Bungou stray dogs – After Sousei No Onmyouji and Joker Game the Anime that made impact on me is Bungou stray dog. When the promotional video was out, i thought this Anime is going to be like Durarara or like Kekkai Sensen. But this series turned out to be one of its kind. The overall story of the series is pretty unique, although the setting is common but it worked out pretty well because the characters of the series are made very well.
Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They’re tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi’s future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!
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Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 1 Review
Well the synopsis tells pretty much about what happened in the Bungou stray dogs episode 1. The Main character Nakamajima Atsuchi was kicked out of his orphanage, and was having no place he could return or go to. While he is standing by the river by the brink of starvation he rescues a man from drowning. But to his and even my surprise that guy got angry because he was saved and the reason for that is – that guy was committing suicide on his on will, or more like he is a suicide committing maniac and his name is Dazai Osamu. He tries to commit suicide because he wants to and he in fact likes it but ends up being saved every time.
In the mean time his partner Kunikida arrives unlike Dazai Osamu, Kunikida is uptight guy who works according to schedule and because of Dazai he schedule is always messed up and they always fight. Well but this time since Atsuchi save Dazai he says he will give him something to eat since he is starving, they visit a restaurant where in their usual conversation Atsuchi find out that Dazai and Kunikida are from special detective agency and the members of that detective agency possess supernatural powers and they handle such cases which police and military are not able to handle it.
He finds out they are searching for Man-eating tiger that has appeared in the nearby are and because of which he (Atsuchi) tries to escape but he is unable to do so. Dazai and Kunikida suspects that Atsuchi knows something about it. Atsuchi then tells them that the man-eating tiger arrived at their orphanage and went on rampage and destroyed everything, thankfully no one was hurt but after that Atsuchi was kicked out of the orphanage without any reason after that wherever he goes the tiger follows him. Dazai and Kunikida suspects that the tiger has some sort of connection with Atsuchi so they tell Atsuchi to follow them on their mission tonight and they forcefully drag Atsuchi to their mission.
It was then revealed that Atsuchi is the man-eating tiger himself, meaning Atsuchi has supernatural powers because of which he turns into a man-eating tiger in the presence of moonlight, since the people in the orphanage knew this fact they kicked out Atsuchi. Dazai on the other hand was able to handle Atsuchi easily, thanks to his ability “No longer Human” he can turn any supernatural ability to null with just one touch. And so this is how they manage to stop Atsuchi, Since Atsuchi comes back to his senses they tell him that he was the was the man-eating tiger.
Dazai Osamu decides to take Nakajima Atsuchi in the special detective agency for two reasons. The very first reason is – because he is homeless and the second reason is – he have supernatural powers. And this is where the first episode of Bungou Stray Dogs ends.
The series Bungou Stray Dogs is a complete package of Comedy, Action and Mystery. The first episode itself gives you your favorite characrer of the series and its obvious that character is Dazai Osamu. This series is a kind of series where you can’t figure out how this series is going to progress and how this series is going to end or how much long its going to last, right from the first episode.
The synopsis of the series only scratch the surface of the complete plot, what i mean is the series doesn’t let you know its exact goal for example Sousei No Onmyouji has a clear goal of Beino and Rokuro getting married at the end. In this series you can’t just figure that our right away. And since the first episode delivered pretty strong content you can hope every episode of the series to deliver something new.
On the other hand the downside of this first episode was they made things too obvious because of which it was easy to figure out who was the man-eating tiger even though this episode was just introducing the series to us they should have made it a bit more challenging. But that was overshadowed easily as they perfectly executed each and every scene.
Furthermore i felt that the name of the special ability each and every character have – The author came up with their names on fly, the names are not flashy and cool, it feels like a simpleton came up with this name. But i do like how he named the characters on the real life people…
Animation and Character Designs
The series has some high quality animation and of course good artwork, the fighting scenes are handled gracefully which is just treat to watch.
Overall i liked the Anime and it does radiate the feeling that this series contain some immense potential to keep us entertain this entire season, its something that you should really not miss this season. I am looking forward to the next episode of the series and at the same time i am excited to see how this anime is really going to turn out!
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