A Love Letter to 2016, part 2: Fantasy x Madness in Durarara!!

I should probably note that the shows I’m listing here are appearing in no particular order…well, other than my anime of the year, which will definitely come on the 12th day of Christmas. Nor are all of these shows necessarily titles that I am clamouring to own. What’s common, however, is that each and everyone one of these moments resonated with me in some way, no matter how I felt about the show overall…and that’s why my second love letter involves the final episode of Durarara!!x2.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely loved the first season of Durarara!!! when it aired in 2010. It even made my 2010 list not once, but four whole times! I remember writing somewhere—though I simply can’t find it anymore—that I would buy all of the DVDs, so “please please please make a sequel!” And five years later, they finally did…

Unfortunately, Durarara!!x2 proved to me that there are some shows that I will not love forever. Even now, whilst I’m probably quite happy to watch the first half of the first season over and over again, I’m not sure I can say the same for the second half—that makes for six Japanese DVDs that I kind of regret buying.

But those first 12 episodes will always be dear to me, for one reason and one reason only: Celty and Shinra. Many adjectives can be thrown at them—weird, silly, childish, unrealistic etc—but above all, only one matters. They were the cutest couple in 2010, and for me, they easily retained that crown in 2015-2016. I mean, just look at how adorable they are!!


And that’s why I dedicate my second love letter of 2016 to Ikebukuro’s Dullahan and her devoted Shinra.

About karice
MAG fan, translator, and localization project manager. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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