the exact same thing. The way it is developed it's exactly the same. If you liked Durarara or if you liked Baccano, you will definately enjoy it's match.
We can call them brothers .. really in everything they are similiar.
There are many diverse, and most importantly, unique and memorable characters in both animes. All the characters are featured (side and main) and you get to know them like the back of your hand. The multiple plots in each anime initially branch out in all directions then gradually converge to a single, more unified arc through the characters' association with each other. The events are full of surprises and include magical realism (things that cannot happen but are made to be very convincingly real) and makes the audience sit on the edge of their seat as they await the shocking revelation in subsequent episodes.
Same author Narita Ryohgo, same studio. Both animes focus on various characters from the underworld -- criminals,local violent gangs and social misfits -- with splashes of the occult and the supernatural thrown in but set in a thoroughly (relatively)modern society not unlike ours. While Baccano! had immortals and mysterious elixirs propelling the story forward, Durarara! has a Dullahan, which according to Irish myths, is a headless rider,an unseelie fairy. Like Baccano!, Durarara! is not your conventional anime and is told by an all-seeing narrator, populated by a VERY large cast with actual character development(how shocking right..:P), and initially seems very scattered and loose in terms of its story line but should begin to make sense the more episodes you see.Both are very engaging and are fun to watch.
If you like series with a huge cast of characters, supernatural elements in a realistic urban world these two series are for you!!!
-They both have huge casts of characters and each character is likable in its own way
-They both have light supernatural elements (Durarara with Celty and other demon like characters and Baccano with imortals)
-They both aren't traditional stories. They just show characters interacting and influencing the world and society were they live
-They both show the underworld of a particular city (NY for Baccano and Ikebukuro (Tokyo) for Durarara)
-They both have a strong silent female character (Celty for Durarara and Chane for Baccano)
-They both have characters who trade information
(switch the two anime around) Both are animated by Brains Base, both have well executed fights and the English dubs, while I personally am a sub person are great, and in Baccano's case, is even better than the sub. They also both have a colourful cast of characters. Watch Baccano if you want to watch something a little more gory, and unlike Durarara, it is condensed in a 13 episode series (16 if you count the specials); both of these are among my favourites.
Both based on light novels written by Ryohgo Narita, Durarara!! and Bacanno! are anime adaptations directed by Takahiro Omori that, despite the diferrent settings, have many similarities. The major one being the way that the storytelling is done: both follow different plotlines and characters that might seem unrelated at first but are somehow connected and take part of a much bigger picture.
Both animes have intriguing plotlines that, despite the fact that they take place on the real world, features some supernatural elements.
I thought it was kind of similar in that the story wasn't told completely linearly and you don't know what is going on until you figure it out and see the whole picture. Baccano! is way more confusing though, but once you understand everything it is so amazing.
none linear progressing storylines a wide range of varied characters in real life situations mixed with metaphysical,paranormal elements
they are both written by Ryohgo Narita so it's no surprise that they are simular. Both stories have many characters and complicated plots and the univerces overlap (Issac and Miria from Baccano can be seen in a few episodes of Durarara!!). While they are set in different time periods they are both told in the same way, with the plot switching between different characters to show alnost every angle of the plot while still letting some parts up to the imagination. Overall they are both good shows talored to the same audiance, so if you like one, you are more than likely to like the other.
Being both anime a creation of Ryohgo Narita (Light novel series), Baccano! in a very short summary is the mature version of Durarara. Featuring a wide cast of characters, each one with different personalities, you will immerse in a world filled by mystery, para-natural activities and war between gangs. As Durarara you will be confused at first glance by the amount of characters, but same as Durarara, the intro will feature the cast. Also you will see the suddenly flashbacks between scenes and different scenes covered in the same space-time coordinate, arriving to a point in which each story converge, same as Durarara. Hence, if you like Durarara and you don't bother about blood and gore, you will definitely love Baccano.
Same Author and Studio
Both series give you a vast amount of information right off the bat, making it a bit hard to understand right away. Eventually, you will be able to put the puzzle pieces together, and see the reasoning for this.
