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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (7,892)

Durarara!! is a modern-day Japanese anime and light novel series that tells a story of the interconnected lives of different characters involved in the underworld of Tokyo, Japan. The anime series has been produced by Aniplex, and it first premiered in 2010. The series features an ensemble cast of talented voice actors, including Jun Fukuyama, Hiroshi Kamiya, Mamoru Miyano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Hanazawa, Daisuke Ono, Kazuma Horie, Yuichi Nakamura, Sanae Kobayashi, and Miyuki Sawashiro.

The plot of Durarara!! follows the everyday lives of several colorful characters living in the city of Ikebukuro, Tokyo, each with its unique backstory, which intersects with others. The story line begins with Mikado Ryuugamine, a timid high school student who moves from his hometown to Tokyo to attend high school. Mikado takes an interest in the city's urban legends after his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, introduces him to a mysterious online chat room about Ikebukuro's underworld.

As Mikado immerses himself into the city's mysterious world, he becomes more involved in its intricate web of life, which includes street gangs, underground organizations, and supernatural beings. He crosses paths with Izaya Orihara, an information broker who feeds on the conflicts within the city, and Shizuo Heiwajima, a former prizefighter who possesses inhuman strength and an uncontrolled temper. Another character, Celty Sturluson, a Dullahan, a headless fairy, seeks her head, which was stolen from her.

The anime focuses on the lives of several key characters who become intertwined in the mysteries of the city. Mikado, the protagonist, is an outsider in Ikebukuro, but he becomes involved with the city's underworld after meeting Izaya. Masaomi Kida is Mikado's best friend and is the leader of a street gang called the Yellow Scarves. The young woman Anri Sonohara is initially shy and quiet but eventually becomes embroiled in the city's violent clashes. There is also Celty Sturluson, the Dullahan, who has a mysterious past that involves being involved in criminal activities.

One of the unique features of Durarara!! is that it presents the story through a non-linear narrative that often jumps back and forth in time, to give the characters' backstories and the whole story's full picture.

The soundtrack of Durarara!! is quite excellent and features the works of Makoto Yoshimori, who created beautifully atmospheric pieces with a wide range of instruments from string quartets to electric guitars. The opening theme song, "Uragiri no Yuuyake," is a fast-paced rock song performed by Theatre Brook, which sets the tone for each episode's action-packed scenes.

In conclusion, Durarara!! is an anime that stands out due to its complex plotting and ensemble cast of characters. It is a show that requires attention to detail as it weaves a complex web of personal relationships and dangerous conspiracies that make it compelling to watch. With its excellent animation, well-written script, and an exceptional soundtrack, Durarara!! is a show that can engross any anime fan, making it a must-watch even today.

Durarara is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2010.

