Posted by psgels on 2 March 2011 with categories: Durarara



Not as good as the first DVD-special, but still a nice little aftermath to the series. Like with the actual TV-series, the first special had all the events running through each other, and threw many flashbacks and -forwards at the viewer, only to have everything come together at the end, while this one had that a lot less, aside from one single scene at the beginning of the episode. The creators did succeed however, to put as much characters on the screen as possible.

Instead, whenever this episode had the chance it would show different characters, cleverly using Shizuo’s brother who was doing a live report and finally giving him the chance to show off his acting. This episode was full of these little details and subtle characterizations that ere also prevalent during the first half of the TV-series.

The least interesting parts of this episode were probably the subplots that were already dragged out in the TV-series: Mikado vs. Anri and Shizuo vs. Izaya. As dynamic as this show is, the relationships between these people somehow refused to really go anywhere throughout the series. After 26 episodes, Shizuo still is running after Izaya, and Mikado still is trying to tell Anri that he likes her. (Though granted, at least Anri behaved differently from what she would have done 20 episodes ago).

This episode also provided a few hints for an upcoming season in the form of some new characters. If that’s going to happen though, it’ll probably still take a while, because the director first is going to be busy with Natsume Yuujinchou.
Rating: * (Good)

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  1. Aeon says:

    “Instead, whenever this episode had the chance it would show different characters, cleverly using Izaya’s brother who was doing a live report and finally giving him the chance to show off his acting.”

    Do you mean Shizuo’s brother? I only recal Izaya having two sisters.

  2. Yeah, Shizuo has the actor brother, Izaya has the twin sisters.

  3. Kiarae says:

    This was definitely an episode for the fans, kind of like a “final hurrah” for them – thus why the sisters (and that might-have-been-“this guy” at the end) were included. The animation was really weird in places though…

    Right now it’s unlikely for a second season. 24 (+2) eps is a good run where studios are concerned… At least it wasn’t shorter; wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. I’m sad about that since the really good stories start to pick up in later arcs, but I can’t say I did not enjoy what the anime chose to cover.

    Admittedly not as good as how Baccano! went, but entertaining enough.

  4. ShyBlue says:

    I also didn’t find it as great as the first special. ;_; poo.

    It had more characters for sure, but very dynamic little interaction between them. Like psgels said, Mikado is still trying to confess, Shizuo keeps chasing Izaya, Shizuo still loves his brother, Izaya’s sisters are only semi-interesting, and Kazuka is just completely deadpan. -_-

  5. kbknigon says:

    Yeah, this really was a fanservice episode. I can attest as I was giddy with fanboy delight throughout the entire episode, seeing all of my favorite characters on screen in one episode (which surprisingly didn’t happen all that often in the series).

    I do think (/hope/pray/would be willing to sell my soul to Kyubeu for) a second season is likely. DVD sales were excellent, and I don’t think they’d introduce 2, possibly 3 (if that kid at the end is anybody important) new characters just for one episode. Also, if this were truly the final hurrah, I think they would’ve given Kida more than just a cameo. Anyway, I can dream can’t I?

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 06:39 AM)
    @Afgm: You’d hope that one would be shocked by it though. It’d be pretty narcissistic to get off on the notion someone would be doing that to an image of you…
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 05:47 AM)
    @afgm: Surreal was the word I was going to use for it yes.
  • afgm
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 05:37 AM)
    That must be surreal having random people pleasuring themselves to a cartoon version of you.
  • Nessie
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:51 AM)
    I still figure Shirobako is a dream the writers had of wanting attractive young girls working in their dingy workplace that they’ve realized into a series.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:48 AM)
    I know theres a hentai doujin out there of the big glasses guy and he’s based on seiji Mizushima =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:43 AM)
    Oh..dear…knowing that shirobako, that some of the characters are designed after a few real people thats going to be awkward if I ended up finding any of them attractive lol
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:29 AM)
    :facepalm: I meant the Asus looks decent
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:28 AM)
    Aidan: the Aidan looks decent, and supposedly has good fans that aren’t horrendously loud so that’s a plus. You will still need headphones though, and it’s not too expensive so can last you a couple years, at which point I would recommend getting another one for the next 3-4 years.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:14 AM)
    Also shirobako was referred to once somewhere as this generations Honey and clover, that got my attention.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:13 AM)
    I have very little issue with your review of shirobako Aidan, in fact it actually encourages one/me to actually go out and watch it, however, I can’t say I like the “Required to watch” line, often I find things like that sound like the reader feels “forced” after reading it. I’m not going out of my way to be insulting as I said its a good review, its just something I learned/was taught/picked up.

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