Bungo Stray Dogs Episode 21

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Review:

Things picked up again this week (no whale and no Atsushi really helped) and we saw an attempt at making an alliance with the Port Mafia by the Agency. What I like about this is that both sides know they are going to cooperate because they are kind of just used to one another and neither of them like the interlopers, but they also know they don’t want to admit that so are posturing like crazy. However, posturing aside, Chuuya shows up just as Dazai knew he would when Dazai walked into the Guild’s trap to retrieve Q (who seems to mysteriously disappear during the battle at the end of this episode but whatever). Chuuya is awesome in this week’s fight and we see exactly why Chuuya and Dazai worked as partners. It’s over the top and crazy but they may have finally actually killed someone (who knows, he may turn out to just be injured like everyone else yet). It’s a fun episode and has the right mix of comedy and drama to keep you engaged and the chemistry between Chuuya and Dazai as they banter and then team up to battle is fantastic to watch.

Also, I love how Dazai just casually slips this comment to Kunikida during the opening sequence.

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Bungo Stray Dogs is available on Crunchyroll.

 

Bungo Stray Dogs Episode 19

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Review:

Bungo Stray Dogs seems to be stepping back to end of season 1 style, which isn’t too bad because it wasn’t as though season 1 was terrible, but it just lacks the impact and punch that the start of this season gave us. Kunikida finally does something this season as does the sister obsessed guy (I never remember his name) and while the fight is short it was interesting (though what that grape power is pretty disturbing considering the vines grow out of his neck and how would you ever he learn you had that power given most people don’t go around cutting themselves and inserting seeds into the wounds). The second half we get a lot more of Atsushi and we kind of head back down the vaguely pathetic path. Who would have thought that Dazai would actually give some practical advice?

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Why didn’t someone tell Atsushi that 18 episodes ago?

All and all, this episode was okay and continues on from where we left off but isn’t exactly thrilling.

Anyway, Bungo Stray Dogs is available on Crunchyroll.

Bungo Stray Dogs Episode 17

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Review:

We have transitioned back to the present but this actually wasn’t such a bad thing. Given at the end of the last season they had already introduced the Guild they didn’t waste any time with introductions and just kind of plunged us straight into a three way war. It’s amazing how much more tolerable characters can be when they aren’t just being goofy for the sake of it and actually have a real and pressing danger to deal with. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as the most obvious criticism is that there are so many characters that it is difficult to care about them, and the ones we’ve already met have pretty much established themselves to be death proof already. Still, a fairly enjoyable episode and a smooth enough transition from Dazai’s past exploits. Last point, I have to agree with Kunikida in asking why is Atsushi back to acting like the damsel in distress when we saw last season that somehow he magically became an awesome fighter in one episode.

Bungo Stray Dogs is available on Crunchyroll.