Ikebukuro is engulfed in a spiral of confusion. A group of individuals, each carrying the weight of their own past, gathers at Shinra's apartment, while in the city the Dollars, Yellow Scarves, and Saika contend for power. However, the situation takes a turn that no one could expect when Celty's head is revealed to the public, as this tale approaches its conclusion.
I'll never understand what it is about Durarara that still has people showering praise on it to this very day, because quite frankly it's gotten so bad that the first season itself has been retroactively tainted. The characters are not the least bit fun or interesting, and there are too many of them to the point that I can't tell who's the glue that's supposed to be holding everything together. The plot moves incredibly slowly, often trying to put in so many plot lines in a single episode at once to the point that it gets in the way of the action and the characterization. Japan doesn't really acknowledge the show's existence anymore despite it being so popular back in the day, not helped by the shitty animation. And the story itself is dull as sin, with its commentary on social media being shallower than a celebrity marriage, and its twisted takes on love coming off as incredibly gimmicky. I mean what exactly is it about anyways? That fucked up people can love too? Is that all you've got? Well it's apparently all the final season's got, because that's pretty much the entire basis for this twelve-episode of romp of boring.
So I'd recap the plot of Durarara at this point, but I don't want this review to be longer than a Michael Crichton novel, so let's just say that after that agonizingly bad cliffhanger from last season, some of the characters are trying to figure out how to deal with Nebula (the company that wants Celty's head), some of them are trying to deal with the gang war stuff that only still exists for the same reason Bleach lasted for so long, and Izaya is doing his own thing whilst having absolutely no significant influence on what's going on whatsoever despite the show making giant claims that he is. Durarara!!x2 Ketsu is dead set on resolving all these plot points considering this is the final season, and anyone who's expecting some grand finale should be prepared for a giant letdown, because without spoiling anything in particular, the finale just sort of "happens".
Seriously, if you can't see what's wrong with this conclusion to what once shone so brightly, then you have more tolerance for this show's bullshit than I did with Crimson Moon - and believe me, I (sort of) stood with it up until Seimei left Raikou to his own devices. On the rare occasion that a light novel adaptation ever actually reaches a conclusion, more often than not, it feels like the author is paying obligation to the fans rather than creating the vision he wanted. And why would you want to pay obligation to fans? Don't you know that there's no human being more evil, more hypocritical, and more impossible to satisfy than the fanboy? I mean I used to like this show back in the day, and guess what I think of it now? Agonizingly dull is too nice an opinion at this point, but it's an effective way to sum up my feelings nevertheless.
Now this review is going to be really difficult to do without spoilers considering how character-dependent Durarara's narrative is, but even though I'm sure only die-hard fans of the show care about its existence at this point, that's still a lot of people so I'll do my best. Basically, Durarara's previous problems that have become even more obvious since its return haven't gone anywhere. The animation is still horrible - although nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The action is still shit, bar one fight scene between Masaomi and Chikage that was actually pretty exciting to watch even if the end to it was kinda lame. The pacing is still horrid, most particularly during the final fight between Izaya and Shizuo, which takes almost half the series to resolve itself on account of the show constantly interrupting it to focus on other plotlines. And the opening is even worse than the last one, which I didn't think was possible.
You remember the Yellow Scarves arc from the first season and how one of its biggest problems was that the main villain spearheading that conflict was lamer than current-day Simpsons? Well Ketsu's downplaying of all the big wigs and having that teacher from the Slashers' arc spearhead the Saika zombie invasion that makes up the majority of this lackluster finale makes it clear that the creators have a different opinion of how to do conflict than the audience does. It doesn't even make sense in his case since he was all but absent after that second arc and now suddenly he's a big shot over Yadogiri Jinnai, the Russians, the Nebula company, and fucking Izaya? That's like making the final villain in the original Star Wars trilogy that one guy who harassed Luke in the bar before Old Ben had to cut his arm off.
Oh, and if you think that being near the conclusion of this overly-long journey would mean dialing down all the exposition the characters spout out just to have an episode end on a certain cliffhanger, prepare yourself for a giant letdown. Dear god, doesn't this anime know a thing about "show don't tell?" Was there really something so profound about Anri giving a speech about how she's learned to love even though she's a monster that you had to drag it out for over ten minutes? Ten minutes that could have been spent on animating more action or something actually resembling plot progression. Clannad didn't move this slow. Sword Art Online didn't move this slow. Kaiji didn't...okay wait, that's still one of the slowest anime I've ever seen, so never mind.
