Naritaverse is the unofficial fan name given to the shared universe created by Ryohgo Narita, author of Durarara!! The Naritaverse encapsulates Durarara!! along with four other novel series by Narita: Baccano!, Vamp!, Etsusa Bridge, and Wednesdays Smiling with Otsuberu.
- 1 Timeline & Brief Summaries
- 2 Durarara!! and Baccano!
- 3 Durarara!! and Vamp!
- 4 Durarara!! and Etsusa Bridge
- 5 Durarara!! and Wednesdays Smiling with Otsuberu
- 6 Yozakura Quartet
Timeline & Brief Summaries
The earliest entry in Naritaverse, Baccano! tells the stories of various immortal beings and the chaos they bring to themselves and those around them. The overarching story takes place over the course of three main eras: the early 1700s; the 1930s; and the early 2000s. It is the longest running and most expansive series of the Naritaverse.
Taking place in modern-day Germany on the fictional island of Growerth, Vamp! tells the story of vampire twins with unique properties, their bizarre adoptive father, the island's dhampyr mayor and citizens, and many other vampires, humans, and variations of the two that get dragged into the story.
Chronologically last in Naritaverse, Etsusa Bridge is set in the late 2010s and early 2020s. It takes place in a city built on a man-made island located in the center of a massive bridge between Sadogashima Island and Niigata. The bridge's construction was abandoned last minute, making it a haven for outlaws and outcasts.
Wednesdays Smiling with Otsuberu
Wednesdays Smiling with Otsuberu is the newest addition to the Naritaverse, taking place between the original Durarara!! light novels and the sequel SH series. Set in the editorial department of Last Week Weekly in Tokyo, Japan, the novel revolves around the department's editor-in-chief Rui Otonobe and department newcomer Yukihiro Kisa.
Durarara!! and Baccano!
- Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent, a pair of eccentric thieves from Baccano!, are present at the first Dollars meeting in Ikebukuro. (Episode 11)
- Isaac and Miria are also seen discussing "Japan's ghostly fireballs" (Hitodama in the original sub), who are actually people covered in glow paint thrown across the sky by Shizuo. (Episode 12.5)
- In the eleventh episode of Durarara!!x2 Ketsu, Mikado Ryuugamine mentions that the firing mechanism on his hand was designed by a terrorist in America years ago. That terrorist was Huey Laforet, and a prototype of his mechanism was used by Goose Perkins on board the transcontinental express Flying Pussyfoot in December 1931.
- The unnamed photographer who narrated volume 1 of the Baccano! light novels lives in a neighboring apartment next to Mikado per Durarara!! volume 1.
- In volume 4 of Durarara!!, the serial killer known as "Hollywood," who wears various monster costumes while committing murders, is compared to an American couple known for committing robberies in costume. The couple mentioned are Isaac and Miria of Baccano!
- Volume 4 also reveals that the talent agency Jack-o'-Lantern has connections to the McDonnell Company, a major movie distributor behind the Shark Flight film the Walken siblings are filming in Baccano!'s 2002 arc.
- Although Drrr!!x4 spells the company's name as 'McDonnell', the official English translation of Baccano! volume 12 and volume 13 spells the movie company's name as 'McDannell'. Volume 13 further explicitly distinguishes the movie distributor 'McDannell Company' from the aircraft corporation 'McDonnell'.
- This contradiction between the series' official translations remains unresolved.
- Nile, one of the original immortals from the Advena Avis, had a fistfight with Shizuo while on vacation in Ikebukuro in July–August 2002. The fight was witnessed by Elmer C. Albatross and ended in Shizuo's favor. It is alluded to in Baccano! volume 13 and Durarara!! volume 5.
- In the latter half of Baccano! volume 13, Bride asks his subordinate to drive him to "Orihara's" so he can return a key and thank Orihara personally for offering to handle corpse disposal sans a fee. This is an obvious reference to Izaya.
- On page 36 of Durarara!! volume 5, Chikage Rokujou remarks, "Well, the other day I saw a thing on TV about a nobleman who loved, like, thirty different maids..." This may be a reference to Baccano! character Count Esperanza C. Boroñal, who employed over thirty maids during his residency as the acting governor of Lotto Valentino in the early 1700s. Both characters have unique perspectives when it comes to women.
