You know what? I don’t think I like Durarara!!.
There – I said it. Now someone’s going to tell me that I just don’t get it or I’m not letting it stand on its own merits or something like that. Yeah, ok.
I’ve been watching Durarara!! on a somewhat regular basis. But then I watched episode twelve… and I literally said aloud, “What the fuck is wrong with these people?” four times during the episode. These characters are demented. Some of them are a kind of demented that works – Shizuo is extremely entertaining, for instance. But most of them are just demented – I’m sorry, but getting plastic surgery so you can resemble the disembodied head that your crush is madly in love with is fucked up. Especially when you consider that he almost killed you.
But you know what really grates on me? The entire Shinra-Celty dynamic.
Ok, Celty’s mad at Shinra because he’s known her head has been around for a long while now and has kept it a secret. So she goes to confront him. And she starts “yelling” at him. And then… they end up sprawled in a chair together.
Excuse me, what? Wow, that’s so romantic – the guy is trying to control you, it must be love! This is exactly why I didn’t like Kaname in Vampire Knight, except turned up by a factor of about ten.
I also can’t get over how congratulatory the show seems of itself; it seems like the creators are patting themselves on the backs for being so hip and edgy every five seconds. The entire atmosphere seems constructed to elicit a degree of cool. But it just comes off as irritating because of the glaring flaws the show possesses. I don’t care if Mikado gets better later – right now he’s lame as hell, and the rest of the cast completely outshines him.
Ugh, I’m done with this. All the great supporting characters in the world can’t get me to keep watching. Too bad – I wanted to see Anri wield that katana. But I’m not willing to sit through Celty being objectified and controlled just to see another female character be badass.
EDIT: I was just looking through some of my files, and it occurred to me that it is too, too bad I had to drop this as well because I have just so much Durarara!! BL on my computer’s hard-drive. Ah well. Maybe if they would’ve just fulfilled my yuri dreams by slashing Celty with the suicidal girl from the second episode.