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Durarara!!x2 Shou – 07

「モスクワは涙を信じない」 (Mosukuwa wa Namida wo Shinjinai)
“Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears”

I can’t say ‘crazy Ivan’ without thinking of a suicide bomber. Videogames did things to me.

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February 22, 2015 at 8:17 am Comments (32)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 06

「闇夜に烏」 (Yamiyo ni Karasu)
“A Crow in the Dark Night”

In anime, one should never assume anyone is dead until they have cremated the body.

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February 15, 2015 at 1:59 am Comments (32)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 05

「一寸先は闇」 (Issun Saki wa Yami)
“No One Knows What the Future Holds”

The way to tell if someone is an Ikebukuro local: whether they’d willingly pick a fight with Heiwajima Shizuo.

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February 8, 2015 at 7:10 am Comments (39)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 04

「人の踊るときは踊れ」 (Hito no Odoru Toki wa Odore)
“When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do”

Ikebukuro is basically the Colosseum. You throw people in with the lions and watch them fight.

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February 1, 2015 at 5:59 am Comments (36)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 03

「泣き面に蜂」 (Naki Tsura ni Hachi)
“Misfortunes Seldom Come Alone”

And now it’s zombies and mummies. It must be Tuesday.

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January 25, 2015 at 8:13 am Comments (37)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 02

「和を以て尊して為す」 (Wa o Motte Toutoshite Nasu)
“Hold Harmony Sacred”

Suddenly! Zombies! That’s universal storytelling.

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January 18, 2015 at 7:58 am Comments (34)

Durarara!!x2 Shou – 01

「百聞は一見に如かず」 (Hyakubun wa Ikken ni Shika Zu)
“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”

It’s nothing to lose your head over, but if you’re in the mind for fun anime, then this first episode of Durarara!!x2 Shou is in the right neck of the woods.

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January 12, 2015 at 1:50 am Comments (45)

Durarara!! – 12.5, 25

「天下泰平」 (Tenka Taihei)
“Peace and Tranquility”

Oh my god, Durarara. After being given the opportunity to watch Shizuo and Izaya’s love for each other grow, the only thing missing would be some younger sister yuri action. Oh wait!

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March 8, 2011 at 6:00 am Comments (54)

Durarara!! – 24 (END)

「則天去私」 (Sokuten Kyoshi)
“Selfless Devotion”

Good eye to those who caught Kadota easily infiltrating the ranks of Horada’s Blue Square revival last time, as he and the other Dollars members lying in wait totally crashed the party.

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June 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm Comments (92)

Hanazawawawa!! (Durarara!! ED1 Parody)

Nico Nico Douga users never fail to impress by creating amazing fan-made videos. There’s been a sort of a craze going on at Japan’s popular video sharing site in recent months over creating seiyuu-based parody videos of Durarara‘s first ending sequence, featuring “Trust Me” by Matsushita Yuuya. It’s likely due to how the sequence itself is fairly straightforward with a vertical scrolling of characters, but when you see it with an interesting assortment that are all played by one seiyuu of the Durarara series, it’s still pretty cool to see.

Some are particularly well done, but I find this “Hanazawawawa” one featuring Sonohara Anri‘s seiyuu — the always moe Hanazawa Kana — to be one of the nicer ones. It’s Hanazawa Kana all the time here and I love how this version lists credits for each of the characters to make it look like an ending sequence as well, all played by Kana of course. Some characters that most people will recognize in addition to Anri are Tenshi from Angel Beats, Nadeko from Bakemonogatari, Suou from Darker than BLACK, Zange-chan from Kannagi, and Kobato from Kobato. For a full-list of the characters in the order they appear, see below. Enjoy!

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June 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm Comments (48)

Durarara!! – 23

「千錯万綜」 (Sensaku Bansou)
“All Complicated and Confusing”

After taking several gunshots last time, it turns out Shizuo’s mind over matter bursts of superhuman strength really knows no bounds. To him, he just thought he slipped and fell down in the rain.

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June 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm Comments (37)

Durarara!! – 22

「解散宣言」 (Kaisan Sengen)
“Declaration of Disbandment”

Okay, I clearly have to take back saying Mikado can’t to do much as the figurehead of Dollars, because once he sends out a distress message to all members, everyone in the city is suddenly on the same page in rescuing Anri. Cell phone mass e-mails are frightening!

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June 11, 2010 at 3:40 am Comments (51)

ON/OFF – Butterfly PV (Durarara!! ED2)

If you’re unfamiliar with ON/OFF, you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually a duo comprised of identical twin brothers, Sakamoto Kazuya and Naoya (left-to-right in the video preview picture). Being identical twins, their voices naturally sound the same, making it somewhat difficult to discern that there are actually two vocalists rather than a backtrack sung by the same person. Admittedly, I was quite oblivious about that fact when I first heard their second single “Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi” as the opening theme of Vampire Knight back in 2008. In any case, their third single “Rinne -Rondo-” was subsequently featured as the opening theme of the Vampire Knight Guilty sequel the same year. I took an almost immediate liking to both songs when I first heard them, which made it pretty easy for me to get into the second Durarara ending sequence we have here.

As for the duo itself, they’re still a fairly new group having only debuted back in 2007 with the song “Eien no Setsuna”, which became the ending theme of the television drama of Fuuma no Kojirou. What’s notable about that though is that they both had recurring roles in the show itself as well. For those wondering, Naoya is the slightly older one of the two and while they don’t quite look identical in this PV (Kazuya’s eyes look bigger), they do a lot more in the profile shots on their official website. The single for Butterfly was released today (6/9) and featured this PV in the limited edition.

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June 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm Comments (14)

Durarara!! – 21

「五里霧中」 (Gorimuchuu)
“At A Total Loss”

Having the most information may not always be a good thing when it’s a garbled mess, which Masaomi can probably attest to as he continues to try and make sense of it all.

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June 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm Comments (32)

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D – Complication PV (Durarara!! OP2)

With the full version of the second Durarara opening theme having been leaked over a week in advance, I’ve been listening to a it fair bit like I mentioned back when episode 19 aired. I even threw it up on the sidebar for a while for those who were interested. Well today is the official release of the single and along with the limited edition is the PV for it you see above. It’s not a bad one either, but the best part of it is still the song itself. As good as the TV size version is already, the full version has a longer lead in and rap portions which together make the song sound so much better. I just don’t seem to get sick of it regardless of how much I’ve listened to it. It’s likely because the song switches the tempo up at various parts, offering a bit of everything, before coming on strong every time it gets back to the chorus. If you haven’t listened to it already and watch the series, then I really recommend doing so!

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June 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm Comments (20)

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