- In Durarara!! volume 8, Saki makes a comment on how the child stunt actor, Charon Walken, bears a striking resemblance to Kasuka. Charon and his sister Claudia are the great-grandchildren of Felix Walken and Chané Laforet.
- A popular director in Baccano!, John Drox, frequently hires Kasuka for his movies.
- Durarara!! volume 4 mentions that Drox has tagged Charon to play the lead in his pet project Cruiserfield, set to film in Japan during the springtime.
- Promotional material for John Drox's movie based off the recently declassified events of the Flying Pussyfoot can be seen throughout Ikebukuro in the Durarara!! anime, in the form of posters and clips from the 2007 Baccano! anime.
- In Durarara!! volume 11, Shingen Kishitani—via his online 'Twittia' handle 'Kisshi'—mentions that, among other things, Nebula is researching a "liquor of immortality." This liquor is the Cure-All Elixir, itself a version of the Grand Panacea.
- In chapter two of A Standing Ovation with Izaya Orihara, Yuuki Usubara recounts a story told to her by an American couple touring Japan. The couple may be Isaac and Miria. In chapter three, two characters recall hearing of an American serial killer named Ice Pick Thompson whose identity was never discovered. Ice Pick Thompson is the subject of Baccano! volume 16. In the fourth chapter, Izaya briefly mentions the influential Runorata Family mafia, one of the powerful mafia syndicates featuring in Baccano!
- In chapter three of Durarara!! SH volume 4, Byakuyamaru Natsugawara is said to have made contact with the Runorata and Russo families. Earlier in the same chapter, a story is told of an American couple who dated for fifty years and went on their honeymoon twenty years after the fact; this couple likely comprises Firo and Ennis Prochainezo, two characters from Baccano!.
- Ronny Schiatto, a high ranking member of the Martillo Camorra as well as the 'demon' who bestowed the Advena Avis crew with immortality, may know of Celty Sturluson. The two encounter each other in Narita's short story for the special favor book accompanying the game Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus, where Celty does not 'know of' Ronny but Ronny 'knows of' her.
Durarara!! and Vamp!
- In Durarara!!x2 Ketsu episode 1, Shingen explains his work with Nebula to Walker, mentioning an "elderly video game-obsessed loli" and a "beautiful hungry-type werewolf girl." These are references to Romy Mars ("The Silver-Wheel Stage") and Watson respectively, and are also found in Durarara!! Volume 11.
- Vamp! is one of the only series to have a full on crossover with Durarara!! Appropriately titled "Duramp!," the short story follows a succubus (a demon who feeds off the lustful desires of men) as she journeys to Ikebukuro to feed on the desires of the residents there and to gain enough power to take control of Growerth. Over the course of the story the succubus encounters several characters including Mikado Ryuugamine, Mika Harima and Seiji Yagiri, Shizuo Heiwajima, Walker Yumasaki, and Celty Sturluson.
- In the gaiden "The Two Getting Along," a black-hole like being is mentioned seen in a photo of Waldstein Castle. This is referring to the black-hole vampire, Hawking.
- A famous martial artist in Vamp!, Traugott Geissendörfer, owns a series of martial arts schools across the world. His fighting style is practiced by Mikage Sharaku, and Mairu Orihara learned most of her martial arts skills from the Japanese branch of one of his schools before eventually moving to Rakuei Gym. Both Ran Izumii and Shizuo Heiwajima respect Traugott, who was invited to speak at Raijin High School's closing ceremony during Shizuo's graduation year. In Durarara!!x2, Shizuo mentions Traugott by name in episode 16. The Raijin incident itself is adapted by Durarara!!x2 Ten episode 1.5.
- A sign outside Rakuei Gym advertises it as "Traugott Geissendorfer's Rakuei Gym," as the gym teaches one of Traugott's fighting styles. A poster of Traugott hangs outside the front entrance as per Durarara!! Volume 7.
- The poster as featured in episode 05 of Durarara!! x2 Ten appears to be an advertisement for something called "Kenkonitteki the Final," promoting Traugott and other men as the "Ultimate Fighting Spirits." These other men include Eijirou Sharaku, Ken Aoyama, Dejan Bule, Rikimaru, and Andranita Haghighi.
