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Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Dhurarara!!, Dyurarara!!, Dulalala!!, Dullalala!!, DRRR!!
Japanese: デュラララ!!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2010 to Jun 25, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.491 (scored by 185740 users)
Ranked: #1062
Popularity: #18
Members: 332,654
Favorites: 15,111
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

In 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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Durarara!!
Side story: Durarara!! Specials
Sequel: Durarara!!x2 Shou

Characters & Voice Actors

Heiwajima, Shizuo
Heiwajima, Shizuo
Main
Freeman, Crispin
English
Freeman, Crispin
Ono, Daisuke
Japanese
Ono, Daisuke
...
Kida, Masaomi
Kida, Masaomi
Main
Miyano, Mamoru
Japanese
Miyano, Mamoru
Papenbrook, Bryce
English
Papenbrook, Bryce
Orihara, Izaya
Orihara, Izaya
Main
Bosch, Johnny Yong
English
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Japanese
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Ryuugamine, Mikado
Ryuugamine, Mikado
Main
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Japanese
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Guilbeau, Darrel
English
Guilbeau, Darrel

Staff

Matsumoto, Miho
Assistant Producer
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Sound Supervisor
Kawatsura, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Baba, Makoto
Episode Director



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Jun 14, 2010
Alayna
This anime is... for lack of a better term, the most freaking amazing thing I've ever seen. At first I was a bit worried, since I usually hate anime with the whole gang war theme and all, not to mention the first episode was a little bit slow, as well as the whole 'headless rider' seemed a bit silly. The characters (namely Izaya, Shizuo, Celty, Shinra... hell, all of the,) were what got me. Even the protagonist, who may seem like an average, boring male protagonist had some of his own secrets. But I'll explain in detail.

Story: Like I said, I had my doubts, but read more
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Jan 5, 2015
KKBIGWHEELS
Durarara!! can best be described as an attempt to improve upon its earlier, sister series, Baccano! Both are based off of the original works of Narita Ryohgo, and directed by Omori Takahiro. I thoroughly enjoyed Baccano and as such, looked forward to watching another similar work utilizing the same story-telling method that made the previous series so refreshing to watch. To say that Durarara was not enjoyable would be a lie. While it retained a lot of the characteristics that made Baccano so great, there remained some items that left a lot to be desired.
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STORY (7) : Let me preface this first by read more
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Mar 5, 2011
daimira
I finally finished "Durarara!!" and while there were characters that I liked and moments that were entertaining, I don't think it's a series I would willingly put myself through again. I'm not even sure I liked it as a whole.

Putting aside the immediately obvious fact that the animation for this series is superb and all opening and ending songs are awesome, what's left for me to complain about is the pacing, the plot, and the nearly nonexistent character development. Oh, and the mind-numbingly boring way in which the dialogue is remarkably unsubtle, anvilicious, and pretentious.

I know this is based on a series of light novels read more
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Dec 6, 2014
Aereldor
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 read more
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Recommendations

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 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.
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.
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.
Two of the darkest, supernatural AND mystery genera that I know of. They both use a lot of dark lighting for their night scenes, and a lot of light, when it comes to the day time.
It's detective and full of adventures. You can find many similar things.

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)

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