Imagine Ikebukuro, a commercial and entertainment district in Tokyo, Japan. Throw one country boy longing for the city life into the cacophony and unbelievable diversity, and you have yourself an amazing narrative. Durarara!! is the story of Mikado RyÅ«gamine, a boy who moves to Ikebukuro, and his encounters with the amazing inhabitants, including a mysterious gang known as “The Dollars,” a violent and exceptionally strong man, an information dealer who watches and knows all occurrences, and a strange motorcyclist whose power over shadows doesn’t exactly seem human.
Durarara!! is amazing in that every single character is memorable, and their personalities are colorful and very believable. Shizuo Heiwajima, a blond bartender/bodyguard whose strength and violence make him infamous throughout the district, initially seems too absurd to be true. And he is. However, it is revealed that in his free time he is quiet and serene, worries about his strength causing others to fear him, and suffers from the alienation he feels because of that strength. Each character is presented and developed in this way, and through each revelation comes a slight unfolding of the captivating plot.