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World At Peace
26. World At Peace
March 23, 2011
A new reality show seeks out Ikebukuo's number one cute couple.
Heaven's Vengeance
25. Heaven's Vengeance
August 25, 2010
The arrival of a mysterious red bag invites new kinds of trouble for the Headless Rider.
Selfless Devotion
24. Selfless Devotion
June 25, 2010
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?
Complicated and Confused
23. Complicated and Confused
June 18, 2010
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...
Declaration of Disbandment
22. Declaration of Disbandment
June 11, 2010
The Dollars are enraged at the evil deeds of the Yellow Scarves. While watching the member's comments on the BBS, Mikado desperately tries to find a solution. Meanwhile, the Yellow Scarves find the identity of the girl who escaped from their hideout the night of the meeting, and come after Anri. But a surprising group of people step in to save her...
Everything Covered in Fog
21. Everything Covered in Fog
June 4, 2010
Masaomi's orders are ignored as the Yellow Scarves begin to hunt down members of the Dollars. Mikado is depressed when he sees a friend of his attacked at wounded, and begins to wonder if the Dollars are really needed at all. Meanwhile, Anri tries to put a stop to the gang war, but only makes things worse...
A New King Will Arise
20. A New King Will Arise
May 28, 2010
The headless rider, a member of the Dollars, saved someone with a katana. This fact makes the Yellow Scarves even more suspicious that the slasher is a member of the dollars. What's more, Masaomi starts to suspect that the remnants of Blue Square, the gang he once fought, are part of it as well. He visits Kadota's gang to find out the truth.
19. Anarchy
May 21, 2010
Mikado, Masaomi and Anri continue their peaceful everyday life. But Anri realizes that something is wrong with Masaomi, and tries to find out what. At the same time, a gang war starts to break out between the Yellow Scarves and Dollars over the identity of the Slasher. The standoff grows as Mikado's desire to stop it is ignored.
Out of Your Control
18. Out of Your Control
May 14, 2010
Confusion is starting to descend on the town of Ikebukuro. Izaya grins with an evil smile... everything is going according to plan. Unaware of Izaya's plan, Masaomi is remembering the past in an abandoned building. How he came back here. How a girl named Mikajima Saki still waits for him at the hospital. He remembers the words Izaya once said to him: "You can never run from your past."
Everything Changes
17. Everything Changes
May 7, 2010
Niekawa Haruka leaves to chase Nasujima, who appeared by chance at her house. Anri follows her. As she faces off against Haruna, who's controlling the gang of slashers, truths about her past are revealed. At the same time, Shizuo fights an unending battle against the Slashers in South Ikebukuro Park. As he defeats them one after another, his expression starts to take on a hint of joy...
Mutual Love
16. Mutual Love
April 30, 2010
Anri was the slasher's target. Kadota and the gang happened to see her get attacked and went to save her. Shizuo and Celty joined in, and the slasher was at last defeated and his identity revealed. But their relief lasted only for a moment, as Celty is stunned at the chatroom log she says. At the same time, a certain person visits Anri when she returns home...
Even a Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day.
15. Even a Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day.
April 23, 2010
Magazine journalist Niekawa's unbridaled passion cannot be stopped. It's raging as strong as ever. A foreigner who runs a sushi shop, the Awakusu organization, an information broker, the Headless Rider... He investigates the supposedly strongest man in Ikebukuro, Heiwajima Shizuo, by walking around the town and talking to people. However, he is suddenly attacked! But that wasn't the only tragedy that night...
Turmoil Reigns
14. Turmoil Reigns
April 16, 2010
Anri and several others are attacked by the slasher. Each night someone is attacked, someone called Sinsong appears on the web, writing mysterious messages. "Today. Cut. Did Cut. More. Stronger. Love. Wish. Wish. Is. Want." Mikado is bothered by the rumors that the Slasher attacks are being perpetrated by the Dollars, and asks Celty for help. Who is the Slasher and what are they after? Celty starts to get closer to the truth, but...
Takes a Sudden Turn
13. Takes a Sudden Turn
April 9, 2010
Six months after the big Dollars meeting, Ikebukuro has at first glance returned to normal. But below the surface, the Yellow Scarves and the Slasher are becoming more active. A shadow approaches, ready to destroy their peaceful days, as the characters are forced to face their past and present.
Yin and Yang
12. Yin and Yang
March 26, 2010
Seiji attacks Mikado to get back the girl with the scar on her neck, but the girl tells him the truth. The truth startles both him and Celty. Seiji is too shocked to move, and an infuriated Celty leaves the scene. What answer will they find in it? At the same time, a shadow approaches Mikado as he watches them toyed with by fate. It was the information broker, Izaya.
Storm and Stress
11. Storm and Stress
March 19, 2010
Anri's missing friend, the Dullahan, the girl with the scar on her neck, Yagiri Pharmacuticals, the kidnappings, and the Dollars. The pieces are all falling into place. On a busy street in Ikebukuro, Mikado faces off with Namie. He's afraid, but his eyes are staring straight through her soul. He's there to reveal the truth behind the mysteries. Atop a building above them, Celty remembers Shinra's words and asks herself: what has her reason for living been while she's searched for her head? And then people begin to appear, one after another after another...
Never Before Seen
