Post Reply Review: Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc
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Posted 2/18/16 , edited 2/19/16
By Eclipsed_Oblivion

After six years, the end of another arc of  Durarara!! is in sight with Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc. The series is building toward its climax through intriguing twists that put the fate of both the characters and the city at stake, and the suspense is almost tangible. Also magnifying the tension are the new alliances and animosities that form even as most established relationships are also at their peak. What stands out the most, however, is how the nonlinear narrative structure only becomes more meaningful as the web of stories and relationships finally come together, resulting in a wholly unique, satisfying series.

Continuing directly from where the previous episode ended, Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc focuses on the escalating chaos between the gangs within Ikebukuro, which creates both conflict among friends and unexpected partnerships between enemies. However, the destruction starts to reach its climax when Celty’s head falls into precarious circumstances. Though this season of Durarara!! definitely cannot be understood without watching the previous ones, it provides incentive for curious newcomers to marathon the series from the beginning while still satisfying longtime viewers.

Although Durarara!!’s pacing has always been purposely slow, an understated suspense has been bubbling beneath the surface since the beginning of the season, ramping up the excitement for the culmination of the series. This is obvious through how the numerous characters and their respective plot lines, having developed in all sorts of directions, are finally starting to come together and make sense as a single coherent story. The stories at the center of this are not only the fate of Celty’s head, but also the relationship between Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri, along with the factions of Ikebukuro they represent. The anticipation for the outcome of these plot lines escalates right from the season’s first episode, as Celty’s head seems at once both within grasp and dangerously far away, and the trio are making choices that will lead to a final confrontation between them. As these storylines have been significant since the beginning and are the crux of the series, seeing their long-awaited resolutions in sight makes Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc especially thrilling.

The resolutions of these plot lines will ultimately shape the series’s most significant characters, and the characters are part of what have made Durarara!! stand out over the years; they are odd, but complex and emotionally real. After years of following them, they are now reaching the pinnacle of their development, and seeing the critical decisions they make raises the anticipation for the series’s conclusion. There are also both new and revisited relationships alike in this season, which help to maintain Durarara!!’s obscure, constantly shifting atmosphere while still driving toward its climax. These relationships in particular show us different sides of characters by revealing their vulnerabilities, further pushing Durarara!! toward a satisfying close.

The diverse characters are not just fascinating to watch, but are also what hold together Durarara!!’s unique narrative structure. This structure, as it has always been, is disjointed in the way it continually jumps between narrators, character perspectives, and different points in time. Such nonlinear storytelling can be difficult to follow for those who don’t pay close attention to the story, but for those who do, it's absolutely rewarding; each storyline is filled with details that add significant information to the other storylines, connecting them together. What makes this structure particularly significant for Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc is that new details illuminate events that happened even in the first season, making for a thorough, elaborate story. To fully benefit from this, marathoning the entire series is necessary, but seeing how the storylines have always fit together even on a weekly basis is a large part of what has made Durarara!! worth watching.

Ultimately, Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc is what all Durarara!! fans have been waiting for: a suspense-filled journey to the climax with continued focus on oddly intriguing characters and their relationships with each other, as well as the unique narrative structure that has made the show distinctive since the beginning. Durarara!! has been like a spiral slowly spinning inward toward its end, and it’s only now that we are nearing the end that we can truly appreciate the web of stories that have made up Ikebukuro and the journey they’ve taken us on for so many years.
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Posted 3/2/16 , edited 3/2/16
I`ve been really enjoying this anime starting from the first episode
Posted 6/30/16 , edited 6/30/16
Great review! Love durarara!! Has certainly been a worthwhile watch, for sure.
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