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26
World At Peace
2011-03-23
A new reality show seeks out Ikebukuo's number one cute couple.

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25
Heaven's Vengeance
2010-08-25
The arrival of a mysterious red bag invites new kinds of trouble for the Headless Rider.

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24
Selfless Devotion
2010-06-25
Filled with resolve, Masaomi burst into the abandoned factory, but there he met someone he didn't expect. At last Masaomi, Mikado, and Anri meet.

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23
Complicated and Confused
2010-06-18
A gunshot sounds in an rainy alley, and a call comes to Masaomi. Mikado heads somewhere with Celty, and when Anri learns the truth she takes off too.

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22
Declaration of Disbandment
2010-06-11
The Dollars are enraged at the evil deeds of the Yellow Scarves. While watching the member's comments on the BBS, Mikado desperately tries to find a solution.

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21
Everything Covered in Fog
2010-06-04
Masaomi's orders are ignored as the Yellow Scarves begin to hunt down members of the Dollars. Mikado is depressed when he sees a friend of his attacked at wounded, and begins to wonder if the Dollars are really needed at all.

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20
A New King Will Arise
2010-05-28
The headless rider, a member of the Dollars, saved someone with a katana. This fact makes the Yellow Scarves even more suspicious that the slasher is a member of the dollars.

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19
Anarchy
2010-05-21
Mikado, Masaomi and Anri continue their peaceful everyday life. But Anri realizes that something is wrong with Masaomi, and tries to find out what.

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18
Out of Your Control
2010-05-14
Confusion is starting to descend on the town of Ikebukuro. Izaya grins with an evil smile... everything is going according to plan. Unaware of Izaya's plan, Masaomi is remembering the past in an abandoned building. How he came back here. How a girl named Mikajima Saki still waits for him at the hospital. He remembers the words Izaya once said to him: "You can never run from your past."

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17
Everything Changes
2010-05-07
Niekawa Haruka leaves to chase Nasujima, who appeared by chance at her house. Anri follows her. As she faces off against Haruna, who's controlling the gang of slashers, truths about her past are revealed. At the same time, Shizuo fights an unending battle against the Slashers in South Ikebukuro Park. As he defeats them one after another, his expression starts to take on a hint of joy...

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16
Mutual Love
2010-04-30
Anri was the slasher's target. Kadota and the gang happened to see her get attacked and went to save her.

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15
Even a Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day.
2010-04-23
Magazine journalist Niekawa's unbridaled passion cannot be stopped. It's raging as strong as ever. A foreigner who runs a sushi shop, the Awakusu organization, an information broker, the Headless Rider... He investigates the supposedly strongest man in Ikebukuro, Heiwajima Shizuo, by walking around the town and talking to people. However, he is suddenly attacked! But that wasn't the only tragedy that night...

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14
Turmoil Reigns
2010-04-16
Anri and several others are attacked by the slasher. Each night someone is attacked, someone called Sinsong appears on the web, writing mysterious messages.

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13
Takes a Sudden Turn
2010-04-09
Six months after the big Dollars meeting, Ikebukuro has at first glance returned to normal. But below the surface, the Yellow Scarves and the Slasher are becoming more active.

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12
Yin and Yang
2010-03-26
Seiji attacks Mikado to get back the girl with the scar on her neck, but the girl tells him the truth. The truth startles both him and Celty.

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11
Storm and Stress
2010-03-19
Anri's missing friend, the Dullahan, the girl with the scar on her neck, Yagiri Pharmacuticals, the kidnappings, and the Dollars. The pieces are all falling into place.

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10
Never Before Seen
2010-03-12
Mikado bumped into a girl with a scar on his neck on a street corner. With a sense of djvu he hears the sound of a whinnying horse.

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9
Love and Cherish
2010-03-05
Yagiri Pharmacuticals executive Yagiri Namie was upset. She was upset because she couldn't find her beloved brother, Seiji.

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8
Ephemeral Dream
2010-02-26
Celty, anxious and uneasy about being unable to find her head, gets into a fight with Shinra and runs away from home. Shinra quietly awaits her return, when he is visited by a certain individual.

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7
Bad-ass Dude
2010-02-19
The man known as the strongest in Ikebukuro, Heiwajima Shizuo. Lately he's been short-tempered and he doesn't know why.

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6
Active Interest
2010-02-12
Lately, more people have been going missing between Ikebukuro and Shibuya. The ones going missing are people like runaways and illegal aliens; people who won't be missed.

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5
False Advertising
2010-02-05
Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri are enjoying a very high schooler-like afternoon, as the reporter Niekawa struggles in his search to find "The Strongest in Ikebukuro". People tell him about the Headless Rider, the Dollars, Simon, Heiwajima Shizuo, the Yellow Scarves, the Slasher.

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4
Utterly Alone
2010-01-29
The people of Ikebukuro speak of an urban legend: the "Headless Rider". A surprising number have personally witnessed it, riding the streets on a jet-black bike with no license plate.