Both have a large, but overall enjoyable cast. With Baccano! you see the story from many individuals and groups that tie into one another. While in Durarara!! you are given an individual/groups problems, which provides the viewer with much more than just the main plot, making the series more enjoyable. Also including violence, gang and mafia related drama, and involving a twist of supernatural in each series. Both are very fun to watch.
Takahiro Omori, director of Baccano! and Durarara!!, implemented multiple similar styles and qualities in both animes. Baccano! and Durarara!! have several interesting stories that contribute to the overarching plot and go back and forth on a timeline of some sort, but in Durarara!! the changes of time aren't directly labeled with a specific time like in Baccano!. Also, Baccano! was more violent and gruesome than Durarara!! (mainly due to there being more bloody fights) Both shows also have characters that are well developed even some with similar psychotic and/or destructive natures (Some examples include Baccano!'s Ladd Russo & Claire Stanfield and Durarara!!'s Izaya Orihara and Shizuo Heiwajima). In several of Durarara!!'s episodes, references to Baccano! are included, such as movie posters, the Dollars' password, and the abrupt appearances of Isaac and Miria. Both Baccano! and Durarara!! have similar opening and closing themes that reflect on all the major characters (most especially the openings which exhibit more of the characters' personalities). The soundtracks were also on point in suiting the animes.
Both series have what appears to be a somewhat naive, 'head in the clouds' main character, though both have a hidden side and secrets to be revealed.
The series also have a similar... Atmosphere to them, I guess you'd say. There is just something about both of them. Sends pleasant shivers down your spine.
They also have a variety of viewpoints, both switching from time to time to focus on different characters and aspects of one huge puzzle; though Durarara is more complex than K, with a broader cast of characters as well.
They got the same kind of vibe, being set in a big city and mostly focused on gang shenanigans with some supernatural fun times flerfed throughout.
First of all: They got the same 'vibe' I can't explain what this vibe is, but when I started watching K, DRRR!! popped up in my head immediately.
Both anime show a simple, naive heroine, that's a bit odd, somehow (wow bad sentence, I'm sorry for my English). Each episode the plots gets deeper and deeper, and you'll start to see connections between the many (yeah, both have a huge cast) characters.
Both of them have the same setting: A big city with different groups of people (Clans and gangs). Sometimes the artstyle and characters look a bit similiar (especially Izumo and Shizuo).
Also, even though there's a main character, there are many viewpoints and different storylines. All the 'little' plots are confusing, untill they get together at the end as one big plot.
So let's say this short: Many characters, in a huge city, rivaling (colored) groups and fantasy.
Many different characters involved in the same story; your curiosity grows as the plot gets deeper. And, of course, you don't understand a thing at the beginning! K-project seems to be as great as Durarara!! is.
+The atmosphere. It's like so similar.
+That music... something about it... the bgm for the two series give off the same feeling.
+The variety of characters. The second the characters appeared on screen of K... it immediately reminded me of Durarara. They don't even look that much alike...I guess the badass level of some (most) of them... oh right, there's also one character that looks strikingly similar to Shizuo.
+It's about battles between rivaling groups, and yes, brutal murdering is totally ok.
+They both have the separated confusing plots which will end up adding together and making sense.
+This is extra credit for all yaoi fans: EASILY SHIPPABLE CHARACTERS
Gang wars, main guy is naive but seems to know something, Set in a big city, dark undertones, similar type of light scenes too
Colorfull dinamic drawings,having colorfull gagns and one colorless with joker id and cool acts by the leaders ( btw colorless leaders are really similar ) these are common parts.
K has complicated relationship in characters in Durarara thats much deeper.
Anyway if you liked K you should definetly wath Durarara.
Both animes have a similar atmosphere/mood and also had many different characters living in a big city that has to do with gangs and supernatural things.
They have basically the same plot and both anime is about gangs competing with each other.
Both are slower paced anime with multiple meandering plots that attempt to come together. In my opinion, Drrrr!! does so successfully, whereas K...not so much.
They both have that supernatural element mixed with the 'streets', the main characters in each anime each fighting for what they believe in.
The casts are both huge and the subplots are so similar. The characters also show a lot of development throughout both series.
