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9th Apr '17 5:51:13 PM coruscatingInquisitor
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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: [[FunnyForeigner Simon]] is occasionally guilt of this, due to his breathtakingly poor Japanese. At one point when Kadota's gang are eating at Russia Sushi he addresses Kadota as "Kadota-''shachō''" and Kadota is rather confused. The intention might have been to call him "boss" in an affectionate sense, but said idiom doesn't really work since ''shachō''( 社長) specifically means boss/president/manager ''of a company.''

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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: [[FunnyForeigner Simon]] is occasionally guilt guilty of this, due to his breathtakingly poor Japanese. At one point when Kadota's gang are eating at Russia Sushi he addresses Kadota as "Kadota-''shachō''" and Kadota is rather confused. The intention might have been to call him "boss" in an affectionate sense, but said idiom doesn't really work since ''shachō''( 社長) ''shachō'' (社長) specifically means boss/president/manager ''of a company.''
8th Apr '17 4:44:01 PM maxwellsilver
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* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoveryStory: When Kaztano is kidnapped, he claims he is a Japanese citizen (and thus his disappearance will be noticed by the authorities), but his birth certificate was destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II. His kidnappers scoff at this, pointing out he was too young.

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* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoveryStory: ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: When Kaztano is kidnapped, he claims he is a Japanese citizen (and thus his disappearance will be noticed by the authorities), but his birth certificate was destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II. His kidnappers scoff at this, pointing out he was too young.
8th Apr '17 4:42:42 PM maxwellsilver
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* ConvenientlySeated: Mikado gets the standard "second seat from the back along the windows", which allows him to stare outside (also at Anri) when necessary. He is also seated in front of Mika's empty desk, which allows Anri to stare ''past'' him whenever it's convenient. Once [[spoiler: Mika and Seiji return to class]], the former sits in the front row to be next to [[spoiler: Seiji]]; this puts her in the same row as Anri, allowing them to exchange meaningful looks on occasion. Incidentally, [[CanonForeigner Kamichika Rio]] is also seated alongside the windows, allowing her to give listless gazes outside during her focus episode.

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* ConvenientlySeated: Mikado gets the standard "second seat from the back along the windows", which allows him to stare outside (also at Anri) when necessary. He is also seated in front of Mika's empty desk, which allows Anri to stare ''past'' him whenever it's convenient. Once [[spoiler: Mika and Seiji return to class]], the former sits in the front row to be next to [[spoiler: Seiji]]; this puts her in the same row as Anri, allowing them to exchange meaningful looks on occasion. Incidentally, [[CanonForeigner Kamichika Rio]] Rio is also seated alongside the windows, allowing her to give listless gazes outside during her focus episode.episode.
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoveryStory: When Kaztano is kidnapped, he claims he is a Japanese citizen (and thus his disappearance will be noticed by the authorities), but his birth certificate was destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II. His kidnappers scoff at this, pointing out he was too young.



* CornerOfWoe: Celty goes into one at the beginning of Volume 4 after a particularly bad run-in with [[InspectorJavert Kuzuhara]]. Because of her [[DarkIsEdgy powers]], she literally dims the room.

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* CornerOfWoe: Celty goes into one at the beginning of Volume 4 after a particularly bad run-in with [[InspectorJavert Kuzuhara]].Kuzuhara. Because of her [[DarkIsEdgy powers]], she literally dims the room.
4th Apr '17 8:39:02 PM SomeRandomGirl
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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified/TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Zigzagged. At first, the Dollars a group of idealistic anarchists with "no color or rules" who communicate through the internet and have members throughout every sector of the population, are presented in an overwhelmingly positive light. Despite often not knowing each other in person they gather up and work together to do good and bring down corrupt organizations which appear to have far more power and resources than them. As the series goes on, however, the inherent problems to such an organization begin to be highlighted: for example, with nobody actually being charge, no one can do anything to stop it if the organization as a whole decides to collectively turn to crime, violence or terrorism. Furthermore: since they can't be handily recognized, people seeking to hurt the organization are forced to turn to simply hurting random people on the street just in case they might be members (mirroring the way in which the police in countries ravaged by terrorism often find themselves forced to perform mass arrests of people who are mostly innocent)

