I was hyped for Durarara long before it aired. The return of glorious duo of author Ryohgo Narita and animation studio Brains Base, creators of one of my absolute all time favourite anime, Baccano. Even better, Brains Base had pumped the funds into this. The trailer looked crazily high quality. It was the first time Brains Base had gone the whole way and made a 2-cour anime. They were really pulling all the stops for Durarara. I was hyped. Seriously hyped.
The first episode of Durarara was still pretty good by all means. It certainly had the best first episode of the season. Besides, Baccano also started rather slowly and look how good that show ended up being. There was still a little bit of trepidation entering the following episodes, waiting for that moment when Durarara would finally prove it’s worth. That it was worthy of the hype and the level of anticipation I had for it.
Let’s talk about hype for a second. Many people hate hype. It’s the damning pre-praise that inevitably leads to disappointment when the hyped product in question doesn’t end up exactly as awesome as the hype led us to believe. People prefer the idea of walking in with either low expectations or none at all. Prepare to be disappointed and you will either be proven correct or pleasantly surprised. My mind doesn’t work like that though. The surprise hit is a great feeling, but pales in comparison to the joy of a hyped product living up to expectations. For you to start watching a new series, expecting it to be the next big thing, and it proving itself to be exactly that.
Last year I got myself hyped up for Eden of the East and that show delivered in its very first episode (albeit maybe not so much with the follow up movies). Durarara though, not so much. The first two episode, while still good, lacked the drive or the fun that I was expecting. It was still getting along by potential alone. And the, finally, it clicked in episode 3. Revealing the evil side to Izaya played brilliantly into the playful side he showed when confronting the ganguro girls and his new found yet short lived hobby of stamping on cell phones. The episode was gleefully playing with what we knew and what we were expecting. Then it finally pulled itself together in one glorious moment.
Moment in anime #8. The Rush I experienced when Heiwajima Shizuo graced the stage for the first time to face Orihara Izaya.