Sunday, July 24, 2011

Durarara!! Ep. 4 and 5 - impressions

As you guys know, I missed out on Durarara!! episode 4 last week due to my travels to North Carolina. I just barely had the free time to check out episode 4 before this week's episode, but I did manage to squeeze it in. I can safely say that watching two episodes one right after the other has made me realize just how badly I want to watch more of this series!

Both episode 4 and 5 give us a lot of insight as to where the series is heading. We're learning more about major characters, their motivations for what they're doing, and what makes them tick. The first three episodes were more about introducing us to important characters, but now we're diving into those roles a bit more. In other words, things are getting a lot more juicy.

You can't have that without a little bit of mystery and intrigue, and that's definitely going on in these episodes. In particular, episode 5 raises a lot of questions about just what exactly is going on between gangs, as well as some of the main characters. There's clearly a lot going on below the surface that we don't know yet. We're getting quick glimpses of shady activity, but we're not really sure who's to blame.

The further we get into the series, I'm also seeing which musical themes and songs match up with certain characters or actions. It's a theme in a lot of anime cartoons, and with Durarara!!'s unique soundtrack, it's really leaving a deep impression on me. The music really helps to push the show along and set the mood. This show constantly surprises me with the music it ties to certain actions, because it's unlike anything else I've seen in an anime.

As you can probably guess, both episodes 4 and 5 have only cemented my interest in the series that much more. I really like the way things are going, and I have even more questions that I want answered. I don't know if we'll get to that point in the series, but hopefully some of my queries will be solved!

Hope to see you in the live-chat for episode 6!


  1. The next few episodes will dive more into other characters as well. Both 6 and 7 get into my personal favorite characters of the series. After that, the series will start throwing some curve balls and there will actually be some character evolutions going on. It is what really makes the series shine. The music, as you mentioned, is another high point of the series that just adds to the environment of the scenes. Baccano does a great job of that too. Brain's Base/Aniplex has done a great job with the music of these series.