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.
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! 😉