For those of you who don’t know, the 12 days of anime is an event anibloggers engage in, where they relate 12 moments that are related to anime from the past year – moments which made them smile or angered them, from current shows or older, moments where they went to conventions, made dramatic poses, sung the Poke’Mon song at work, etc. Though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’ve decided to join once more this year. You can read all the of the category’s posts (including last year’s) here. This year I dropped the ball on getting reddit participation, so you’ll have to do with me.
My so-called 12th moment isn’t actually my least favourite, but the one I came back to the most times during the year. I’ve watched Durarara!! back in March. I’m fond of revisiting moments in media I enjoy, especially in the couple of months after I finish it – a favourite half episode, a favourite 20-40 pages sequence of a book, etc. But every so often there comes a work where “revisiting moments” from it quickly turns into revisiting the entire series. It’s happened to me with series such as Code Geass, and with books such as Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three (2nd book in The Dark Tower series), but it’s happened to me even more with Durarara!!
This is my post about Durarara!! which talks about how the setting truly feels alive, more than alive, more than real, even. The music played a large part of it, and the social network – all the relationships woven about, all the small secrets, the intersecting lives, the intersecting stories, amidst Ikebukuro’s hustle and bustle. After watching each episode of Durarara!! I felt like hugging the world, it made me want to move about and do, it made me feel large inside. The only other piece of media in recent times that made me feel anything of the sort is To The Ends of the Earth, a song from Kyousougiga’s soundtrack, which I’ll include below, because sharing is caring.
So, the above is sort of cheating, and there is one moment that stands out to me in the series above all others, an episode I’ve watched about once a month if not more since watching the series, and that is episode 7. Ono Daisuke gives a stellar performance as Heiwajima Shizuo, strongest person in Ikebukuro, who narrates to you how he hates violence, after we’ve seen him punch a man clear out of his clothes (a very popular gif), and as we see him lay havoc to everyone around him.
Heiwajima Shizuo is a person. He hates violence, yet resorts to caricature-like hyper-violence. He’s greater than life, as everything in Durarara!! feels. He’s a quiet and introspective man, and then he snaps. And yes, he speaks to my love of teen action fantasy fiction and determinators. Heiwajima Shizuo is too cool for school, and I like him, and I like everything about Durarara!! and the way it made me feel. I’m eagerly awaiting the second season, coming in January 2015.
So, readers, do you have a moment related anime from the past year you kept coming back to, or that made you feel connected to the world at large?