Durarara!! X2 Volume 2 & 3 review

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The first season of Durarara!! was great and made its way to my list of top series to watch. When it was announced that the series would continue with three more arcs spread across multiple seasons, I was pretty ecstatic. Each episode introduces us to a character’s story, which in turn affects everyone around them. While sometimes a similar story is set in the perspective of one of the dozens of different characters we meet as the series progresses, it’s so well written that you want to see more of almost nearly every character as the series progresses and new characters slowly feel like they fit in the world naturally.

The end of the Shō arc (episodes 7-12) and the start of Ten arc (13-18) have done a great job of adding more plot developments and changes to the series, including a drastic change in Mikado which has affected the people around him. Not just that but with new characters like Akane Awakusu, Mizuki Akabayashi and Varona being introduced, we see a lot more personality and life of each character whether you like them or not.

As the story continues Shizuo is framed for a killing members of a criminal syndicate, shortly after young Akane tries to kill him after being told that her family is in danger from the scary guy dressed as a bartender. Celty and Shinra’s lives are slowly changing as the two grow closer but Celty, also known as the headless rider, is being targeted, Mikado tries to fix the problems of the Dollars by becoming the leader of the Blue Squares and begins taking action into his own hands, while Anri’s dark secret and her emotional feelings are wavering and coming to the surface.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Video

I watched this series every week when it was simulcasted, and the Blu-ray release is definitely the way to watch it. It features some changes in visuals and improved colors compared to the 1080p release that was shown on Crunchyroll.

The visuals in Durarara!! X2 are superb, with extremely well-done character designs and beautiful backdrops that really display two different aspects of Ikebukero. In the day you see bright vibrant colors that showcase life and the hustle and bustle of the city, and a dark almost sometimes mysterious look and feel towards the night. Takahiro Kishida does an amazing job with the character designs while Studio Shuka does a great job of transitioning between different character settings and action moments that come together smoothly.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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Audio

Both the English and Japanese audio, offer great listening experiences, with a huge cast of voice actors who really bring the characters to life. This was one of those times where I couldn’t decide which language I wanted to listen to first since there are so many great performances on both audio tracks including the new characters including Matt Mercer as Akabayashi. The character dialogues and great use of action moments really shine even without surround sound since Durarara!! X2 is presented in Linear PCM Stereo 2.0.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms          

NR 4 Atoms - B

durara5Special Features

Vol 2 Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 7-12 + OVA episode 4.5 (7 episodes)
  • Total Run Time: 175 min
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: 13 UP

The Durarara!!×2 Shō volume 2 set includes:

  • 16-Page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Postcard Set
  • Textless Opening & Ending
  • Package Illustrated by Takahiro Kishida (Character Design)

Vol 3 Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 13-18 (6 episodes)
  • Total Run Time: 150 min
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: 13 UP

The Durarara!!×2 Ten volume 3 set includes:

  • 16-Page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Postcard Set
  • Textless Opening & Ending (2nd Arc)
  • Package Illustrated by Takahiro Kishida (Character Design)

Nothing too exciting in terms of extras that you haven’t seen in more recent Aniplex of America sets. You get a few nice bonuses items like the 16-page deluxe booklet filled with character art, some concept designs and I actually enjoy the illustrated postcards to show off and display.

Both Volume 2 and 3 include textless opening & endings to listen to and enjoy without subtitles; however, volume 2 also includes a bonus OVA episode known as 4.5 “My Heart is Like a Hot Pot” which brings together almost all the cast from the first season together, as they enjoy eating hot pot together over at Shinra and Celty’s apartment, while getting to learn more about a few of the characters back stories.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

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Final Reaction

Durarara!! is just one of those series that doesn’t come along very often. It doesn’t have any dull moments and does an excellent job of doing that with a huge cast of characters. Just when you think something is dealt with, a new challenge or issue arises that then pulls in other members who weren’t involved in the first place. It further brings great character interactions and shows different type of bonds whether it’s building on an existing relationship or working together to defeat a common enemy.

I can’t wait to watch the rest of the series all over again. This is one watching more than once helps solve some questions that you may have had the first time through.

 Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms               

NR 4 Atoms - B

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Durarara!! x 2 Volume 3 – $79.98

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.