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Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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Durarara!! Specials DVD Special 2010 TBD Special episodes released only on the DVDs

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Takahiro KISHIDA Character Design
Takahiro OMORI Director
Makoto YOSHIMORI Music
Akeko YOKOYAMA Producer

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It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...

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Durarara!! is like a modern day Baccano!

I have only seen the first three episodes of the former, and this is what I thought.

First off, both animes are told from the POVs of several characters. This causes the story to start off sporadically. However, if Durarara is anything like Baccano the story will intertwine and everything will be clear.

After viewing the very first episode to Durarara, I was left trying to figure the other series I've seen that introduces characters through the opening sequence. This could be merely a studio property; I havn't seen enough of Brains-Base to pass judgement.

Although I cannot look further into the plot Durarara(No, I won't read the novel), I can say without a doubt that fans of Baccano will compare the western drama to this urban tale and vice versa.


Because both features a large array of characters, rapidly changing points of view, a simellar visual style, and identical ways of doing the op


Both anime are a cluster of many characters where their stories eventually somehow become linked together. Same style, same awesomeness. Baccano takes place in america where durarara takes place in japan. Same dark gritty type of story telling. If you liked one I can not express how much you'll like the other. Perfect match.


It's strange... but watching this anime i had something like a "DejaVu" (xD) Like i have seen this before,both animes have something similar, i don't know what's it,but watching "Durarara!!" the first thing i remembered was "Baccano".


Dura gives similar feeling to Bacca. Not because simply because studio is the same, but because of similar atmoshpere, like you feel that something grand is going on somewhere and all puzzles are creating that greater image episode by episode. I think creators even based some vital points of Dura on Bacca, and with that thought even gave cameo apperance for some of Baccano characters in Durarara ;)


Same creator, same animation studio, same feeling, same idea of a wide cast of varied yet interconnected characters.


A lot of mystery, action, a lot of characters.. Also great music and same style of OP and ED themes, really similar animation. Well, even their titles are similar. Baccano! and Durarara!! have many things in common, and it's hard to explain them all, so i better recommend you to watch both series to understand. If you liked one you can't miss another! :)


This is a recommendation with a "but". Baccano! and Durarara!! are two anime following the same formula: you have a wide range of extravagant characters, stories that jump back and forth with different leads in different episodes, and huge amounts of awesomeness at every corner.

So far so good, but the main difference between the two is in the setting. Part of Baccano's appeal comes from its '30's setting and over-the-top violence. Durarara!! on the other hand is situated in modern day Ikebukuro, with gangs and crime as main theme. They both have genuinely awesome supernatural elements aplenty, and if you don't mind the difference in setting and level of violence, you're bound to absolutely love both.


Each of these series have a very similar style of story telling, animation, and music, while involving an unexpected amount of the supernatural (moreso with durarara, though). Each cast is rather large, but does a great job developing almost every character, while maintaining a fast paced story with a  lot of truly epic moments. If you loved one of these, you'll love the other.


This is a very obvious recommendation imo. They're made by the same people, looks similar and both have an equally fun, high-tempo pace where they mix action and comedy with their huge colorful and creative casts.


I just noticed it  after few episodes of Durarara!!.  Both animes Baccano and Durarara are  about  many  character stories that  link connection each other  in  one . Both series  got similar  climate, both are comic.


It is most likely to enjoy Durarara if you enjoyed Baccano. Both series are about lots of people interacting with each other in entertaining way. Both series have same kind of humor and were made by same studio. Also manga of both series is written by same artist.  


Baccano! and Durarara!! are both produced by the same team, delivered in the same fashion, and animated in the same style.  Both series feature a unique and very creative cast of characters and frequently shifts focus from different character's point's of view to move the story forward.

If you liked either of these shows you owe it to yourself to at least try out the other.


Well Durarara is told in multiple views much like Baccano!, even the style of how the story is told, whether it's from the rumors right down to the urban legends.  Baccano! also gives fans the random chaos scenes we all love from Durarara!!


I strongly recommand you watching Durarara!! if you have watched Baccano!, or the other way around, because both animes use a similar way of story telling and charackter design. In adition to the statet things above, both animes are made out of action, drama and a good part of humor.


It took me 2 episodes of Durarara for me to figure out what show gave me this same familiar feeling- Baccano! They both feature large casts and not-so-clear plots that gradually pulls you in and doesn't let go until the final plot twist as been revealed. If you liked these elements in one of these shows, take a chance on the other.


