Two more visuals for Durarara!!x2 have been released on the official website for the anime adaptation of Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda’s light novel series Durarara!! Durarara!!x2, the recently announced second season of the anime will be airing from January 2015.
The first new visual, and 6th overall, features Ruri Hijiribe and Kasuka Heiwajima.
The second newly released visual, and the overall 7th, focuses on Shizuo Heiwajima being hugged by Akane Awakusu.
Since the site’s debut, five visuals have been released prior. The first visual features Masaomi Kida, Mikado Ryuugamine, and Anri Sonohara. The second features Aoba Kuronuma, Kururi Orihara and her twin Mairu Orihara.
The third visual showcases Celty and Shinra Kishitani, the fourth visual features Saburo Togusa, Erika Karisawa, Walker Yumasaki, and Kyohei Kadota, and the fifth visual is of Izaya Orihara.
The first two cast members of the upcoming anime were revealed on the website:
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Himeko Inaba in Kokoro Connect) who will return to voice Celty Sturluson
- Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Mahiro Fuwa from Zetsuen no Tempest) will be returning to voice Mikado Ryuugamine
The cast members will also be attending the Durarara!!x2 stage event at the Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2014, which will be held at the Akihabara UDX 2F and Belle Salle Akihabara on October 5th. They will also be joined by other members of the cast, where the full cast will be revealed.
The anime’s website also revealed additional members of the production crew:
- Director: Takahiro Omori (Durarara!!, Samurai Flamenco)
- Series Composer: Noboru Takagi (Durarara!!, Kuroko’s Basketball)
- Character Designer: Takahiro Kishida (Durarara!!, Baccano!)
- Chief Animation Director: Akira Takata (Durarara!!, Baccano!)
- Colour Key Artist: Hiromi Miyawaki (Durarara!!, Kuragehime)
- Music Composer: Makoto Yoshimori (Durarara!!, Baccano!)
- Animation Studio: Shuka (Debut)
Do note that all the listed staff are returning from the production of the first season, though Brains Base (Durarara!!, Baccano!), who produced the first anime season, is not credited. Newly listed animation studio Shuka are credited with the production.
The first promotional video released earlier in the year:
Those guys are coming back to Ikebukuro!
Durarara!! New TV Anime
Durarara!!x2 is part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Durarara!! series created and written by Ryohgo Narita featuring art from Suzuhito Yasuda. The Light novel series began in 2004 published by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko. The original light novels ended in January this year for a total of 13 volumes, but Narita has started a new series of light novels titled Durarara!! SH, set two years after the original’s conclusion. The first issue released this year on April 10th. The light novels received an anime adaptation in 2010 from animation studio Brains Base. In addition, two manga adaptations were also released and a few visual novels.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
In Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.
Ryuugamine Mikado has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted. But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city.
More information about Durarara!!x2 will be released at a later date and the Durarara!!x2 stage event at Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2014 on October 4th. The anime will be airing from January 2015 during the Winter 2014/2015 anime season.
“Durarara!!”, “Durarara!!x2”, images, video and all associated brands and titles © 2014 Ryohgo Narita, Suzuhito Yasuda, ASCII Media Works, Shuka inc., and Brains Base