Kishōtenketsu In Durarara!!

If the first two episodes of Durarara!! were combined into one, it would almost certainly be one of my favorite anime episodes of all time.  I think what I like about them, more than anything else, is the way their narrative is presented. In many ways they perfectly exemplify the way in which anime is structured these days. That is, the splicing of seemingly incongruous narratives into one. This style of storyelling isn’t unique to just anime though. In actuality, this technique has been used in Japanese and Chinese narratives for centuries, existing under the name Kishōtenketsu.