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Postby blkmage » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:13 pm

I am glad that this episode implicitly answered the question of how a middle schooler was able to command the respect of a violent gang.
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Postby Falx » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:34 pm

Kida was really kinda scary... especially that last move where he "rose" like some kinda zombie... creepy.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:47 pm

Beyond saying "Excellent episode", or whatever, has anyone noticed the parallels between Kida and Spike in Cowboy Bebop? It makes the bang from the earlier episode mean even more now.
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Postby blkmage » Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:04 pm

So even though the show ends next week, wrapping up the final arc, there are extra DVD-only episodes, because the production committees like money. I have learned that in Episode 25, we'll be meeting some new characters. Their names are Mairu and Kururi:

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That is, Orihara Mairu and Orihara Kururi.
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Postby mechana2015 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:11 pm

Yup, I've known about them for a while. This should be interesting.
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Postby Hohenheim » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:19 pm

Caught up watching episodes 21-23. I gotta say, this should be one heck of a finale. I also like the themes of isolation and community that are interplaying in these later episodes, with Mikado, Kida, and Anri each off on their own path so to speak, and now trying to come back together again.
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Postby ich1990 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:59 pm

Yes!

Izaya admitted that Horada was a boring and stupid villain and that he should have set up someone better; Kida manned up and faced his gang, his past, and Izaya's psychological hold on him --with a crowbar; and Celty did the smart thing and organized a parley between the Kida, Mikado, and Anri.

And of course Shizuo will be on his feet and kicking (literally) soon enough. Hopefully by the next episode. If there is one big hole in this show thus far, it is Simon. He is a cool guy and seems like he could be an important character, he just hasn't had a proper introduction episode or scene yet. It was cool that he got to give advice to Kida though.

Next episode should be some serious fun. And extra DVD episodes are seriously appreciated. Any word on a second season?

EDIT: More Oriharas? That sounds like trouble, although I have a feeling they will be more interested in tormenting Izaya than messing with high schoolers.
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Postby blkmage » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:29 pm

Given the popularity of the light novels themselves (that is, super popular) and the anime (which has sold pretty well) and the dearth of available content to adapt, I'd say we can see a second season sometime. When that could be is a mystery. I'd guess that it'll probably be at least about a year.

The problem with a lot of the minor characters is that they probably get to do something important; unfortunately, it's just not in the first three arcs.
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Postby ich1990 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:47 pm

http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-542534/durarara-24/

Last episode is here.

A solid ending, I do say. I liked how it didn't really feel like a conclusion, it fits the atmosphere of the show. That, and all the characters got to do one last cool thing, which is important. More thoughts later, perhaps.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:45 pm

That was great. The perfect ending to a near-perfect show.
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Postby shade of dae » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:57 pm

Aww, it's over. Such a fun ending to a great show. I'm really hoping there's a second season. I think that the creators could pull off a second season that's as great as the first.
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Postby mechana2015 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:20 pm

I strongly suspect that there is something about Izaya that made him a little tougher than normal. Something just ain't quite right there.

I really liked this episode. Kida's scene with his girlfriend was great. Celty's and Shinra's scene on the balcony was hilarious, and the chatroom scene was excellent, showing how the world has stayed tied together. Different ending song is something that's rarely done and I really enjoyed it here. It ties things up well and leaves the series in a good place whether it continues or not. (The production company can't say yes or no yet on that since the last episode only aired a couple weeks ago.)

Speaking of the production company though, the first 8 or so episodes will be out on DVD this coming January, with Dubs, distributed by Aniplex in a 2 DVD set. The remaining episodes will also be distributed in similar sized 2 disk sets over the course of next year. So we get to own this wonderfulness pretty soon!
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Postby MightiMidget » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:12 am

Amazing last episode, it makes me ache for more (which is rare for me), and it was just overall...awesome. Yes. Lovely wrap-up!

But I have to ask...

...was I the only one who did a jump, fist-pump and a "YES!" when Simon punched Izaya?
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Postby blkmage » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:02 am

I don't think either of the later two arcs had the amazing finish that the first arc did, nor were they as strong overall. That said, the conclusion did give everyone an ending they deserved, which is fine by me. I'm definitely looking forward to a second season of this (which seems likely since production committees like money and this series has given them a ton of it). It's probably still my favourite show of the year.
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Postby Kung_Fu_Master » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:53 am

MightiMidget (post: 1406270) wrote:Amazing last episode, it makes me ache for more (which is rare for me), and it was just overall...awesome. Yes. Lovely wrap-up!

But I have to ask...

...was I the only one who did a jump, fist-pump and a "YES!" when Simon punched Izaya?


No. You were not the only one. Of course I added a 'Boo-Ha' to that. Simon was the right person for the job.

And Shizuo once again pulled an epic out of nowhere for a fine touch. And about time the cops show up.
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Postby MasterDias » Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:18 am

A solid ending to a good show. I didn't think the last arc was as strong as some of the earlier stuff, but I still quite enjoyed it. The anime animated 3 out of currently 8 novels, so hopefully we will get the rest eventually.
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Postby MightiMidget » Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:47 am

blkmage (post: 1406287) wrote:I don't think either of the later two arcs had the amazing finish that the first arc did, nor were they as strong overall. That said, the conclusion did give everyone an ending they deserved, which is fine by me. I'm definitely looking forward to a second season of this (which seems likely since production committees like money and this series has given them a ton of it). It's probably still my favourite show of the year.


I agree. The second half of the series felt a little weaker to me, but I was happy with it overall, and adored the characters so much that a slightly weak arc was pretty fine by me (stronger would have been better? but hey...).

Looking forward to the second season! Hope it's as good, if not better, than the first. =)
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Postby Hohenheim » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:18 pm

Just saw the ending to Durarara!! It was even better than I expected, and just awesome overall. Hopefully there will be more to come.
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Postby Fish and Chips » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:30 pm

So, Durarara!! episode 24.

I know I've complained about this series recently, but I thought that ending was a tidy way to close shop. I'd welcome a second season, same as everyone.

My only beef is we didn't get Simon's full speech to Izaya. That would have be wondrous.
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Postby blkmage » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:45 pm

Some pixiv fanart that showed up today lead me to discover that a character that is mentioned completely in passing (it took me a while to figure out where they'd appeared) has an interesting role later on (and implies that another character or two also show up more often). This made me wonder just how much stuff happens in the later novels.
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Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:55 pm

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Postby blkmage » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:39 pm

that second dvd episode had better come with an announcement of a second season
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Postby TheSubtleDoctor » Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:24 pm

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Postby QuirkyIceHeart » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:10 pm

O.O Ok, so obviously I wasn't watching it... but I want to know because I'm about to... Is the series safe-ish? Like, is it excessively violent or anything? I might be ok to watch it, but my younger siblings want to, too...
As far as violence goes, I'm hoping for Baccano! or under...?

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Postby TheSubtleDoctor » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:36 pm

WAAAAY less violent than Baccano.

However, you do get more than a passing glance at the entirety of Celty, sans clothing, while she is on the operating table in episode four.
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Postby MightiMidget » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Yes, way, way less violent than Baccano! :oops: There are street fights, and someone gets their legs broken and you do hear the scream. As far as I can think though that is the most realistically violent thing that happens.

And yes, Celty on the operating table is naked, though it is not very detailed, and only for one scene. =)

As for other misc. things, Durarara!! has some suicide themes and a strong theme of gang violence. There are your typical jabs at one of their characters' endowment, and a disembodied head (not bloody or anything. It's literally, just a head). Language is a bit stronger than Baccano! but not by much (a few more f-bombs).

There's mild innuendo in the banter between Shinra and Celty, but as far as sexual content goes it's really mild in just a couple comments here and there. =)
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Postby QuirkyIceHeart » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:24 pm

Ah, ok. That's good :D Not too worried about it, then... Though from what it sounds like, I may end up watching it alone. Not sure about my younger sister watching that >.>
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Postby MightiMidget » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:02 am

And I completely forgot about the Slasher. Why'll not gory? The Slasher is seriously creepy. :oops:
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Postby eternalprincess » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:06 am

ROFL. You know why she just remembered the Slasher? Because we watched that episode last night! XD


Midget did good in recommending this to me. ;) I enjoy it and I adore the art. Its simple without being TOO simple.

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Postby blkmage » Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:14 pm

My goodness, episode 25 was awesome. SECOND SEASON WHERE
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