In an effort to find something new to watch out of my backlog, I’ve watched Durarara!!. And honestly, I knew little about the series going into this. Yes, I know there is hype surrounding it. Fortunately, I have not been spoiled on anything yet. I’ve managed to avoid any media that would tell me how it all ends. That being said, I dug into the first third of the episodes not knowing what to expect but expecting much. And, boy did I get it.
Durarara spends a lot of time talking. Lots of philosophical questions about who we are, what defines friendships and love abound throughout this show. And many blogs have rehashed this. But let me walk through some things that stood out for me.
The show opens in it’s first episode by introducing nearly every major character. This is just a bit overwhelming. But, it follows that up with backstories. And they’re great. It’s enough information for you to understand the character, but not so much that you bore from it. I love how each character has such an abnormal history. And these stories tie into the main plot line, which brings me to my next point.
Interconnection of the Characters
Two of my favorite movies are Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. If you have ever watched these two shows, what makes the story telling so great, is the unknowing interconnection of the characters. Each individual story lines weaves in and out, and in the end, all the the individual plot lines come together in one great finale. These story lines are “like forces of nature that bounce of each other”. All of this gives you that “oh shit” moment that I love. Very few movies or shows can pull it off, but these two do it. And Durarara!!, does this as well. As you progress through the different plot lines, You see how they tie together. You begin to feel a sense of how each person in this community begins to fit in with each other. It definitely keeps things interesting, wanting to see how these threads tie together.
Another favorite movie of mine is Fight Club. This late 90’s thriller messes with your head and turns your perception of what you thought was happening upside down. If you’ve never watched it, your loss. Great movie. One scene in particular always stood out. Tyler Durden goes into a convenience store and forcibly removes him from behind the counter at gun point. Episode 2 of Durarara!! brings this same type of scenario to life. In this case, a character faces death, of her own choice. And when saved from it, will have to continue on with their life. What changes are going to occur in her life? What will she do different? This show loves these moments. And with them, it keeps you on your edge as you move through the story.
Overall, I’m really enjoyed this anime. No panty shots, no beach episode, no moe-blob garbage. Just well written plot, interesting characters, and enough twists and turns to keep me interested. I’m glad I took the time to clear it from my backlog!