Manga Review: Durarara!! Volume 2

Manga Review: Durarara!! Volume 2Durarara!! Volume 2 by Ryohgo Narita
Series: Durarara!! #2
Published by Yen Press on April 24th 2012
Genres: Manga
Pages: 176
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If you see Shizuo Heiwajima, don't wait around. Run!!

Mikado is an average high-schooler whose life has been anything but since moving to Ikebukuro! After coming face to-neck?-with the legendary "Headless Rider," Mikado can hardly wait to encounter more of the city's peculiar residents. But when Mikado is caught in the middle of a feud between Izaya Orihara and Shizuo Heiwajima, he soon realizes that Ikebukuro's most unbelievable characters are also among its most dangerous...

I love manga series like Durarara, which reminds me a bit of Death Note in subtle ways. First are the over the top characters that I couldn't help but enjoy learning more about. Especially interesting is the plot of the headless rider that seems to be pulling all of these characters together. The reveal in this volume really made me want more. Which is painful, because I have been forcing myself to review each book before starting the next (something I don't always do). Just to keep things straight since it seems like a manga that will reveal a bit of the puzzle each time. 

The illustrations are simply awesome, I'm usually a sucker more for graphic novel illustrations because of the brilliant coloring, but this manga does quite a bit with the black and white illustrations. It is hard to review this one without revealing some of the plot, so let's just say that the loose strings of plot from the first book are becoming quite a bit more taut. There is definitely more shown as to how the characters will eventually come together and an inkling of roles they will play in further volumes.

Final Verdict: I literally will be diving into the next volume as soon as I wrap this review up. Definitely a series you do not want to miss if you like action-y manga with a dash of supernatural elements. 

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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