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3
Rampant Evil
2010-01-22
Masaomi is out on the town, fervently trying to pick up girls. Confused, bewildered, Mikado goes along for the ride.

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2
Highly Unpredictable
2010-01-15
The entrance ceremony for Raira Academy. The students' varied mix of emotions swell. As they prepare for the new journey that lays before them, some meekly introduce themselves. One says he's quitting school even though they've just begun. A seat where he should be sitting sits empty. Amidst all this, Kamichika Rio is there. A girl with a dark side to her. A crack suddenly opens atop this otherwise normal world. The girl who spots this should have died two days prior.

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1
Exit 1 / First Words
2010-01-08
Ryuugamine Mikado, a young man longing for something special to happen in his life, moves to Ikebukuro at the invitation of his friend, Kida Masaomi. He will begin a new life, living alone, as a high school student.

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Durarara is an avant-garde anime series released in 2010 by Aniplex, set in the enchanting and electric world of Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The series, based on the light novel authored by Ryohgo Narita, is known for its dense narrative arc, profoundly diverse line-up of characters, and slick blend of multiple storytelling techniques.

Central to Durarara is a slew of exciting characters who carry their own personal quirks, hidden stories, and unpredictable dispositions. Mikado Ryuugamine, a seemingly ordinary middle-school student from a suburban area, moves to Ikebukuro at the persuasion of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida. He is fascinated with life in the city, but his fairytale fantasies of city life shatter as he starts to experience the lurking peril underneath the city’s appealing façade.

Then there's Celty Sturluson, one of the most interesting figures in the series. She is a Dullahan—a headless rider from Irish folklore—who roams the city in her black motorcycle that curiously emanates an eerie night sound similar to that of a mystic horse. The headless spirit is in a never-ending search for her missing head.

Next is Shizuo Heiwajima, a near indestructible hot-headed bartender juxtaposed with Izaya Orihara, a mischievous information broker. Mingle with them teenagers, gangs, color-coded factions, a mysterious pharmaceutical company, and an urban legend of a black rider; Ikebukuro becomes a divisively charming urban narrative of myth and reality, ordinary and extraordinary.

Durarara with its unpredictable narrative has wisely managed to weave slices of life with supernatural elements while grounding the story in an urban setting. It keeps viewers on their toes as the story can smoothly transition from light-hearted banter in a classroom to a supernatural event occurring in a dark alley.

The story thrives on ambience. Notably, Ikebukuro serves as more than a mere backdrop. From the hustle-bustle of the cityscape to the dim glowing lights in the dark alleyways, the local eateries and the rich nightlife, Ikebukuro is personified and becomes a living, breathing character within the series. The city's vibe ensnares the viewer; the array of characters, each with their own storyline, adds up to the city’s allure.

Durarara makes remarkable use of different storytelling techniques. Switching between narratives of different characters—a device known as "Rashomon Effect" following Kurosawa's film Rashomon—the series adds multiple layers of depth to the storyline. Each character delivers their own coloured version of the same events, instilling intrigue while pushing the viewer to piece together the puzzle until the final picture emerges.

On the thematic front, Durarara is a clever mix of reality and mythology, offering a thorough exploration of the human psyche while commenting on subjects relating to identity, power dynamics, and urban legends. It also incorporates a touch of internet culture, with chatrooms serving as an essential plot-driving device—an unusual but certainly refreshing narrative choice.

The richly layered narrative is accompanied by a sharp visual style. The animation is fluid and fitting of the story's gritty urban aesthetic. The kinetic energy of Ikebukuro and the surreal moments are captured with well-choreographed action sequences and stylised visual imagery. Moreover, the soundtrack is used superbly, capturing the distinct character of the city with an eclectic mix of jazz, punk, and pop.

Moreover, the pacing of the series is deliberate and each reveal in the story feels like a reward for the viewer's patience. Each thread unravels like a cliff hanger, making each episode a compelling watch.

While Durarara is quite a riddle to solve, it can take a while to get used to the series' eclectic tone. The sheer number of characters and plot threads might seem a bit overwhelming initially. But once viewers get past the early hump, they'll find themselves pulled into an immersive world that’s equal parts quirky, suspenseful, and deeply engaging.

In conclusion, Durarara from Aniplex presents a distinctive blend of urban life, mystery, mythology, and character-driven narratives. Its audacious storytelling, engaging characters, and a uniquely woven narrative platform make it a remarkable series that offers an unusual yet enthralling viewing experience. With its stylish presentation and memorable characters, Durarara stands as a testament to the sheer imaginative power of anime storytelling.

Durarara is a series categorized as a new series. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 26 episodes, the show debuted on 2010. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.8.

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How can I watch Durarara online? Durarara is available on Aniplex with seasons and full episodes. You can also watch Durarara on demand at Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime online.

Genres
Anime
Channel
Aniplex
Rating
7.8/10
Cast
Jun Fukuyama, Hiroshi Kamiya, Mamoru Miyano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Hanazawa, Daisuke Ono, Kazuma Horie, Yuichi Nakamura, Sanae Kobayashi, Miyuki Sawashiro
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