Durarara!! Part 2 Episodes 10 - 17
For the uninitiated,
Durarara revolves around a handful of citizens from the mysterious city
of Ikebukuro and focuses on this city and these stories are from their
perspective as it includes a variety of
intertwining stories. Unfortunately for Ikebukuro, something is brewing
with the street gangs and many of its denizens have seen The Black Biker
on the streets, a headless motorcycle rider who is searching for her
It's the strangeness
about Durarara that makes it so appealing to watch that is like the
X-Files on acid. The series is heavy on action, the supernatural, drama
and even romance that is quite
a very well written series. The characters on the other hand are quite
inspirational and very quirky. Part 2 of this collection continues from the previous storyline that reunites
viewers with this kaleidoscope of misfits, heroes and villains.
My favourite character
in the series is Celty, the headless motorcycle rider who is still
searching for her head as this sexy force of nature who communicates
via PDA. The best aspect of part 2 is that more information is given to
the viewer about these characters. For me, the main characters of
Durarara is Mikado, a high school student and his best friend Masaomi
who are generally the catalysts of the stories.
Also in part 2, we see more
of the ramification of Mikado's Dollars plus a strange love
triangle between Anri, Mikado and Masaomi. However as we learnt from
part 1, Anri is unable to love due to her tortured upbringing but in Part
2, she seems more open to new experiences. Then we have another story
that revolves around the Slasher who is oblivious to many of the cast
but has become more violent towards the individuals of
this city. Thankfully this collection explains the mystery even more and once
again the series is full of unexpected twists and lots of more questions
for the viewer.
Video & Audio
Presented in glorious widescreen with an aspect ration of 1.78:1, the
quality of the animation is highlighted by the rich colours, deep blacks
and sharp images. During our viewing of Durarara!! Part 2, we could not
find any errors in the video quality. Like part 1, the animation
continues to well produced that makes it a treat to watch this series.
Supporting both the Japanese and English tracks, Durarara!! Part 2
boasts a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack that is quite a good mix.
The dialogue is clear, the background sounds have good levels and the
music can be quite dynamic at times which suits the story perfectly. All
in all, this is another high quality release from Siren.
Thankfully I just recently watched Durarara!! Part 1 on DVD which made
the transition to the part 2 quite a flawless experience. The storyline
of Durarara once again draws you into this intricate universe with its
surreal imagery and almost philosophical story that is laced with some
heart-pounding action and horror scenes. Compared to the original instalment, the
characters of Durarara have really advanced which makes it ever so more
appealing to see how they link to the bigger picture. With strong writing,
characters that you actually give a damn about, Durarara!! Part 2 is
recommended to those looking for something more than just high school
girls in short skirts kicking ass or batting their eyelids. Still have doubts?