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Durarara!! vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel of Durarara!!.
Light novel
Written byRyohgo Narita
Illustrated bySuzuhito Yasuda
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original runApril 25, 2004January 10, 2014
Written byRyohgo Narita
Illustrated byAkiyo Satorigi
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
MagazineMonthly GFantasy
Original runApril 18, 2009 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakahiro Omori
Produced by
  • Akeko Yokoyama
  • Atsushi Wada
  • Hiro Maruyama
  • Kozue Kaneniwa
  • Yasuyo Ogisu
Written byNoboru Takagi
Music byMakoto Yoshimori
StudioBrain's Base
Licensed by
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS, CBC)
English network
Original run January 8, 2010 June 25, 2010
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley-
Written byRyohgo Narita
Illustrated byIzuko Fujiya
Published byASCII Media Works
Original runJuly 22, 2013 – present
Written bySuzuhito Yasuda
Published byKodansha
PublishedDecember 18, 2013
Light novel
Durarara!! SH
Written byRyohgo Narita
Illustrated bySuzuhito Yasuda
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original runApril 10, 2014 – present
Anime television series
Directed byTakahiro Omori
Written byNoboru Takagi
Music byMakoto Yoshimori
Licensed by
Siren Visual
Aniplex of America
Anime Limited
Original networkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, MBS, CBC
English network
Original run January 10, 2015 March 26, 2016
Episodes36 + 3 OVA (List of episodes)
Light novel
Orihara Izaya to, Yūyake wo
Written byRyohgo Narita
Illustrated bySuzuhito Yasuda
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Bunko
PublishedJuly 10, 2015
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Durarara!! (Japanese: デュラララ!!), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, that has also been adapted into a Japanese anime series. Durarara!! tells the story of a dullahan working as an underworld courier in Ikebukuro, an internet-based anonymous gang called the Dollars, and the chaos that unfolds around the most dangerous people in Ikebukuro. The series ran for thirteen volumes, published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.

A manga adaptation by Akiyo Satorigi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy on April 18, 2009. An anime adaptation began airing in Japan in January 2010.[1] In April 2014, a sequel series titled Durarara!! SH (デュラララ!! SH, Durarara!! SH) and set two years after the events of the original series started.[3] Two games based on the series for the PlayStation Portable were released, and two games for PlayStation Vita were released later.


Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city, moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, whom he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out to explore the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he does not want to cross in the city such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as "The Dollars." After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the "Black Rider" who rides around Ikebukuro on a black motorcycle that occasionally neighs like a horse and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The "Black Rider's" real name is Celty Sturluson; she is an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head while working as an underworld courier. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and create a greater plot line from each character's knowledge about a common incident.

The story is told from the perspective of approximately eleven of the main characters and changes every episode in the anime, sometimes even more often. One of the few constants given in every episode is that the narrator gives his own opinion on the current situation that he is in as well as what things that make him tick and keep him going in Ikebukuro: a city with a large underbelly that is the medium for the majority of both the plot's development and random violence throughout the series.


Although it has commonly been claimed that the title "Durarara" is an onomatopoeia for the "revving of an engine," Narita states specifically in the first light novel volume that the name means absolutely nothing. He had been editing the finished draft of his book, when his editor called. When prompted for a title, Narita "...just randomly gave a name, 'Du...Durarara?'" Upon hearing this, his editor responded with a positive remark as he liked ambiguous titles."[4]


Light novel[edit]

The Durarara!! light novels are written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. The first novel was released in April 2004 under ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint and the thirteenth and final novel was released in January 2014. A sequel series, titled Durarara!! SH is under production.[5][6] A Chinese-language release in Taiwan and Hong Kong is published by the Taiwan branch of Kadokawa Media under their Fantastic Novels imprint.[7] Daewon C.I. licensed the Korean-language release of the series in South Korea and releases the novels under their Newtype Novels imprint.[8] As of January 2015, it was announced that Yen Press would be releasing the Durarara!! novels in English under their Yen On Imprint.[9] In October 2020, Yen Press announced it had licensed the Durarara!!SH novels for release.[10]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 25, 2004978-4-84-022646-2July 21, 2015[11]978-0-31-630474-0
2 March 10, 2005978-4-84-023000-1November 17, 2015[12]978-0-31-630476-4
3 August 10, 2006978-4-84-023516-7March 22, 2016[13]978-0-31-630477-1
4 March 10, 2008978-4-84-024186-1July 19, 2016[14]978-0-31-630478-8
5 March 10, 2009978-4-04-867595-6November 15, 2016[15]978-0-31-630479-5
6 July 10, 2009978-4-04-867905-3March 21, 2017[16]978-0-31-630481-8
7 January 10, 2010978-4-04-868276-3July 25, 2017[17]978-0-31-643968-8
8 June 10, 2010978-4-04-868599-3November 14, 2017[18]978-0-31-647429-0
9 February 10, 2011978-4-04-870274-4March 20, 2018[19]978-0-31-647431-3
10 August 10, 2011978-4-04-870729-9July 17, 2018[20]978-0-31-647434-4
11 May 10, 2012978-4-04-886562-3November 27, 2018[21]978-0-31-647436-8
12 June 7, 2013978-4-04-891746-9March 26, 2019[22]978-0-31-647438-2
13 January 10, 2014978-4-04-866217-8September 17, 2019[23]978-1-97-535819-8

