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Durarara!!
Durarara!! manga
Durarara!! (DRRR)
Manga Review

Living in an urban city guarantees an immense population with many chaotic sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences. It guarantees that there are always strangers living in a tightly compressed space. In Tokyo, there are many neighborhoods, all linked with easy access by the Yamanote Rail Line. DRRR happens to talk about Ikebukuro and introduces a large cast of strangers just existing there. Just how would various strangers live and experience life under certain circumstances?

DRRR was initially introduced to many non-Japanese via its very popular anime series that aired in 2010. The manga is a different adaptation, and allows different fans to experience another layer that is different than the anime and its light novel counterpart. Ryohgo Narita who is the creator for this series invites readers to experience a medium and enjoy this series.

the Durarara!! mangaThe first protagonist readers meet is Mikado Ryuugamine who is a new High school-aged resident in Ikebukuro. With his best friend Masaomi Kida, he learns who to know and who to avoid. The story's point of view doesn't only stick to Mikado's experiences and expands with perspectives from other characters.

Interwoven with the multiple character perspectives is an ever-continuing chat room with strangers gossiping or chit-chatting. This focus on the daily lives of Ikebukuro residences and just where the story is going. Outside of seeing hands typing and screen handles, there is no certainty to know who the screen handle is.

In terms of similar reads, there are some titles out there that provide the same vibe as DRRR. One of which is Baccano which is also another light series by Ryohgo Narita and has multiple point of views. Another is Densha Otoko where there is the usage of the protagonist's interaction with multiple strangers via a chat room. For the mysterious angle coupled with the nitty gritty, there is Darker Than Black or Higurashi no Eden. In terms of reality though, there is the social media world of Twitter that is very much a place where there are millions of strangers just talking.

the Durarara!! manga

Reviewed by Linda Yau, May 2013

Durarara!!
Durarara!!
Anime Review

Durarara, besides being fun to say, is a pretty spectacular series. Based off of a light novel by Ryohgo Narita, series takes us into the lives of Ikebukuro, Japan. Marked by its high style and extremely large cast, the effect is to see an entirely ecosystem of he city, not just a sect within it. With a cast of around 16 protagonists, we thought the whole thing would end up just chaotic, but strong direction ties it all together beautifully.

Durarara!!In fact, the first episode is actually played back three times, just to get the entire picture from every perspective. This could have easily gone poorly, and divested my interest in what happens, but I found that I was more and more interested in the "next" character they'd be telling the point of view of the story from.

But who are these people? A manipulative information broker; introverted school girl; headless horseman. Wait, as in the Irish fairytale monster? Celty, a headless horsewoman quickly breaks up the normalcy of the series. A Dullahan who has lost her head, Celty trades her horse for a motorcycle, and prowls the city as a transporter for hire.

Durarara!!Yet, despite having such hints of lore, the show is not focused on fantasy. A truly progression based story, the first twelve episode exist almost entirely to established the cast, and their relatively loose relationships (if any) to one another. This is followed by the payout, where they are then manipulated into artificial conflict. To what purpose? To what end? Who cares? While I originally tagged along on the series just to get more of our headless diva (who communicates entirely via text messages,) the style and tone quickly had me in its thrall.

Durarara!!Soon, I had new favorites, until finally, I loved everyone. Though, fair warning, this is a series by the nerds, for the nerds. Posters and marquees unabashedly drop flagrant references to other works, while some characters are defined by their status as manga otaku. In fact, these side characters seemingly exist just to compare the plot's progression to what "would" happen in a manga. Why, even the whole idea of the conflict between "internet" gangs, seems to be aimed at the shared nerd experience. With its strong music and over the top style, Durarara is not to be missed.

Reviewed by John Martone, August 2010

Below: The characters from Durarara!! (click on the image to view at full size)

The characters from Durarara!!

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A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!

A scene from Durarara!!


Durarara!!

Durarara!! Website Links:


Durarara!! Official US Website

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Below: Japanese DVD cover illustrations for Durarara!!

DVD cover illustration for Durarara!!

DVD cover illustration for Durarara!!

DVD cover illustration for Durarara!!

Below: Japanese manga cover illustrations for Durarara!!

Manga cover illustration for Durarara!!

Manga cover illustration for Durarara!!

Manga cover illustration for Durarara!!

Below: A promotional illustration for Durarara!!

A promotional illustration for Durarara!!





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