Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They're tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi's future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!
A Bungou Stray Dogs (2nd season) Review
Spoiler-free if you have watched the first season, not so much if you haven't.
TL;DR: A lot more dark and serious than the first season. Definitely a step-up from what the first season offered.
1st arc (13-16): Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era
2nd Arc (17-?): Guild Arc; Double Black
For the people who never watched Bungou Stray Dogs:
What’re you doing here? Go watch the first season.
“The people I've met back then made who I am now.”
The first arc is a prequel to the anime. It really shows you what happened in Dazai’s past, including the people that were involved in his past. What’s the best part about it though, it shows a darkness in which the first season is incomparable to. It’s a very large difference, but also an enjoyable one at that. There’s a lot more emotion put into this, and it’s not so focused on terribly dark humor in which the first season pulled often. I’m not saying there weren’t any serious moments in the first season, though. What has been shown to us is actually some very heavy stuff for this part of the “second season.” The story so far, in basic terms, is just an explanation to what happened to Dazai in the past and what he was involved in.
The second arc might just be the most serious arc of the series. It continues where the story of the first season left off, and boy how it manifested the darkness in which the first season was leading up to. There's a new sinister feel in the air, in which there seems to be a war between the three organizations: The Guild, Port Mafia, and the Armed Detective Agency. There will be many more thrills to arrive, making me eagerly wait for each new episode of the week.
I'd have to say that this is the high point of the series overall. Each character in the series have unique resolves, but the reasoning to that is through their backstories. Especially Dazai and Atsushi.
In the beginning of the second season, we’re reintroduced to Dazai, but only as the Dazai that he was before he left Port Mafia. If you’ve watched the first season, you should know what I mean.
If you haven’t, I don’t understand why you’re already this far into the review. Get out this instant.
Anyway, along with Dazai, we also see two more important characters in which I didn’t think I’d take such a liking any of them. Oda Sakunosuke turns to be a very notable character, as he actually plays large roles in this second season. Ango Sakaguchi is also someone who is part of Dazai’s past, but doesn’t have a role as big as Oda’s. But, they’re very likable characters. Other than these characters, there’s really the same people in Port Mafia that appeared in the first season besides a clan. Akatugawa, being the dunderhead he is, had gotten himself involved with the clan. That clan is called “The Mimic,” and they are VERY involved with Oda Sakunosuke. Gide is the most involved with him. I won’t say why though. But, if it weren't for Oda, Dazai wouldn't be who he is.
After the flashback arc, we are reintroduced to the many characters that appear in the first season. Though, there was a lot more spice added in the mix. Not too much of it though, that'd make it bad. Anyway, there were glimpses of what the people of the Guild are like, and they definitely gave off a very forbidding feel. The guild, full of powerful people.
A new character in this series is introduced, and they go by the name of Q. They're certainly a very powerful enemy indeed, in which even Dazai is in fear of.
How will the Armed Detective Agency deal with these monstrosities of people?
For some reason, it feels as if the art this second season took a very big step in the second season. There’s more of a sinister air to the story, and the art is actually matching it. Though, the OP and ED aren’t anything too special to look at. The art for the people are the same as last time, but it’s more of the atmosphere in which diverges greatly from the first season in quality.
That is, until I saw the opening for the actual second season, going past the first arc of the second season. There is plenty of symbolism between the three most important characters of the series: Atsushi, Akutagawa, and Dazai.
The voice acting (AKA Seiyuus) are VERY well done in this season. Dazai’s seiyuu has more of a mature tone than he had last season this arc. A lot of situations the characters in general get into, their voice acting is phenomenal. Oda’s seiyuu is VERY notable here. Oda Sakunosuke’s seiyuu definitely inserted a lot of emotion into his voice when he got into dreadful situations. The OP and ED sound very nice. SCREEN Mode performed the OP for the second season of Shokugeki no Soma, so if you liked that song, you might like this one. There are other OPs in which they did but.. For anime that aren’t notable, in which I think SCREEN mode deserved better. *cough cough Musaigen no Phantom World cough*. But, I think the ED is very beautiful. Other than that, the OST sounds great, they’re very fitting to the atmosphere. It’s a sort of Mafia feel, while also having what a savior would do. As the anime goes forth, the feel of the OST becomes more prosperous of what the anime wishes to make the viewer feel. Is there tension? Is there darkness? Is it a joke moment? Each of the soundtracks fit what the atmosphere of the moment gives, which makes the OST wondrous.
The voice acting overall is exquisite. When one hears the voice acting from the characters, it will only be seen as an improvement from the first season. (Oda Sakunosuke's voice actor, especially).
