Directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Yoji Enokido, “Bungou Stray Dogs” is based on the famous Manga of the same name created by Kafka Asagiri. The anime is packed with supernatural action. The characters belonging to this anime share their names with famous poets and writers of Japanese literature active in the early to mid-1900s. Based on real-life poets with checkered pasts, it’s no surprise that the characters share more than just their nouns. The supernatural powers the character exhibits are named after some notable works of their namesake. The franchise is created as a tribute to these literary masterminds, and the anime’s plot intrigues audiences to delve deep into the many works they left behind. Although the anime has a fairly regular storyline, it provides a detailed study of Japanese culture and mentions notable works, which makes it more unique than other anime.
“Bungou Stray Dogs” plot: what is the animated series about?
Set in the timeline of present-day Japan, the art style shares the vibe of the 1920s aesthetic. The main characters wear outfits that share an uncanny resemblance to their real life counterparts as well as their habits. Dazai, the series’ protagonist, adopts a wandering were-tiger, Atsushi, who has no idea about his transition from human to tiger. Atsushi is introduced to his abilities by Dazai, and he is adopted and trained by the detective agency Dazai is a part of. Atsushi meets new people who are also part of this agency and discovers the bounty put on his head in the black market. He is hunted down by assassins and people employed by the Port Mafia looking to cash in on the bounty. Atsushi saves Kyoka as she was sent on a mission to kill her and was later caught and thrown into a ship, while Dazai jumps into the hands of the Port Mafia to find out who had set the bounty. The season ends with the reveal of a new character.
Why did Atsushi save Kyoka?
Atsushi discovers his ability to transform into a weretiger and is hired by the detective agency, where Dazai, Kunikida and the rest of the employees take turns teaching him how to handle the job. They also address his issues in a rather comedic way. However, the episode with Kyoka resonates deeply with Atsushi. Atsushi has a deep connection with abandoned people and can relate to them because he was also abandoned. Kyoka was told she was worthless if she couldn’t kill Atsushi, as she was also repeatedly told that he was useless and unlovable. He was able to come out of this darkness because Dazai adopted him and gave him a second chance. Atsushi wanted the same for Kyoka, and after realizing she was constantly under surveillance and hypnosis, he told her to keep killing with the help of her ability. He could turn away from her and let her get caught up in the guilt of actions she had no control over. Kyoka didn’t deny her crime and was instead willing to surrender and be punished, even though she had no free will. Atsushi wanted Kyoka to live instead of being punished for something she had no control over. He also wanted her to feel loved and lovable, which is why he spent the whole day listening to her wishes. On the verge of escaping the ship, aided by Kyoka, Atsushi refused to let go of the wish to give the girl whose childhood was taken from him a second chance, just like Atsushi.
Why did Dazai allow himself to be captured?
Dazai knew that Kyoka had been sent by Akutagawa to capture him. Dazai’s previous job was revealed to be a Port Mafia executive this season. Unbeknownst to his colleagues and friends, Dazai’s latest job helped them make it out alive when others would be killed on the spot. Dazai is kidnapped and brought in for questioning. He is all chained up; chains he could break at any moment. However, he stays put, waiting for the opportune moment to strike and get information. His ability to nullify another ability user’s powers really helps him in every fight. He is just waiting to be confronted by Chuya, Dazai’s ex-partner. Chuya eventually helps Dazai escape and keeps it a secret. Dazai scans all stored data to find out who placed the bounty on Atsushi’s head and also to assess who was behind the Port Mafia against the Agency. Dazai reveals it to be the Guild, which operated mostly outside of Japan and was known as a myth for the most part. After getting the information, Dazai escapes without any injuries and returns to discuss his new research with the agency.
‘Bungou Stray Dogs’ Season 1: Ending Explained – Introducing Ougai Mori, Season 2 Start.
In the last episode, the guild reveals itself and offers to buy President Fukuzawa’s special ability business license, and also that they are the ones who dangled the Weretiger’s bait and the price of catching it in front of the mafia. In this altercation, after being rejected by Fukuzawa, they kidnap Kenji and then disappear with an entire skyscraper. They also kidnap Naomi and start a game featuring Atsushi and Junichiro. At first glance, there was another man, who at first glance appeared to be a spectator. However, as the game progressed, he seemed more and more bossy. He also helped Atsushi by giving him a confidence boost and finding a way out of the trap of this guild led by Lucy and her special ability which also controls a doll named Anne. Atsushi and Junichiro work together while the seemingly harmless man uses his special ability to help them by intimidating Lucy and Anne to freeze. Atsushi comes out of the trap with his friend in tow. Kyoka arrives to help out of concern, but seems to freeze after seeing the man. The man takes his leave after finding Eliza and also assessing Atsushi and Junichiro’s strength and power. He is seen walking towards the other Port Mafia members, and the corpse he is walking over appears to be the dead Guild assassin who was sent to stir up trouble in the Mafia. The man remains anonymous, but his identity as a Port Mafia boss is established during the final minutes of the episode. His name is Ougai Mori and he arouses enough curiosity among the public to make him wait for the next season.
“Bungou Stray Dogs” is a 2016 action anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi.