Death Parade brings us a young newlywed couple who find themselves in a mysterious bar, where Decim, the bartender, tells them that they can't leave until they play a game, betting their lives. Turns out to be darts, only the board will cause pain somewhere in the opponent's body depending on where its hit. As … Continue reading 2015 new winter shows #4
Though it's the best show I've seen this year, Durarara!! had its down moments. The slashers story arc didn't work particularly well, possibly because Anri is a fairly passive character. Then with the Yellow Scarves arc the series became more grim than fun. I'm generalizing; there were terrific moments in almost every episode, but my … Continue reading Finales!! Durarara!! Working!!
With only one episode to go after this, Durarara!! 23 has to assemble the pieces (Izaya-speak) for a big finale, and it does, with one of its best episodes. The first half our three heroes are at a loss, wondering what's up with the others, but they are unable to move on their own. But … Continue reading Durarara!! 23, Arakawa 11
I said last week that for me Durarara!! was losing its sense of fun. Things had become too grim, and the humorous edge that had given the show such a lift was gone. Well, this week it gets pretty grim, too, but the first half is as much fun as I can remember. Anri is … Continue reading Durarara!! 22, Yumeiro 34
I sometimes (too often) use the metaphor of moving pieces around when taking about a particular episode's story line. In Durarara!! 21 I get to have Izaya do it for me, as friction rises between the factions and he laughs with delight. Anri, in spite of entreaties from Celty, blames herself for the escalating violence … Continue reading Durarara!! 21, Daimaou 10
Durarara 20 goofs around with concepts of reality and fantasy, pushes chess pieces around some more, and then gets violent. The narrator this week is Erika, who, with Martin, have come up with their technique to make life bearable, though I couldn't follow it. Separate the good things from the painful things and make the … Continue reading Durarara!! 20, Daimaou 9
Durarara 19, hmm, not much to say about it. Basically all that happens is they turn the screws a little, or maybe it's Izaya doing the screwing. Part of it is flashback. Lots of scenes of Mikado, Anri and Masaomi walking along, when the latter suddenly gets a call and runs off, claiming something's come … Continue reading Durarara!! 19