I'm glad that this is not a sequel. The ending of the main series was already great the way it is.
I'll keep this review short to avoid any spoilers.
91 Days Special is mostly focused on the Vanetti family and how they rose into power, while the later part of the episode is focused on the interaction between Angelo Lagusa and Nero Vanetti. All these information contributes to the overall story of 91 Days; givings us an idea behind the characters' motivations.
So, should you watch this episode?
I'd definitely recommend watching it since it add details to the overall story. But of course, you can still
enjoy the main series even without watching this so the decision is up to you.
This is gonna be my first Anime review since i joined this site. And what a great way to start off by reviewing a special from 91 days, an anime that was my 2nd most favorite Anime of 2016 after Mob Psycho 100. I was so happy when i got the news that 91 Days was making a special and looked forward to it. And after seeing it, I was genuinely pleased.
The episode consists of 3 separate plot points. It more serves as a prequel of flashbacks with the first part (Shoal of Time) being at the time when the Vanetti kids were still
young, the second part (All our Yesterdays) which marks the introduction of Vincent Vanetti and his entry into the family, and the third part (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow) which catches up to the recent day right after the events of Episode 4 "Losing to Win, and What Comes After" with Angelo and Nero on the way back to Lawless.
Overall, the story is pretty good for this prequel episode. Although i enjoyed all 3 plot segments, the second segment where we first see Vincent Vanetti meet with Ganzo, Testa Lagusa, Orco and have an interesting game of cards together to pass time, really caught my interest a bit more. We finally get to see the more calculating side of Testa Lagusa, a character which had less backstory and screen time in the actual show. We also get to see a young ambitious Vincent Vanetti who joins the family and would later go on to be the established don of the Vanetti family in the main series.
*My ONLY complaint is the sequence of the segments. I feel it would've been so much more better had the first and second segments swapped places. The second segment should have been first in the episode since it was how it all began for the Vanetti family. It predates the first segment by a couple of years. Come to think of it, it's probably the very first event in the timeline of the entire show
If you are wondering whether this episode is important, then wonder no more: it does not contribute to the main plot in a major way...... but rather only in small doses. However, apart from some minor cameos, there are no teasers nor foreshadowing whatsoever. If you have seen 91 Days, then I do recommend you watch this just for the sake of a minor backstory in the form of a prequel flashback.
Would I recommend to watch it ? Definitely. That is, if you're a fan of the show. Will you have fun while watching it ? It depends on your expectations, but I'll say that it's worth spending your time.
I reviewed 91 days here. https://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=272640
I'm not very big on OVAs considering how much there it is on my plan to watch list.
The only reason I watched this OVA is that of 91 Days and how awesome the show is. And not surprisingly this is a peek into the life of the Dons and how it all began. I think this OVA ties everything together with the main series.
I like how none of them knew how things will change in the future. Testa Lagusa has no idea Vincent Vanetti will kill him and his entire family except Avilio. Ganzo will betray Vanetti and
Orco will be a big food reviewer before Vinod Dua, Instagram and Zomato made the food reviewers mainstream; he is still craving for Lasagna.
I like how no one has anything and they are climbing their way up the <i>mafia ladder</i> and how each of their relationships is with one another. In the parent story, 91 Days, while stuck on bed waiting to die Vincent Vanetti tells Nero how much he regrets killing Testa. I think this special gives closure to what we never knew about. The pasts, what brought them together, the regret and the struggle.
I'll recommend everyone to watch this OVA after they're done with the parent story.
UGH again, this anime leaves more to be desired and had the opportunity to expand and didnt!!!
i just recently watched 91 days and in my review of the anime i noted that the plot was good but it could have been GREAT if they cut the number of characters in order to have more time developing other interesting sub plots and characters with potential.
THEY COULD HAVE DONE THIS HERE!!
i wish they expanded on the relationship between Ronaldo and Fio or the relationship between Angelo's father and Vanetti/the uncle. those sub plots would have added a lot of depth to the characters and a
good amount of complexity to the plot and this was there chance to show some more and didnt :/
that aside, there really isnt much to this anime because three small shorts that involve the beginnings of the Vanetti family as well as one short in the present. it doesnt add anything new and it doesnt do anything spectacular.