Durarara!! SH[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 10, 2014978-4-04-866486-8March 23, 2021[24]978-1-97-532277-9
2 October 10, 2014978-4-04-869008-9-
3 January 10, 2015978-4-04-869169-7-
4 February 10, 2016978-4-04-865666-5-

Orihara Izaya to, Yūyake wo[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 July 10, 2015978-4-04-865243-8


A manga adaptation written by Narita and illustrated by Akiyo Satorigi first appeared in the May issue of Square Enix's Monthly GFantasy in April 2009 and became a regular series starting with the magazine's July issue released June 2009.[25][26] As of June 27, 2011, four tankōbon have been released.[27] The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press and released the first volume in January 2012.[28] There are sequels like Durarara!! Saika Arc that are out in Japan and America by the same author of the original manga. A manga adaptation of the Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- video game began serializing in the September issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Sylph magazine on July 22, 2013.[29] A crossover manga with Yozakura Quartet, titled YZQ ✕ DRRR!!, was released with the limited edition Blu-Ray of Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~.[30]


An anime adaption of the light novels was announced in the wraparound sleeve of the sixth volume of the light novel.[31] The anime is produced by Brain's Base and started airing on January 8, 2010, on MBS, TBS, and CBC. The anime was simulcasted for English-speaking audiences within 24 hours of its Japanese premiere.[32] The anime adapted the first three novels, and it was licensed by Beez Entertainment for European release;[33] while at Anime Expo 2010, Aniplex of America confirmed that they have the license to Durarara!!, later producing an English dub for a January 2011 release.[34] The English dub was produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. The music for the first season was composed by Makoto Yoshimori, who also wrote the music for Baccano!.

Aniplex of America released Durarara!! in three digipak, two-disc sets. Part one was released on January 25, 2011, part two was released on March 29, 2011, and part three was released on May 31, 2011. They were exclusively sold at RightStuf.com and at Bandai Entertainment's The Store.[35] As of March 29, 2011, Durarara!! (Eps. 1–9, dubbed) have been added to the U.S. PlayStation Network Video Store.[needs update] The show began its U.S. broadcast with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block on June 26, 2011, and aired its last episode on December 17, 2011.[36]

On March 15, 2014, a new TV anime series was announced, titled Durarara!!×2 (デュラララ!!×2).[37] The main staff from the first series returned, though it was produced at studio Shuka instead of Brain's Base.[38] It aired in three different cours, or quarters of a year. The cours are subtitled Shō (, lit. "Understanding"), Ten (, lit. "Motion"), and Ketsu (, lit. "Conclusion") respectively. The first cour began in January 2015, the second cour began in July 2015, and the third cour began in January 2016.[39] Crunchyroll simulcasts the series in North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.[40] Aniplex of America licensed the series and is streaming an English dub via Crunchyroll,[41] Funimation and Hulu.[42][43]


An internet radio show called Durarara!!Radio: Duraradi for Short!! (デュラララ!!ラジオ 略して デュララジ!!, Durarara!!Rajio Ryakushite Duraraji!!) was aired on February 26, 2010, and ended as of March 25, 2011. The hosts were Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Kana Hanazawa, the voices for Mikado Ryūgamine and Anri Sonohara respectively.[44]

Video games[edit]

Two games based on the series were released only in Japan, both visual novels for PlayStation Portable. The first one titled Durarara!! 3way standoff (デュラララ!! 3way standoff) was released on September 22, 2010.[45] The second one titled Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- (デュラララ!! 3way standoff -alley-) was released on August 25, 2011.[46] As part of the Durarara 10th anniversary project, a new game titled Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- V (デュラララ!! 3way standoff -alley- V) was announced; and was released on June 19, 2014, for PlayStation Vita.[47] Another PlayStation Vita game titled Durarara!! Relay was released in January 2015.[48]


According to Oricon, the ninth volume of Durarara!! was the first to sell the most over a week in its bunkobon for February 7–13; previously, the highest-ranked DRRR!! volume had been the eighth, which ranked first.[49]

In a 2019 Forbes's article about the best anime of the 2010s decade, Lauren Orsini considered it to be one of the five best anime of 2010; she wrote, "With one is the largest casts I've ever seen in a show, all introduced at once, it's a wild ride with something for everyone".[50] Crunchyroll staff also included it in such a list; writer Sergio Vaca said, "Despite including numerous elements, the anime manages to have multiple characters show us different perspectives of these events, making us feel really involved with the story and always keeping us on the edge of our seats with unexpected twists".[51]

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