What the crap is a Durararararararararararara!!?
Durarara!! is an anime based on a series of light novels of the same name. It begins airing in Japan in the Winter 2010 season. I'll let Wikipedia tell you about the premise.
Ryuugamine Mikado is a young man who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns him about people he doesn't want to cross in the city: a violent man dressed like a bartender, an information merchant, and a mysterious gang called "Dollars". And to top it off, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city: the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle.
Wait, you can't even read Japanese. Why are you all so excited for this show?
The author of the original light novels is one Ryohgo Narita, who also wrote a light novel series called Baccano!. Baccano was later adapted into an anime by the studio Brains Base, who has produced such fine works as Baccano!, Spice and Wolf II, and Kure-nai. And whaddya know, the same team that worked on Baccano! will be producing Durarara!! for us. We are all excited because people tend to produce stuff that is like stuff they have made before, so we are hoping that Durarara!! will be in the same vein as Baccano!. In this case, we are looking at atypical premise, a billion characters, very nice production, and action and hilarity.
Other people involved in this thing are Suzuhito Yasuda (Yozakura Quartet), who did the character designs and illustration, and an entirely stacked cast including:
Kana Hanazawa: Sengoku Nadeko (Bakemonogatari), Suou Pavlichenko (Darker than BLACK: Gemini of the Meteor)
Ono Daisuke: Koizumi Itsuki (The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi), Hosaka (Minami-ke), Kunisaki Yukito (Air)
Mamoru Miyano: Setsuna F. Seiei (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), Yagami Light (Death Note), Suoh Tamaki (Ouran High School Host Club)
Fukuyama Jun: Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), Kraft Lawrence (Spice and Wolf)
Kamiya Hiroshi: Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari), Takemoto Yuuta (Honey and Clover), Itoshiki Nozomu (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Nakamura Yuuichi: Okazaki Tomoya (CLANNAD), Alto Saotome (Macross Frontier), Graham Aker (Mobile Suit Gundam 00)
Keiji Fujiwara: Ladd Russo (Baccano!), Maes Hughes (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST), Holland Novak (Psalms of Planets: Eureka seveN)
Katsuyuki Konishi: Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Ozma Lee (Macross Frontier), America (Axis Powers Hetalia)
Why does this thread title have Let's Watch prefixed to it?
Because we are going to watch it, drrrrrrrrrrr. Well, okay, more specifically, we're going to watch it together. Durarara!! is a currently airing show, which means that the entire thing isn't out yet. This means that episodes will be aired weekly. This is the perfect opportunity to have us all watch the show together and have a lively discussion, talking about dullahans and vending machines.
"But wait!", you say, "Isn't unauthorized reproduction of this show illegal?!" To which we'd normally respond, "Yes, well, there's no other way to get it here outside of Japan," and you'd say "That doesn't matter! It's still illegal since our countries are probably signatories of the Berne Convention and thus are bound by international law, which still makes this illegal!" For Durarara!!, we can go back two steps in our conversation and respond instead with, "Oho, but there is a legal way to watch Durarara!!" Crunchyroll will be streaming Durarara!!. If you are unfamiliar with Crunchyroll, they are pretty much the biggest provider of legal streams of currently airing animu. They have paid subscriptions, but one week after the initial airing, the episodes are available for free to the public.
So this is what we will do. Be sure to read this part carefully if you will be participating.
I really want as many people as possible to participate in this, so to make it as accessible as possible, this thread will house Durarara!! discussion current as of the latest freely available episode on Crunchyroll. Spoilers up to the currently freely available episode on Crunchyroll will be unmarked. What this means is that if episode 4 is watchable for free on Crunchyroll, we will be talking about everything up to episode 4 without spoiler tags. This is because discussion is a lot nicer without having to worry about grey boxes everywhere.
What if you are impatient and can't wait one week for the free stream? Go ahead and watch it, I don't care. Just don't tell anyone, don't mention it, don't talk about it, pretend you are watching it with everyone else, and stick to the discussion based on the latest freely available episode.
To let everyone know that the next episode is up, if you are the first one who wants to talk about a new freely available episode, please provide a link to the episode. Something that mentions which episode will be fine like yay! Durarara!! 01!, preferably before you start talking about it.
Episodes are released for free on Fridays at 11:00am PST beginning January 15, 2010. So let's buzz with excitement for a week, and hopefully, we'll see what we all think of it when it starts in a week's time.