First Impression: Bungou Stray Dogs

I honestly thought it was going to be a serious anime. I’m not saying that it should be or I hope it would be one, it’s just that the PV somehow made me think it will be dark. It’s not a big deal for me, but sometimes when it’s too goofy in this kind of setting it’s a turn off. A quick example of my last supernatural show is Kekkai Sensen. I didn’t have a problem with it being that goofy because they were able to set the tone for it. I’m not sure if I am clear to what I was trying to point out, but it did feel a little awkward here in BSD. I just hope the direction will improve. (No complaints on the opening/ending though.) I am still excited to see what it has to offer. I like trying out shows that has the supernatural tag in it.

One thing I noticed in their ability names is that it doesn’t exactly directly tell you what they can do. When Dazai announced his ability, I was seriously pondering what the heck is “No Longer Human” only to be told he nullifies abilities. I guess if you think about it, the name is more of a clue? I’m intrigued what the rest of the members can do. I just realized as I was looking for screenshots for this post is that during a flashback of Nakajima when he was being “chased” by the tiger (@ ~11:03), his shadow was actually fused with the tiger making Daizo’s explanation of him being the tiger more sensible.

Amusing VA cast, if I may say. There are a few who’s saying they get a Durarara!! x Kekkai Sensen feel from BSD, and I think the cast also contributes to that. A few of them have previously worked together in Durarara!! most especially. I like some of the seiyuu but in their characters here, I’m not feeling it. Art and animation is decent at most; I like the character designs though. (I wish I could rock Nakajima’s hairstyle!)

At this point, between the two that I’ve watched for this season, Joker Game had the more superior pilot episode. This one was a tad bit unexciting; we’ll see next week.

Animation/Art: 2.5/5
Sound/VA cast: 2/5
Enjoyment: 2/5
Overall: 2.17/5

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5 thoughts on “First Impression: Bungou Stray Dogs

  1. Maybe it isn’t exciting at first but it does get serious later (I’ve read the manga). As for the ability names, google the characters. You might get a surprise! 🙂

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  2. I was getting some serious whiplash with the gag comedy vs. dark and serious vibes going on with this one. It’s like the show can’t decide what it wants to go for and just ended up chucking in a bunch of both in the hopes that it’d work out somehow. (… For me, it’s mostly not.) I’m also just completely ignoring all the literary references for now, because so far as I can tell, the exact same story could be told without having to use them, and also because it feels like nothing more than a lazy way to drum up interest.

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