A few days ago, Japan expo announced the preview of the movie Bungô Stray Dogs in preview. While some start counting the days, why not wait while returning to the first season?
Originally written by Kafka Asagiri, illustrated by Sango Harukawa, Bungo Stray Dogs, the manga was adapted to anime in 2016 by Bones.
The studio proposes to follow the story of Atsushi Akajima, an orphan almost like the others, but who is totally bad luck. Already, because he is a tiger-garou, then because his head is put on price and he finally fails in a detective agency tracking the fantastic phenomena. All this might not have happened if he had not tried to save some Dazai Osamu from drowning. A subscriber to unsuccessful suicides that will take him to a world of magic and mystery.
If Bungô Stray Dogs can be violent, the general tone of the anime is very light and humorous. The strange characters are legions and the hero rather nice, although a little cliche. We find the stereotype of the lost boy who, we already know, will manage to climb to the top of his power. Daizai, the suicidal of the band, is undoubtedly the best character of this first season. Enigmatic, charming, funny and finally rather insightful, he forms an improbable and explosive duet with his teammate Kunikida.
For those with some knowledge of Japanese literature, the names should not be foreign to you and that’s normal! They owe nothing to chance. Atsushi Nakajima was the name of a writer who published “History of the poet who was changed into a tiger”. Osamu Dazai wrote “The Fall of a Man”, which happens to be the power of the fictitious alter ego who also inherits his fascination with suicide. Similarly, Akutagawa wrote Rashômon, whose main antagonist draws his strength.
Some examples among others that show how much the author wanted to pay tribute to some great writers. However, if it remains particularly appreciable, if you do not know them, it will not interfere with the viewing. Bungô Stray Dogs does not have the will to illustrate the truth about the lives of these men and women. They are used to advance the plot with loud bursts of laughter.
If we lose a little cultural potential, we win a lot on the side of pure entertainment. Action and humor are very well measured. Each episode contains a lot of twists and the quality of the animation only reinforces the spectator’s support. It must be said that it is above average for a series of 2016. Bones oblige. The action scenes and the powers are fluid, the special effects worked. Thus, despite a rather trivial plot, it is impossible to be bored during the 25 minutes of viewing. 25 minutes, because the opening and the ending are particularly pleasant to listen to, so much to look at the end.
On the sound side, quality is also at the rendezvous. The music is very well chosen and corresponds well to the universe of the series. The casting of seiyuus is also rather impressive. We find Mamoru Miyano who plays the role of Dazai, but who has also lent his voice to Rin in Free !, Dent in Pokemon, Death the Kid in Soul Eater, Ryuuji in Persona 5 to name a few. Yuuto Uemura (Nakajima, Atsushi) is probably the least known of the dubbers of the series, but the actor is currently showing as Hiro (Darling in the Franxx), a rather promising future.
With this overall quality, Bungô Stray Dogs is finally a particularly enjoyable series to watch. Humor is often a hit and if we could blame a plot a bit simplistic, we quickly realize that this is not a fault. The series perfectly masters its scenario and thus becomes more relevant than more complex animes that get lost on the road.