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91 Days – Review

I actually wanted to write about something else today, but I just finished this series 2 days ago, and figured I’d better write a review while I have the time, and it’s still fresh in my memory. It’s not like I get to watch a lot of anime lately, and especially not new ones, since I like to binge watch them, and waiting a whole week for every new episode is a pain! But I started this series earlier this week, and completed it the same day the last episode aired, and I was not disappointed!

At first, I wasn’t even sure if this was something I’d even like to watch, as mafia stories isn’t really my cup of tea, but I started it anyway, as the description sounded interesting. The first episode got me hooked right from the very start, and I watched the first half that same day. I could have watched the entire series in one big gulp, had it not been for the last missing episode at that time. And then there’s the boyfriend, who’d rather want to watch old X-Files episodes when he gets home.

Well anyway, let’s have a look at 91 Days! It all starts off pretty idyllic in America back in the 20’s. 2 brothers and their best friend have been playing that day, and as the friend has to go home, the father of the boys comes home. Everything seems to be fine, until some men enter the house, and threaten the father. The brothers hide in a closet, until the small one runs to his mother, who begs the men to spare her child’s life, after they murder her husband. Not wanting to leave any witnesses alive, they decide to kill both her and her son though, while not knowing there is another child in the room, who saw and heard everything.

He escapes the house alive, while one of the men tries to run after him and shoot him. He fails that task though, and the boy runs off into an uncertain future. 7 years later, we see that same boy, living in a rundown apartment, having nothing to live for but revenge. As he gets a letter from an unknown man containing a photo of his little brother, and a list of names of the ones who entered his house and killed his family back then, he starts to only care about wanting to kill those who ruined his life.

Not wanting to go alone, he finds his old childhood friend, whom he hasn’t seen since they pledged to become brothers after the murder. It turns out he is quite good at making moonshine, and wants to sell his booze in order to get enough money to study. As alcohol is very expensive, and the way of making money for the mafia, they try to sell the booze at a bar, where they run into one of the higher ups from a mafia family, and a game of life, death and revenge starts unfolding, as the one who failed to once shoot a little boy turns out to be right in front of him.

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I must say, while Avilio was a very nice main character, I liked his childhood friend Corteo the most. Without leaving too big of a spoiler, he was the one who made me tear up the most in the end. Nero, the main-target-to-kill was also very charismatic and loveable, like so many characters in this short 12 episode series. I’m surprised that such a short series managed to bring in so many characters, that I actually cared about, and wanted to root for in each their own way. Love them or hate them, it’s almost impossible to not feel for them in some kind of way.

As for the story, I think I already mentioned that it dragged me in from the very get-go. Revenge might be an overused theme, but it makes you feel for Avilio, who really lost it all. On top of that, he’s a very smart boy, and it makes for some cunning plans. Twists and turns will surprise you as the viewer, as not everything you see is actually what happened, making flashbacks crucial for understanding who killed who and why. And flashbacks are plenty! Not only because every person involved in the murder has a story to tell, but also because more than one perspective is needed to see what happened.

After 12 wonderful episodes, the ending left me empty though. Not in a bad way, but it’s a very open ending, and I am not sure how to interpret it yet. Maybe I need to someday watch all episodes one more time to really understand what happened there, or to just build my own opinion. You can already find tons of theories on the internet, but some are just absurd, and 2 of them are competing against each other. I’d love to write what I think about it here, but it would be too big of a spoiler, thinking about how new this series is. But let’s just say, that if you have watched Code Geass, and don’t know whether or not Lelouch is still alive, you kind of get the feeling that 91 Days will leave you with.

All in all, it was a very nice series, and every episode almost left the stench of cigarettes, alcohol and gunpowder in my living room. It’s one of those series not based on a manga or novel though, as far as I know, so you will probably either love it or hate it. It’s a special little piece if you ask me, and I’d like to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a short stand-alone series full of intrigues and gunshot murder. Give it a SHOT! 😉

Sakamoto desu ga? – Review

I’m sorry for not having been writing anything for over a week now, but I’ve not had the time. We picked up our puppy on Tuesday, and he’s been keeping us busy ever since. What a bundle of energy! But I’ll keep that for the next entry, as I’d like to prepare some photos of him for you all to see. So today it’s all about Sakamoto-san! I finished the series at the beginning of the week, and I’m still not over it yet… I’m quite sure this is one of those series I must own on DVD at some point!

Let’s start at the beginning: Sakamoto starts off his first year at high school, and while the girls are mostly swooning over him, some of the guys are not that fond of this cool dude. The thing about Sakamoto is that you either love him or hate him, but either way, you will eventually end up loving him anyway. His cool and smooth ways would be something to brag about, but Sakamoto uses his skills and intelligence to help others, even if they are out to harm him.

There’s a gang of bad guys at the high school, and they are often trying to embarrass or even hurt Sakamoto, to the point of one of them even wanting to kill him for always stealing the spotlight, and just overall being the good guy. They are not his only problem though, as one of his classmates has a mother who is madly in love with him, and he tries his best to avoid her without being rude.

Most episodes are hilarious and lighthearted though, as we know it from other school comedies. Just watching the weird ways Sakamoto tries to please everyone, whether he knows them or not, is something I would recommend anyone who is looking for a short and fun series. Maybe too short if you ask me, because although a second season doesn’t seem fit after the perfect ending, I’d love to watch more.

At first, I actually thought the official description of the series sounded like something I’d never watch, but I really wanted to know what all the fuss was about, and now I’m hooked. If you like types like Lelouch or Sebastian, you will be sure to like Sakamoto. He is so over the top, that the only other thing I could possibly compare him to would be Bayonetta, but that’s exactly what makes this series special, and something to remember.

Have you watched it yet, and did you like or loathe it? 🙂

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge – Review

I don’t know how it happened, but I watched the last episode yesterday. It feels weird, not only because I watched the second season within a few days, but also because the ending itself was weird. I won’t spoiler it in this review though, but if you haven’t watched the first season, reading this might be a spoiler in itself, so… SPOILER WARNING(!?)

The second season picks up where the first one ended. Quite literally. The difference now is though, that the left-out characters from the first season now play a bigger role, and the new Amazones and her Tengu turn out to be a part of the growing cast. It’s funny how they all work together so well, and it feels like the new characters have been there since the very beginning.

This time, Kou’s father is not the main problem, but a trip to Venus is. Nino tells the others how she has heard from her parents, and now she wants to go home again. By going home, she means the planet Venus of course, and most of the riverbank residents want to join her on that trip, and find a new home on her planet. This results in hard training with the help of Sister, where they need to live in a room with one another for almost a week, and also lose weight, as the rocket can only hold 500 kilos of weight.

As we get new characters though, we also get new backstories, of which I found Billy’s to be the one I’d like to know more about. The old characters also get a bit of story added to them, but I don’t feel any wiser as to what they did in the past. Although we get to know Whitey a lot better, and I like him a lot more than in the first season because of that. Due to various circumstances, we also get to see more of Maria, which is something I welcomed, as Sister is my favorite character of them all, and if you watched the first season, you know how their relationship works.

To be honest, there is nothing more I can say about the second season, as it has its roots in the first one, which I already reviewed. I don’t want to spoiler too much either, which is hard not to, if I keep writing about what happens. If they go to Venus or not, and who that shady person from the first season is must be held a secret! So go watch it if you haven’t already, it sure is worth it. I actually laughed more during these 13 episodes, as the characters were all established and well-known.

I’m sorry for not writing that much, bear with me please. Go watch it, and tell me what character you like the most, as there is bound to be at least one likeable character for every taste 🙂