Anime Synopsis: Durarara!!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010, 10:00 | Author : Ludovico
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Mikado has just transferred from a small village to a new school in Tokyo, rejoining his old friend Masaomi. Mikado is a little wary of all the unsavory tales he’s heard, so Masaomi takes him on a tour of the city where he encounters a number of strange and interesting characters. Meanwhile, a group of lowlifes kidnap a girl off the street, but find themselves relentlessly hunted down by a dark being of judgment, the headless rider of the black motorcycle.

The first episode of Durarara!! doesn’t actually have much happening in it. Instead it seems to be busy setting the stage for things to come. It’s a solid foundation though, with a number of interesting personalities and potential plot hooks. The show strikes a good balance between the wide-eyed innocence of Mikado and the dark mood and undertones of the city, and it’s a safe bet that the story is going to become darker as time goes on. Meanwhile the headless rider itself is a clear homage to the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow, but also has much in common with Batman as a dark avenger of the night. It’s difficult to predict how all the various plot threads and myriad characters are going to come together into a coherent story, but, but with the quality art and solid writing so far, there’s plenty of reasons to stick around and find out.

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