I’m not entirely sure why the third season of Bungo Stray Dogs opted to start back in the past, but it’s not like there’s no precedent for this within the show – a later period of Dazai’s life with the Port Mafia covered in a separate novel (coming out in English soon!) was inserted into the storyline of an earlier season. My only issue with it is that anime-only viewers have presumably been waiting to see what the hell is going on with Fyodor Dostoyevsky as was teased in the final episode of season two, and this is far from answering that question. (In fact, it looks like we’ll have two-to-three weeks to wait for it.)
All of that aside, this is an interesting episode. We’ve seen that Dazai and Chuuya have a difficult relationship before, and now this is our chance to understand how it all started. It’s not quite as simple as Dazai is more laid-back than hot-headed Chuuya; Chuuya was actually forced to join the Port Mafia by Mori since he was causing problems as an Ability user going after mafia members. Since he and Dazai have relatively complimentary powers and are both fifteen, Mori decides to put them both on the case of whether or not the previous boss (whom Mori killed) has actually returned from the dead or not. While there’s an argument to be made that Mori was just carrying out the previous boss’ wishes by killing “those against the Port Mafia” since the boss’ orders would likely have caused the group’s demise, he’s still justifiably nervous about the truth of his power grab coming to light. Since Dazai was his only witness, that means that he’s able to use the boy as he wishes. (Remembering of course that Dazai wants to kill himself, not be killed by someone else.)
The highlight here is seeing Dazai and Chuuya as young teens not yet fully formed into who they’ll become. Dazai’s more morose in general, but the way he skips around is a nice indication of the more carefree spirit he’ll become, and the way he grumbles at Chuuya feels very true to his age. Chuuya, meanwhile, hasn’t yet developed his natty style of dress and is slinking around like some sort of bad boy wannabe, with his instinct still being to let his temper get the best of him. To say that both of these kids are ripe for Mori to use them as he wants might be an understatement – they’re both so caught up in who they think they need to be that they’re amazingly manipulatable. Doubtless this episode will be a major one in terms of their becoming the characters we know from stories set in the present. Watching that develop over however many episodes this past arc gets will be fascinating, no matter how anxious I am to learn more about the Rats in the House of the Dead and what they’re up to as we speak. You can also free Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season anime watch online and free download anime.
Nowadays, it seems any anime announcement is possible. From My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU getting a third season to old classic remakes such as Dororo, almost any anime has a chance of getting a surprise announcement. Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 announcement came to me as a big surprise as I thought the anime franchise would be done for sure after the movie. What the franchise brings together is a collective group of detectives with supernatural abilities. With the announcement of the third season, I was more than excited to once again jump back into the world of this literary extraordinaire.
The first two seasons captivated me with its ability to blend literature with a thrill of mystery and action. Having read the manga, it also seems the show itself has enough material to continue from where it picks off from the previous seasons. However, what did surprise me at first is the third season choosing to adapt a spinoff novel. Nonetheless, fans should be prepared as the first two episodes focuses on Osamu Dazai, the former executive of Port Mafia. We are also reintroduced to Chuuya Nakahara as the season decides to focus on their relationship. As Dazai’s former partner, we get an insight scoop of their characters that we didn’t get to see much of before. It can be a bit wonky at first but remains important. As partners, the two shares a charismatic chemistry between each other. Bungou Stray Dogs is well known for its character interactions and season 3 surely keeps its momentum. Don’t be alarmed if the first few episodes starts off differently. The pacing does soon jump back into the present story.
Directed by Takuya Igarashi, he continues to pour his talent as season 3 focuses on the familiar version of storytelling tone. With the present timeline, we are also reintroduced to the Armed Detective Agency with core members such as Atsushi Nakajima, Doopo Kunikida, Kyouka Izumi, Kenji Miyazawa, Akiko Yosano, and among others. Port Mafia members such as Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Kouyou Ozaki, and Ichiyou Higuchi should be no strangers for returning fans. Even former Guild member Lucy remerges with a new role. Season 3 brings in these characters again as the storytelling unfolds while establishing renewed rivalries. Indeed, Port Mafia is still a prominent organization with their reputation and even their current membership roster. Ryuunosuke hasn’t lost his touch from the previous seasons as one of the most dangerous characters to step foot into their world. Soon after, both the Port Mafia and Armed Detective Agency is thrown into a feud again with much higher stakes on the line. With that, season 3 brings back the thrilling sensation I had anticipated for. Characters such as Kyouka has to once again face their past while showing how much they’ve changed. It’s these type of character evolution that Bungou Stray Dogs pulls off very well.
Bungou Stray Dogs is a rare breed of modern anime that is inspired from literature writers and books. Characters are based off of famous literary figures from the real world. Assuming you’re a fan of The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, or E.A. Poe’s series, some of the character names in the show may feel familiar. Port Mafia member Ryunosuke Akutagawa is based on the real life Japanese writer, often regarded as “Father of the Japanese short story”. From his personality and abilities, Ryunosuke is no doubt regarded as a morbid figure. His actions speaks louder than words with his commitments often brings trouble wherever he goes. The show retains its darker side of the underworld this season so do pay attention for small details going on behind the scenes. The Guild also makes a return despite not having their full roster anymore. Most prominently, we find out just how much Fitzgerald lost but after an event with Louisa May Alcott, he regains his will to reestablish the Guild. Nonetheless, don’t expect The Guild to truly be a powerhouse as they were from the past seasons. Season 3 establishes The Guild as an organization reborn rather than striving to become number one.
Speaking of organizations, there’s also one known as The Rats in the House of the Dead. As I mentioned before, Bungou Stray Dogs is known for its deeper mysteries and this group is one of them. Not much is known about this group although it’s shown that their leader, Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a dangerous manipulator. He doesn’t fear death and is armed with an intelligent and cunning mind. With a God-like complex, he is one of the dark horse antagonists to keep an eye on this season. It's also one of the other key factors that makes Bungou Stray Dogs flow so well: the ability to make meaningful antagonists. With its ever expanding cast and personalities. Bungou Stray Dogs continues to keep the series fresh.
Once again produced by studio Bones, the show returns with its luster art style. The streets, cities, and architecture of season 3 remains adamant to bring a degree of realism. Character designs are unique for every character. More noticeably are their abilities as each is refined by their unique traits and style. The battle cinematics also remains fluid with carefully crafted body languages. And similar to the previous seasons, you can also expect a healthy dose of comedy. Character expressions adds on more effect to this with some of their exaggerated reactions. As for the main reasons people wants to see the third season, the humor, violence, mystery, and style all returns full fold.
In this timeline, Bungou Stray Dogs once again proves itself to be able to carry the torch of the first two seasons. When the third season got announced, I also questioned if it can live up to its expectations. To be honest, I think the first season set the bar while the second season managed to expand its growing story and character roster. The third season further enhanced the franchise with its important background storytelling by adding in more intriguing characters while staying in touch with its themes. What an excellent comeback.