This week I’m covering Durarara!! The anime adaptation only.
Plot Synopsis: Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city, such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.” After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the “Black Rider”, who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally neighs like a horse, and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The “Black Rider” is Celty Sturluson, an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and creating a greater plot line from what each character knows about a common incident.
Plot: The plot is amazing and while it takes a few episodes to get into it’s worth waiting it out, because this is an adaptation of a Light Novel series by Ryohgo Narita who wrote Baccano as well.
Characters: Of all the characters I like Izaya and Celty and Shizuo probably the most as they are really interesting. However all of the characters are amazing and this is one of those series where it’s worth it to pay attention.
Art: The art in this series is pretty good, but it’s kind of weird dealing with all the outlines of unnamed characters.
Music: The music in this series is probably one of it’s highlights as it’s amazing.
Overall: If you like a good Urban Fantasy series, this takes it to a whole other level.
For those who like: Action, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Amazing cast of characters, Excellent musical score.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.