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)

5 Responses

  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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  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:14 PM)
    The locations (supposedly in Italy) and the sets were great tho. The lack of CG was very refreshing- it gave the film an oldschool charm, and it really fit the fairytale theme.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:13 PM)
    @Kaiser: he was distracting a little bit. All the while I was like “I wonder how they got him for the role?”.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:10 PM)
    I wonder if Vincent Cassel has ever actually played a likeable person…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:06 PM)
    I expected to be grossed out by the heart eating scene yet it had no effect.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:05 PM)
    Could have sworn I wrote the word flea but the word ant got typed =<
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:50 PM)
    @Kaiser: it also happens that the Selma Hayak bit was also the only semi-good ending. I admit that the twins were pretty good tho. Strangely mature and reserved. It’s nice to see young actors that don’t ham it up like Hollywood kids.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:48 PM)
    @Kaiser: it was a FLEA, and you know what’s weird? That’s strangely taken directly from the tale. The fairytale says “the king grew a flea to the size of a sheep, and then he skinned it” with no additional details. It was an interesting choice to build a whole subplot out of one sentence.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:51 AM)
    If i had to pick, its the story with Selma Hayak that was my favourite.
    Also RIP giant ant monster, moe as fuck, you were wept for you adorable fucker lol
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:49 AM)
    Tale of tales could have stood to jump around less and perhaps developed itself a bit more. However I found enough imagination here and about all the stories are roughly on par with each other in terms of quality. I liked the creature effects and I’m a sucker for “not so happily ever after” and Macabre/dispelled takes of fairytales because lets face it, the old tales were probably far far away from the disney versions.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 07:59 AM)
    @Kaiser Well hopefully you’ll get back into comedies sometime soon, there’s been some pretty good comedy manga/animes that have come out in the last six years that I’m dying to recommend.

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