Sunday, January 25, 2015

Durarara!!


I've decided to begin reviewing some of the anime that came out and have a sequel currently being aired this 2015, and what better way to start this off than with a bang? Durarara!! was definitely one of the better anime to come out this season, and I'm going to tell you why.

To understand why Durarara!! is a great story, we must first look at the cast. There are a lot of characters in here for people to get behind. If you don't like one character, then you can always choose to root for another. Unlike most anime that keep their cast small, Durarara!! goes big. There's so many diverse characters, each with their own unique personality that you'll never find a dull moment in this anime.



And, of course, you can't look at an anime without looking at the artwork. In a year where almost every anime looks like they've been created by a cookie-cutter, this is one of those anime where the art-style is more unique. Most anime in this day and age look almost exactly alike, from the way their eyes are shaped to the style of their face and everything in between. The anime that keep a more original style are becoming few and far between. Durarara!! doesn't suffer from this problem of mundanely drawn characters and uninspired animation. While not 100% original, it still maintains a uniqueness that makes this worthy of taking note of.

We've looked at the characters, so now we need to look at the story. The story seems almost like a typical slice-of-life when you first think about it: a young man moving to the city in order to live a life of excitement. Sound familiar? But wait, that's not all. After meeting up with his friend, this young man learns that the city has some people in it that you just don't want to cross: a superhumanly strong man, a dangerous information broker, a gang known as The Dollars, and a headless biker known as the Black Rider. From learning this alone, we know that stuff is going to go down in this anime, but what makes the story truly unique isn't just the life of the young man, one Mikado Ryugamine, but how the anime follows the narratives of all its characters equally, showing how their lives intersect to create a greater plot throughout the series. It's a very intricately woven story, and one of the few I've seen that really feels like every aspect is somehow connected.

Like all anime Durarara!! is not without its flaws. Fortunately those flaws seem minimal at best. I think my biggest issue is that there are some characters that I just don't care for, which can honestly be a good thing or a bad thing. Certain characters are supposed to be unlikable, so I can't say it's a fatal flaw, and this anime wouldn't be very realistic if every characters was someone you could like. That being said, when a character that I don't like comes on screen, I feel almost like skipping those parts, even if I know doing so will have me miss important parts of the plot.

Overall, I would say this anime rates an 8.5/10. I enjoyed just about every aspect of it, from the diversity of the cast to the intricacies of the plot. There isn't a whole lot that I can say is wrong about this anime.