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified/TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Zigzagged. At first, the Dollars a group of idealistic anarchists with "no color or rules" who communicate through the internet and have members throughout every sector of the population, are presented in an overwhelmingly positive light. Despite often not knowing each other in person they gather up and work together to do good and bring down corrupt organizations which appear to have far more power and resources than them. As the series goes on, however, the inherent problems to such an organization begin to be highlighted: for example, with nobody actually being in charge, no one can do anything to stop it if the organization as a whole decides to collectively turn to crime, violence or terrorism. Furthermore: since they can't be handily recognized, people seeking to hurt the organization are forced to turn to simply hurting random people on the street just in case they might be members (mirroring the way in which the police in countries ravaged by terrorism often find themselves forced to perform mass arrests of people who are mostly innocent)



** Volume 6 (episode 12 of ''Ketsu'') has a few instances of this. By this point, we've learned Mikado's not all he appears, but he's still a lovable and nice guy. You know, [[spoiler: until he stabs Aoba with a freaking pen]] and a crazed look. Aoba notes that that's probably ''nowhere near'' Mikado's true nature...

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** Volume 6 (episode 12 of ''Ketsu'') ''Shou'') has a few instances of this. By this point, we've learned Mikado's not all he appears, but he's still a lovable and nice guy. You know, [[spoiler: until he stabs Aoba with a freaking pen]] and a crazed look. Aoba notes that that's probably ''nowhere near'' Mikado's true nature...
22nd Mar '17 1:40:02 AM tinwatchman
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*** [[DidTheResearch They're probably meant to be Israeli tourists. Israel has a (proportionally) large Russian-speaking population.]] More information from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language_in_Israel the Other Wiki]] for the curious.
1st Mar '17 2:34:10 PM StFan
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->''''Durarara'' is a show about a magical fairy who rides a motorcycle and saves people. This is both the most literal and least representative description of the show that I could think of.''
-->--'''Disorganization XIII, Spoiler: The Panel [[http://youtu.be/Uh-xgvzL-I0?t=2m11s 4]]'''

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->''''Durarara'' ->"Durarara'' is a show about a magical fairy who rides a motorcycle and saves people. This is both the most literal and least representative description of the show that I could think of.''
-->--'''Disorganization
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-->-- '''Disorganization
XIII, Spoiler: The Panel [[http://youtu.be/Uh-xgvzL-I0?t=2m11s 4]]'''



Check out the [[{{Characters/Durarara}} character page]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters if you have time]]. Not to be confused with ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''.

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Check out the [[{{Characters/Durarara}} [[Characters/{{Durarara}} character page]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters if you have time]]. Not to be confused with ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''.



!!Provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!Provides !!''Durarara!!'' provides examples of the following tropes:
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* MortalityPhobia: Izaya's primary goal is to avoid the CessationOfExistence he believes will occur beyond death, and has driven him to form an extremely convoluted plan in attempt to prevent it: hypothesizing that [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] are actually {{Valkyries}} left dormant on Earth, he decides to start a massive gang war in the hopes of creating a conflict large enough to wake up resident Dullahan Celty and hitch a ride with her to whatever afterlife she returns to. He flatly states that he doesn't care whether or not it's a hellish place filled with nothing but pain, just as long as it's not [[TheNothingAfterDeath nothing]]. Ironically, since ''{{Durarara}}'' and ''{{Baccano}}'' share a [[TheVerse 'verse]], there is a much simpler and more reliable (also arguably less insane) means for attaining {{Immortality}} that he just doesn't know about; which makes the brief appearance of [[spoiler: [[CharacterOverlap Isaac and Miria]]]], who are ''members of the Dollars no less'', much more hilarious.