10. Never Before Seen
March 12, 2010
Mikado bumped into a girl with a scar on his neck on a street corner. With a sense of djvu he hears the sound of a whinnying horse. The girl was being chased by the headless rider. He quickly decides to keep her safe, and takes her home. However, she says she has amnesia. Unsure of what to do, Mikado speaks to Masaomi, but the only conclusion they can reach is that they have to wait and see. The next day, as Mikado returns home from school, he finds the information broker Izaya and the headless rider waiting for him.
Love and Cherish
9. Love and Cherish
March 5, 2010
Yagiri Pharmacuticals executive Yagiri Namie was upset. She was upset because she couldn't find her beloved brother, Seiji. To search for him, she contacts the Shinjuku information broker, Izaya. Unconcerned that he was being searched for, Seiji wanders the city of Ikebukuro with a girl with a scar around her neck. He smiles gently at her frightened insistence that they go somewhere "far away".
Ephemeral Dream
8. Ephemeral Dream
February 26, 2010
Celty, anxious and uneasy about being unable to find her head, gets into a fight with Shinra and runs away from home. Shinra quietly awaits her return, when he is visited by a certain individual. What is their connection to Shinra, and what is their goal? At the same time, an exchange student named Shiri wanders the streets of Ikebukuro with a sketchbook and pen in hand. She asks the people she meets one question, "Hello! What are you looking for?" The people of Ikebukuro give her many different answers.
Bad-ass Dude
7. Bad-ass Dude
February 19, 2010
The man known as the strongest in Ikebukuro, Heiwajima Shizuo. Lately he's been short-tempered and he doesn't know why. His senior and partner, Tom Tanaka, tries to calm him down. Celty worries over him, but it doesn't help. What's bugging him? As he wanders the city to try and find out, he reflects on his past...
Active Interest
6. Active Interest
February 12, 2010
Lately, more people have been going missing between Ikebukuro and Shibuya. The ones going missing are people like runaways and illegal aliens; people who won't be missed. And today, once again, a group of young thugs, metal pipes in hand, have broken into an abandoned hotel where illegal aliens live to go "manhunting". They call the fleeing people "materials", but then where is the "drop-off point" they speak of? And which surprising group of people stood up to save the person they captured?
False Advertising
5. False Advertising
February 5, 2010
Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri are enjoying a very high schooler-like afternoon, as the reporter Niekawa struggles in his search to find "The Strongest in Ikebukuro". People tell him about the Headless Rider, the Dollars, Simon, Heiwajima Shizuo, the Yellow Scarves, the Slasher. Nobody can agree. Then one of the candidates for "strongest in Ikebukuro", the Headless Rider races off with two shining red eyes, in the darkness of an alley. At the same time, a certain chat room is being trolled by a user named "SinSong".
Utterly Alone
4. Utterly Alone
January 29, 2010
The people of Ikebukuro speak of an urban legend: the "Headless Rider". A surprising number have personally witnessed it, riding the streets on a jet-black bike with no license plate. A mysterious being, that appeared to be the most natural thing in the world, in the darkness and back alleys of the city. However, does anyone really know what it truly is? One man, Shinra, considers the mystery. Meanwhile, the headless rider herself wanders...
Rampant Evil
3. Rampant Evil
January 22, 2010
Masaomi is out on the town, fervently trying to pick up girls. Confused, bewildered, Mikado goes along for the ride. Out recruiting for the Russian sushi restaurant where he works is Simon Brezhnev. Also out is Heiwajima Shizuo and Tom Tanaka, out to collect on a debt they're owed. Yagiri Seiji is feverishly searching for someone and Sonohara Anri is walking around looking for her friend who hasn't attended a day of school since opening ceremonies. All sorts of stories intermingle in Ikebekuro as rumors of the Dollars spread. Mikado runs into his classmate, Anri, who is about to get into a fight. Thinking he'll rescue her, he calls out to her. But then, the info broker, Orihara Izaya, who he has been warned to steer clear of, appears.
Highly Unpredictable
2. Highly Unpredictable
January 15, 2010
The entrance ceremony for Raira Academy. The students' varied mix of emotions swell. As they prepare for the new journey that lays before them, some meekly introduce themselves. One says he's quitting school even though they've just begun. A seat where he should be sitting sits empty. Amidst all this, Kamichika Rio is there. A girl with a dark side to her. A crack suddenly opens atop this otherwise normal world. The girl who spots this should have died two days prior.
Exit 1 / First Words
1. Exit 1 / First Words
January 8, 2010
Ryuugamine Mikado, a young man longing for something special to happen in his life, moves to Ikebukuro at the invitation of his friend, Kida Masaomi. He will begin a new life, living alone, as a high school student. He arrives in Tokyo for the first time in his life. Bedazzled by this new world, Masaomi gives him a warning: "If you want to live peacefully here, stay away from Heiwajima Shizuo, Orihara Izaya, and the mysterious color gang the "Dollars." Just then, he heard a sound similar to the neigh of a horse. Mikado and Masaomi follow the sound to its source and come across what they'd thought was only an urban legend: the "Headless Rider", atop a pitch-black motorcycle...
Where to Watch Durarara
Durarara is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Durarara on demand at Amazon Prime and Hulu.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (7,892)