Both these animes, feature city life, and gang wars. They are also both fast paced action animes. On a side note, in K the character Izumo, is basically a replica of Shizuo. (in the best ways possible)
Both these series have a similar structure. In every episode, they switch to the perspective of a different character, and in the end everything starts to come together and make sense. Both K and Drrr have to do with rival groups, in the case of Drrr gangs, and in K the Kings and their followers. They also give off similar vibes, both being in a big city and all the mystery throughout both animes.
Both series have a similar atmosphere and setting (both are set in a big city) and both have a large amount of characters and you get to find out about each of them, although Durarara!! has more. There are also gangs involved with both anime. If you liked one, you should definitely check out the other.
'Durarara!!' is what I first thought of when I watched 'K'.
There are a few similar characters, whether it be personality wise, or appearance.
A second thing, is that 'K' is about what I'd think of as gangs although in the anime they are referred to as 'clans'.
Both animes had a similar feel, although 'K' had a lot more to the 'super-powers' side of it than 'Durarara!!'
I would recommend 'K' as although it is short, it has an extremely well developed storyline and heart-wrenching end, and the animations are very well done.
I would also recommend 'Durarara!!' as it is one of the best animes I have come across, with flawless animation, and some of the best characters I have ever found in an anime.
These two animes have several aspects that shared a lot
-Protagonists are naive,cute and calm.
-Lot of bishounen or handsome male characters.
-There are many gangs and clans these scattered around cities
-Eventually,It is coincidence that main seiyuus of both animes are same group (OnoDai,FukuJun,Mamorin,Sawashiro,Kaji and Nakamura).
Both of these series have a similar vibe for me. Both the main characters are highschool students bored of their current lives, who accidentally end up with power over a huge amount of people. They both keep their real identities a secret from their followers, and their followers are a mixture of old, young, rich, poor, etc.
Both series also have darkly fantastical creatures; in Death Note, the Shinigame, and in Durarara, the Dullahan. However, despite their ominous appearances and folktales, neither being is evil. They both give guidance to the main character, without supplying all the information and working for their own cause.
I would definitely recommend Durarara to anyone to enjoyed Death Note, and vica-versa.  read more
After watching both of these series, you can't sleep well because you're still thinking about it. Both have lovable characters, a cool plot and both are masterpieces.
Oh, and one bad thing. Both have characters who are easy to cosplay. So...
epic anime + normal looking characters = many crappy cosplays
both main characters are a bit bored and disappointed with there lives as they are right now, but there is more than meets the eye. Both mains want to change the world, only in Death Note has a more cruel way of doing that. and the main characters are unknown to the outside world.
Both of these stories have a dark undertone as well as complex and fascinating characters that seem crazed and demonic at times. Every episode is alluring and is as good as the last. Durarara and Death Note both manage to contain very deep story lines with a hint of supernatural to them that doesn't deter from this plot. Two of the main characters, Izaya and Light share complex and fascinating personalities that make these shows really worth watching.
Both animes have a similar feel of mystery, plot twists and a wide range of interesting characters all with their own quirks (though in this respect Durarara comes on top). And yes, supernatural elements. Of both, I liked Durarara better, mainly due to the interesting characters. Death Note has a more complete ending as compared to Duarara,though this is expected since the latter is yet to be followed by specials. Overal if you like one it is probable that you may enjoy the other.
Though the plots are different, there is a similar dynamic between the characters in both series; ie a main character who is genius, excentric, and more than he seems to be on the surface, and at least one supporting character who is geinius, excentric, and takes great joy out of his own ability to manipulate people. And thenthere are a bunch of other people who are also a bit off in society. Durarara!! is a bit more humurous than Death Note, but just as dark.
Death Note has a very elaborate plot with many turns along the way. Watch the first few episodes of Durarara!! and you'll understand the similarity there. This anime never slows down. You'll be interested from start to finish!
story containing characters with twisted minds!
(the girls and guys are equaly twisted, which is also a fun aspect of the story)
Drrr!! gives, however, a slightly more 'nowadays' feeling
Death Note is very mysterious and leaves you wondering about everything
I found Izaya from 'D!' and L from 'DN' very similar, (may be the spoiler!) they're both are acting like play in some kind of game (and that chess motive in 'D!' is similar to that thinking process of L with candies while he was chasing after Kira)
They both involve supernatural themes and a rivalry between two males.
