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Let the nodding commence.

From the left: Petite Cosette, Darker than Black II, and unknown/made-up series starring Shizuo's little brother, Baccano!, Jigoku Shoujo, and Cencoroll.

The only connection I can find between Petite Cosette and this series (among its voice actors, the production company, the director or team leaders) is that one of the voice actors in Petite Cosette went on to play Ai Enma in Jigoku Shoujo. The first season of Jigoku Shoujo was directed by Durarara!!'s director, Takahiro Omori; the second season of Jigoku Shoujo was produced by Brains Base, the company producing Durarara!!. Any other connection escapes me at this point.

The connection to Darker than Black looks like it's via Kana Hanazawa, who voiced Suou Pavlichenko -- in Durarara!! she plays Anri Sonohara, the girl on the far right. For an additional link, Hanazawa was Yuki in Cencoroll.

Baccano!, if not already obvious, was done by the same group doing Durarara!!, and boy, does it show. Let me count the ways.

Well, there's a clip playing on the building's screen that's from Baccano!, though it's hard to tell exactly which and I can recall the scene but can't be bothered to recall the character names -- but above that there's signage showing Issac and Miria dancing.

Here's another street scene, this time with the big screen on the building showing first a clip of Jacuzzi...

...followed by a clip of Nice.

Another row of posters, this time starting off with Baccano! at far left, with Firo in front and Ennis behind him. The rest of the posters, from left: Cencoroll, [unknown], and what's almost identical to the major promo image used for Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori (season 2, the one directed by Durarara!!'s director).

The third image up there... I don't know. I was thinking possibly Gunslinger Girls: Il Teatrino, due to the fact that Daisuke Kishio -- the seiyuu playing Shizuo's little brother, Kasuka -- also voices Pinocchio in Gunslinger Girls. But then again, Shizuo's seiyuu's role in Kuroshitsuji could look a lot like the poster, with an adult next to a very young man... so, I dunno. I'm sure it's a reference to something, but I can't find any info on the net of anyone else identifying it. (Plus, for reasons soon to become clear, I'm not sure it's supposed to be completely identifiable.)

The very last two... I can't see them clearly enough to peg which anime they are.

Carrying on! Again with Ai Enma and cast from Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori, and the poster above that, several of the cast from Baccano!

Another Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori connection: the seiyuu for Ren Ichimoku is the same seiyuu who plays Morita in this series.

And sometimes, the character's in the background. I'm pretty sure this is Ennis, but it's been awhile.

Not like things stop there, of course. We've got a cameo of the lead from Spice and Wolf...

And thank to the two otaku, there are plenty of other references, not to mention manga being waved about:

The flip side of that manga reveals it's Yasakura Hime, from Yozakura Quartet. The conversation at this point revolves around going to see "Suzie Yasuda"... who is actually Suzuhito Yasuda, the mangaka of Yozakura Quartet and the character designer for Durarara!!. Also, apparently Dotachin has a slight crush on Suzie Yasuda.

Being otaku, Walker Yumasaki (the one holding the manga) and his best friend Erika Karisawa see the world through otaku-eyes. So in an discussion of local gangs, their version of "what that gang is" is going to be... a little off.

Because somehow, Shakugan no Shana and gangs? Two great tastes.

Unless you prefer Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan, in which case you're with Karisawa. She corrects Yumasaki, telling him that no, "they're pipiru piru piru angels who fly in the sky while showing their underwear to everyone below them!"

Like any good otaku, they have their debates. In this case, about characters from To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

...but they seem mostly civil about it, if not outright pleased with themselves.

Plus, they use their power for good!

...sort of. The next shot is of them suggesting their captive (lower right, above image) pick a story and they'll reenact it as a form of torture. His options?

My sources say the top novel is volume 01 of "Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan", the second is "Rou Cube" from Aoyama Sagu, and the third is "Ladies vs Butlers" from Tsukasa Kouzuke. Incidentally, their plan is successful. They have fun torturing the poor hostage in the van...

...while their compatriots live it up with a milk-drinking homage to To aru Kagaku no Railgun. There's even cuisine cameos, and for once not maladapted for the small screen.

And another Cencoroll poster...

...and another Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori, again with the mystery man+young-boy image to the left.

What's odd is that the mystery image has the same foreground (characters) but the background is no longer an interior shot, but an exterior shot of a modern city. (The ad at the very top-right is for Cup o' Ramen.)

Last before I sign off for the night (and this isn't done, but that's enough images for one post), the use of gray-tones for NPC crowd-members means that when someone appears who's in color, they must have a part to play. Not necessarily always lines, from what I've seen, but some kind of part to play, some reason we're supposed to notice them.

I just don't always know what it is I'm supposed to be noticing, is all.

I'm thinking, cosplayer? For some reason, the costume looks awfully familiar but I can't place it.

Date: 22 Mar 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
leorising: (ichc  rilla lulz)
From: [personal profile] leorising
Wow, it's all a giant inside joke!

I'm loving these posts, kaigou. I love a good, knowledgeable deconstruction on any topic, and anime is certainly something I need education on. Thanks very much for sharing your expertise. I'm enthusiastically following along! ^_^

Date: 22 Mar 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
leorising: (ichc  rilla lulz)
From: [personal profile] leorising
Well, okay, it's not deconstruction so much as, um, exposition, maybe (brain go boom), but you know what I mean, right? *headdesks*

Date: 23 Mar 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wilhelminabenedict
Though I'm only familiar with a few of the shows they're referencing, I'm finding the whole thing surprisingly delightful. Like an exceedingly pretty inside joke.

Also - that's Chane, not Ennis, in the one background shot showing only her face.

Date: 12 May 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
alas: Avatar to indicate general interest - Ooh! (Default)
From: [personal profile] alas
I just started watching Durarara and it's awesome that there's already interesting discussions dissecting it! I haven't seen a fair few of the anime referenced, so they went straight over my head XD.

Durarara screencap of posters
I'm pretty sure the third poster is Maiza and Czes from Baccano.

Durarara screencap of posters

Also think this one is from Baccano, the characters being Lua and Ladd Russo (I seem to remember seeing official art of them in that pose, and the hair particularly looks very Lua-ish.)

Date: 12 May 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
alas: Avatar to indicate general interest - Ooh! (Default)
From: [personal profile] alas
Argh, the second one being the second poster from the right there.


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