Both series have excellent writing and story progression, though i have to say DRRRA's second half wasn't as strong.  If your looking for a similiar show to Baccano then Durarara!! is certainly an excellent choice to go with.  They're also both by Brains base so maybe that's why they're so good.



Baccano and Durarara both tell a complex naritve by weaving together several plots that come together in suprising ways. The story is Durarara is more straight foward in its presentation, but both shows are good at handeling multiple plots that include many twists and turns. Both show have some fantasy element.

However what really makes these shows so great are the characters. Both shows have a large cast of unique characters. 


Durarara!! and Baccano! are similar not only because they're animated by the same studio or written by the same author, but because they weave together a multitude of almost completely unrelated plotlines and turn out very different than you would think from watching just the first episode.


Durarara and Baccano share the same way of storytelling, at first showing you scraps from every thread, which feels a bit chaotic, and then shows you more and more and more, and suddenly every piece combine into well-thought image. If you enjoyed story of either of them, I'm certain you'll enjoy the other - durarara is basically a modern baccano.

Also both have amazing cast of various(often crazy) characters, and both are worth watching for characters alone.


I personally watched Durarara!! first, then watched Baccano! but within 2 episodes I was hooked due to the mention of a certain company from Durarara. It's only a small mention at best, but you can immediately tell that the stories are in the same universe.


they are from the same creator and have both have a bit of gore but not to much they are both really one of a kind


Baccano and Durarara!! are from same light novel author, animation studio, music composer and both of them have supernatural and comedy. If you like one of them you would sure like other.


Similar character styles, and both anime use varying view points to tell the story. There is a mixture of reality and fable in each anime. The two also have the same character designer and director. In fact, several characters and scenes from Baccano make cameo appearances in Durarara. The mix of humor, violence, and drama is a common factor in both anime.


Durarara!! is very similar to Baccano! in that it follows the lives of several people and mixes them all into a story with no main protagonist. The art is very similar, but I admit the character designs for Baccano! are much more visually detailed, whilst Durarara!!, being a newer anime, has much smoother and clearer animation. Both of these series are written by Ryohgo Narita.


Both series follow the intricacie of events that occur when the lives of various characters intertwine. Since both are light novels based on the same author and are produced by the same animation/production company, they have a similar feel in story-telling, art, and music. They plots are dark, slightly twisted, contain a hint of the supernatural, and have an incredibly complex and well-thought out story-line with a highly entertaining and diverse cast.  While Baccano! is set in the 1930's and conveys events that occurred in the past, Durarara!! is set in the modern time and conveys events that are occurring at the time, with some flashbacks. If you like one, you will most likely enjoy the other as well.


Now these are two series filled with random, awesome and violent stuff. Baccano! wins at every point, from the story to character development and animation. Durarara!!'s latter part disappoints and lacks the awesomeness that would've made it epic. Nevertheless, both series are good, with similar plots and characters, humour, and it will entertain every single fan of randomness and mindf*ck.


Both are well-animated, and are just fantatsic anime in general. Both have similar themes, and both will likely appeal to the same audience (an audience of action, comedy, and good taste:)). It is recommended you watch the [original?] Baccano! before Durarara!


They are alike in how the characters interact. With both stories so focused on character development and their interactions, it's likely if you liked one you will like both. Baccano! is much more violent, and this should be taken into consideration. Both are excellent and there are even shoutouts to Baccano! within Durarara!! I cannot recomend these series enough.

Seriously, check them out.


Both share a similar storytelling and feeling. Instead of just following a plot, it focuses in the different points of view of all the characters (which are a lot) and how all their stories are linked together. So, if you liked one, you would like the other.


Both have a bunch of characters in which all of their seperate   stories collide together into one big story, and plus both of their first episodes leave a huge cliffhanger that makes you want to watch it and see how they got there.


Not only are they both from the same studio, but both weave a bunch of seemingly unconnected plot threads into a finished product of a great and cohesive story.  Large casts of really lovable characters whose interactions are both touching and hilarious, and plenty of intrigue in both.  Definite candidates for your new favourite series!


Both of these anime tell a very disjointed tale at first, from many different points of view, and slowly start to lose the blurs to reveal the true story.

They both use similar storytelling methods, but are set in completely different times.

The characters in both are instantly likeable, which is needed in order to grip the viewer right from the confusion at the beginning.

