Durarara!! aka the only anime you don’t want to miss this season

If you enjoyed Baccano!, then chances are you're definitely going to enjoy Durarara!!, Ryohgo Narita's spiritual successor to exclamation points.

The show is already receiving rave reviews online in North America and in Japan. 

The show centers around young Ryugamine Mikado, a teenager who yearns to live in the big city.  He transfers at his friend's behest, but is subsequently thrown into a mix of interesting people, a mysterious gang called "dollars" (literally), and a supernatural being known as the Headless Rider in Ikebukuro. 

The pacing in the anime is wonderful.  Just like the previous novel, Durarara!! uses an interesting, multiple person narrative mode that appears to change with each episode.  The plot slowly unfolds with each new viewpoint, creating an interesting narrative that makes you want to go back and see the previous shows all over again.  Did I mention Holo is in it too?


Aside from Durarara!!, another winter season anime worth noting is Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.  it's a light novel from Kenji Inoue that's about classes that fight against each other using their points from tests.  Each class, from F to A, have drastically different living conditions — for example, the highest ranking class gets access to computers, free snacks, and air conditioners while the lowest has boxes for desks.

 It's really wacky and light-hearted, and occasionally breaks the fourth wall.  Funny stuff; check it out!

As for the rest of the winter anime season, I can't really recommend them (unless you're into really perverted loli stuff), but feel free to watch whatever you like.  For me, it's only going to be about these two shows, and probably Katanagatari and that supposed Fate / Stay Night reproduction.  Only time will tell!

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