Welcome to the first AniClub post for Durarara!! Make yourselves comfy because I'm sensing a lot of speculations coming!

House Rules:

1. Do not discuss past the covered episode in the post. Because people are expected to have already watched the week's episodes, spoiler tags are unnecessary.

2. If you've seen the series beforehand, please don't ruin the fun for others and spoil the story Discussion of such material is not prohibited but please exercise caution in posting. If you really wish to discuss material further along than what we've watched, please put bountiful and large spoiler warnings. Replies to spoiler-y material should also have spoiler warnings.

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For a first, I'm actually writing the post while watching (or more specifically, in between episodes)! I always wrote the posts after (sometimes, days after) watching the set episodes. This means more minutia and screenshots! Yay!

Episode 1:

So...it's the first episode so I could be forgiven if I noticed the references to other shows more, right?

Maybe Rail Tracer's the one behind the kawaii kuroneko (black cat lol) helmet!

BACCANO!...I have to finish that show someday ._. Funny that the screencap comes from the episode where I stalled.

Also...is this who I think it is!?

It's Holo! With an amazingly cute and devious(!? looks more like hungry) smile!

What's up here? Holo is in this thing too! Another show where I stalled! Well, actually I was just on the first episode. Same studio/writer? It was a nice cameo, though, and she was the cutest/most interesting face throughout the episode...

Before the credits popped up!

I don't even know who she is.

Lab coats <3 The one above her (the girl who the characters bumped with) looks interesting too, particularly of note are the scars on her neck.

Summary:

Episode 1 was nice! It set-up a lot of nice mysteries: headless kawaii helmet character!? girl with creepy neck scars!? girl who looks like that girl from AnoHana meeting up with obviously shady guys for some reason then being kidnapped for helix knows what kind of creepy reason!? main characters whose names I can't remember!?

I think Durarara's first episode had a stronger impression on me than Baccano's. I really dig the art style, too!

ps. Anyone else remember Paranoia Agent when they talked about people meeting offline to commit suicide? The PA episode concerning that was one of my favorites. Anyway, did those things really happen? :O

On to the next episode!

Episode 2: Between Truth and Lies

A scenery shot, with piano playing in the background, and philosophical questions being narrated. If it had weird aspect ratios or more zankoku I'd think this was an Anno anime.

Oh, there you have it, zankoku. Is Rio a recurring character? I hope so. Also, her black hair look was better. Anyway, her scenario reminded me of FB from Steins;Gate (shout out to all those who watched with AniClub!).

Kirito...or Banri? :))

Oh, so are we looking at the same events from a different perspective? Seems cool. Kuroneko-kun (totally calling her/him that from now on) coming from what looks like a lab is intriguing too. Using a phone to communicate was kinda funny too since it kinda killed her serious nature :))

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Banri is spouting some crap about why he did all this to Rio. All that my mind processed is that his coat is fabulous.

Venom saves the day!...or night.

Awww, Kuroneko-kun <3 Restoring faith in humanity through her adorable cat ears.

Summary:

I like the way the episode was presented. The focus on a single character really helped to keep me interested too. Rio seems like a good character, I hope her story doesn't end there. Also hoping to see more of "Kuroneko" <3 Again, a good episode.

Episode 3: Running Rampant

More Baccano!

I knew it! Kida was voiced by Miyano Mamoru (who also voiced Light and Okarin). I realized it in the middle of the episode since he suddenly sounded like Okarin :))

I don't even want to know what the hell this guy is doing with his hand. (~13:40)

Banri (Izaya) is actually a pretty cool dude.

Nice punch from Kamina :))

This shot is missing some white or red.

Summary:

That was a fun episode! I'm taking a liking to Anri. I haven't much to say, though.

Closing:

I'd probably rank the episodes 3 > 2 > 1. I'm finding the series really fun! Lots of fun moments and the cast seems diverse and just as fun. Please do share your thoughts, gifs, and everything else below!

Please don't forget to watch episodes 4-6 for next week's meeting!

ps. This was an especially long post. What do you think about this new take on AniClub? Do you prefer this or the older one? Please chime in below!

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