And I only noticed, both are Brains-Base, I don't know what significance that holds, but I'll certainly be checking out more animes from B-B. :)

If you liked one, I'm confident you'll enjoy the other.


Same creators, same feel, both feature large cast with a lot of amazing characters and both are extremely entertaining and story instead of being linear focuses on certain characters.


They were both created by the same person and are very similar in that they are about several different people who's stories ultimately intertwine.


I hate going with the flow so much because it makes your rec useless, since so many other people have said the exact same thing. but well, what needs to be said must be said, and Baccano! and Durarara!! are very similar. A huge cast of epic characters you won't find in any other anime, each of them with their own background and individual stories which intertwine into the main plot. Complex and intriguing, these series are both worth a shot... And you're sure to find in each at least one character you'll love!


I totally agree that this is a great two-way rec. Baccano and Durarara are similarly choreographed stories. Groups of unrelated persons wind up in the same overarching plot for their own reasons, with plenty of action and suspense.


This is really a no-brainer. Both Baccano! and Durarara!! are anime produced by Brains-Base, and they are stylistically very similar. A ton of memorable characters, crazy comedy, gangsters, gritty violence and a healthy dose of the supernatural. If you enjoyed one you will undoubtedly enjoy the other.


Durarara!! Has a few Baccano! references, Both series are super awsome. Both series where made by the same people and have simular ways of telling the story.

I advice you watch Baccano! first and right after it watch Durarara!!.


it's pretty obvious. They're from the same creator. Now that wouldn't mean much but!!!!

As a huge baccano fan I have always had trouble finding an anime that could come close to it. IMO even durarara doesn't, but it's above everything I've seen.

The character design is flawless - in both animes - not sticking to the anime character stereotypes and the stories are both uniquely told (is that a word) so that you actually have to keep up with the story in order to understand something.

Yet it isn't dry. Not at all. It's fun to watch thanks to flawless animations and the character design.

You will definitely enjoy the other one!!

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Eden of the East

Eden of the East

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa', the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira's enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?

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Both of these shows are what I would call truly "modern" animes. Though cell phones and such have been featured in animes for years, these shows both use modern technology and the power of the internet heavily as a part of the plotline and center around the power of connectivity and the internet generation.


Each of these series have a lot of things going on that make it rather confusing and hard to keep up with, but manage to be great series. Other than that, it is kind of just a feeling that draws these series together in my mind.


Durarara and Eden of the East are two exciting, by the seat-of-your-pants type shows. With very interesting yet mysterious plots, they keep you guessing until the last minute. If you liked the fast paced action of one be sure to check out the other!


Eden of the East and Durarara!! are two surprisingly similar series; their plots could not be more contrasting, with DRRR!! focusing on the underground and Eden on nation-wide matters, yet they have an incredibly similar feel despite DRRR!!'s faster pace, and technology such as mobile phones being heavy elements of their plot only strengthens the similarity. If you enjoyed one story of mystery and intrigue, you're bound to enjoy the other!


Durarara and Eden are great modern anime. They both feature social networking and technology as plot devices. I also simply loved the animation quality for both of these series. All in all, while the plots are different, both of these series give me the same sort of feeling. If you enjoyed one you will at least appreciate the other.


Both are very modern. I'm so sad, that there is no a 'modern' tag ;) Cause the spirit of series are very similar. Characters use mobile phones and computer technologies, the internet and communications helps them in their life. Furthermore, the design and drawing are resembling each other a little bit.


Both of these anime involve getting people together using modern technology, such as the internet and cell phones. The feel of the anime is the same, and the characters are similarly drawn.


They are both modern and up-to-date technology. Drrr has a more fast-paced feel, Eden has a more slow-paced feel. The plot will connect both though.

Don't be skeptic. Try something new!


These two shows leave you wanting more. They are action-packed and suspenseful, yet also have a more sensitive, thoughtful side as they show characters struggling with decisions and relationships. Both also take place in cities, and use both the gritty and the glitzy sides of cities to weave their complex plots.


they both are animated well and are set in the same time period and feature the idea that there's power in numbers. and they both involve the underground powers that affect the city.


The main story in both series is pieced together in a way that also relies on side characters. If you like the story telling mechanic in one, you'll probably like the other.

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Kamisama no Memo-chou

Kamisama no Memo-chou

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Both series are in a modern city setting, and involve things like gangs, criminals, etc. While Durarara!! has many events loosely connected to each other with lots of characters involved, Kamisama no Memo-chou involves solving numerous mysteries.


