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Noriko

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Durarara!! X2

Jan 10, 2015

Haiiii~ (~◠▽◠)~♥

So I have waited for a loooong time for a Durarara! sequel and I can tell you that I am SO glad it turned out like this. This is a very well done sequel and what's best... there will be TWO MORE!

Before starting out this review might contain some minor spoilers for the FIRST season of Durarara! so I suggest reading this only if you watched season one and you're ready for the second one.

Let's say no more and get on with the review:

STORY

And we're back in Ikebukuro Tokyo! The city vibe this anime has makes you feel like you're there. It seems like not a lot has changed, even after the huge event in the previous season.

Even after such a huge event, not many things have changed. Simon is still there selling Russian sushi, Celty still doesn't have a head, Izaya and Shizuo still hate eachother, those 4 otaku's in a van are commenting on a serial killer. 

What I liked about the story is how it all started out, first 6-8 episodes were great, but then, even though the story went in a great direction... I got a bit bored with the whole story. I will admit though, this story development is so professionally done. It's fitted into 12 episodes and it doesn't feel rushed at all.

But to put it up nicely, the whole story is greatly explained. Lots of characters but all are greatly involved. All of the story ''pros'' that the first season had still exist. Such as the chat room, Celty's overthinkink, Shinra's pervyness etc.

I like how it's done and it's really detailed but at the same time really fun to follow. It's a well done story, but it has lots of dialogue and you kind of have to be focused to understand (similar with monogatari series).

Great ending, perfect to wrap up the season, and build up hype for the second one.

I'll give it a 9/10, it is well done, and it would have been 10/10 if it was a bit more easier to follow.

ANIMATION

Now they changed the studio... I've been around for a while, I know what usually happens when they change the studio to make a sequel.

Not with DRRR2 though. The animation is so great. Better than first season for sure. Also, DRRR has a special kind of animation. Like, it's not very typical. And I like that. I love when the show has unique aspects, and DRRR has many. Animation is one of them.

I love how much detail there is with the city. Same with the last season but even better. I think this anime wouldn't be the same without the way environment is drawn. And that's a big plus.

Amazing animation, but there are a few sloppy scenes from episode 6-12, which I didn't expect. Apart from that, there's definitely nothing wrong with the animation.

9/10

SOUND

Not much I can say about the sound. Same voice actors, excellent sound quality, great music... basically only positive things.

Let's talk a bit about the sound quality. Music and voice acting are really really well done. You can tell there's lots of $$$ involved. I really like Celty's voice actor. It almost feels like her voice is reaching through. Okay that sounds cheesy af but you know what I mean.

So in conclusion. Excellent sound quality and catchy music. I LIVE for the OP. Both the song and the style. LOVE it.

10/10

CHARACTERS

Many new characters! There's that Aoba guy, Izaya's 2 sisters, a maniac and a smart biker girl, a cute little girl, a womenizer...

So, new characters only add up to the old characters. And they're all pretty much well developed. I'd say there's basically a character for everyone! (my favorites are still Celty and Masaomi :3 )

I really love how almost all the characters are continuously involved with the story. Which is impressive since there are so many characters now!

All that needs to be said is that there are dozens of characters, but they're all well developed and involved with the story. It's greatly done and if you liked some characters from season one, find some room to like some more!

10/10

OVERALL

5 years I have waited. Durarara is one of the FIRST shows I ever watched. From the moment it ended I knew there was gonna be season 2 (didn't know I would have to wait 5 damn years tho). 

I think it was worth the wait. The show is absolutely amazing. Without a doubt my favorite of the Winter 2015 season. This show has it all: Great story and storytelling, great animation with vivid and environmental aspects, great sound quality and amazing characters!

That's it! Thanks for reading my review! I'd recommend this anime to all Durarara! fans, and everyone who's ready for a great anime! (make sure to watch S1 first tho)

I will also review other 2 Durarara!x2 releases!

Rate if you found this review helpful, funny, or just like it. I have more anime reviews so check them out if you want!

Thanks and have a nice day ^^

9/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

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Noriko Jan 13, 2015

All I can say for now, is that I enjoyed every bit of episode 1. If the rest of the episodes are not as good, I'll change the rating.

I don't think it's needed to look for details that will sabotage the show. Just enjoy anime if you're a fan of it.

DoodlebugFour Jan 13, 2015

1st episode out already, and everyone is 5 starring this, overhypping shall lead to dissapointment for many who are guillible to believe anything is the best thing ever since slice bread.