Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 Review – The complete trap!!

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – Last week Bugou Stray Dogs Anime series made its first debut and the first episode of the series gave me quite a strong assurance that this Anime has a great potential. On the first look the Anime mislead us with it light scenes in the episodes and then suddenly switch the gears from first to top, showing us how epic can this anime be..

This week’s second episode of the series was light till the end but it also showed that some serious business is going to take place!!

Synopsis

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 2 Review

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 - Atsuchi
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – Atsuchi

The second episode of Bungou stray dogs was a light episode till the end, it more likely signalled, that story is going on a rollercoaster ride from episode 3 onwards. The second episode starts with Atsushi sleeping in the dorm room of special detective agency, as he wakes up, he realized that its been several days since he slept in a proper room and its all thanks to Dazai. Although he still not seem to be able to believe that he has a supernatural power of transforming in a white tiger on moon light.

After that suddenly a phone rings, its seems Dazai has prepared clothes and phone for him. Atsushi picks up the call and Dazai tells him that there is an emergency and to solve that he need Atsushi’s help.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 - Dazai on Phone
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – Dazai on Phone

Dazai calls Atsushi to help him by saying its something only he could do. Atsushi with a serious face gets ready to help Dazai. Dazai gives him instructions – “Ok, get ready and come out of the room. Lock the door, and then look back.” Dazai was trapped in an empty drum, while attempting to commit suicide once again. He asks Atsushi to help him but Atsushi replies, “If you like to commit suicide you can go inside more and die right? why do you really need to come out?” Dazai answers – “I like to commit suicide but i don’t like pain, i am trapped in this drum and i am hurting all over, its not a suicide its more like a torture.”

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 - Dazai Suicide maniac
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – Dazai Suicide maniac

The above scene made me laugh hard, seriously Dazai is one of my favorites and this scene made me like him even more!! After helping Dazai, Atsushi asks him why he didn’t ask other for help, Dazai replies he did but they instead congratulated him.

Atsushi has been wondering about one thing for a long time and he now says it to Dazai. He says that he is thankful that Dazai took him in, and he is also aware that he has supernatural powers but he is still not able to control it. Even if he transforms into tiger he would go on rampage and trouble everyone, moreover he would not remember a thing. In such situations how he can come in help of special detective agency.

He thanks Dazai for helping him out and he also thanks for giving him the offer but he rejects that offer and says that he will find another job that he can do. Dazai tells that he will help him to find the job as he is the most trusted person of Special detective agency, In meantime Kunikida arrives and as always they get into fight. Atsushi wonders that its really ok if i took help of Dazai to help me find the job. Kunikida then says to Dazai that its an emergency, a bomber has took over special detective agency and has taken a hostage. He is asking that he could meet president of the agency, if he doesn’t meet him then the he will blow up the office.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2

Kunikida, Dazai, Atsushi visits the agency office where they see a psycho bomber sitting and screaming that he will blow up the office if he doesn’t see the president. Dazai says if he could cover the bomb with something he could save everyone even if the bomb explodes. But that’s a bomb that can wipe the entire floor so its obvious that the idea is not going to work, and the bomber will press the button if anyone from the agency will come to negotiate. So they asks our main character of the series Atsushi, to help them. Since he is not from the agency the bomber will negotiate with him.

Atsushi gets ready and tries his best to negotiate, Well that does help to capture the bomberman but due to Dazai and Kunikida’s recklessness he gets free and presses the button of the remote control. Atsushi panics not knowing what to do in such cases, he remembers Dazai’s words – If he somehow could cover the bomb with something. With nothing there to cover the bomb, Atsushi covers the bomb with his body. This act shown by Atsushi surprises everyone and so they stops their act.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 - Atsush Shocked
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – Atsush Shocked

The complete incident of bomberman was in fact an act setup by Dazai to test Atsushi’s will power and guts also he was a wanted man eating tiger. So not every person shared the same view as Dazai. Some people were against the decision of taking Atsushi in Special detective agency. The president of the detective agency then appears and says – “That’s why i ordered Dazai to set this kind of act, It was a bit troublesome but we got to see your strong will and guts and you passed the test. Decision i will leave it to Dazai.”

Everyone agrees to take Dazai in special detective agency, But Atsushi still worries that he will be able to cope up with such crazy people or not. Dazai assures him that he will be able to do it, and if he still wanted to leave he can leave but he have to empty the dorm room, so no place to live. Even if he managed to find job, as people on the job finds that he is the wanted man eating tiger, he will be fired and then captured or shot dead. If he were to live with the people from Agency then that’s the different story. So to be more simple with my explanation he was blackmailing Atsushi with the poor reality. In the mean time at the end of the episode we see Antagonist of the series finally making their move…

The Opinion

After the end of the first episode they showed us the preview of second episode which gave us a picture that second episode is going to be a serious one and we will see Atsushi’s first job as special detective but in fact the episode was nothing like that. The episode had a comic feel to it with nothing serious happening. Even the serious moments in the episode were made hilarious.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 - President and Secretary
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 2 – President and Secretary

I had guessed that the whole bomberman incident was an act setup by Dazai to test Atsushi but i threw that thinking aside and to my surprise the entire guess was right. The way they concealed the truth of the entire episode was in fact fabulous which made me doubt my guess several times while i was watching the character. In every series Main characters always stand out, but in Bungou stray dogs a side character like Dazai stands out way more then the main character Atsuchi. But in fact i like that way more!! And finally the antagonists of the series are finally making their move.

Truly the second episode of the series was kind of a signal which said things are going to get interesting from now onwards.

Wrapping up

Again this Anime shows that it has a great potential which is second to none, as for now i can’t say much about the series but i will admit that i am honestly enjoying the series. The series for now is pretty much straight forward with no confusions but lets see what future episodes have to offer.

Overall Episode Rating

Post Author: Kaustubh Shinde

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