Both series depict a colorful variety of characters in a larger-than-life city. Each character is made with their own quirks, and the art styles are very similar.


Both of the anime focus on the hidden society within Tokyo's districts. With gangs and technology playing a major role in both anime, the feel is very similar. Though Durarara!! had a more supernatural element, I am sure that if you liked one, you'll like the other.


The characters are very similar. Ordinary, useless male protagonists. But they develop to be more manly, and more responsible. You wouldn't believe it.

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Both series are about a young man who manages to stumble upon a group of seemingly unrelated quirky people who function as a family or gang.  The art styles are reminiscent of each other, as are the narrative styles.


Both series revolve around what appears to be at least regular guys who get involved in some mysteries and an underground world eccentric characters.

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Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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For some strange reason, both of these animes reminded me of eachother. They have totally different plots but give a similar feel.

Both have gorgeous animation, and is covered in mystery. Slow paced and the storyline is very jumbled up and you don't really know what you're watching, but nevertheless they're still good animes.


When watching Durararara!! you notice that the main characters that are girls become somewhat of a B-A during the entire series. Bakemonogatari has the same B-A main character female that is more intimidating than Sonohara-san but they both have the sense of shyness around others and somewhat of a mysterious side. Im sure that you will love Bakemonogatari if you like Sonohara-san and you like B-A intimidating attractive main characters.


One thing that is very rare to see in anime: Typography. The use of non-traditional fonts and styles and font arrangements can be seen all throughout both of these shows, and are use extremely well. Also, both shows take an existing stereotype and shatter it, either through their characters crazy personalities, realistic environments, dialogue or choice of setting.


I can't quite pinpoint the reasons why these shows remind me of each other, but it's a gut-feeling recommendation. I think the web of interconnecting stories with unique and interesting characters sets both of these shows apart. If you enjoyed piecing it all together in one show- give the other a try.


Both Bakemonogatari and Durarara!! are marvellous urban anime, concentrated on supernatural elements and human relationship. They are taking from mythology (Japanese and Celtic) and create urban life as something full of mystery and good humour, but also dramatic and dangerous. Durarara!! has got more "normal" action, when Bakemonogatari is more surrealistic. Both of them gave me a lot of fun when I was watching them, so I think, if You like that kind of atmosphere, You should watch Bakemonogatari as well as Durarara!!.

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Japan has reclaimed its former glory under the guidance of Kings, charismatic individuals wielding incredible powers. But now, one of the Red King's vassals has been murdered, and a viral video shows the killer's confession at the scene. He is one Yashiro Isana, claiming to be the Colorless King; and he is now a wanted man - not only to the Red King's faction, but also the Blues charged with keeping the peace. He is even sought by Kuroh Yatogami, a knight of the former Colorless King sworn to slay any unworthy successor. Only, the subject of their struggle, "Shiro", is a nondescript young man living an unremarkable life in an island academy, and seems to have no recollection of killing anyone. To keep his life, Shiro must prove his innocence; but what is the truth behind his mysterious past, and what will be the outcome of this confrontation of Kings?

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Both series have a similar atmosphere and setting (both are set in a big city) and both have a large amount of characters  and you get to find out about each of them, although Durarara!! has more. There are also gangs involved with both anime. If you liked one, you should definitely check out the other.


Both K and Durarara have plots involving students who get themselves involved and large power struggles between rivaling gangs. Both casts are large, but full of memorable characters. Both contain supernatural elements as well. Furthermore, both of these have the setting be a large city.


In both K and Durarara!!, you get to see things through the viewpoints of various characters. Numerous questions are raised. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? Is this character as innocent as they claim to be? What do they have to do with anything? With large casts and lots of stuff happening at once, you may want to remember names and faces. The story doesn't make much sense in either series until later on as things start to come together, so be prepared to buckle up. 

There are still a few more things these two share - both are set in a large city, there are different gangs going at each other, and there's even some supernatural stuff going on to spice things up. It's undeniable - if you liked one, you should definitely be interested in the other. 


They're both awesome for one. The character developments are also a win win. Each character has an interesting background and they develop nicely into the story. Thee are almost no loose ends by the end of the anime. If you haven't watched it yet... I don't know what you're waiting for.


Durarara!! and K are similar in the fact that the protagonist gets involved in wars between big groups ruling the city

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