Continuation of Bungo Stray Dogs only for some reason we’ve gone back in time for this first episode and now I’m wondering if this is a minor diversion or where we are staying for season 2.
I’ll say it up front, this episode was amazing. I loved every second of it and was just completely immersed in the story in a way Bungo has utterly failed at doing ever since the first five minutes of episode 1. The problem becomes this: why is this episode and this story so much better than the 11 and a 1/2 episodes of season 1?
Dazai is the prominent character this episode (or at least the prominent character that we new anything about prior to this episode) as we go back to his Port Mafia days and while he is still suicidal and over the top, all of that is actually muted by the hostile world he is and the dead-pan delivery of lines given by the supporting cast. His character ceases to be an aggravation who is occasionally funny and actually works as a functionally quirky character. Watching him and Oda (another Mafia member) this episode was a really entertaining and rewarding experience.
Bungo has kind of done it now. It’s kind of clear we’ll eventually go back to the crew from season one and they just weren’t as interesting as what was presented in this episode. That means the show is either going to have to lift the overall standard or viewers are going to note an obvious drop in the quality of the story and characterisation this season.
Bungo Stray Dogs is available on Crunchyroll.