I feel like lately with the anime side of GrimmGirl I’ve been super focused on my Hunter X Hunter/Watamote reviews and my 30 Day Anime Challenge and in light of that haven’t been keeping things very diverse. I apologize for that and I hope you all haven’t been to bored with it. I’ve been working on watching Durarara!! For that exact reason so I hope you are excited for something a little different.
If you have never heard of Durarara!! It is described as:
“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.
Mikado Ryuugamine 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.”
Durarara!! Falls under the supernatural/mystery side of anime, which is what drew me to it. I am a fan of that genre and it has been some time since I’ve dipped into it since I’ve been so focused on finishing some other shows. I thought it would be a nice change of pace. So after watching this show I’ve put together a list of three things you should know before you decide to pick up this show.
One: Get Ready For a Slow Start
In my opinion this show starts off pretty slow. I didn’t really start getting into it until about half way through so I recommend watching it all the way through. You really don’t get a full sense of the show within the first few episodes and I’ll admit I came a little close to dropping it just because I wasn’t super interested. I’m glad I didn’t though.
The thing about this show is that it takes a bit of time to set the stage you know what I mean? In order for the story to really take off you have to have some backstory on all the different players. So even though it is a slow build up I think it’s worth the wait and very necessary.
Two: The Characters Make The Wait Worth It
I must give this show credit where credit is due. While the lead up is slow they make up for it with interesting characters. These characters help make the wait not so boring. I also enjoy how the characters slowly start to intertwine with each other. Each character is meaningful to the plot and pushes the story further.
The relationships between each of the characters are also very interesting. Are they friends or aren’t they? The clearest relationship has to be the friendship between Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri although to be honest that isn’t always clear cut either.
Nobody throws a wrench into relationships like Izaya Orihara and he has his fingers in everyone’s lives. You learn from the get go that he is not somebody you want to show interest in you… Problem is Izaya shows interest in just about everyone it seems so there is really no escaping him.
I won’t get to much into how their relationships effect the story though. I know I’m normally pretty nonchalant about spoilers but I thought I’d challenge myself and attempt a nonspoiler post for once! It’s safe to say though that I found each of these characters to be very interesting. You get to see into most of their backgrounds and see some of their motives for their actions, which is great. The only one you have yet to hear about is Izaya, which is so appropriate. Izaya knows about everyone and nobody, not even the audience, knows about him.
Three: Hats Off to An Interesting Storyline
I also have to give credit to this storyline. I love how everything comes together in the end. This starts out so simple, a headless black-rider and a boy who dreams of something extraordinary happening in his life, and it evolves into so much more than that.
Honestly I thought this would be about the Mikado figuring out the headless rider’s story with his friends or something like that but no. This story takes a very unique turn of events and I dig it. This story is no Scooby-doo mystery. This is a story that deals with darker themes and realizations. What does it mean to accept yourself? What does it mean to be normal? Each of the characters considers these questions and what they learn pushes the story forward. It also pushes them forward. I think Izaya puts it best here:
To put it simply if you’re looking for a new anime and enjoy a supernatural twist I highly recommend this show. I will be watching the second season very soon and I hope that it is as enjoyable as the first season one. Bonus is that since the stage has pretty much been set the start of season two will hopefully be interesting from the get go!
Have you ever seen Durarara? Comment below with what you thought!