Bungo Stray Dogs

 

BungouI saw a lot of hype about “Bungo Stray Dogs” in my news feed and I put off watching it for a long time. I regret that. This anime has turned into one of my favorites. As mentioned in the last post I love strong characters and “Bungo Stray Dogs” delivers on vastly unique characters with really awesome magical powers.

When you watch the first episode it doesn’t seem unordinary then a few minutes the character Dazai floats in, hopefully you will begin to love him as much as I did. He in fact is my favorite character and as you watch there is an era of mystery about him. No one knows what he did in his previous job and there is such a slow build to this plot point and then when you hit season 2 there are 3 backstory episode just for him. They even have a special intro just for those episodes which are amazing and stand on their own.

I’m an English Lit major and their abilities, character traits, and names all have to do with classic authors in Japan and eventually other countries including the United States. How cool is that? I found myself pausing the anime so I could get a full description of their power and catch the authors name that they were referencing. It was a really cool use of mixing old authors with anime. Their powers were clever and the way their were drawn also references the authors work.

There are plenty of characters to love but it also has a rich world and the mystery behind why everyone is chasing after the main character, Nakajima. We won’t realize why until later in the season.

Nakajima at the start of season one has just been kicked out of the orphanage that had been plagued by a mystical white tiger. He doesn’t understand why he was singled out and throughout the anime he deals with the mental abuse he faced while he grew up. Nakajima tries to find worth in himself and then joins a motley crew that investigates cases that the police are not equipped for or can handle.

This is where you get to meet a rich assortment of characters that have different personalities and are lovable in their own way.

The art work is beautiful and the story is rich! I hope you enjoy “Bungo Stray Dogs” as much as I did!

 

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Future Diary aka Mirai Nikki

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How do you find the next anime that you are going to watch? Sometimes I just scroll through genres that I am in the mood for on crunchyroll and I usually get lucky and find something good.

When I came across “Future Diary” I was listening to a anime playlist by Pellek and the opening song really grabbed at me. After a quick google search I was on my way to watch the first episode of “Future Diary” probably the first time I watched a darker and more graphic anime.

This anime is not for the faint of heart. I wish sometimes I could recommend it to more people. There is a lot of violence and graphic scenes so if that isn’t for you I understand. The story telling is what grabs me.

In this anime the characters are given future diaries in which they can predict the future in their own unique way. Their goal is to kill off the other future diary users and be the last one standing. (This is by the same writer that has a new anime out this fall called “Juni Taisen:  Zodiac War,” you can see the similar theme).

One of the things I love is that all the diaries have benefits and weaknesses that the other diary users need to figure out in order to win. The ending is not predictable but it can be seen as somewhat unbelievable. I was willing to put aside my disbelief and go with the flow of this anime.

There are rich and diverse characters that you root for and some that you wish will die and I think that is what makes this a strong anime. I’ve always been a fan of strong characters.

There are great moments where that make you go, “Whaaaaaat did I just watch?” That can be good and bad, like I said before this does get violent if you haven’t gotten that from the premise that they have to kill each other.

This is my first review so I don’t want to spoil too much of the anime. Let me know what you think? Any other darker anime recommendations? Let me know!

Anime Review

I guess you could say that I was slow in coming to the Anime frenzy that is happening now in the United State. I was pushed into Anime by a guy I was dating and I was forced into watching my very first Anime series which was “Cowboy Bebop”. I’ll admit that I enjoyed the story but I didn’t really want to watch anymore anime. Then I meet my doom, in the form of “Full Metal Alchemist” not brotherhood which I would later watch and enjoy even more.

That series was my gateway drug into the world of anime and the stories they told. I do watch a lot more new anime than old, but I’m starting to finally get in some of the classics.

I moved from only liking to watched dubbed to now I prefer subbed. It is a slow dark rabbit hole dear anime lover, but your life will be enriched by the stories of anime that are unique and amazing.

My hope for this review site is mainly for me to look at the anime I watched and not be overly critical but to understand that overall the anime was enjoyable so it wasn’t a wasted effort. I think sometimes we forget to just enjoy things, but that is a different post.

If you somehow have stumbled here even with all the blogs in the interwebs I hope you enjoy my musings and maybe even find yourself a show that you will love!

Happy anime watching!