Anime of the Week: 91 Days

91 Days is one of those anime that you never hear anything bad about. It’s highly regarded by everyone who has watched it and is one of the main reasons I struggle updating my top anime list. There is a lot to love about this anime, so let me break it down for you.

Art. First off, 91 Days is an original anime, meaning it wasn’t an adaptation of a manga or light novel. So, all of its characteristics are a culmination of everything the writers, animators, and directors had worked on over the years. Does it seem familiar to you? Both the studio, Shuka, and one of the producers, Mainichi Broadcasting System, worked on the entire Durarara!! series. Simply put, the art styles are identical. And trust me, it works unbelievably well with the show. 

Animation. Yep, you’ve assumed correctly. 91 Days has pretty much the same animation as Durarara!! So, that’s a good thing. Sure, it may not be anything mind blowing, but it’s smooth and does great in quick action sequences, which is the basis for the anime anyway. Yeah, this time around, I don’t have much to saw regarding animation. But it’s pretty obvious why. It’s above average animation that reflects its predecessor Durarara!!

Characters. The character development in 91 Days is phenomenal. But here’s the thing. The characters to grow in the typical way. From episode one until the final episode, each character is exactly as they are. They don’t change. “How is that character development?” you may ask. Here’s how. As the series goes on, the show delves into each of the main characters’ psyches. You learn their motives, intentions, backstory, and a lot more through the various events that happen. It develops the characters even though their already developed. Put in a simpler way, The show explains the characters and reveals parts about them in a way that both feels and acts like growth. How was this written so well? Let’s take a look back at the producer. Mainichi Broadcasting System also produced Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Angel Beats, Code Geass, Blue Exorcist, Durarara!!, Kill la Kill, Madoka Magica, My Hero Academia, Darker than Black, Black Butler, Food Wars!, The Seven Deadly Sins, Magi, Nisekoi, Haikyuu!! and so much more.

Plot. Here’s is where you finally give in to watch the show, that is if you haven’t already. 91 Days is about the mafia. I can feel you rolling your eyes as you read this, but hold on and let me explain more. This isn’t about the Yakuza like almost every other anime. This is about the Italian mafia of 1920’s United States. That’s right, you heard me correctly. Prohibition USA. With this awesome setting in your mind, let me give you the summary. As a child, Angelo Lagusa witnesses the tragedy of the Vanetti mafia family slaughter his parents and younger brother. He then leaves his home and takes a new name, Avilio Bruno. Seven years later, he can now begin his path of vengeance.

I don’t think I can express any more about how awesome 91 Days is without repeating myself to the point of being annoying. The art and animation are fantastic since they replicate Durarara!! and the characters and storyline are absolutely top notch. Trust me, you need to give this anime a chance.

Rating: 10/10 Confikeys

MAB III