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* MortalityPhobia: Izaya's primary goal is to avoid the CessationOfExistence he believes will occur beyond death, and has driven him to form an extremely convoluted plan in attempt to prevent it: hypothesizing that [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] are actually {{Valkyries}} left dormant on Earth, he decides to start a massive gang war in the hopes of creating a conflict large enough to wake up resident Dullahan Celty and hitch a ride with her to whatever afterlife she returns to. He flatly states that he doesn't care whether or not it's a hellish place filled with nothing but pain, just as long as it's not [[TheNothingAfterDeath nothing]]. Ironically, since ''{{Durarara}}'' ''Durarara!!'' and ''{{Baccano}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' share a [[TheVerse 'verse]], there is a much simpler and more reliable (also arguably less insane) means for attaining {{Immortality}} that he just doesn't know about; which makes the brief appearance of [[spoiler: [[CharacterOverlap Isaac and Miria]]]], who are ''members of the Dollars no less'', much more hilarious.
28th Feb '17 12:44:18 PM luisedgarf
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Based on a series of fifteen light novels written by Ryohgo Narita, the mastermind behind ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''; with art and designs by Suzuhito Yasuda, of ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet'' fame. An official English translation can now be bought in the West, translated by Stephen Paul.

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Based on a series of fifteen light novels written by Ryohgo Narita, the mastermind behind ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''; with art and designs by Suzuhito Yasuda, of ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet'' fame. An official English translation can now be bought in the West, U.S., translated by Stephen Paul.
20th Feb '17 7:32:32 PM maxwellsilver
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* GasMaskLongcoat: Shingen wears a doctor's smock and a gas mask at all times whenever he visits Tokyo, due to his fears of Tokyo's air quality. He even wears his gas mask while showering, as Shinra discovers to his horror (he was trying to peep on Celty). His second wife and Shinra's step-mother, also a doctor, wears a smock and a gas mask as well when she visits, though in a form of GoggleDoNothing she wears it as more of a hat than for its intended purpose.

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* GasMaskLongcoat: Shingen wears a doctor's smock and a gas mask at all times whenever he visits Tokyo, due to his fears of Tokyo's air quality. He even wears his gas mask while showering, as Shinra discovers to his horror (he was trying to peep on Celty). His second wife and Shinra's step-mother, also a doctor, wears a smock and a gas mask as well when she visits, though in a form of GoggleDoNothing GogglesDoNothing she wears it as more of a hat than for its intended purpose.
20th Feb '17 7:30:58 PM maxwellsilver
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* GangBangers: Parodied in Episode 3, with a gangster who hams up all of the popular gang banger stereotypes and cliches. ''"Yo! Yo! [crotch grab] Yooooooooo! Hey man!!"'' Mikado and Kida [[LampshadeHanging comment]] on [[SoBadItsGood how strangely refreshing]] it is to see someone act in such a cliche stereotyped fashion.

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* GangBangers: Parodied in Episode 3, with a gangster who hams up all of the popular gang banger stereotypes and cliches. ''"Yo! Yo! [crotch grab] Yooooooooo! Hey man!!"'' Mikado and Kida [[LampshadeHanging comment]] on [[SoBadItsGood how strangely refreshing]] refreshing it is to see someone act in such a cliche stereotyped fashion.


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* GasMaskLongcoat: Shingen wears a doctor's smock and a gas mask at all times whenever he visits Tokyo, due to his fears of Tokyo's air quality. He even wears his gas mask while showering, as Shinra discovers to his horror (he was trying to peep on Celty). His second wife and Shinra's step-mother, also a doctor, wears a smock and a gas mask as well when she visits, though in a form of GoggleDoNothing she wears it as more of a hat than for its intended purpose.
13th Feb '17 6:19:30 PM malias
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* UhOhEyes: Izaya and Shizuo have BrownEyes in the anime, but are often given [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold eyes]] respectively in the official art drawn by Suzuhito Yasuda, as well as in fanart.

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* UhOhEyes: Izaya and Shizuo have BrownEyes brown eyes in the anime, but are often given [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold eyes]] respectively in the official art drawn by Suzuhito Yasuda, as well as in fanart.
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