“Your guilt will be your past and that will be your God” – Orihara Izaya
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.
Genre: Action, Suspense
Since Durarara II is coming out soon, I finally forced myself to sit down and finish this anime. I had started watching it over a year ago but stopped after episode 15 due to more pressing matters(No Game No Life). My thoughts were a little bit jumbled after picking it back up almost one year later. See this anime really is a mind cluster. As I started to watch the most recent episode I left off at, I immediately entered a state of confusion and amnesia as I had forgotten character names and certain plot advances that had happened in the episodes before. So I had to do a quick recap to remember all the important events that already took place.
Durarara is one of those anime where you need to sit down and try to watch it in one long session. It’s great for a viewer who has time to burn and wants to be mind blown. I should state that Durarara is not an easy anime thus, I can not recommend it if you are new to watching anime or more simple stuff like Naruto, Bleach, etc. it requires the viewer to always stay focused on the dialogue and events that unfold in front of them. Forgetting any of these things similar to what I had done, can leave you confused and with a bad taste in your mouth. I think that really is the biggest flaw with the show.
The show has an amazing line up of memorable characters but, you don’t realize it until you are about half way through the anime. The best way to describe Durarara is that it is the anime version of Pulp Fiction. When you begin Durarara, it opens up in a very confusing and distorting way. Tons of characters are thrown in your face and your mind will have trouble siphoning all that you see and hear. At first, I know I had a huge problem trying to find who the hell the main character was because for the first couple of episodes, it shows different perspectives of different people every single time. This can get annoying and upsetting as it may feel to you like filler. IT IS NOT. The genius behind Durarara is that it purposely leaves you in the dark for a lot of the show. Then slowly like a jigsaw puzzle, things are revealed and you begin to see the bigger picture. Finally, Durarara has a climax episode where everything makes perfect sense and you figure out that everything you just saw did in fact have purpose. Everything is connected. This happens about three times throughout the show and if you miss the connection at any point, you will be at a loss.
That is why I only recommend this anime for a certain type of viewer. If you can be patience and roll with what Durarara is showing you, you will be in for a huge treat. However, if you are the type of person that needs some sort of early gratification or faster paced story, you will probably drop this anime before you reach episode 6. Durarara has a great supernatural story, hilarious and memorable characters, and great plot twists. If you are looking for an anime that is a mix of pulp fiction with some supernatural and mind blowing inception moments, watch Durarara…and then get ready for the second season.