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Durarara!! is a Japanese anime series about a high school student, Mikado Ryugamine, who moves from the countryside to the Ikebukuro neighborhood of Tokyo and discovers an underworld of magic and organized crime. Mikado's adventures intersect with those of Celty Sturluson, an Irish "Black Rider" who works as a courier on her black bike while searching for her missing head. Mysterious events at Mikado's new high school, as well as the disappearance of Celty's head, can all be traced to the Dollars, an internet-based underground gang.

The series is based upon the light novels of the same name, written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. Durarara!! premiered in Japan on January 7, 2010, on the MBS network, and in the United States, the Cartoon Network aired the series as part of its Adult Swim block beginning in June 2010. Respected anime director Takahiro Omori directed Durarara!! The English-language version of the series features veteran anime voice actors including Darrel Guilbeau as Mikado, Kari Wahlgren as Celty, and Yuri Lowenthal as Shinra.

The initial episodes of Durarara!! center around Mikado's adjustment to his new high school in Ikebukuro and his friendship with classmate Masaomi. A mysterious kidnapping introduces him to a network of criminal gangs including the shadowy Dollars and menacing Yellow Scarves. Celty rescues the kidnapped girl in the second episode, and her quest for her missing head and her romance with Shinra Kishitani, a noble doctor, become important subplots. As the series progresses, secrets about the gangs and their leadership are revealed, and the characters are drawn deeper and deeper into the gangs' intrigue.

Durarara!! was produced by Brain's Base. Aniplex of America licenses it in North America, and it is licensed in Europe by Beez Entertainment in the UK and Germany and by Dybex in France and Benelux. A total of twenty-five episodes were produced, with the show conceived as a closed-ended miniseries.

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1 Season, 26 Episodes
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Durarara Full Episode Guide

  • A new reality show seeks out Ikebukuo's number one cute couple.

  • The arrival of a mysterious red bag invites new kinds of trouble for the Headless Rider.

  • 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. As each carryies within them inexpressible emotions, they reach an answer... What answer do they come to?And what will be the end of the Gang War that has involved so many of the people of Ikebukuro?

  • 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. In each of their hearts lie trust, doubt, and uneasy. And Izaya smiles as he enjoys the chaos. Everything rushes toward a conclusion...

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