The beginning of Durarara!! is as promising and exciting as I remember.  The feeling of moving to a new place, through the eyes of Mikado, is palpable.  I am noticing that the animation looks great.  I find enjoyable and interesting the philosophy behind Izaya's schemes.  From episode five onward, the creators start to really focus on Celty.  I have come to appreciate Celty a lot because in several ways she is like a regular human being looking for a place in the world.  

The first nine episodes have been great.  In this second watch of Durarara!!, I am starting to see why the creators introduced several elements that are going to be explained until the second half of the series.  This gives me hope that this time around I might enjoy the second part of the series more.  Until the next time, happy anime watching!