Durarara!! is based on Ryohgo Narita's light novel series of the same title. It adapts the first novel in the series.
The manga was published in English by Yen Press from January 4, 2012 to October 30, 2012; in Italian by Star Comics from January 14, 2012 to July 14, 2012; and in Polish by Waneko from February 6, 2015 to August 6, 2015.
The only reason I can give this manga such a high rating is because I watched the entire anime before reading it. It's really the only way you can enjoy it.
Reliving the DRRR!! plotline is fun, and that's why I loved what I read of the manga. It's complex, it's confusing, and it's full of fun. The characters are all so unique, and they all have their own personal growth as the story progresses. It's wonderful; it really is.
BUT, the only way you can feel this way towards the manga is if you've SEEN THE ANIME. Without it, you'll be lost, and terribly, terribly puzzled.
When you come to find out what direction each characters' story takes, it will help you understand their beginnings in the manga.
haaa.... since there were only negative reviews, I'll try to show you all the positive part of this manga.
I admit, it really IS a little confusing.
The first chapters suddenly throw you into the story, while the whole plot, involving (almost) every charcter, is partially shown to you.
The art too, isn't what i would call outstanding, it looks better in the Anime...
If you read all the currently available chapters and you stlii haven't understood it yet, i recommend to watch the anime.
That's what i have done (from the beginning) and i must say that the story has a lot of twists and is a little
complex, but very enjoyable.
Don't worry, the big lump of storyline that has been thrown at you in the first chapters will be cleared and explained soon.
The setting of the story is in Tokio, and the story really gives off an urban vibe.
In the End I really recommend this manga to people who like (more or less) innocent and gentle main characters that have to deal with not very suitable things...
I'd compare the situation of "Mikado" to the main characters of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Deadmen Wonderland...
Please try it out!
It's really amazing~
(I#v been searching for other Manga like this...)