Explore Ikebukuro, the Setting for the Popular Anime DURARARA!!
DURARARA!! is an anime series that faithfully depicts the area of Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Adapted from a light novel series, this anime has not just aired in Japan but has been adapted into English and shown all over the world. This article will introduce some areas that appear in DURARARA!! and explain what scenes took place there!
DURARARA!! is a popular anime based on a series of young-adult novels by Ryogo Narita. It aired on Japanese TV from 2010 to 2016. This series has also been adapted into English, and has been shown on TV and streaming services in 118 countries.
Set in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the story revolves around a normal high school boy who becomes involved in extraordinary supernatural events. A big appeal of the series is watching how the complex actions of the disparate characters eventually come together into one conclusion, with plenty of foreshadowing that you gradually pick up on as you watch.
Another characteristic of DURARARA!! is how faithfully the area of Ikebukuro is reproduced in the series. You can find areas in Ikebukuro that are so close to the anime, it might even seem as though scenes in DURARARA!! have come to life!
Without further ado, here are some Ikebukuro areas that appeared in DURARARA!! and its sequels!
Music Note Sculpture and Tokyu Hands
An opening scene of the anime shows the main character Mikado Ryugamine, his close friend Masaomi Kida, and Anri Sonohara, the girl who both Mikado and Masaomi have feelings for. This scene acts as a symbol for the relationship between the three characters, but the G-clef sculpture behind them is actually real! Its real name is "Light of the Future", and you can find it by exiting the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station and heading down Sunshine-dori.
Tokyu Hands is located about 4-minute walk away from the G-clef sculpture. This is where the first Dollars meeting takes place at the end of the first part of the series. The Book-Off that Erika and Walker often visit is also nearby.
Ikefukuro is the sculpture where Anri and Akane held hands while waiting for Mikado and Aoba in episode 9 of DURARARA!! x2 Sho. This spot is used as a meeting point in the anime, and it's a common place for people to meet up in real life as well. It's located outside the north ticket gate at Ikebukuro station. Head in the direction of Sunshine City and you'll find it right by the stairs.
Ikebukuro actually has many bronze statues of owls. It seems this is because Toshima, the ward where Ikebukuro is located, is shaped like an owl with its wings spread when you look at it on a map. The Japanese word for owl, "fukuro", also sounds a bit like the name Ikebukuro, doesn't it?
This photo looks just like the background of the title card that appears in the opening of DURARARA!! x2 Ketsu, the final part of the anime series.
The Sunshine 60 area is often used as a setting in the anime, so if you walk around here you might see some places you remember from the show.
Higashi Ikebukuro Central Park
Mikado took Anri's hand and ran away with her to Higashi Ikebukuro Central Park in episode 3 of DURARARA!! The sight of Anri thanking Mikado in front of the fountain and quickly running away left a real impression. This was also a scene that clearly shows Anri's tendency to maintain some distance in her relationships.
Ikebukuro Mutsumata Overpass
Ikebukuro Mutsumata Overpass is a pedestrian bridge located at Ikebukuro Station's West Exit. It appears in the sunset scene in the anime's opening where Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri gaze out at the setting sun from the guardrails. Why not try taking a photo of the evening scenery here too?
Ikebukuro West Exit Park
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre is located near the Ikebukuro West Exit Park. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre is the glass-sided building with the statue in front that appears in the beginning of the first episode. There a water foundation in front of the sculpture, and this plaza is called the Ikebukuro West Gate Park. The owl statue that Mikado talks to in the first episode is in this park, too.
These were some areas in Ikebukuro that appear in DURARA!! This anime faithfully reproduces even small details like vending machines and parking lots, so if you visit Ikebukuro you're likely to discover some other spots that appear in the show! Why not use this article as a guide and make your own pilgrimage to Ikebukuro?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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