Durarara!! and Death Note are anime I would INSTANTLY RECOMMEND to anyone!! Realistic, entertaining, relatable, good mystery, and awesome characters!! IZAYA ORIHARA IS THE BEST TROLL EVER!!
If you liked Death Note, you might like Durarara!!. Considering you like a good story with actual unexpected twists, that is.
I like how the both of these anime have a modern setting. They both are filled with twists and turns and will make you want to watch the next episode right away. They both are really suspenseful and have an amazing soundtrack that will give you "eargasms" (I fell in love with Durarara's OP and ED themes) I also like how the main characters start off having a boring life and the next ting they know is that they are doing all kinds of incredible thing good or bad.
Durarara!! has a mysterious air to it just like Death Note and has many psychological themes throughout. If Death Note is the knife under the table, then DRRR is the shifty eyed waiter, the chef with a bad temper and the one person in the room that was officially pronounced dead weeks ago.
Durarara is a story about a town..no, a city with a plethora of viewpoints and experiences to be observed by the watcher. I personally have rated it a 10/10, and it is the only anime i have given a perfect score for many reasons I can't put here because this a recommendation from DN and not a review.
But I will say this...Durarara will not disappoint. It doesn't distract from itself with trivial or meaningless humor...it knows when it's time for comedy. It doesn't have unnecessary fanservice...only in a situation that would allude to sex would they put a shot in there (and at the moment I can't think of any outrageous shots). Lastly, the characters are memorable, and hopefully (if you enjoy this anime) they'll stick with you for a while and maybe you'll come back for the new season due sometime this year.
Both of these Anime are done in simular styles as each other and they start off being told from the same persepective, the point of view of the male character. There is a mystery element to both and the characters in both series have their own qwirks.
Both centre around the darker aspects of life in urban Tokyo and the mysteries its streets hold. Similarly, both start off seeming fairly straightforward but get increasingly involved and reveal an ever-increasing amount of shocking and intriguing backstory that puts characters and events in a new light each time. Durarara may not have KamiMemo's more organized and concise sequential arc structure, but otherwise the setting, ambiance, and general vibe of each is quite similar.
They have the same urban feel and gangster kids who investigate mysteries.
*This is a three way reccomendation, as this (likely threw coincidence) has taken popular elements out of Durarara and Deathnote, added a few common cliche character types and tried to turn it into something new*
*Kamisama almost meets Durarara!! and Deathnote in the middle; whether or not it is of equal or even half good quailty is still yet to be seen*
Kamisama' and Durarara:
- New highschool boy with a passive and pleasant personality
- Intellect matching physical power in times of need
- A city where crime appears ripe and the out-of-the-ordinary is witnesed
- Unusual females we're bound to learn more about later
- Technology is a way of life and a weapon
- The art is virtually the same, from the characters, to the scenery
- Main male is more-or-less elevated to high status early
- 'Angel fix' drug, whilst Durarara has an angel in it
A high school boy who just moved into the big city is pulled into a group of odd people. Mysteries/conflicts happen throughout each series and these groups of people seek to solve/fix them.
The two have the same feeling and background to it. The setting is the city in both. The male lead are very similar, plain, and are very blunt when they speak their minds. Daisuke Ono voices a character in both that are pretty alike. They're both pretty awesome~
Well both stories are told in a similar narrative style cept for drrr being told from the perspective of many of the characters while kami sama is only told from the point of view of Narumi, and Both shows are really the stories how people are spending their lives added with a good amount of story
Kamisama no Memochu is basically Durarara!! meets Gosick and Veronica Mars. Both series have a modern Neo-Noir feel into it and both have Daisuke Ono as a violent man.
Kamisama no memochou reminds me of durarara!! at the first episode =)
Narumi is just like Mikado, they both moved into a city, meet a lot of people (with their own unique character), and so the story begin(?).
Both of these anime give off the same type of vibe. It's about bad events which are occurring in the city of Tokyo and are brought to attention to the protagonist and companions. They both have a comedic sense to it while still holding the serious genre.
I believe if you enjoyed this, Durarara!! would be a good anime to watch next.
These are similar because there is a variety of different characters who you get to know though out the series. Kamisama no Memochou can also relate to DRRR!! because it is set in a city-like atmosphere where their are gangs and underground drugs. In Kamisama, you also follow an average boy who is just getting used to city life.
