The season’s most anticipated show has arrived, does it live up to the brilliance of Baccano?
In a word, from the first episode, no. It doesn’t even come close. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this show will be fan-fricking-tasting. But this first episode? Was yawn-inducingly boring. I suppose that’s the problem when the whole episode is mostly about introducing tons of characters that I still couldn’t pick out in a police lineup. Oh, they’ll probably be interesting. Like the tall, black Russian sushi chef, or the girl with the neck surgery scar, or the headless horseman, or the guy we never see that tosses vending machines in the background. But for this episode, they were all pretty boring. The problem was the two guys driving the episode, the Firo Prochainezo lookalike, and the newbie who looks like he stepped out of Yozakura Quartet, didn’t have that instant attraction like say… Miria and Isaac-ku had. So it was hard to really care what they were talking about, since all they did was reference characters that we either saw for three seconds, or were referenced as bad-asses. We’ll learn those characters eventually, no need to overload the first episode with meaningless introductions. Plus, nothing really happened, except that a couple hooligans kidnapped Horo, and a headless biker may or may not have saved her.
The colors looked a little too dark and washed out, but the show looked pretty good otherwise. The Yozakura Quartet-like art style isn’t bad, but it’s just going to take me a little time to get used to it and wipe the bad taste of that terrible show out of my mouth. The background music is excellent, with some good eclectic tunes, while the OP and EDs are pretty good. The OP is nowhere near as good as Guns and Roses’, but I like the rap/pop ED much more than Baccano’s ED.
I’m being a little harsh, because I expected much more out of Durarara. I’ll definitely keep watching, as I mentioned, there should be an interesting backstory at play, and a lot of crazy characters (although I’m guessing it’ll be unlikely that any of them will reach Ladd Russo or Graham Specter levels) doing what crazy characters do. But hopefully they pick up the pace in the next episode.