Posted by psgels on 25 June 2010 with categories: Durarara



This episode did exactly what the past arc should have been doing for bloody ages now: having people actually talk to each other. So yeah, I liked this ending quite a bit.

I expected something epic or over the top, but this works too. The conflict between the yellow scarves was actually solved quite quickly. There were a couple of bugs here and there, like how Shizuo knew where those punks would flee to, but overall I liked how the Dollars were indeed still acting on their own even though the website had shut down, and that under the lead of Kyohei they organized a mob to get back at the yellow scarves. It’s interesting to see that in the end, they did go to the path of violence.

But I liked what happened afterwards best. It allowed everything to wrap up for the series’ conclusion, so that it could leave an as good impression behind as possible. That particular background tune with the flutes also finally returned, as if to suggest: everything is back and peaceful like it used to be, yet characters have visibly matured and moved on. The past arc would have been perfect as a middle arc to flesh out characters, though not so much as a conclusion. It just lacked the energy and variety of the first half for that for me. I really appreciate that Brains Base is finally getting to work on 24 episoded series instead of just single season series, but it still isn’t enough I’m afraid. I’ve said this plenty of times by now, but there really need to be more series that go beyond 26 episodes.

Overall, Durarara certainly isn’t my favourite series from the director Takahiro Omori, but nevertheless it was pretty good. My main problem was that it just failed to live up to my own expectations, for which I only have myself to blame. Oh, reviewing the entire series is going to be quite difficult.
Rating: * (Good)

7 Responses

  1. Roger says:

    That’s one shortass review.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    I’m still working on it. ;)

  3. Puran says:

    Actually, there are two more episodes. They will be dvd exclusives. One is episode 12,5 which I guess will be an epilogue to first arc, and episode 25 which will be an epilogue in general. While they will not be direct from the light novels, they are written by Durarara’s author.

    Also, since durarara seems to be pretty successful and there is a lot more novel material, there *is* a chance we will see another season.

    I’m saying all this to help you write the review. As you said, if this was a mid season arc, it would be good, but as a finale it’s a bit lackluster. But don’t rule out another season coming out. Also while expectations were high and durarara sort of failed to meet them, it *is* a unique and fresh series you don’t see very often.

  4. Cursors says:

    First thing after I finished the anime was searched for episode 24 blog….to see what others had to say.

    I didn’t enjoy the ending. The build up to the end was a let down. I was expecting what you didn’t want, which was something over the top.

    I don’t feel like it was complete. Still some unanswered questions. Honestly I hope there is a 3rd season. Anime’s like this need another one.

  5. kyuzo says:

    regarding shizuo knowing which road harada was going to take, it’s as simple as knowing the fact that information travels fast. add that to his knowledge of the layout of the town.

  6. With its popularity, DRR!! should have another season, highlighting the new developments and characters in the later volumes of the light novel.

    The plot just gets better in the light novel. The anime is just a teaser.

    I did a look at chat room psychology using Durarara!!. You can read it at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/932185689/chatrooms-durarara

  7. amy says:

    well though it looks illogical that they do not to talk to each other to clear the misunderstanding, i think it’s more realistic this way…in real life this occurs often..many ppl wouldnt want to or are scared etc. to actually talk to someone face to face about their deep dark secret that might ruin their relationship

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  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)

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