The "Dollars" - Rise of the colorless internet gang
It started out as a joke. Someone said to his online friends, "Let's start an internet gang and say that it is based out of Ikebukuro. We can set up a fake website and spread rumors about it." And so they did. Whenever anything happened, they would say that they heard from someone else who was in the Dollars that it was the Dollars doing. The website they had set up required a password and thus made it impossible for people to confirm the Dollars existence.
Nevertheless, people began to believe the rumors that were being spread across the net. It got to the point where people were defending the Dollars if someone claimed a rumor to be false - people who were not the original creators.
Of course with a joke like this, things tend to get out of hand. People were starting to do bad things in Ikebukuro, and then saying they were doing the work of the Dollars. All of the creators of the website disappeared - except one.
The final creator unknowingly became the leader of the Dollars. He set up an accessible website, and began to encourage the people who joined it to start doing good things, such as cleaning up trash and graffiti. Gradually the gang began to secretly do this, and then say it was the work of the Dollars.
It was simple enough to join the Dollars. Most of the members claimed to have gotten a weird text message asking if they wanted to join the Dollars. If they agreed, then they received the password to the website. The Dollars accepts all members by invitation.
Being a colorless gang, there are no ties between the members. It is rare for Dollar members to know who is a Dollar and who is not. For this reason, they are pretty much transparent.
The really interesting part is: there are no rules, no orders, and no restrictions. The members are free to do as they please. No one knows the leader, and the leader doesn't know the members, with the exception of online usernames.
At any time or place, anyone could be a Dollar.
Anime to reality
Yup, the Dollars started as an internet gang in the anime 'Durarara!' (or DRRR! for short). DRRR, written by Ryohgo Narita, features the strongest people in Ikebukuro, most of whom were part of the Dollars.
As many fandoms do, the Dollars made their way into reality. Various sites were set up for people to become Dollars in real life, setting up various missions of good doings. A few examples are helping charities, helping senior citizens with chores they can't do themselves, and they even have meet ups for Dollars to volunteer at hospitals and such.
Joining this great network of people is easy. If you know the password to the website, you are a Dollar. As a general rule, if you do something good, tell people you are a Dollar.
Logging into the Dollars webpages
Any site featuring the official login (see the first picture in this hub) will have the same password! Of course, I can't just give it to you. Unlike in the show, in order to get onto the websites you have to watch the anime. This is important not only to get the password, but also to get a better feel of the Dollars. If you watch the anime the password is given.
Below are links to various Dollars websites. (Don't worry, only three of them need the password).
Real "Dollars" websites
- Dollars BBS
I found this site to be the closest replica to the site in the anime. It requires no sign up, it's easy to use, and the chatroom part is simple. This is possibly the best Dollars website out there!
This one requires a signup. It's not a bad site in my opinion, but lacks the same set up as the original site. If you are looking to get more personal with your fellow Dollars, this one would be better to go to.
This is a DRRR-like chatroom. There are chats in many different languages and you can chat with Dollars from all around the world! It's a great international Dollar site.
- The Dollars. (280 users) | Gaia Guilds | Gaia Online
Gaia Guilds: There are no restrictions or rules. You just have to say that you're a part of the Dollars. --- This one is nothing like the Dollars site in the anime, but it's a great group of Dollars. This one is featured as a guild on Gaiaonline.com
The "Dollars" doesn't mean dollars, as in money. It actually comes from the Japanese word 'dara dara', which basically means "to do nothing". The word was then pluralized like it would be in English, but with the Japanese pronunciation - 'darazu'. 'Darazu', with the 'u' being silent, has the same pronunciation as 'Dollars', and thus you have the name of the gang.