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|Anime of the Week 7/7/11; Woops|
|Topic Started: Jul 10 2011, 11:19 PM (130 Views)|
|midgemage||Jul 10 2011, 11:19 PM Post #1|
Retired MCAC Leader
Welcome to Ikebukuro: the city where anything and everything can and will happen. The Colour Gangs, the so-called Headless Black Rider, shady characters and many more call this city home.
"I hate normal things."
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. On the first day, he meets many new (and frighteningly strange) people, sees vending machines flying in the distance, and bumps into a cute girl. To top it all off, he even witnesses firsthand the talk of the city, The Black Rider; it seemed to him like his wish was already plenty fulfilled.
"I wanted to live in a way different to everyone else."
But that wasn't all Ikebukuro had in mind for Mikado. Who is the Rider, and what is he after? What about the girl with the scar around her neck? And what about the recent rumours about the colourless Colour Gang, Dollars? Disappearances, encounters, and each inhabitant's scattered desires became tangled to form a convoluted mystery, that seems draws him ever closer to its center.
So I'm a bit late. What's two or three days? DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRP
Another title from the author of the well-known (and deservedly so) series, Baccano!, a lot of high hopes were placed in Durarara!!. And it lived up to those hopes... to some extent.
Durarara!! (or DRRR!! as it is occasionally known by) brings back Baccano's haywire narrative sequencing, but toned down a little- we're no longer flipping between three entirely different settings (not to mention time periods...), and instead various situations and scenarios that drive the plot are shown, but not necessarily all at once. To a viewer only mildly interested in the premise, there's not an awful lot to grab you early on, but a more patient audience watching really pays off once all the pieces start fitting together. Combined with a set of incredibly quirky and hilarious characters, it's really quite an interesting and entertaining series.
That's certainly true of the first half, at least. That's not to say the latter half is bad- I would have to be terribly harsh to call it mediocre. It simply fails to live up to what the first 12 episodes delivered: a roller-coaster ride of twists and wonderful oddness.
I do recommend people at least watch the first 12 episodes though. It really is quite a fun watch.
Beyond the Gate, anything can happen...
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