Tangled relations between characters, action takes place at local territories, gang's themes.
Although there are many differences there are a few similarities as well. Both stories involve a normal high school boy who just moved in to the city and gets involved with a strange group of friends. It also has gangs involved in the story and a character who is omniscient(Alice/Izaya). Durarara has some elements that can be classified as mythical/fantasy while Kamisama no memochou is more realistic and deals with more mature issues but they both set a similar mood.
Like Durarara, a group of people are fixing problems and such in their everyday life. The storyline's seem to connect, and the character's are similar. Even though Kamisama no Memochou isn't as good as Durarara, it is still worth watching.
It's detective and full of adventures. You can find many similar things.
Both series can be called city fantasy.
Both have unique sincere characters that capture your attention up to the last episode.
Both offer complex though super interesting plot and a lots of mysteris.
Both combine action, thriller, slice of life, comedy and romance.
Both are really worth watching!
The athmosphere is very alike and crowd of NEETs from Higashi reminds Dollars from Durara.
Conspiracy anime, full of twists and turns
same lighthearted tone and flippancy with reality
Both are psychological/action anime about the influence of social networks and how they form communities amongst, and bonds between, people that don't know each other in real life.
Quite similar graphics and atmosphere, a bunch of kids forming a sort of online community thinking to create their own type of new/better world.With a decent amount of supernatural stuff happening, mysteries are yet to be revealed
Both series leaves you guessing at some point and has the same atmosphere.
Both have some genre in common and the art is similar.
Both are influenced by social networks with a twisted plot.
Eden of the East and Durarara!! are two surprisingly similar series; their plots could not be more contrasting, with DRRR!! focusing on the underground and Eden on nation-wide matters, yet they have an incredibly similar feel despite DRRR!!'s faster pace, and technology such as mobile phones being heavy elements of their plot only strengthens the similarity. If you enjoyed one story of mystery and intrigue, you're bound to enjoy the other!
Do you like wacky action? Do you like unusual cities? Do YOU like cool characters? And finally, do you like some good ol bromance? Chances are you do if you are looking through the recommendations for kekkai sensen or durarara. Both of these shows offer this, heck, both of them have guys in suits! They have a lot of similarities, so you will probably like one if you like the other.
Both are set in cities where much more is going on than an average citizen is aware of. The focus is not on a single MC but on a cast of unusual and cool characters. We see pretty ordinary protagonists(?) shoved in insane action and watch them learn and grow. Violence is treated nonchalantly, often to comedic effect. The storytelling is also similar, with an episodic feel but getting to a plot underneath.
- Jazzy music and feel
- Large and complex cities
- Supernatural beings live in the cities
- Large cast of interesting characters
- The main character seems useless at first but is actually a badass
How they are different:
- Beings in Kekkai Sensen are more supernatural/abnormal
- Durarara starts slower and the charaters do not intersect till later in the series
The themes in this anime are so similar. Also it's a fun series to watch. You would expect Kekkai Sensen to be an anime of a serious plot but it really isn't!
Both follow a young protagonist who moves into a new city and finds himself in all kinds of strange situation. Both shows have a similar vibe: they focus on a large cast of unique characters, have a lot of wacky action and supernatural creatures, have a similar type of humor, as well as similar jazz soundtracks.
The world where both series is situated are somehow similar with wacky style and similar atmosphere. Both are placed in unusual cities normally-realistic setting combined with supernatural elements. They have the same style of narration, interesting characters and a great plot. If you will probably like one, you probably will like the other.
The same style of narration, interesting characters, not-so-ordinary cities and BONES is in charge of this too. Although there's much more blood in Kekkai Sensen, it really does have that Durarara/Baccano style. Also has a very similiar background music.
Both have a similar atmosphere, like large crowded cities with secret gangs plus monsters and supernatural entities and stuff. Also both are goofy except for a few plot important moments.
The idea is similar because the main character moves into a big city that is not normal but this show is a more wacky and fast paced version of durarara. Unlike durarara about 90 percent of the anime is random stuff and like 10 percent advances the plot but is very fun to watch. Just like durarara the characters are all amazing.
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