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Durarara!!
Durarara!! vol01 Cover.jpg
デュラララ!!
Genre Action
Light novel
Author Ryohgo Narita
Illustrator Suzuhito Yasuda
Publisher ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run April 10, 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 7
Manga
Author Ryohgo Narita
Illustrator Akiyo Satorigi
Publisher Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run April 18, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 1
TV anime
Director Takahiro Omori
Studio Brain's Base
Network Japan CBC, MBS, TBS.
Original run January 7, 2010June 24, 2010
Episodes 24
Anime and Manga Portal

Durarara!! (デュラララ!! Dyurarara!!?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda. As of January 2010, seven volumes have been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation by Akiyo Satorigi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy on April 18, 2009. An anime adaptation began airing in Japan in January 2010.[1] The series is about a Dullahan working as an underworld courier in Ikebukuro, an internet-based anonymous gang called Dollars, and the chaos that unfolds around the most dangerous people in Ikebukuro.

Contents

Plot

Mikado Ryūgamine is a young man who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns him about people he doesn't want to cross in the city: a violent man dressed like a bartender, an information merchant, and a mysterious gang called "Dollars". And to top it off, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city: the "Black Rider".

Characters

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Main characters

Celty Sturluson (セルティ・ストゥルルソン Seruti Sutururuson?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Also known as "The Black Rider" or "The Headless Rider", she is a Dullahan from Ireland who came to Japan looking for her stolen head. Her motorcycle is actually a horse in disguise. She has no heart and perceives via unknown sensors that are not located on the head. The physical strength she possesses is above human, though not quite on par with Shizuo Heiwajima. She is also capable of manipulating a shadow-like, durable substance to form objects ranging from gloves to chariots at her will.
Celty lives with Shinra Kishitani and works as an underground porter. She wears a helmet when she goes out and communicates via a PDA. She enjoys online chatting, television and DVDs. She is one of the minority who knows the creator of the Dollars. She seems to have feelings for Shinra, but she herself if unsure if it is really love. She tends to get mad when Shinra says she does not need her head. She is afraid of movie scenes such as being chased by extraterrestres or traffic officers.
Her online chat screenname is "Setton".
Mikado Ryūgamine (竜ヶ峰 帝人 Ryūgamine Mikado?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
The primary male protagonist of the series, Mikado Ryūgamine is a high school boy who moved to Ikebukuro with the encouragement of his best friend Masaomi in order to search for unusual beings and adventure. Mikado tries hard to change his image but so far he has not had any luck. Mikado has had moments where he speaks his mind, which makes a reason why Masaomi admires him. He is the only remaining creator of the infamous Dollars.
His online chat screenname is "Tanaka Taro".
Masaomi Kida (紀田 正臣 Kida Masaomi?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
A resident of Ikebukuro and Mikado Ryūgamine's best friend from childhood. He encouraged Mikado to come to Ikebukuro. He is enthusiastic about picking up girls but more than often fails at it. Masaomi has commented on not letting Mikado "go to the dark side" and that he has already gone through it. Masaomi was often depressed untill Mikado arrived. Masaomi's jokes often fail which is how Mikado really knew that he was indeed Masaomi Kida. Masaomi comments that he, Mikado, and Anri are in a love triangle. He was the leader of the Yellow Scarves Gang 3 years ago, however, he was forced to join back again due to an event. He is also an inactive Dollars member. He leaves Ikebukuro with his ex-girlfriend, Saki Mishima, during the conflict between the 3 main forces in Ikebukuro.
His online chat screenname is "Bakyura"
Anri Sonohara (園原 杏里 Sonohara Anri?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
A bespectacled girl who attends the same school as Mikado and Masaomi. She is rather quiet and timid, but seems very close towards Kida and Mikado, but sometimes she tends to enclose herself. She is very busty and cute, which makes her somehow popular, even though she feels uneasy about it.
Her online chat screenname is "Saika".
Izaya Orihara (折原 臨也 Orihara Izaya?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
A young man who sells information for his own enjoyment. He claims to love the entire human race except for Shizuo Heiwajima, and exhibits said love by putting humans in often miserable conditions and observing their reactions.
He attended Raira Academy with Shizuo, Shinra and Kadota. According to Shinra, Izaya and Shizuo hated each other with a passion almost from the point they met. In the novels Izaya framed Shizuo for crimes on several occasions. In the anime he puts Shizuo in constant problems, such as gangs attacking him daily up to framing him of crimes.
He is a master of parkour, and also quite skilled with his flickblade (the blade he uses must be slightly opened before the mechanics of it springs opens the blade - a switchblade will open on its own after the user presses a switch) as he is implied to be the only one capable of leaving numerous cuts in Shizuo's bartender suit after a fight in the novels. In the anime, he shaves a gang member's head bald without him noticing it. Izaya has two younger sisters, Mairu and Kururi, who are twins and troublemakers. It seems that from the beginning Izaya had a hunch about Mikado being the creator of Dollars, and he was proven to be correct.