I could continue listing everything wrong with this season - particularly the fact that the conclusion itself is once again an anticlimax that's only slightly better than usual - but basically every problem with Durarara's return boils down to three words: extremely too late. By the time it arrived to quench fanboys' thirst, so many anime have come out that surpassed it in everything it tries to do, from stories involving multiple characters to fujoshi-pleasing fanservice, that it has nothing to add to the mixture. Hell, it was surpassed way back when with Paranoia Agent all the way in 2003. It's not funny. It's not engaging. It's milked to oblivion despite losing its main target audience. Its return had all the impact of releasing the air from a balloon and watching it fart all around you whilst you stare at the ceiling.read more
To begin off, I'd like to point out one thing:
Seeing Shizuo ride a bike going over 60 mph in episode 5 made the rest worth it.
Although the story was a bit of a turn off because it involved a lot of miscommunication, it really portrayed what lengths people will go to if they truly believe in something, whether it be for good or for harm. I very much recommend this series as something to learn from, because it definitely shows that clear communication of feelings and a sharp understanding of a situation are the most important aspects of today's society.
Durarara!!x2 Ketsu, which I will shorten to DRRR Ketsu, for laziness reasons, was just a bundle of crazy, all over the wall fun. If you have seen Baccano, then would know the same writer of this series Ryogo Narita loves his stories with, no main characters, no real plot, and no real ending; but with that being said we still have major and minor characters, a story that makes senses, and a ending that resolves the book left open.
i found that the story effectively intertwined the characters in Celty's literal and figurative spider web, most of the characters were either connected directly to Celty or influenced by Celty's unnatural presence, which I found to be very cool. However there are so many motivation and plots they are really easy to lose if you don't pay attention, so you have to be on alert when watching DRRR Ketsu, (Actually all DRRR's).
The art and sound, looked and sounded the same from the other Durarara series, which is not a bad thing at all, aside from the the opening which I really enjoyed, but I've enjoyed almost all the DRRR openings.
The characters are very diverse, edgy, cool, and very plentiful, but the problem is they are a much too plentiful. i honestly become lost with which character was who and who did what, and why he or she was here or there. The over abundance of characters was too much, but the major major ones I kept track of.
I can say I've really enjoyed the ride Durarara has taken me on, and Ketsu did justice to close DRRR out and give the fans a proper not so end, ending. Very happy with DRRR Ketsu and would recommend this anime to anyone.read more
I just want to say, early 2016 is a year of DRRR's rising when many MAL users have been focusing on a certain time leaping anime, most of them forget this.
Durarara!!x2 Ketsu is the 3rd and final sequel of Durarara!!! (DRRR shortly) after DRRRx2 shou and ten. Imagine that DRRR was a Phoenix, DRRR reaches it's peak when around 2010, since many newcomers come one after another, DRRR was slowly buried.
At least in 2015 DRRR have it's sequel twice so she slowly rise from the ashes. But the problem is, DRRR rise too slowly and come back to live with more wings than before. Many people confused how much wing DRRR's have in their previous live? Some of them just enjoy the new wing and continue to watch, but some of them are looking to the old wing that they loved before and can't find it.
This review aren't suitable for the one who doesn't know DRRR before, they should read the the prequel reviews. But I give some general explanation of it. DRRR are adaptation of light novel by Ryohgo Narita, the story are focused to it's character rather than usual linear storyline. While usually and anime made their MC to be most interesting, yet we see DRRR made their MC just 'normal' character compared to the others. Almost all characters on DRRR were interesting to the extend of no other anime can't mimic it. You can't see characters like Izaya, Shizuo, Celty, and Shinra in your everyday anime. Not to mention some of them aren't even considered human. You can see tons of characters, tons of theory, tons of relation, tons of conflict. One word to describe this, COMPLICATED!. (oh I forgot to said that the OST and BGM are godly present too...)
The conclusion is, DRRR have high base value, no matter how the story goes or how many new characters introduced, it would remain the same as DRRR we once loved. For the watchers who come this far, you should now what I mean.
So, don't doubt the baby Phoenix who even doesn't fully hatched from her eggs, she has potential to born better than her previous life with more wings, the new one has begun to shine, and the old one can reappear with beautiful feathers than before.
In the end when she's reborn, the Phoenix can fly beautifully. DRRR x2 Ketsu have successfully deliver the potential of previous DRRR. Of all the complicated characters and conflict, it didn't lost the purpose of the story : (Mikado - Masaomi - Anri), (Shizuo vs Izaya), and (Celty x Shinra). And what make me satisfied the most is everything was resolved. It's just sad that we can't see DRRR anymore (T^T).
Story : 9/10 (Great, everything resolved beautifully)
Art : 8/10 (Although slightly below standard of animation nowadays, it's still good)
Sound : 9/10 (DRRR sound, BGM, opening, and ending always fun to listen)
Character : 10/10 (This is the strongest DRRR point, perfect)
Enjoyment : 10/10 (My personal enjoyment of this series is perfect)
Overall : 9.2/10 (Great Series)
Must watch to everyone who watched DRRR before, if you're open minded person, certainly you will enjoy this.read more