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Durarara episode 25

Oh Brains Base~! You have no idea how much I want another season of this. Look, I know Natsume Yuujinchou is a cool show and all and I’m moderately pleased it got another season, but it didn’t really need another one. Not compared to Durarara. Oh well, might as well enjoy this final DVD special episode while it’s here.

This episode was Durarara back to doing what it does best. Taking its massive cast of characters and having them bounce off each other in Ikebukero. It works in the same way DRRR!! has always worked, because these characters are so wacky and diverse that simply watching them go about their daily lives is entertainment in on itself. In the last DVD special, I said it was sorely lacking in sushi-yo umai-yo, and hell yes did we get enough of that in this episode. Better yet was the further delving into Shizuo’s brother’s personality and his capability to play any personality his job requires him to do. Narita just doesn’t do bad characters. Heck, one of the best scenes in the episode was that 10 second shot of little-Shizuo’s fabulous boss and his simultaneous styrofoam cup drinking posse.

We also got treated to Izaya’s sisters and the…err, close relationship they have with each other. Honestly, I wasn’t quite taken by them, being far more amused by Shizuo hanging them up on a vending machine so they stayed out of his way. Anyone from the Oihara family is hardly going to be normal now, are they? Heck, that would have been even more amusing. If the sisters of Izaya were actually normal shy girls who wouldn’t know what end of a flick knife to hold. From what I’ve heard from those who read the light novels though, these two are some of the best characters we never got to see. Whatever, I’m still annoyed this episode didn’t have anymore of Shinra’s dad. He was a criminally underused character. Maybe in that second season I desperately hope we’ll get…

Shizuo being awesome. Not much more needs to be said. Him letting a street lamp fall on his head with the look of pure rage etched across his face was probably the best part of the episode. Wait, didn’t I just say the simultanious styrofoam cup drinking posse was the best part? Or would it be Erika’s ‘ume seke’ commentary on the duel? Sounded like she was reading the plot descriptions out for the latest batch of Durarara doujins from Comiket.

I tell a lie, you know what my real favourite part of the episode was? Mikado directing the new kid around Ikebukero. It sounds like a strange choice, given that there were no flying street signs and that Mikado is generally considered to be the one example of Narita creating a boring character. But I loved this scene because it highlighted the very essense of what Durarara is about. In this area of Ikebukero you have deity’s and gang leaders fighting alongside mad scientists and headless Irish fairies. A place where you could stop some random person on the street to ask for directions, unknowing that the guy you stopped is actually the leader of a dangerous online activist group. The kid himself is probably the illegitimate son of Hades who sent him to school in Japan because he was sick of him cramping his style down in the underworld. And it’s in this city where they can suddenly all meet up at a television screening and all get into scraps with each other.

And who is the one who agitates these interactions? Who is the malevolent git that got that guy to attack Shizuo’s brother with the knife so they would all start a punch up? Who is the driving force behind every plot arc? The one who makes this series tick? Oihara Izaya. You magnificent bastard. Without you, everyone in the city would probably get along fine. Izaya did say he would be leaving town though, so what’s going to be the driving force behind the plot now? As in, the driving force behind the plot in that second season Brains Base will make. I hope. They will though, it was their best selling anime they’ve ever made and there’s more source material to make more content with. Please?


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  1. smallish
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I want a second season yesterday, please. If only to hear the characters themselves speculate on the relationship between Izaya and Shizuo. Best. Scene. Ever.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink


    • luffyluffy
      Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, I also sort of noticed, is it just me or were there a lot of off model faces this episode?

      • Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        I saw it too.
        Almost like a Bleach filler episode. But I guess they were saving up the money for animating the Shizaya fight.

  3. Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Best line: If you want to talk number one couple, it’s gotta be Ryuji and Taiga.

    Clearly I’m on a Rie binge of late.

    Yeah this show needs a second season probably more than any other recent show I can think of…..Kuragahime needs one and so does HOTD (if you ask me).

  4. Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    I agreed with everything except the part about Natsume Yuujinchou being less deserving of a season three.

    Durarara!! is the kind of show that needs a lot of thought and needs a minimum of 8 episodes in an arc to make chaos and then form a nice pattern. Making that would take a while.

    Besides, even if there were a season two, then just like that image you made wit MS Paint, then they’ll just have another gang entering and we’ll be treated to “OMG! Ikebukero’s going into chaos. This is bad!” over and over again. But anyway, keeping an OVA about an episode that occurs after the final episode of the season (and not a spin-off) probably indicates there’s no season two.

