If you’ve seen the anime Durarara’s out-of-the-ordinary story beginning, you’ve already been sucked into its hypnotic web. So, that’s probably why you’ve ended up here. You know it, don’t you?
To that end, this hub will now provide you with a wide range of other anime that are similar to Durarara.
Now that I know you want it, let’s get started on the journey filled with surprises. For those who have been satiated by Durarara’s awesomeness, I present to you this collection of even more outstanding Anime!
Immerse yourself in the world of your favorite anime characters now and discover new mysteries and unexpected twists. My guess is that you’ll be surprised to find out that nothing happens as you expected!
Bacanno, the predecessor to Durarara, was made by the same people who made Durarara, and it was the first anime to use the never-before-seen elements, modes, and sequential storyline that you’ve seen in Durarara.
Alchemy, survival, and immortality will have a major impact on the Bacanno universe in the near future.
Watch as seemingly unrelated events become linked in a chain that transcends space and time. You can watch a bigger picture emerge from smaller events like the Pussycat train of the 1930s, the search for the elixir of life, and even the Advena Avis of 1711 if you want to. And to think they weren’t even aware of each other to begin with.
Find out what big secret gets revealed by following the path of the shady characters and events.
2. Mekakucity Actors
Mekakucity Actors and Durarara are linked by the elements of setting and story. In both anime, the setting—where you are, when you are there, and what you’re doing—all play an important role. As a result, plots and twists are created that have never been seen before. As a result, Mekakucity Actors would be the closest anime to Durarara in terms of visual style.
Every time the summer season arrives in a strange city, an anomalous phenomenon known as the “Heat Haze” occurs, bringing with it a tragedy waiting to happen again and again. As a result of the Mekakushi Dan (Blindfold Gang), a group of kids with unusual eye-powers band together to figure out what the “Heat Haze” is and how to stop the tragedies from happening again…forever.
3. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop has gone down in anime history as one of the most influential Anime Trend-Setters, combining futuristic and outer-space themes to create a plot full of surprises and visually stunning effects.
People have diversified at an uncontrollable rate in the year 1071 A.D., where they have settled for the stars as their newfound habitat and all kinds of values and beliefs have increased to a number as many as stars. This has resulted in a diverse population with divergent views on just about everything, giving rise to an organized crime syndicate. They’re the cowboys, as the locals refer to them.
Spike and Jet, space cowboys and bounty hunters, are on the trail of space criminals to make a living in a certain part of the galaxy. During their travels, they come across interesting characters who join their crew and participate in their perilous and surreal space cowboy exploits.
Both K and Durarara depict the scenario of gangs and factions running amok in mystery-shrouded cities from alternating points of view, giving each group an opportunity to shine. K, on the other hand, goes all out with action sequences that will leave you begging for more, while Durarara focuses more on the characters and the building suspense that will eventually grab you.
Despite the fact that he appears to want nothing more than to unwind, Isana Yashiro’s days of ease are cut short when he leaves school to run an errand and is pursued by members of well-known gangs. But he had no idea that he was the key to solving the murder mystery surrounding the Red King’s faction and unlocking the strange history behind the so-called “Seven Kings”
5. Kamisama no Memochou
Although Kamisama no Memochou is an anime full of suspense, it stands out for its unusually ordinary beginning that suddenly gives way to a more intriguing and revealing story line. Due to this, it’s one of the few existing anime titles that can be compared to Durarara, the unexpectedly great one.
Narumi Fujishima, a high school student who has spent his entire life alone and socially awkward, learns that there is someone out there who has it much worse than he does. That person is Alice, a Hikkikomori NEET who has lived most of her life alone with her stuffed animals in her room.
In reality, Alice is an elite hacker and detective whose job it is to expose the world’s criminals, including thieves, human traffickers, drug lords, and murderous syndicates, to the public.
As a result, now that Narumi Fujishima is privy to her top-secret information, he feels obligated to join Alice on her high-stakes detective mission.
6. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)
The plot of Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) is thrilling and interesting in an age when conspiracy anime is all the rage. Now that is a like-ness you’ve been looking for, with a similar focus on social networks and crowds working in the background towards the solution of some enormous puzzle.
Morimi Saki discovers on her graduation trip to the United States capital of Washington, D.C., that her seemingly simple trip will be anything but. Her life is about to take an exciting turn when she meets a suspiciously naked guy on the street who is armed only with a gun and a phone. By the way, the phone in the guy’s hand has a value of many billions of yen.
To what extent is the suspicious individual a mystic? Is there any significance to “Careless Monday” other than a marketing ploy? You’ll learn the answers to those questions in due time, I’m sure.
In terms of Durarara’s genre and story, working is a stretch, but the striking similarity of characters between the two games earns it a well-deserved spot on this list.
Working tells the story of Takanashi Souta, a high school student in Hokkaido, Japan, who begins working part-time at a family restaurant. He gets to work with a wide range of oddballs and meet new people every day thanks to his new job in the center of oddities. To top it all off, he’s working at a family restaurant, which will provide him with all the wonderful experiences and memories that Souta will long remember.
I’ve already mentioned that Working isn’t in the same genre as the other cartoons in this collection. On the other hand, if you’re familiar with Durarara, you’ll recognize some of the characters from here. Anime usually takes place in a realistic setting, but this one takes place in an idealized slice-of-life world.
As of the 8th of September, 2015, Shima was writing the following:
The only similarities I can see are gang wars and… not much else, as someone who regularly checks in on K Project can confirm. I’ll be honest: K Project’s storyline is woefully underdeveloped and utterly uninteresting. It’s more like a watery show that aspired to be like DRRR!! but opted instead to become a show full of hot guys.