Durarara anime review

Durarara anime review
Ryūgamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn't want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called "Dollars." Nervous from Masaomi's stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Scarves will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point.

As the main characters fly across the screen in a strangly familiar way, I can’t help but feel like this anime seems like Baccano all over again. But as soon as the story starts, I already see a world of a difference between the two. They may have seemed the same from a strictly outer point of view (the art style and the character development style) but they were infinitely different when you looked at the final product.

The story in Durarara seemed a bit lost to me, it started off as a simple missing girl kind of story and went all the way to an all out tri-factions gang war, the concept was interesting but unlike Baccano, the story seemed unrelated at times and distant from the characters interests and objectives. It also thought that the surnatural aspect of the anime felt underdeveloped compared to the rest, yet it stayed the main focus of the story for more than half on the season. Instead of simply focusing on one big main plot the anime seemed to have wicked fun at diverting the subject to things that we do not care that much about, it also made a tremendous effort to get us to bound with the characters and their problems/sufferings but then wasted that effort by simply providing us with unsatisfying conclusions or quite rushed solutions to a bigger problem. The last thing I really feel like I need to point out about this story is definitely the fact that the story seemed to end halfway and restart afterwards, the main plot of the first half being solved in a matter of one episode, the rest of the season felt hard to get interested in since we had to ‘’rediscover’’ a whole new set of problems and try to get in touch with the vile and sneaky person behind it, who was ,in the end, simply thrown at us in a matter of seconds. The only reason I was watching in the end was to see if he would lose badly or mildly (since it was obvious this anime wouldn’t go for a sad ending). And that’s the final downside to this anime story wise, it was simply predictable, of all the plot twists they show us, simple one or two actually surprised me, and god knows how many ‘’plot twists’’ this series contained. Even if I whine about all the downsides and the things I don’t like about this anime, I can’t hide the fact that I was wickedly entertained, that it was catchy, that some characters were actually good and that some moments were very worthwile. It’s a good anime, it really gave a lot of content and watching it all was good even if it couldn’t reproduce the dark and uneasy feeling from Baccano (probably Aniplex’s intention since they produced both baccano and durarara) it felt very nice and was a complete anime with a cool plot, a nice set of characters and some satisfying plot developments.

The characters were in fact disappointing. Watching the intro song I felt that I could have gotten some baccano calibre development and characters, even if the deepness of the development in durarara did resemble the one in its counterpart at times, the characters did not match at all the intrigue, mystique or comical feel of baccano’s characters. Given that some of them did have an interesting personality or an interesting feature; a wide majority were genuinely annoying or boring. The inability for some characters to get interesting or the abusive use of fan service regarding some characters killed all interesting aspect of these said characters. The most annoying ones were definitively the main characters, Mikado, Kida and Anri. They simply felt like copied cliché characters with a little twist to them, one of them being the whiny character all anime need, the other the ‘’comedy relief pervert’’ and Anri the walking pair, that pretty much resumes the deepness of these characters. Then again we did have some very attaching characters that came to complement the story, so it’s not all bad; it’s just part bad and part awesome. I liked a majority of characters, but the small minority who annoyed me were enough to make me doubt the potential of this anime, such potential was in the end quite high.

One thing I did in fact find quite funny were the two manga freaks and their many references to other anime, such couple could have been compared to Miria and Isaac in baccano, which both make an apparition. Another think I liked were the frequent appearances of other anime in the everyday world of durarara.

The artwork comparable to baccano, I won’t spend much time on it, it was good, simply put, but less dramatic than baccano.

The music was actually very odd in durarara, it resembled at time the musical ‘’color’’ of baccano, providing us with some quite smooth jazz, but that kind music doesent really fit the anime at all, nor the style it takes. In the end, the music felt a bit off but at times, or felt quite right at others.

In the end, this was a good anime, with some flaws, I still hesitate in the actual score, it’s a pretty close tie between 6 and 7, but for the sake of all the things that annoyed me, I’ll give it a 6. Even if it was good, it had some flaws and some of these were major ones. If you liked baccano, you might like this.

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