「会うは別れの始め」 (Au wa Wakare no Hajime)
“Those Who Meet Must Part”
A lot is crammed into Durarara!!x2’s final episode and the flashbacks remind me just how much has actually happened in our little big city of Ikebukuro. Let’s just jump right into it now and avoid the ramblings.
There’s a lot of words on the page but that’s because there’s so much crammed into one episode. For a finale, it’s rushed; but Durarara!!x2 has been such a long run, anything that happens within one episode is good. It’s nice to see a lot of character returning, with the “villains” put away (for now) and everyone pretty much ends up with what they deserve. I wouldn’t say that everything goes according to plan, but it wasn’t a bad way to tie everything up neatly. It’s not the best of Durarara!! that I’ve seen, but it’s certainly not the worst. My favorite episode the season was actually episode 4 with its improvements in animation and story and nothing has quite lived up to that one. Durarara!!x2 Shou was probably my favorite cour of the three; because the story wasn’t so convoluted that it went over my head at that point. While I’m sad that this is the final episode of a long-running series, I can’t help but feel relieved that it’s finally here and hopefully it’ll be remembered in a good way.
I feel a wave of accomplishment and yet sadness as I write this Final Impression for Durarara!!. As an anime that I greatly admired and loved 6 years ago, it’s such a shame to see it come to a close. I remember when I first started Durarara!!, it was one of the more unique and captivating anime out there. The characters were special, but relatable; the intertwined plot was interesting but not overwhelming; and the storytelling was fascinating to say the least. It was also one of the first anime I watched that so complicated but left me so satisfied at the end to see it all come together. Durarara!!x2 didn’t give me the same feeling… perhaps in some arcs but definitely not as an overarching second season. This is where I’m conflicted by the love I had for the original season, and not so much the sequel.
Now, there’s a lot that I love about Durarara!!x2 too and it still carries a lot of the charm that it had from the first season. The strength in these types of series has to be the characters that it revolves around and our famous trio, Izaya, Celty, Takashi and gang, all find ways to keep it interesting. Ikebukuro attracts all sorts of weirdos, but that’s the beauty of it – you never know what you’re going to get. Even at the end, it doesn’t leave you with a definite ending, but more of a “life goes on” stance because there’s always something going on in the city. Just because you don’t see it anymore, doesn’t mean that life is suddenly peachy for everyone. So while I don’t want to give away spoilers (you can read my summaries), the ending does do the story justice; but that doesn’t mean there’s not more that can be said. In fact, there is a follow-up novel called Durarara!! SH which is currently being released.
With that all said, Durarara!!x2 ends off on a predictable note that leaves its characters exactly where they deserve to be. The series wraps up everything as neatly as it could – even bringing back people whom I forgot about. I would highly recommend the entire second season for all viewers that watched the original Durarara!! despite seeing the popularity of the series decline. Don’t you want to know what happens next? However, I only caveat that because I don’t want you to go in with the same expectations. Keep in mind that the studio has changed, quality of the animation has declined, but the same great soundtracks, and seiyuus are still around. I’m sucker when it comes to finishing off great anime that I’ve started so despite the second run under-delivering, I’m still glad it was released. I don’t regret sticking around for its final stretch.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: That felt like an incredibly long run for #drrr_anime (over a year!) but I’m satisfied with the way things ended. It’ll be missed =’) Also very happy with the way things ended up for our trio, Shinra/Celty and Shizuo/Varona #happyendings. #Drrr_anime packs everything in its final episode and ties up literally all loose ends possible – even though, as expected, “life goes on.”