Durarara!! episode 3 – making new friends
July 10, 2011
It has been a while since I last dropped in on Ikebukuro. Tonight I caught a broadcast of the Durarara!! dub on Adult Swim, and it turned out to be one of my absolute favorite episodes. I don’t want to go back and re-blog this series, but since I didn’t start blogging it until mid-way through, I thought I could indulge myself in a couple of comments on this occasion.
First a word on the dub. It is unfair for me to talk in depth about it because one episode isn’t enough to comment, with a cast this large, but I personally feel it didn’t match the original Japanese performances. And let’s face it, these are some of the greatest voice actors in Japan. In particular the roles of Shizuo Heiwajima and Izaya Orihara are voiced by the great Daisuke Ono and Hiroshi Kamiya. Both are just perfect for these roles.
This episode was great for many reasons. It was really funny, in a crazy way, not in a “that joke was funny” way. It introduced some wonderful characters, and started some things in motion, but above all it had this insane fight. At first things don’t look so good. Then they get really bad. Then things get implausibly insanely worse. Then it just keeps getting more insane. Truly a great episode, and it barely has any Celty in it.
Man! I really need to get a copy of this soundtrack. There were several great tracks that I noticed, while watching this episode, including some of that avante-Jazz that sounds like a wild elephant has gone rogue and is crashing through the city. Well, given that this was the first episode we got to see Heiwajima and Orihara fight, that is pretty much what was happening. Check out this in-depth review of the OST by Yoshimori Makoto on Anime Instrumentality for some samples and fascinating insights.
Enjoy the show!
I hope anyone who is watching this show for the first time really enjoys it. I had a blast watching it the first time, and the second, and so on. This particular episode I had watched many times already, but watched again twice tonight (once on a streaming site so I could grab a couple of screen shots), and I keep on enjoying it. Durarara!! is perhaps the only series I believe truly deserves two exclamation points.