7 Anime Like 'Durarara!'

Updated on September 27, 2017
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If you have witnessed the not-so-ordinary story kick of the anime, Durarara, then you've had been captured by its mind-twisting clutches already by now. Well, that's probably the reason why you're here now. C'mon, admit it!

And so, without further delay, this hub shall deliver to you a reasonable selection of more anime similar to Durarara!!!

I know you want it so, let's start the traverse for unexpected twists and turns now. Following the sheer awesome-ness of the story-line and characters of Durarara, I now bestow upon your desperate cravings this collection of exceptional anime like Durarara!

Fit yourselves now in the shoes of your favorite characters and submerge in the ocean of mystery and unanticipated anime swerves. I bet that you won't see anything coming at all as you expected!

Summary of Durarara:

Ikebukuro, Japan -- a city known for its unruly setting with gangs, factions, and controversies all over the place. Amidst all the trouble that's going around, news of a mysterious headless rider breaks loose in the city. And as much to the fascination of the new resident of the city and high school kid, Ryugamine Mikado, towards the black rider, he shall soon know of the city's secrets as well as how each and everyone he knows are tied up in the web of conspiracy that mystifies in the city.

Anime Similar to 'Durarara!!'
1. Baccano!
2. Mekakucity Actors
3. Cowboy Bebop
4. K
5. Kamisama no Memochou
6. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)
7. Working!!

1. Baccano!

Baccano! | Source

From the same creators of Durarara, Bacanno is the predecessor of Durarara and is the very first anime to ever use the never-before-seen elements, modes, and sequential story-line you have seen in Durarara.

Alchemy, survival, and immortality -- these are the key elements that shall soon wreak havoc in the Bacanno universe.

Surpassing even time and space, watch as multiple seemingly unrelated events connects into one chain. From the 1930s Pussycat train, to the search of the elixir of life, and to the Advena Avis of 1711 -- be the spectator of a bigger picture that gloriously materializes up from the aforesaid smaller events. And who knew they were all related in the first place?

Follow the steps of the shady characters and events, and learn what grand incident gets magnificently exposed.

2. Mekakucity Actors

Mekakucity Actors
Mekakucity Actors | Source

Setting and Story -- these are the elements that ties Mekakucity Actors and Durarara in relation to one another. The circumstances, the place, and the time, plays a big role in both anime. Thus, this creates story-lines and twists like you've never seen before. In this regard, Mekakucity Actors would then be one of the closest anime to be likened to Durarara.

With an abnormal phenomenon known as the "Heat Haze" occurring every time the summer season comes in a peculiar city, this brings with it a tragedy that's just waiting to happen over-and-over again. But, when a group of kids with mysterious eye-powers form a gang called the Mekakushi Dan (Blindfold Gang), they join hand-in-hand to discover what the "Heat Haze" truly is and find a way to stop the tragedies from recurring...forever.

3. Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop | Source

Marked in the history of anime as one of the most popular Anime Trend-Setter, Cowboy Bebop takes the concept of future and space to produce an unusual plot that surprises and cutting-edge visuals that stuns spectators marvelously.

Set in the year 1071 A.D. where humans have settled for the stars as their new-found habitat, people have diversified at an uncontrollable rate wherein all sorts of values and beliefs increased to a count as many as the stars. As such, all kinds of people exists now with assorted concepts of everything through which a group of outlaws were born. They are what they call -- the cowboys.

In a certain part of the galaxy, cowboys and bounty hunters, Spike and Jet, are on the track for space criminals in order to make a living. Along the way, they meet unusual people who joins their crew and take part in their dangerous as well as uncanny space cowboy adventures.

Cowboy Bebop - Opening Song Theme

4. K

K | Source

With the concept of gangs and factions running amok in mystery-fazed cities, both K and Durarara shows this scenario in an alternating point-of-view where each group gets the chance to gleam. And while Durarara focuses more on the characters and the suspense that's coming to grab you, K goes wild in the limelight with action scenes that'll keep you begging for more.

Isana Yashiro might look like someone who just want to chill and relax but, when he goes outside the school to run an errand, his days of comfort abruptly ends as gangsters from notorious gangs suddenly pursues him out of the blue. Little did he know that he is the key figure to the mystery of the murder of the Red King's faction and the secret behind the uncanny history of the "Seven Kings."

5. Kamisama no Memochou

Kamisama no Memochou
Kamisama no Memochou | Source

As an anime imbued with the ever-suspenseful element of mystery, Kamisama no Memochou stands-out with its unusually ordinary beginning that suddenly springs up to a more intriguing and revealing plot-line. Given that factor, it is one of the few anime titles out there that can be similarized with the unexpectedly awesome anime, Durarara.

With a life that's been spent in solitude and social awkwardness among his peers, high school student, Narumi Fujishima, discovers that there exists a person with a much worse case than his. That person is Alice, a girl who's a NEET and a Hikkikomori that has spent most of her life in isolation in her with her stuffed toys.

Unknown to everyone, Alice is actually an elite-hacker as well as an exclusive detective whose role is to denounce the world of evil-doers such as thieves, human traffickers, drug-lords, syndicates, and murderers.

So now that Narumi Fujishima knows her classified secret, he is compelled to tag-along and fight alongside Alice in her serious detective mission.

6. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)

Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)
Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) | Source

In a time where conspiracy anime are all the rage in the world, Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) delivers some thrilling and interesting plot much like how Durarara delivered. And in this one, you'll find the like-ness you've been fond of, with the similar theme of social networks and crowds unknowingly working towards the revelation of gigantic mystery.

During her graduation trip in Washington D.C., United States of America, Morimi Saki learns that her simple trip won't be as simple as it looks. Especially when she meets a suspiciously-naked guy on the street armed with nothing but a gun and a phone, her life is about to turn an exciting twist. By the way, the phone the guy is holding contains billions of of yen in digital form.

What mystery lies within the suspicious guy? What's this event called "Careless Monday" and what do they have in connection with it? Well, you'll find the answer to those out soon enough.

7. Working!!

Working!! | Source

Working is actually far-fetched in connection with Durarara's genre and story but, the astounding similarity of characters in both, nabs it a well-deserved spot on this list.

Working follows the slice-of-life story of high school student Takanashi Souta starts working part-time in a certain family restaurant in Hokkaido, Japan. With his new-found work striking at the center of oddities, he gets to work with various types of weirdos and meet different kinds of people on a daily basis. To top it all, it ain't just a simple restaurant he's working at, but a family restaurant that'll bring him all the great experiences and memories Souta will soon cherish.

As I've told you already, Working isn't particularly the same genre as the other anime titles in the bunch. But, with respect to Durarara, you'll find characters here that matches perfectly with their counterpart there. It's just that this anime has a different kind of setting and theme which is -- slice-of-life.

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      Shima 2 years ago

      As someone who regularly checks in on K Project, I can say with some authority that it does share the bare-bones elements of DRRR!!-- namely, gang wars and... not much else. To be honest, the plot for K Project is extremely weak and leaves much to be desired. It's more like a watery show that wanted to be like DRRR!! but settled for the alternative of becoming a show full of handsome dudes.

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      Utsu 2 years ago

      Good suggestion

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      KeikoArtz 3 years ago

      Awesome suggestions, dude!