    Natsume Yuujinchou one the other hand has a manga that’s way ahead of the anime. And being the episodic show that it is, it can go on and on. It’s established a solid fanbase now too.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      I guess I just have it in for Natsume Yuujinchou just a bit. I like the show and all, but the praise it got was way more than it deserved I thought

    • Dana
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      I agree with you, and Natsume Yuujinchou has probably been on Omori’s schedule for a while so he probably has the third season all planned out, where as DURARARA!! might take some more time.

      Honestly, I think Durarara!! was good and all, but it became kind of “meh” after episode 12, while Natsume Yuujinchou just kept getting BETTER. The storylines for the future of NY are also quite interesting, and it sells a ton of merchandise, so I can definitely understand why it merits a third season ; sooner.

  5. Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    If Brains Base does make a second season, I hope it’s a bit more compressed than the first. It always felt like it was going five miles per hour under the speed limit, and a show like this is at its best when it’s moving fairly quickly. I’m always on board for more lesbian twins, though.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Durarara was always more laid back than Baccano, but I’m not sure if going quicker would necessarily be better since that’s the way the show set out it’s stall. It was always about sashaying through it’s story.

      All things considered though, I’d probably prefer faster pacing anyway

  6. Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    They seriously better make a second season. Like you said, the Orihara sisters are certainly amazing characters. I read one of the novels they were in and they’re pretty great.

    I’d love to see more Durarara!! just in general too I guess and I sure would love to see more of Shinra’s dad.

    As for that kid at the end I love that part too. A nice echo of the first episode where Mikado welcomed him in the same way Celty welecomed him. (Well, the same words.) If that kid is who I think it is… I could be reading too much into this.

  7. Posted March 6, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I love this anime.
    It also made me follow your blog regulary.~
    Also, don’t tell me I’m the only one who laughed at Izaya leaping onto that building. He can bend the rules of the universe and simply float backwards in the air~ He’s just that awesome.
    I havn’t read the novels yet, because I don’t want to ruin me all the fun when it gets a second season. IT MUST GET ONE. OH PLEASE.

  8. mcm38
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    What else is there to say about it? The variety of characters somehow also remind me of Arakawa Under The Bridge.

    The twins were introduced to late. But I’m glad they did so. Otherwise it would look lik they were trying to get audience with some fanservice. That’d be realy cheap. Yet, I doubt again that would happen.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I think we’ll get a second season for Durarara!! eventually. There’s enough source material left, enough points to hook a new thread on and enough of a fanbase to make it commercially viable. That said, like Natsume – Book of Friends S3 (YES, FINALLY) we’ll have to wait a while before said second season comes along.

    Thanks for reminding me about the DVD specials btw. I had forgotten about them entirely.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      I tried Natsume’s Book of Friends, mostly because I missed xxxHolic, and it bored me. Is this bad Mr.Anon?

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        There’s nothing bad about that. I watched it because it’s a light-hearted and relaxing anime in my opinion.

  10. Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    The need for a second season of DRRR!! is something I can’t even express. In watching it, and even looking back on it now, it wasn’t one of the best I’ve ever seen. There was plenty wrong with it. But somehow it was brilliant and I can’t get over how much I love it–maybe that’s just my love of Izaya talking, who knows. Of course if he does leave town and isn’t present for a second season my love would probably take a swan dive…

  11. ada
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Man I want everything in the manga to happen in the show.[SPOILER IN CASE THERS A SECOND SEASON] I mean like when all those gangs catch up with izaya and kick his ass and the main cast has to save him. Or that one singer saburo likes turns out to be an assasin and she dates kasuka because he’s not afraid. OR that Russian chick hired as toms 2nd bodyguard and shizuos reaction and kindness . I mean come on the dude deserves some love. I wanna see all that on screen.and they didn’t even talk about the orihara twins being gay or how’d they murder they’re big brother just to meat yuhei hanijima..its so irritating

  12. shengar
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    While something like “SAO” will definitely have sequels, Baccanos S2 is impossible and Durarara S2 is nowhere in sight
    God, I hate my life

  13. Rara ^^
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Haven’t finished Durarara, but im guessing that when the episodes end, so does the manga chapters? Why doesn’t Aoba appear in the anime?! Does that mean i’ll just have to read the entire manga again just to see Aoba and Makido’s dark side?

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