Power users around the world are suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appears at the scene. At a request from Ango Sakaguchi, the Armed Detective Agency head out to investigate Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a power user who calls himself "collector", and a man suspected of being tied to the incident.
I agree with the other review. Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple is a masterpiece!
The art style is exactly what you see from the anime series, and voice acting is great.
The story is fantastic, the plot is well done, and action scenes are just right. There are several times when you wonder if its over and they have won, but then it continues. You dont even feel disappointed at these, because the reasoning is sound.
I already have plans to go see this again with another friend, so I think it’s definitly worth watching a second or third time. I will 100% buy the Blu-ray when it
I went to see this movie on the day it came out. Despite it being 8:30 in the morning, the cinema was absolutely packed with fans (mostly young women) showing just how high the expectations were.
I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint, and kept me hooked from beginning to end! Although the developments are not necessarily shocking, it kept my attention for the whole movie.
The movie focuses mostly on Shubusawa, Atsushi, Akutagawa, Kyoko (the real MVP), Dazai and, to a lesser extent, Chuya. If your favorite character is one of the other members of the Armed Detective Agency, please understand that they may not
get as much screen-time as you'd like, which is perfectly reasonable considering how much they tried to squeeze into the movie.
The artwork is stunning, although not particularly a step-up from the TV series. The action is well-done and I absolutely loved Chuya's fighting scenes!
One of the biggest highlights for me was the soundtrack. I was a big fan of the TV series OST, but the new tracks for the movie are just as good, if not better. (I was listening to the movie OST on repeat for a few days after seeing the movie...)
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie to the extent that I went to see it twice. However, I do want to give a warning to all BSD fans before they give this a watch. This movie is going to tire you out. It's almost only serious conversation or action, and is very low on the comic relief. Although there are lots of little funny moments scattered here and there, they are pretty subtle. When the movie finished, the other people in the audience were saying the same thing to each other: 'wow, that was great but it tired me out'.
In general, I recommend this for all BSD fans! It's fast-paced, action-packed and has a brilliant soundtrack. Unfortunately it is a little hard to follow if you are not familiar with the series and characters, so I don't really recommend it as a stand-alone work.
I think the most selling feature here is definitely the hype. It's a great movie to watch in a group and if you're a BSD fan, but not if you're looking for a top quality movie. Still, I think it accomplishes its job pretty well and it was still very enjoyable overall.
I got to watch the premiere at anime boston 2018. Going in, I had watched season 1 and 2 of bsd. You definitely need to have watched both seasons before this movie.
The story is probably one of the weakest parts of the movie but was still overall enjoyable. There are some
things are rather confusing and could've been explained better. There are some small plot holes that show that it wasn't the main focus here. It's rather predictable but it makes an effort not to be so as long as you don't consciously try analysing what comes next it isn't too much of a problem. 8/10
The art is absolutely stunning! It's the same art you've seen in the past (I don't remember s1 specifics but s2 has really great art and this movie's art is just as great) The colors are beautiful and there's many scenes with really nice and diverse color schemes. The animation for the fight scenes are full of hype and keep you at the edge of your seat. It really just enhances the overall watching experience. 10/10
The opening and ending are great. Past BSD soundtrack comes up which increases the hype. Only thing is sometimes the background music is a little odd but I still think it's very fitting. 9/10
I don't really expect much character development in a movie based on an already well-developed series. That said, they still tried but it was nothing special. It was very explicit but I don't expect much more given the short time span. The characters are still the same as the ones from the past seasons though and I think that was conveyed very well. It was especially exciting seeing all them again after all this time. Character dynamics were also very well done and definitely a major part of the movie as well since their interactions fueled the plot and just made things more entertaining overall. 8/10
Maybe I enjoyed it more than others because of the hype in the auditorium but I did very much enjoy it nonetheless. If you're a fan of BSD you will too. The only thing is some small confusions that I felt like could be explained better but it ultimately didn't take too much away from the experience. I may have also missed it because I watched it in such a public space. I would have to wait until I can stream it online to say anything more. 9/10
Overall this is definitely worth watching!! It may not be a movie you'll remember 10 years for now but it brings back the hype that may have died down since the ending of season 2 and I believe it's executed very well. 9/10
(Originally posted on my blog, moetology. Includes a teeny tiny bit of spoilers)
I'm not exactly your typical Bungou Stray Dogs fan; I rather disliked season one due to the stories being short and weak, but season two dived into longer arcs, and the opening backstory nailed the emotional component and turned me into a fan. And if I had to pick a favorite character, it'd be Kyouka first and Osamu second, instead of fan favorites like Chuuya.
Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple is the latest installment in the franchise. It's a brand new story in the Bungou Stray Dogs universe, much like the Ordinal Scale movie in the Sword Art Online
world. But even though it's a brand new story, Dead Apple nevertheless is built on season two as it references characters introduced then, and one should definitely watch the TV seasons before watching Dead Apple.
As far as the movie itself goes, Dead Apple offers plenty for the fans. The plot is tried and true; the Armed Detective Agency is called upon to solve another problem arising from a gifted user, much like how the stories in season one are structured. This time, the gang has to fight a villain who's able to pit gifted users against their own abilities. It plays right into the theme of characters accepting themselves for who they are, even if their abilities may have caused grief in the past.
If you are like me and want to watch more of your favorite characters, don't worry; every Yokohama character gets screen time in Dead Apple, from the good guys, the Armed Detective Agency, to the frenemy, the Port Mafia folks, and even the government guy from season two. We also get teases of new characters who might show up in a sequel. Some characters, like Kyouka and the lead character Nakajima Atsushi, also receive a bit more backstory, and Atsushi in particular has a past with the villain.
Dead Apple isn't without its flaws, however. The biggest issue is its lack of clarity around motivations, especially for the villain. The movie opens with a flashback story from six years ago as Dazai and Chuuya fights the villain for the first time, but exactly what this flashback had to do with the plot in Dead Apple beyond showing that Dazai knows about the villain isn't clear.
Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple is a movie made for the series' fans. It offers plenty of action, and the plot, while typical and safe, doesn't detract from the series. And it even manages to endear some characters to fans even more. The only question for fans now is: when is season three?