Bungou Stray Dogs is focused on our timid lead, Atsushi, who finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict between the Armed Detective Agency and the crime syndicate, Port Mafia, due to his ability to become a weretiger. Many of the characters among both factions have names taken off real-life famous authors (Japanese and Western-influenced) and have their own unique special abilities related to literary works written by the real-life author they are named after. These abilities are shown to have their uses and limitations that each character learns to make use of with their ability, and they aren't particularly too overpowering as you may find compared to a number of other anime action titles. Complimenting this, the series sports solid animation with character designs having a good amount of detail, scenic shots being pleasant on the eyes, and fluid movement with great fight choreography compliments of the unique abilities milked by each character in the series.
Beyond its action-focused elements though, there isn't much else of substance to get out of Bungou Stray Dogs. Many of the characters fulfill specific character types that have been milked to death from past anime titles, from Atsushi being your typical timid and hesitant lead to Port Mafia member Akutagawa being a merciless and self-serving psychopath. The series is mostly focused on the members of the Armed Detective Agency taking on missions and often coming at odds with Port Mafia. While the series provides enough fleshing out of the two factions to allow viewers to learn more of their workings and some elements of the conflict between them, it doesn't offer enough depth on the majority of characters to allow you to connect with them on an individual level. Of the characters introduced, I only found myself caring mostly for Kyoka Izumi, a young Port Mafia assassin who eventually becomes aligned with the Armed Detective Agency. Otherwise, the characters mostly lacked enough dimension or depth for me to give a hoot about beyond whatever character types they are playing up. Not helping matters is that the series is deliberately left open-ended since its manga source material is still ongoing as of this review.
While I'll give Bungou Stray Dogs some credit in that it offers a solid presentation with some fun action scenes compliments of the unique abilities of its characters, it doesn't offer much else in terms of depth for me to care more for the characters of the series as most of them only came off feeling like two-dimensional character types nor the motives and purposes of Port Mafia. As it is, the series is mostly a treat for either action anime fans or those who don't mind the conventional trappings offered up with it.
Rating: 5.5 of 10
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I watched the anime but I don't remember season 1 aside from the suicidal guy who outshadows the protagonist.
Yeah, it does seem to be an action anime with no central plot. Going back to read the comments in the AV discussion, I now remember it was predictable and had no real tension as characters are pretty OP
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