His name comes from a combination of the biblical Isaiah and Japanese for "the one who looks over the crowd".
He is usually seen pretending to be female online and talks in a feminine manner in the chatroom. His screenname is "Kanra".
Shizuo Heiwajima (平和島 静雄 Heiwajima Shizuo?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
A man who is always seen to wear sunglasses and a bartender's suit. Although quiet and nondescript while not angered, he has a very short fuse and fights with incredible strength. Despite his simple and unrefined fighting skills, he is often considered the strongest fighter in the series. In the novels his power is described as the naturally unlimited form of human strength and likened to "adrenaline power" that can give people superhuman strength in times of emergency. In addition, Shizuo is capable of often superhuman parkour moves, a skill he obtained naturally from years of hunting down Izaya Orihara.
He works as a bodyguard for a debt collector in Ikebukuro and carries intense animosity towards Izaya. He has a younger brother, Kasuka, who is a top idol under the showbiz name of Hanejima Yuuhei. He is also a long-time acquaintance of Celty. Although he and Izaya Orihara are on bad terms, Shizuo is actually well-acquainted with Izaya's younger sisters, Mairu and Kururi.
His first and last name translates literally into "serene man" and "peaceful island" respectively.
Shinra Kishitani (岸谷 新羅 Kishitani Shinra?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
A young underground doctor who lives with Celty and is also her lover. He stays mostly indoors and wears a white coat even when not working as a doctor. He went to the same primary school as Shizou, and has since then been interested in his unlimited strength in times of anger, in fact he rather enjoys when Shizou makes use of his strength. His father was a doctor and since childhood, has participated in surgeries with his father, the most notable an autopsy on Celty. He went to the same middle school as Izaya and has been friends with him since then. He as well enjoys to some point the constant fights between Shizou and Izaya. As a doctor he is rather interested in what he finds is an interesting phenomena, such as Shizou's power and Celty's body functions.
Shinra seems to have the "capacity" to tell what Celty is feeling, much to her surprise since she doesn't have a head to show her emotions.
Simon Brezhnev (サイモン・ブレジネフ Saimon Burejinefu?)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
A tall Black Russian who came to the city to help out his Russian friend who runs a sushi shop. His real name is Samia but everyone just calls him by the name, "Simon". Even though he is a friendly person, it has been shown that he is a force to be reckoned with as he is able to stop a fight with a man his size with just a single arm and also able to fight on par with Shizuo, who is one of the most feared men in Ikebukuro.
Kyohei Kadota (門田 京平 Kadota Kyōhei?)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Originally part of his own gang, he is now a member of Dollars. He has a nickname called "Dotachin" which is used by several characters in the series (mostly Izaya and Erika).
Walker Yumasaki (遊馬崎 ウォーカー Yumasaki Wōkā?)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
Like his female friend and companion, Erika, Walker is a very passionate otaku and manga reader. He and Erika are nearly always together. He also likes to perform torture by letting the victim to choose a light novel or manga, and carrying out the contents.
He seems to be carefree. He also keeps a wide dumb smile most of the time. But this smile can hide more than people can see at first glance. Like Erika he is very mysterious person.
He is a member of the anonymous online gang Dollars. He was also a member of Kadota's gang.
Erika Karisawa (狩沢 絵理華 Karisawa Erika?)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
Erika is a very passionate otaku and manga reader. She and Walker are usually together. She is equally enthusiastic about manga or novel inspired torture. It is noted she is a "fujoshi" or a yaoi fan.
Like Izaya, she calls Kadota "Dotachin".
She is a member of the anonymous online gang Dollars. She was also a member of Kadota's gang.
Saburo Togusa (渡草 三郎 Togusa Saburō?)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
A member of Dollars. He's the driver for Kadota's group.
Seiji Yagiri (矢霧 誠二 Yagiri Seiji?)
Voiced by: Kazuma Horie
A classmate of Mikado's. He quits school claiming he has something more important to do with his life. Being that to find his "love" and run away with her. He seems to rely on his sister's money for that. It is revealed that he is in love with Celty's head.
Namie Yagiri (矢霧 波江 Yagiri Namie?)
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi
The Chief of Yagiri Pharmaceuticals and sister of Seiji Yagiri. She harbors feelings for her brother. She is behind the recent human hunting in Ikebukuro which involves kidnapping people whose disappearance would not be noticed for unknown experiments. She seems to rely on Shinra for some tasks, including keeping their secret. She doesn't like the fact that Seiji is in love with Celty's head. She wants to get rid of what she calls "that thing."
Mika Harima (張間 美香 Harima Mika?)
Voiced by: Mariya Ise
Seiji's stalker. She is a friend of Anri whom she has been looking for as she has disappeared from her home. They were very close to each other but they also used each other to look better. While stalking Seiji, she broke into his apartment and discovered Celty's head. Seiji attacked her, and called his sister, Namie. Namie made Mika undergo surgery to her badly-beaten face and added a "scar" to make it appear as though Celty's head had been surgectly attached.

Media

Light novel

The Durarara!! light novels are written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. The first novel was released in April 2004 under ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint, and as of January 10, 2010, seven novels have been released.[2][3] A Chinese-language release in Taiwan and Hong Kong is published by the Taiwan branch of Kadokawa Media under their Fantastic Novels imprint.[4] Daewon C.I. licensed the Korean-language release of the series in South Korea and releases the novels under their Newtype Novels imprint.[5]

Manga

A manga adaptation written by Narita and illustrated by Akiyo Satorigi first appeared in the May issue of Square Enix's Monthly GFantasy in April 2009 and became a regular series starting with the magazine's July issue released June 2009.[6][7] One tankōbon was published on December 26, 2009.[8]

Anime

An anime adaption of the light novels was announced in the wraparound sleeve of the sixth volume of the light novel.[9] The anime is produced by Brain's Base and started airing on January 7, 2010 on MBS, TBS, and CBC. Crunchyroll is to simulcast the anime at 480p and 720p within 24 hours of its Japanese premiere. Other users can see the same episode in standard definition for free one week later.[10] The anime uses two pieces of theme music. "Uragiri no Yūyake" (裏切りの夕焼け?, lit. "Sunset of Betrayal") by Theatre Brook is the opening theme, while "Trust Me" by Yuya Matsushita is the series' ending theme.

References

  1. ^ "Durarara, Fumihiko Sori's To Video Clips Streamed". Anime News Network. November 20, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-11-20/durarara-fumihiko-sori-to-video-clips-streamed. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ "デュラララ!! (電撃文庫 (0917)) (文庫) [Durarara!! (Dengeki Bunko (0917)) (Paperback)]" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4840226466. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "デュラララ!!×7 [Durarara!!x7]" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. http://asciimw.jp/search/isbn/978-4-04-868276-3. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "無頭騎士異聞錄 DuRaRaRa!! ×1 [Dullahan Tensei DuRaRaRa!! x1]" (in Chinese). Kadokawa Media. http://www.kadokawa.com.tw/details.asp?id=3017. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "듀라라라!! 1" (in Korean). Daewon C.I.. http://www.dwci.co.kr/newtype/02newtype01_write.asp?p=1&seq=12297. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Monthly GFantasy May 2009 issue" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/gfantasy/new/2009_05.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Monthly GFantasy July 2009 issue" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/gfantasy/new/2009_07.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "作家名別出版物一覧「さ」 [Publication by Artist - "Sa"]" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://web.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/lineup-book/sakkabetu/sa.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Durarara!! Light Novels To Be Animated". Anime News Network. July 3, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-03/dhurarara-light-novels-to-be-animated. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll and Aniplex Bring Some Durarara!! Action". Anime News Network. January 6, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2010-01-06/crunchyroll-and-aniplex-bring-some-durarara-action. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 

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