Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs is a weird anime. It has a good story, interesting characters, and amazing fight scenes, but it has a lot of references to Japanese authors that only the most widely read would know. It is nevertheless, enjoyable.It’s such a cool anime, but there are just a lot of weird things done to itThe anime relied on so many comedy gags that it became insulting after seeing the story’s potential. If I can sum up this anime, though, I’d say that it’s bipolar. The normal moments are meant to be a bit tiresome, and it’s on purpose, while the show will suddenly shock you on the other end of the spectrum.

I was seriously expecting our main MC to be a reverse trap and the series will be a reverse harem show, but this was not the case. In the first episode, we find out that the MC is a guy with the power to become a tiger joining a detective agency full of hot guys and pretty ladies. OK, I will admit that the bloody fights with limbs being torn off and people being shot execution-style as and forced into cement are not your normal trends in the reverse harem. See what I mean about weird? You getting lighthearted comedy one part, and a terrorist attack the next.The cute dynamic by the two detectives in the first episode became a huge part of the show. They were constantly bickering in a fluff manner, and it can be grating when the anime already presented how juicy the story can be. There is a character named Osamu Dazai that has this quirky gimmick where he likes to commit suicide. He does this in a comedic manner, which I think is a Japanese thing because it didn’t get on well with me

The cute dynamic by the two detectives in the first episode became a huge part of the show. They were constantly bickering in a fluff manner, and it can be grating when the anime already presented how juicy the story can be. There is a character named Osamu Dazai that has this quirky gimmick where he likes to commit suicide. He does this in a comedic manner, which I think is a Japanese thing because it didn’t get on well with me because I think suicides are not funny. Another big problem is the main character himself, Atsushi Nakajima. He reacts cartoonish to certain situations which don’t sit well in a noir theme anime. It’s supposed to be cute, but he doesn’t need to do it all the time. He’s a f*cking man-tiger that can rip a guy to shreds

The anime never explained the importance of the Armed Detective Agency. It also doesn’t talk about the fact that the characters have super powers, and there is seemingly no societal consequence regarding hot dudes with superpowers. They just exist, and it’s never explained why people have powers related to book titles. Is this a mutation or science experiments? This anime reminds me a lot of Get-Backers in that people powers are origin is never truly explained.  Also, why are so many people after a were-tiger? It is a rare animal collection thing because in a world of mutants similar to the world of the  X-Men, and having Wolverine-like powers of healing doesn’t warrant a bounty on your head. I hope the second season will answer these questions. 

Please don’t think I disliked the show because it can deceive you with its bipolar and is worth watching.Out of f*cking nowhere, with no heads up, someone got his leg violently ripped off his body and it was stunningly beautiful. Now, this is a Bone show with the amazing action and art. The anime is eager to reward you with graphic scenes painted in red and celebrating the violence people do to each other. It was not funny in any measure, and the grimness of the situation suddenly took over the anime. It can go from 1-100 in flash and back to comedy again keeps you guessing.

There is no story, but there are a lot of scenes where you can enjoy the bishies with super powers. Despite being character centred though, the show still has one solid plot point to present. The Armed Detective Agency is always tangled with a mafia controlling the ports, creatively named Port Mafia, and the show featured this rivalry throughout the twelve episode run. It appears that the Port Mafia actually wants Atsushi because he has a hefty bounty on his head. This forces them to make constant attacks on the Armed Detective Agency, but there is one problem. It seems that the agency actually has a collection of really skilled hot dudes, and the Port Mafia has to be creative in their attacks.

The approach of this anime is certainly unique, and I’m not sure a lot of people can actually appreciate it. There are some great aspects of this show, but I also know there are some bad ones that can drag the experience down. I think the whole thing is intentional though because the roller coaster experience is the intended goal of the anime. It’s not for everyone, but the experience is definitely a unique one you’d be glad you had partaken in.

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