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12 Days of Anime #8: Shizuo vs Izaya

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.

However, the first episode didn’t exactly blow me away.

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.

IIIIIIZZZAAAAAYYAAAA-KUUUUN

Moment in anime #8. The Rush I experienced when Heiwajima Shizuo graced the stage for the first time to face Orihara Izaya.

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24 Comments

  1. Posted December 18, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I have to agree there was tons of hype for this to come out, and the first few episodes take a while to get you into the theme and characters. Izaya and Shizuo made the series fun :D

  2. Posted December 18, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I can never forget the fact that Mr Heiwajima punched a man clean out of his clothing.

    I am eternally grateful to this anime for allowing me to be witness to a feat like that.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted December 19, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

      He didn’t knock that guys socks off.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Clearly he would be at home in an anime like Ikkitousen

  3. mcm38
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Truly a nice anime. I was still a newbie to thie anime world when I started watching it, but DRR´s stronges point was how, unlike the majority of other anime, I couldn´t guess what would happen next. That was my greatest pleasure about the anime. I watched it cause the events always managed to totaly perplex me. I was always left speechless about it´s orginality.

  4. hika
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. Shizuo made Durarara!! a fun ride.
    I actually liked Durarara!! a lot, that I went on a frantic search for Baccano!. Baccano! I found to be more suspenseful and enjoyable…but maybe I’m just kind of sick of anime involving high school kids already…

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I think most of fandom agrees that Baccano > Durarara. It keeps the plot together a lot better and has no lame characters. The one area I think Durarara beats Baccano is it’s best characters (Izaya, Shizuo, Celty) are better than Baccano’s best characters

  5. Posted December 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Ah my moment when Drr!! became something I really thought would be great, came the previous episode with Izaya dancing about on the rooftop. But this moment came very close to making it for me, Shizuo’s introduction to the series was genius – that bin!

  6. Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Ono and Kamiya’s relationship at an extremity, excellent.

  7. Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah.
    I love those two.
    And my 103 Durarara Yaoi Doujinshi with 90 % Shizaya in it.
    I already knew that after this episode, the fangirls and fanboys were already sharpening their pencils. Erika did.

  8. Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, I see a Hika here, who doesn’t lurk for once.

    And I think I will express everyone’s thoughts when I say pretty much everyone was at least a little gay for Shizuo.

    • mcm38
      Posted December 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Shizuo ftw, I wouldn’t lie if I told u he was my favorite character that 2 seasons.

    • Posted December 19, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Except for those of us who would have to be a little straight for Shizuo. :P

      • Posted December 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

        >Implying women are not gay

  9. luffyluffy
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I heard about Crispin having to record these yells.

    Supossedly he had to yell Izaya’s name for a strong 30 second take on a single breath.

  10. Posted December 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    As a loyal lover of Izaya and cosplayer of Shizuo, I mostly agree with this post. The difference between us is (as I stated in my own review of the series awhile ago) that it took me not just three episodes to see the greatness of it…but until episode nine. I had my “click” moment in the ninth episode and from there I was in whole-heartedly.

  11. Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    The Rush I exper­i­enced when Hei­wajima Shizuo graced the stage for the first time to face Ori­hara Izaya.

    Didn’t we all mate, didn’t we all. :D

    • Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      PS That image of Shizuo holding flowers is insanely hot – THANK YOU! :D :D

  12. Posted December 19, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    INCOMING INCOMING! 400,000 BL fans are now about to flood your blog.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      >Implying most of my readers aren’t already BL fans

      • Posted December 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        You should be proud to have a lot of fangirls, Scamp.

      • Posted December 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        Its an interesting way of phrasing it – sounds like they’ve become BL fans during the course of reading your blog as opposed to were BL fans prior to reading ;)

      • Scamp
        Posted December 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

        I’m…creating BL fans?

        …oh dear…

        MISSION ABORT

        SOMETHING HAS GONE HORRIBLY WRONG

  13. smallish
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Oh man. Now I miss the way Shizuo would drawl out Izaya’s name.

    Alas.

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