- Rakuei Gym appears to be using his name as a marketing gimmick rather than through an official affiliation with him, but Traugott does not seem to mind.
- In Durarara!! Volume 3, Shingen cannot recall the answer to the crossword clue, "German artist from [Growerth] Island." The answer would have been Vamp! character Carnald Strassburg.
- A saleswoman attempts to sell a fake lithograph of a Strassburg painting to Chikage in Durarara! Volume 5.
- According to Kasane Kujiragi in chapter two of Durarara!! SH Volume 4, the design of the demonic hammer Bannajin was inspired by another hammer created by Strassburg, and is in fact a replica of it.
- In a discussion concerning vampire clans, the Hijiribe clan is mentioned as a small family network that has assimilated into human society. This ties in with Ruri Hijiribe's and Kasane's partial vampirism.
- Shinichi Tsukumoya, a character who appears in a handful of Durarara!! novels, is one of Izaya's primary information suppliers and serves as a narrator. It is implied that Shinichi does not exist in the real world but only on the internet as a sort of AI. A character in Vamp! called QAWSED ("Hackey Mouse") also claims to only exist on the web as part of a race of beings who live in digital form. It is likely, though not outright stated, that Shinichi is a member of this same race.
- In the character encyclopedia of Vamp! V, QAWSED says that "somethin' similar" to him is preventing him from taking control of an online network in Tokyo. A passage in Vamp! IV also writes, "It was rumored that [QAWSED] was in a conflict with a similar being somewhere in Japan over the digital plane..."
- According to one of Narita's tweets, Manami Mamiya and Masashi "Mage" Mamiya of Vamp! are somehow related, though the nature of the connection is a secret.
- Chapter 1 of A Sunset with Izaya Orihara mentions that Hagane City, a city adjacent to Bunokura, is 'spacious enough' to serve as a sister city to German tourist cities. Hagane City is sister cities with Rukram, a city on Growerth that is now a part of Neuberg. According to Vamp! V, Masashi used to live in Hagane City before he left Japan for Germany.
- Chapter 4 of the same novel reveals that Densuke Sozoro taught Traugott the fundamentals of martial arts.
- According to the first interlude of Durarara!! SH Volume 4, Natsugawara's role model is Rude Gardastance – a Vamp! vampire and former chairman of a large American conglomerate.
- In Durarara!! Volume 11, Shingen shares a rumor via 'Twittia' that "the previous chairman of Nebula's business rival, the Gardastance Group, was a vampire." This is also a reference to Rude.
- In the first chapter of Durarara!! SH Volume 4, Celty recalls meeting a snake woman called Meline (メリーヌ) in one of France's forests and wonders how Meline is doing. This Meline is presumably the scylla Melina (メリーナ) from Vamp!, with the 'Meline' spelling likely one of Narita's typo. While Vamp! describes Melina as a scylla (スキュラ), SH 4 uses the kanji 蛇女 (furigana メリサンド Melisande, lit. 'snake woman') – defining Melina as Melusine/Melisande. This may be a mistake on Narita's part, as Melusine/Melisande is a folkloric figure rather than a species.
- The same volume also features a fossilized megalodon shark tooth which is revealed to contain an SD card. A megadolon vampire by the name of George exists in Vamp!; it is not known whether the modified tooth originally belonged to him.
Durarara!! and Etsusa Bridge
- It is said that Celty and Shinra have something to do with the political scandal caused by the construction of the bridge. This is also mentioned in the x2 Shou OVA.
- Aoba is seen conversing with an unknown Blue Squares member at various points whose last name is Yatsufusa. This is the surname of the original producer of Buruburu Airwaves. After Yatsufusa's death, Etsusa Bridge character Kelly Yatsufusa took up his disk jockey position and adopted his last name as her own.
- Souji Kuzuhara, head of the Western District's Volunteer Police Force, is part of the Kuzuhara family of police officers, the nephew of Kinnosuke Kuzuhara and younger cousin of Maju Kuzuhara.
- The Ei family of the Dragon Zombie bosozoku gang is connected to the Ei Family of the island's Chinese Mafia.
