A boring-looking guy, a hyper-active flirt boy, a shy and quiet girl, a headless rider, a crazy doctor, a manipulative youngster, a russian who works in a russian sushi restaurant and an insanely strong and wild bartender.
This is just to mention the most recurrent characters in this amazing work from Brains Base, the same studio from Baccano!
I decided to start out by mentioning the main characters' personalities because I believe this is exactly the strongest point in Durarara!! From the boring-looking guy to the insanely strong and wild bartender all characters are very unique and well developed.
The story revolves mainly around the two I first mentioned, Ryugamine Mikado and Masaomi Kida, two childhood friends, who after living separate for a while, meet in the Ikekuburo downtown district of Tokyo.
Ikekuburo is a place where many distinct personalities and urban legends gather. How are or will be Ryugamine and Masaomi related to them is the key element in the show and it is delivered in a plot full of twists, adventure and interesting characters. In the end is nothing more than a detailed account of inner conflicts of two teenagers in love with a lot more to them than the eyes can tell.
For those who followed Baccano!, you can expect the same high level of animation, sound production and script writing from Durarara!! There are even some very clear references to Baccano! in this series which makes the ride even more fun.
To wrap everything up, I wouldn't go as far as to say that Durarara!! is the best thing in 2010 or of all times, but it is surely an extremely enjoyable and original show that will easily get you hooked until the end!