Vol: 4; Ch: 22
2009 - 2011
4.061 out of 5 from 985 votes
Rank #2,530

Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo's wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with questionable credentials. A hedonistic informant...and the "headless rider" astride a pitch-black motorcycle!? As their paths cross, this eccentric cast weaves a twisted, cracked love story...

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DURARARA!! (By KasGiD) Now "DURARARA!!" is a rather unique and amazing series. I started reading the series along with the Anime when it debutted on Adult Swim for the first time in the West. So when I heard or pretty much saw that the manga was out in the West I rushed over to buy it. Story (Mainly just the first chapter also certain parts will be left out for convinence): The story is about a young boy named Mikado Ryuugamine going to school called Raira Academy in Ikebukuro, Japan and having to live alone for the first in his life. He's going to school their at a request or recommendation of a friend by the name of Masaomi Kida. When Mikado arrives in Ikebukuro he meets his friend Masaomi and from their Masaomi gives his friend Mikado a tour around the city. As Masaomi is giving Mikado the tour he talks about Ikebukuro. He talks about the people who you shouldn't mess with. But before he does that he talks about two unique individuals named Walker and Eirika and also Kadota and that he'll introduce them to him later. He gets back on track with the people you shouldn't mess with. Two of them being Simon and Shizuo and that if Mikado sees them he shouldn't wait he just run. He then gets him and Mikado jokingly makes fun of him. But after that he then gets someone "You do not want to ever have contact with." Izaya Orihara. Masaomi then talks about not someone but a color gang by the name of "The Dollars" and that he also shouldn't mess with them. After that as Mikado was crossing the road he runs into an urban legend called "The Black Rider" or "The Headless Rider" who has a cat like helmet and a black bike. The Black Rider then zooms past Mikado or "Jumps" over him so he does not get hurt imo Masaomi then tell Mikado that since he met the urban legend that it must be Ikebukuro welcoming you. Art: It is up to you. Characters: The Characters in the story are really drawn out as you progress through the series. Mainly revolving around our protagonist Mikado Ryuugamine and how his life becomes rather enjoyable and strange. All of the characters in the series are all connected in some way, shape, or form and also all know each other as the series goes on. The story focuses just on those individual character and pretty much tells you if the characters are important or not. The way it shows you if they are an important character is that they have more detail than other characters and also more unique. They show that the characters also having meaning in a crowd by having the characters be like a "Sun Spot" by drawing the characters around with less details or with pretty much no eyes to show that those characters are not important to the story what so ever. The character is rather well done and the series has is one of few that I actually like every character in and for some reason just can't hate.  Overall: The series is made by the creator of "Baccano!" which if you liked Baccano! then you already know how well that series was done. The series is more prioritized on Story and Characters while also keeping the art really nice and decent for readers. 


DRRR!!, also known as DURARARA!!, a manga, or Japanese comic, by Ryohgo Narita and his team was a good read. It was, in fact, really great to read. The first volume I picked up of it, I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to think. It's a series with artwork in the manga along the lines of Soul Eater, if you've ever read or seen that series. So, I decided to check it out. Now, halfway through the first chapter or so, I wasn't impressed. The second character introduced, Kida-Kun, wasn't really a great one. He was a bit too egotistical and, not knowing much else about him, that didn't make me like him since I usually like narcissistic characters. They're usually fun to read, and this character did have some moments, but that didn't make up for my initial first impression of him. It's a good thing he's not really a major character like Mikado Ryuugamine (at least, not until we gain his background much later, which then allows me to appreciate Kida-Kun's character). Yet, at first I wasn't really impressed with him either. He was really quiet and was just sort of there. That was, however, before things started getting good. There was so much mystery and hints at forbidden love between other main characters that made me want to keep reading within just the first volume. It had it's funny moments as well, and, as I read on through all the volumes the library had to offer, it kept getting better and better with main characters throwing everyone for a loop. Mikado definitely managed to become on of my favorite characters after all that along with several others. I can't wait to read what happens next, and you won't be able to either. In my opinion, boy or girl, there’s something in it for everyone to enjoy as long as you're open minded to some weird things going on (it has some supernatural elements to it and one-sided incest after all). But, hey, what else do you expect from manga and anime?

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