- Yahiro Mizuchi privately shudders at the thought of someone operating on logic along the lines of "I killed because the sky is blue" walking around Ikebukuro. This is a reference to Etsusa Bridge character Yakumo Amagiri, who does operate on such logic.
- When Anri Sonohara thinks about how she does not understand Izaya's logic in Durarara!! Volume 11, she likens it to how she would feel at hearing a serial killer say, “I killed because the sky is blue." Again, this invokes Yakumo's reasoning.
- In the epilogue of A Standing Ovation with Izaya Orihara, Yuuki Usubara exclaims that she wants to visit the artificial island and "the Etsusa bridge."
Durarara!! and Wednesdays Smiling with Otsuberu
- In A Standing Ovation with Izaya Orihara, Yuuki Usubara mentions she has an aunt named Miharu who has a kid working for a publishing company. Miharu is the step-mother of the series main protagonist Rui Otonobe, making them step-cousins. Like Miharu, Yuuki shares her upbeat and optimistic personality.
- The baseball player Kanshirou Munakata is related to Tetsuya Munakata, the heir of the Munakata Group and the conglomerate the family runs. The Munakata Group also has close ties with Miharu Otonobe, which Yuuki mentions having met Kanshirou and his family through her.
- Last Week Weekly is one of the publishing companies creating gossip relating the events that took place with the Natsugawara Group and the Takioka siblings dismissal.
- In the first chapter of the Otsuberu novel, it is stated that the magazine Last Week Weekly had done articles covering the Headless Rider and its connections to the local gangs, the Slasher, and the scandal between Ruri Hijiribe and Yuuhei Hanejima that took place in the volume 4.
- A Soujun Kuzuhara makes an appearance in the novel investigating a crime scene, though it is currently unknown what exact relations he has with Kinnosuke Kuzuhara.
- Shuuji Niekawa makes a cameo in the novel, meeting up with Rui and Kisa while they are out investigating. He was Rui's senior when she worked for Tokyo Warrior.
- It is also stated by Shuuji that he has quit working at Tokyo Warrior and has turned to freelance work.
- One of the ice sculptures made by Walker Yumasaki was put up for display at a banquet for high elites. Rui told Yukihiro that they had interviewed him in the past for a subculture article after hearing his skill in creating anime character ice sculptures.
- Kozaki had interviewed Haruya Shiki, however he had spelled his name wrong, which was coincidentally the name of an Asuki executive. This caused him huge trouble and he had to send a formal apology for the mistake, worried that this would cause tension between the two factions.
- In the third episode in the Epitome of Eighteen Histories, Kozaki - one of the writers for Last Week Weekly - attends the press conference for the new Camilla Saizou film.
- A 100-page crossover manga titled Yozakura Quartet x Durarara!! was released as a bonus for the home video release of Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta. The exact plot details are unknown at this time so it is uncertain if it is considered canon.
- In volume 3 of the Durarara!! light novels, Izaya instructs Namie to send several documents to a Sakurashin trading partner in his computer's address log.
- Masaomi Kida is seen singing Sakurashin Town's anthem in one of the chat room conversations in volume 4 of the light novels and directly mentions Sakurashin Town as the origin.
- Assuming this is the same Sakurashin Town from Yozakura Quartet, and due to the large demon populace of said town, this reference implies that the existence of demons and other supernatural creatures is common knowledge in the Naritaverse.
- If this assessment is true, a minor plot hole exists during the first Dollars meeting when Celty reveals her true form. Many people were surprised or even horrified at Celty's appearance. Assuming demons are common knowledge, a headless horseman riding around a city shouldn't come as this big of a shock.
- It is possible that Sakurashin Town isn't well known to the world at large and as such, while people may know the town exists, its large demon population could be kept secret from the general public. This would make Ikebukuro's response to Celty's nature a bit more believable.
- Alternatively, it is possible that, while demons are confirmed to exist, they are extremely rare outside of Sakurashin Town and as such it would mean most humans have very little experience with the super natural which, again, makes the public's reaction to Celty more plausible. This also makes Celty's relatively quick acceptance into normal society more believable as, after her big reveal, all that occurs are a few news reports and an increase in police patrols. Were Celty the first supernatural creature to go public, it would have attracted much more attention than a mild increase in traffic patrols.