Review #41 – Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs began airing on April 7th, 2016 and ended on June 23rd, of the same year. It consists of 12 episodes, each episode lasting an average of twenty-three episodes. I had heard that Bungou Stray Dogs had been relatively good, so I decided to give it a try. I was surprised to find that the second season had already been released, as I had not heard of release yet, but at least I now have something to look forward to after finishing this series.

What It’s About

Bungou Stray Dogs starts off with the introduction of Nakajima Atsushi, who had been kicked out of his orphanage. He had nowhere to go, and had no food to eat. While he was seemingly ‘dying of starvation’ at a riverbank, he saw that a man was drowning. Atsushi saved him, and hence, we are introduced to the second character, Osamu Dazai. Dazai turned out to be a supernatural investigator who was prone to attempt suicide. He told Atsushi, after feeding the poor guy, that he and his partner, Doppo Kunikida, were investigating a tiger which had been terrorizing the area recently.

Atsushi, who knew something about the tiger, tried to escape, but his escapade was blocked. In the end, Dazai and Kunikida made a revelation about Atsuhi, and decided to drag him into their special detectives’ agency. The rest of the anime showcased Atsushi’s job at the agency, while he runs away from people who wanted to take his head.

My Thoughts on Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs had a rather interesting story, in my opinion. Every few episodes form an arc of their own, but they are somehow connected to each other. The story does not have much of a solid plot, if you think about it, because in the end, it is just about Atsushi trying not to get himself captured by the Port Mafia. However, Bungou Stray Dogs has a pretty good storyline, from the beginning to the end. I guess I would say that the pacing of the plot was a little unsatisfactory but the story itself was very much exciting and enjoyable.

The characters of Bungou Stray Dogs consist of these supernatural beings with abilities of their own – except one member, who does not actually have an ability, but it believed to have one, due to his incredibly accurate observational and deduction skills. Some of the detectives at the agency seem pretty general to me, without me striking them as particularly cool or annoying. Of course, this does not apply to Dazai or Kunikida, the badass duo who had pretty funny quirks of their own.

Animation-wise, I remember thinking how much I liked the animation style. The way each characters’ abilities were animated did not disappoint, and even on general scenes when the characters are talking or something, the animation was still pretty decent.

Overall Score

I did enjoy Bungou Stray Dogs, but it did not captivate me the way some, other animes do. Yes, it did have a pretty decent story, with pretty decent graphics. In fact, it had a very interesting storyline, but the execution was just poor, I suppose, and therefore, did not succeed in sucking me into the show. With that said, I give Bungou Stray Dogs an overall score of seven out of ten (7/10).

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