I like to have my heart being twisted around and thrown all over the place. Like I said, this season is a lot more focused on dark aspects, while the first was very dark-humor based. It’s certainly more mature, this second season, and I enjoy that aspect a lot. This season is one of my highlights of the Fall season 2016.
Mature, dark, and spicy. Those are the three words I have for the first arc second season. I’m very amazed at the difference between first and second season. It focuses on more of an emotional aspect, while also being very dark. The first season is very mission focused, and the second season also focuses on missions as well. The difference is, the types of missions that they deal with in the second season. What happens when you deal with a REAL mission?
Now, where’s the thriller tag for Bungou Stray Dogs Second Season?read more
So my Review got took down because the admin or something said i didn't watch episode 4 and then he figured out that i did and said i could put my review back up. I still don't agree with the guidelines but i'll follow the rules because i have to.
Plot: The plot is about 3 friends named Ango Sakaguichi, Dazai Osamu and Odasaku and one day Ango goes missing and Dazai and Odasaku are thinking maybe he died or maybe he betrayed them but he was actually apart of a group named mimic that was watching the port mafia and Ango later betrays mimic and mimic is also battling the port mafia. 10/10.
Sound: The opening theme song is awesome! 10/10.
Character: So Dazai is now like a more serious character he doesn't make much jokes anymore Odasaku is pretty chill but if he gets angered he could be pretty destructive and Ango is a calm smart character. 10/10.
Enjoyment: I enjoy bungou stray dogs its a good show! 10/10.
In the first season of Bungou Stray Dogs [文豪ストレイドッグス], covered the events surrounding [中島 敦] Nakajima Atsushi's arrival in Yokohama and subsequent joining of the Armed Detective Agency [武装探偵社] based there. From there, they introduce each character in the main cast as well as the conflict with the Port Mafia, a criminal organization in Yokohama.
In the second season of Bungou Stray Dogs [文豪ストレイドッグス], the animation was amped up significantly. The first four episodes are a prequel of sorts, covering the light novel called "Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era," which provides much background for the beloved character Osamu Dazai. Episode 5, however, picks up from where the show left off in season 1, with the continuation of the Guild Arc.
In contrast to the first season, the second season takes on a much darker tone, and the storyline fleshes out more of the characters. Due to this season alone, Bungou Stray Dogs had become one of my new all time favorites rather than merely a show which I was interested in.
Fun Fact: I'm a bit of a book worm, so upon looking at the character names, I was pulled in immediately, because the characters were all named after famous authors.
Osamu Dazai, who wrote "No Longer Human"
F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby"
John Steinbeck, who wrote "The Grapes of Wrath," "Of Mice and Men"
Fukuzawa Yukichi, who actually did a lot, like found Keio University, was a Japanese civil rights activist, and is on the the 10,000 yen note (or was, I don't live in Japan)read more
The second season of Bungou Stray Dogs does not cease to impress. In fact, I would say that this season was a massive step-up from last season.
The story of this anime is very good, although it definitely is nowhere near the likes of other beloved animes, it does not fail to entertain. The first arc deals with Osamu Dazai's backstory in the Port Mafia. Immediately the watcher may notice that there is a significant switch in tone. The series has traded in it's more comedic style of presentation for a darker one. Honestly, I love this change especially considering that the series is dealing with Dazai's backstory a much darker storyline. The second arc takes the watcher back into the heat of action that was occurring in the first one. I have not much to say on this part as it is simply just very entertaining and interesting.
Art & Sound: 8.5/10
The art is wonderful it truly is a treat for the eyes. I love how every character looks and I especially love how the eyes are drawn. There is not much to say about the art other than Bones did a great job combining visual effects with their always impressing animation. The sound design is great. I love the whole soundtrack however it is not one that I would hum along to while heading to my classes. Overall, the art and sound are wonderful.
I have yet to find anything wrong with any of the characters except one. All the characters are a wonder to see. I love Akiko's psychotic nature, I love Ranpo's playfulness, and I adore Dazai's character. There is something so distinct about each character in this anime and they feel very unique compared to other anime characters. However, the one character I do have a problem with is Kyouka. She feels very cliche and bland sometimes even annoying. I just simply do not like her character however There have been improvements to her character this season which I am liking.
Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 is an anime that I have had so much fun with. Something that I haven't had for a while now. From its characters to its art, there is simply something here for everyone. I strongly reccomend this anime to anyone. This is my first review so I hope you enjoy! :]read more
Sometimes when you look at a new season you find yourself despairing because all you see are a bunch of sequels to anime you've never seen. However I'm here to tell you that you should view this as a fantastic opportunity to catch up on all these anime you haven't seen before the new season begins!