Durarara Light Novel – Volumes, SH, Izaya Arc, and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Durarara is japanese light novel series by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. It’s licensed by Yen Press in North America.

So, there are five series in total:

  • Durarara!!: This one’s written by Ryohgo Narita, and he spent a good 10 years from 2004 to 2014 working on it.
  • Durarara!! SH: It’s like the sequel, happening about a year and a half after the original story wrapped up.
  • Durarara!! Gaiden!?: These are basically short stories set in the same universe.
  • With Izaya Orihara series: These novels focus on Izaya, and they pick up about two years after the original series ended.
  • Durarara!! x Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: This is a fun crossover between the Durarara!! series and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, written by Chiaki Kisaki.

The series is known for its awesome storytelling style where you’ve got all these different plotlines going on at once, and you’re seeing things from lots of different characters’ perspectives.

It’s all set in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and it’s full of supernatural stuff and gang conflicts.

Really keeps you hooked, you know?

Durarara Light Novel volume 1
Durarara Light Novel volume 1
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Durarara Light Novel volume 2
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Durarara Light Novel Volume

The original Durarara!! light novel series is all wrapped up.

Ryohgo Narita wrote the whole thing, and it’s spread across 13 volumes.

But hey, there are still some spin-offs like Durarara!! SH and the Izaya Orihara series that are still going strong.

People seem to dig it! On Goodreads, the first volume scores a solid 4.22 out of 5 based on over 1,400 ratings.

Though, some folks mention that it gets a bit knotted up in the later volumes.

Overall though, readers are into its unique plot and the cast of interesting characters.

The Durarara!! anime dives into all 13 volumes of the original light novel series. It was cooked up by Brain’s Base and Studio Shuka and aired over three separate seasons from 2010 to 2015.

No spoilers here, but the ending of Durarara!! brings all the main characters together for one final showdown.

Then it picks up again in the sequel series, Durarara!! SH, about a year and a half later.

Fans have been buzzing about the ending, with some thinking certain characters deserved different fates.

Durarara Light Novel volume 3
Durarara Light Novel volume 3
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Durarara Light Novel volume 4
Durarara Light Novel volume 4
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Durarara Light Novel volume 5
Durarara Light Novel volume 5
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Durarara Light Novel volume 6
Durarara Light Novel volume 6
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Durarara Light Novel volume 7
Durarara Light Novel volume 7
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Durarara Light Novel volume 8
Durarara Light Novel volume 8
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Durarara Light Novel volume 9
Durarara Light Novel volume 9
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Durarara Light Novel volume 10
Durarara Light Novel volume 10
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Durarara Light Novel volume 11
Durarara Light Novel volume 11
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Durarara Light Novel volume 12
Durarara Light Novel volume 12
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Durarara Light Novel volume 13
Durarara Light Novel volume 13
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Durarara Light Novel Side Stories
Durarara Light Novel Side Stories
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Durarara SH

So, ‘Durarara!! SH’ is like the follow-up to the original ‘Durarara!!’ light novel series. It kicks in about a year and a half after the OG series wraps up.

A bunch of familiar faces from the first go-around come back, and there are some fresh new main characters in the mix.

The story’s all about this dude named Yahiro Mizuchi, who’s got a knack for throwing down and ends up moving to Ikebukuro after getting the boot from his hometown in Akita.

He starts fresh at Raira Academy as a freshman and quickly hits it off with a couple of classmates, Kuon Kotonami and Himeka Tatsugami, who’ve got their own reasons for diving into the urban legend scene.

Meanwhile, that mysterious rider in black? Well, they’ve been MIA from the city for like half a year now, and anyone who’s tried to track down Ikebukuro’s resident Dullahan has vanished into thin air.

Yahiro’s just looking for a peaceful, ordinary life, but Ikebukuro’s not exactly the place for that.

So far, there’ve been four volumes of ‘Durarara!! SH’ out in the wild. But, it’s on a bit of a break right now, probably ’cause the author’s dealing with some health stuff.

They were aiming to start publishing it in English back in Spring 2021.

Durarara SH Light Novel volume 1
Durarara SH Light Novel volume 1
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Durarara SH Light Novel volume 2
Durarara SH Light Novel volume 2
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Durarara SH Light Novel volume 3
Durarara SH Light Novel volume 3
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Durarara SH Light Novel volume 4
Durarara SH Light Novel volume 4
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Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o

So, ‘Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o’, also known as ‘A Sunset with Izaya Orihara’, is part of the ‘Orihara Izaya to Series’, which is like a spin-off of the ‘Durarara!!’ light novel series.

This time around, it’s all about Izaya Orihara, the crafty info guy from the OG series, taking the spotlight.

In ‘A Sunset with Izaya Orihara’, Izaya’s off in some town far from Tokyo, doing his usual thing of being the master of info and slyly pulling strings behind the scenes.

He’s all about being this info dealer, and he’s pretty proud of it. Now, he’s not exactly a hero, but he’s not exactly a villain either.

He’s just out here living life according to his own desires, plain and simple.

Izaya claims he loves all of humanity and is cool with everything that comes his way, but he doesn’t let it all get to him.

He kinda just lets it roll off his back. Even if his love ends up breaking someone, he’s still all about showing love to those broken souls.

The series wraps up in two volumes, giving us a deeper dive into Izaya’s character and how he vibes with the world around him.

Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o Light Novel volume 1 (Japanese Version)
Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o Light Novel volume 1 (Japanese Version)
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Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o Light Novel volume 2 (Japanese Version)
Orihara Izaya to, Yuuyake o Light Novel volume 2 (Japanese Version)
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Durarara!! × Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

So, ‘Durarara!! × Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens’ is this crossover light novel cooked up by Chiaki Kisaki, the brain behind ‘Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens’. It’s all going down during the ‘Durarara!!x4’ action.

The scene? Ikebukuro, Tokyo, where some serious killers from Hakata roll in. We’re talking about Zenji Banba and his partner Xianming Lin, who swing by Tokyo City for a baseball game.

But, things take a turn when they end up flat broke and without any of their stuff. Talk about a rough start! To hustle up some cash, they take on a gig to track down a bounty hunter.

As they cruise through Ikebukuro, they bump into all sorts of characters – your regular high schoolers, rowdy bounty hunters, and even legendary figures like the crafty informant from Shinjuku and this super-powered dude rocking a bartender getup.

The novel dropped on October 8, 2016, serving up a total of 12 chapters.

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Durarara SH Cancelled

It seems like ‘Durarara!! SH’ is taking a bit of a break for now. Volume 4 was the last one to hit the shelves back in 2016.

As for why the hiatus? Well, officially, there’s no word on that, but some folks think it might have to do with the author’s health.

But hey, just ’cause it’s on a break doesn’t mean it’s game over. The series hasn’t been officially axed or anything.

The future’s still up in the air, depending on how things pan out – you know, like the author’s health and whatnot. Best bet is to keep an ear out for any official updates to get the real deal.

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