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?
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
How each person from the group is related to each other and how they will gradually affect the whole story is laid out slowly as the story goes on. I think these kind of surprises made me enjoy the Anime more. It leaves the a viewer a "what? no way!" kinda feel on either one, so If you enjoyed any of these, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy the latter.
Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.
Both series involve main characters whose personalities and past aren't what they initially appear to be. While Durarara has a slightly darker (and more faceted) story, both animes have supernatural aspects in the setting of a modern day world.
And their opening songs have a similar music style.
If you like one, you'll probably like the other.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
Well you wonder what might these two have in common, huh? well, think of a brilliant idea animated in a bold, creative way. Call it out of the ordinary. Both Paprika and Durarara!! keep you on your toes and in awe for the brilliant story and animation. Even though Durarara!!s ending is disappointing and not in the spirit of the first part, it manages to rise to the level of entertainment Paprika is.
In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans who are unafraid of fellow children and Yakuza alike; never have they found a foe who could best them in a battle – until now. A strange man and his even stranger (and seemingly indestructible) henchmen have plans to tear down Treasure Town and erect an amusement park in its place, and they’ll cut down anyone who stands in their way. Can Black and White save their home, and each other?
If you liked the series Durarara!! then I recommend you check out the movie Tekkon Kinkreet. Although both are very different in style, both are similar thematically, dealing with a superficial storyline about gang relations and both share a similar atmosphere. There are deeper currents below the surface of both of these anime and although the darker elements are there, neither anime really beats you over the head to demonstrate the point. The point is made, rather, by events unfurling and by watching what develops around the characters. If you enjoyed the movie for a more extended visit to a similar place check out the series.
Kai and Hashim enjoy hanging out at Penny's Cafe with their rest of their gang, the Saru 'tribe'. Good-natured and fun-loving, the Sarus take in meek and geeky Tamiyama who wishes to join their gang, appointing him as secretary for lack of other obvious abilities. Befriended by Kai and Hashim, Tamiyama doesn't have time to get to grips with tribe life before disaster strikes the Sarus: a leading fighter of a rival gang is sent to assassinate Saru's leader. The assassin turns out to be Mera, Kai's friend growing up. Brandishing a baseball bat against Mera's katana, the two friends now find themselves as rivals in an escalating war between the tribes...
Both anime are about gangs. In Durara it's the yellow scarves, the blue squares, the dollars, and the saika.
In Tokyo Tribe it's the Saru, The Waru, The Bulldog 045, The Shinjuku Hands, and many others. The main characters are the leaders of the main gangs in both anime. Also, the were very close friends. The climax of both involve all the gangs thrust into chaos, in a war against one another. If you liked one give the other a try.