Durarara!! X2 Ten Volume 4 Blu-ray Set (Review)

drrrax2One of the things that has really made Durarara!! a treat to watch wasn’t just the story, but how the series has been able to introduce more and more characters into the universe without taking away from any of the already existing ones. We’ve had more than a season to see the personalities of Mikado, Anri, Celty, Izaya, Shizuo and the rest of the cast, but now, we slowly see them change as they interact with a whole new slew of characters. Volume 4 adds a whole new level of complexity when we see a new side to Mikado, one that shows a much darker version of a character who was quite spoken and timid as he engages in attacking those who would cause problems within the Dollars.

Each episode really meshes well! What I really enjoyed about the series is how each episode ties in with the overall story of the series, and episode 19-24 are no different, with the entrance of some new faces, while some characters who have appeared in previous episodes are now taking a bigger role in the overall progression. Before, we’ve seen just how conniving Izaya can really be, but now, we see him take a bigger role with something big planned, as we slowly start to see what is unfolding, leaving you wanting to know more.

Seeing everything happening at different moments, and through different perspectives, is really what has made this series worth watching. It blends in different genres, especially when focused around Celty, who is also being pulled into a new situation after Shinra is attacked, and while it’s slightly cliche, it still does a great job of showing how she feels in her action and messages, as she’s unable to talk. You can really grasp her personality perfectly through it.

Overall, Durarara!! continues to grab your attention through its story and characters. Each episode is well written and while it has its flat moments, it overall is a series that you can enjoy watching over and over, thanks to the huge cast and great visuals we’ve come to enjoy.

 

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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It’s amazing how much work goes into a series like Durarara!!. While the story evolves, we begin to see more subtle changes in everything such as characters expressions and characteristics, which are also highlighted with slight changes in color tones. Everything in Durarara!! X2 comes together, beautifully, from scene transitions, including scenes that vary from night and day, which feature completely different color palettes that are both beauitful, and clean.

The series was great to watch on Crunchyroll the first time, but the conversion to blu-ray includes improved visuals and better lighting and coloring. Two scenes that really highlight the differences, for example, are the episode in which Izaya is captured, and when Anri is cosplaying, because who doesn’t want to see such a cute character dressed up in cute outfits after being dragged into it?

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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Both the English and Japanese voice tracks are top notch for this series! it really comes down to preference on which one you want to listen to. While I’m not usually a fan of English voice acting for a large majority of anime, the performance voice actors such as Matthew Mercer, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bryce Papenbrook, and Brina Palencia give really make it worth sitting back and enjoying both tracks, since you can hear every line clearly.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms          

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Special Features:

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Vol. 4 Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 19-24 & OVA 13.5 (7 episodes)
  • Total Run Time: 175 min
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: 13 UP

The Durarara!!×2 Ten volume 4 set includes:

  • 16-Page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Postcard Set
  • Textless Opening & Ending (2nd Arc)
  • Package Illustrated by Takahiro Kishida (Character Design)
  • OVA episode 13.5 “Onoroke Chakapoko

Everything you’ve come to expect in previous sets of Durarara!! X2 is in here, starting with the 16-page deluxe booklet containing concept art, and an episode synopsis which breaks down each episode. You also have a set of six collectible postcards and another beautiful two-sided illustrated package to add to your collection.

The biggest draw in this set, in terms of extras, is the bonus episode “Onoroke Chakapoko” which is set during the events of episode 13 with Shinra and Celty out on a date. It’s a great episode to enjoy and really shows another side of Celty, who already is a great character.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

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Things are really starting to take on a new shape in the series, as the next two volumes will introduce the Ketsu arc, where things will start boiling down, leading to the series climax. Even after watching X2 when it was simulcasted, I still looked forward to seeing it all over again! Durarara!! X2 is a series that you can easily enjoy watching over and over again, which is something I can’t say about too many other series.

 Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms               

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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.