Durarara is a Japanese anime series that has become a cult classic over time. The series first premiered in 2010. Later, in 2015, the series was renewed for a second season. A 3rd season will probably come out in 2021. Durarara 3 is a must-see!
Durarara has become a sensation and for all the right reasons. Durarara has completely broken through traditional ideas of plot and narration and instead created multiple seemingly parallel and ultimately interconnected storylines. It plays with our tendency to generalize and assume.
If you’ve never heard of this or are still trying to figure out if you want to check it out or not, let us guide you.
Modification of Durarara 3
This anime is an adaptation of a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda.
Story from Durarara 3
First of all, the plot is not linear and cannot be understood as such. We will do our best to simplify it for you.
Mikado Ryūgamine is a young boy who meets his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who now resides in Ikebukuro. Mikado longed for the adventurous, eventful life he always dreamed of. Masaomi warns him against making new acquaintances.
The eternal battle between appearance and reality
The town of Ikebukuro is anything but typical. The city breeds mystery in every corner. There are so many people with so many stories. This tendency to generalize and assume is what the creators have tried to break. None of these characters are normal in the traditional sense of the word.
The story begins when Mikado reaches the Ikebukuro train station and meets his childhood friend Masiomi. Mikado looks very simple, quite ordinary and hard to find in a crowd. He is of timid and polite nature. He has waited a long time to be part of a more exciting and interesting life that he thought was available in a big city.
When he first came to Ikebukuro, the large size and energy of the city enchanted him. Later, he encounters many supernatural events that take place in this mysterious city.
Though Masaomi has told him to stay away from the town’s dangerous people, Mikado seems to have a strange way of running into them at the worst of times. There was an incident when Mikado nearly got caught in a crossfire between Shizuo and Izaia. He got lucky and ran with Anri, who he was there with.
Later, there is a remarkable change in Mikado’s character. He becomes cold and ruthless. He even became intimidating. He believed it was an important move on his part to protect his friends.
The Black Rider
The most interesting character of the series is a Dullahan who works as a courier for underworld gangs called The Dollars and Snake Hands. We found out her name is Celtic Sturluson. It is rumored that she has no head under her helmet and that she is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head.
Celty’s character is perhaps the most ironic. Because she has no head, she is often interpreted as a dangerous and grotesquely monstrous figure. In reality, she has turned out to be a savior more than once. She is a nice and optimistic person. Her character and our assumption of who she might be set us up for the unpredictable experience.
Izaya of Durarara 3
One of the most manipulative and dangerous characters is Izaia. He bullies people at will and will go to great lengths to get the information he needs. In short, he manipulates people to carry out his diabolical orders.
Izaya is one of the story’s most complex characters. He claims to love humanity, but it’s more of a sadistic version of power. He is an eternal observer of human behavior and habits and reactions. He knows the pressure points and just harass people for fun. He drives into conflict. And he knows how to take advantage of a conflict. This is the reason that he will not really face a loss in any situation.
Shizuo is one of the main characters of this series. He is known as the strongest man in Ikebukuro. He is of tremendous physical strength. He is the bartender and at the same time works on Tom Tanaka’s body.
Shijuo’s strength is intimidating. Because of this, he has been a loner all his life. He never intends to harm, but that’s what he ends up doing. The truth is that he is afraid of his power. He is also extremely hot-tempered. Both lead him to remain in permanent isolation. In addition, whenever an opportunity presents itself, Izaia blames Shizuo for his crimes, of which he is very tired.
So you see, the man with scary power is not the kind of person you imagined.
The Different POV: Nonlinear Story
These are just some of the main characters that become a crucial part of the storyline. But as mentioned earlier, this is not a linear plot. There are many characters, each with their unique perspective. By becoming the main narrator in each turn, they become like protagonists in their story. This provides us with multiple POVs.
Durarara Season 3
According to the timeline, the anime would not be released until 2021, with new twists and turns. But to date we don’t have an official release date.
But the good news is that you can watch season 1 and 2 of the anime series (completely binge-worthy) at Netflix with english subtitles! How cool is that?!
Rest assured, as soon as we hear a possible release date for the new launch, we’ll let you know right away.
Durarara is a unique series. The way it plays with the individual storyline and blends it with the collective is well executed. This is also something we have not seen before. So this could be a whole new adventure for you.
Each event takes place and bits and pieces are known by the individual characters. So until and unless they come together and put the individual conflicts aside, we don’t have a complete picture. So we’re just waiting for that.
If you are an anime fan, let us know your thoughts on one of the most complex and brilliant series ever.