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Durarara!! isn’t mainly focused on love interests and romance, but it showcases the love story between Mikado Ryuugamine and Anri Sonohara. The trials and tribulations of this relationship are realistic and show what true love is all about. Although it is not out in the open, we can still see their relationship go through phases just like in real life.
How did They meet For The First Time?
Anri is shown to be a timid girl who isn’t keen on interacting with many people. Due to her traumatic past when her mother slits her own throat after killing her father who was trying to kill Anri, Anri becomes a recluse.
Mikado Ryuugamine meets Anri Sonohara at school as they are shown to be classmates. Both are class representatives and they have mutual respect for one another.
It doesn’t take them long to become friends after Mikado and Masaomi save her from bullies. She is thankful to them and they become friends and begin to hang out with each other.
From this time onward, we see Anri opening up to Mikado and Masaomi. She starts to come out of her shell after meeting these two and spending time with them at school. They make her feel welcome too which helps her become more confident.
When did They fall In Love?
From the beginning, it becomes apparent that Mikado has feelings for Anri even though he is not the best when it comes to expressing his true feelings to Anri.
He is shy and unable to gather the courage to say anything to her. He tries several times to become more than just friends with Anri but his plans fail every time.
Mikado and Anri get close to each other after Masaomi leaves the city. As Mikado and Anri keep each other company, they spend more time than ever before.
Everyone at school assumes the two are dating even though that is not the case at the time. They continue to insist that they are just friends which is true to a certain level.
Mikado eventually realizes that it is time that he stops trying to be anything more than a friend to Anri because he doesn’t want things to change when Masaomi gets back to the city.
How Anri Changes Mikado
Mikado feels weak when Anri saves his life twice with Saika and Mikado resolves that he will get stronger no matter what. Rather than these incidents being an inspiration to him, they make him feel somewhat useless.
This brings out the worst side of him where he starts being mean to people who know him, even Anri. Their relationship gets worse when Mikado breaks his promise to Anri about hiding their secrets until Masaomi’s return.
He gets rude and treats Anri badly especially concerning Saika as she had kept it a secret for a long time.
He even pushes her further away when he tells her he doesn’t need her opinions regarding Dollars. Eventually, when Masaomi returns, Anri tells him about the change in Mikado and how he has become a cold individual.
Masaomi and Anri then make it a point to ensure Mikado gets back to his usual nice self. In the light novels, we find out that Mikado and Anri have started to date which means their fights are resolved eventually, thankfully.
This is what happens in reality as not all romances are happy from start to finish.
A Realistic Relationship
Mikado and Anri’s relationship doesn’t magically blossom. As friends, they go through a lot together but eventually come to appreciate and love one another.
Anri feels she will never be capable of loving someone and she tries her best to stay away from love but love finds a way.
She does eventually fall for Mikado and they begin a relationship that started by them being just friends.
Durarara!! shows how love can transform and make people better individuals even though it may take time as we see in the case of Mikado.
We are shown that both Mikado and Anri are fighting their inner demons. While Mikado follows the wrong path for too long and tries to commit suicide, he is saved by Celty.
When he finds out he is forgiven by his friends, he gets back to his usual self. He even saves Anri when she was about to be attacked showing his love for her is true. He ends up critically injured but survives.
Anri also has a lot going on but she doesn’t give up on Mikado because he is her friend at first and then her lover. The progression of their relationship isn’t over-the-top which makes it even better.
Durarara!! may not be known for its epic love stories, but it does have interesting couples and romances going on albeit in the background.
It showcases relationships in their real form and shows that no love is perfect. The romances have their ups and downs but true love wins in the end as is the case with Mikado and Anri who are imperfect alone but perfect together.