OP2: 「Reason Living」 by SCREEN mode
「戻れない場所」 (Moderenai Basho)
“Nowhere to Return”
It seems like Bungou Stray Dogs will be taking the prequel route with this season, focusing more on Oda than Dazai but still keeping it within the Port Mafia. I would’ve preferred to see more of Dazai, but I can appreciate how the story focuses on different main characters (Oda and Atsushi) while still giving ample time to its secondary cast. Like I mentioned before, it’s refreshing to see the perspective of the Port Mafia from one its members’ perspective. They’re not “bad” people exactly, they’re just doing their job – which happens to service the wrong crowd. In Oda’s example, he’s actually a great guy that doesn’t harm anyone while doing his “job”. He even has a bunch of children that look up to him and I think that shows what a soft heart he has. I’d love to see how his morals will change once he has to kill someone (or be killed). It’ll be like a huge Marvel twist as superheroes don’t typically kill people either and they often struggle with that fine line of when it’s absolutely necessary.
There are some returning characters this week and amongst them are Akutagawa Ryuunosuke (Ono Kensho) and Ango to my surprise – I wasn’t expecting his reappearance so soon. Ryunnosuke gets beaten by Dazai (punched in the face!) which really exemplifies their relationship further. It’s clear from the first cour that they have a complicated relationship but Ryunnosuke was nowhere close to being a good pupil as Atsushi currently is. From this short interaction, it’s clear that Ryunnosuke respects and looks up to Dazai; seeking his approval by trying to think one step ahead… it’s just unfortunate that Ryunnosuke is also not the brightest tool in the shed. It was already obvious to me that Dazai wanted to keep these prisoners alive but not everything went accordingly. Dazai has a very different personality than the one he portrayed last week and the creepy smiles illustrate to me that he has darker thoughts behind that fake façade. I don’t really know what that means compared to the Dazai we see with Doppo and Atushi but I’m hoping that the prequel explains how he does a complete 180. Or maybe he’s just better at hiding it. Whether it’s a dark past, or schizophrenia that Dazai is hiding, he’s still my favorite character thus far and as such, I’m rooting for him to be a changed man.
So Oda goes to the secret hiding location find – to my surprise – Ango tied up! Who would’ve thought? I was imaging him to be missing for at least half the season but there he is! Anyway, Oda rescues him from the exploding building and just as they’re home-free on the lawn, Oda is completed knocked out with a poisoned ball (how anticlimactic?). I always knew that his powers couldn’t be invincible but only being able to see 10 secs in the future doesn’t give you that much of an advantage . What if he gets poisoned with food or something else that kicks in much later? The folks that Ango runs off with don’t look like they’re from Mimic though. I think they originally intended to rescue him but Oda got there first and they had to take him out. So could they be working with another party we aren’t aware of yet? Maybe even the Agency themselves. This means that Ango has been playing a triple agent though! He’s being spying on Mimic, the Port Mafia AND all the while “really” aligning with these new people. No wonder he’s being hunted everywhere. I trust that he told Oda the truth about Mimic though so maybe Ango does that out of loyalty and friendship to Oda.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So we’re going down the prequel route it seems with #BungoSD… not that I mind. I’m actually enjoying this more than the first cour =) Seeing a darker side to Dazai sends shivers down my spine =X It’s creepy seeing him as a “villain”.