Durarara Author Hints at Light Novel’s Return After 8-Year Hiatus

Ryohgo Narita, whose works include the popular Durarara!! and Baccano! light novel series, revealed that he plans to resume work on both series when his workload reduces. In a reply to the Animate Store’s new Durarara!! exhibition in Ikebukuro, he said, “Animate has decided to hold a Durarara-only shop! I’m very sorry that I haven’t been able to do much since I was diagnosed with an incurable disease, but as soon as the media mix of other works has settled down, I plan to resume work on titles including D and B, so I looked forward to your continued support…! #Durarara #DRRR” Readers can check out the X (formerly Twitter) post below:

Narita was diagnosed with an incurable disease of the immune system in 2017, following several publication delays due to illness. Despite Baccano! and Durarara!! sequel series Durarara!! SH still being ongoing, neither series has updated since 2016. Nevertheless, Narita remains an active author, writing the Dead Mount Death Play manga and Fate/strange Fake light novel series. The former received a two-cour anime series by Geek Toys, while the latter is getting an anime series after receiving a film last year. An Anime Corner review hyped the Fate/strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn film as “shaping up to be the best Fate media yet.” It joins several other Fate media to be released in 2024 and beyond.

Durarara!! concluded in January 2014 after 13 volumes, before Durarara!! SH began in the same year. The series has since stalled, with the latest Volume 4 last released in 2016. Both were published in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint. Hulu streams the anime adaptation in the U.S., directed by Takahiro Omori and animated by Brain’s Base. The series totaled 60 episodes, and is described:
Mikado Ryugamine moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there. According to his childhood friend, Masaomi, there are two untouchable men in the area. After Mikado sees a jet black motorcycle with a headless ride, a series of random attacks and events begin to occur on the streets of Ikebukuro.

Source: Ryohgo Narita via X (formerly Twitter)
Featured image: © 2014 Ryohgo Narita / KADOKAWA ASCII MEDIA WORKS / Ikebukuro Dollars