91 Days Anime Review

“A raison d’etre gives a person power. Friendship is a more reliable tool than a knife.” – Angelo

This was recommended to me by a friend. 91 Days is an original anime, meaning it’s not based on manga or light novel, from Shuka. It was released back in July of 2016. The series consists of 12 episodes.

 

Characters

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Angelo Lagusa aka Avilio Bruno is the protagonist of the series. He is driven by rage and vengeance after the Vanetti family killed his family. He disguised himself and is infiltrating among mafia ranks for his assassinations.

 

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Corteo is Angelo’s childhood friend and one of few who knows Angelo’s true identity and intentions. He makes amazing brew called the Lawless Heaven. Keep in mind that this is during the Prohibition era. He has always hated the mafia, but to help out Angelo, he is willing to go into the belly of the beast.

 

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Nero Vanetti is son of Vincent Vanetti, the don of Vanetti family. He is one of Angelo’s targets for killing his family. Despite that, he is very energetic and trusting. He values his family and friends over everything, which may not be the smartest thing in his situation.

 

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Fango is like the Joker, but slightly less erratic and belongs in a mob. He is sadistic, he is masochistic, he likes some of his men, and is ambitious to be the head of the Orca family, his family.

 

Story

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The story follows Angelo and his plans of revenge against those who killed his family. The killers that took part in this are Vincent “Don” Vanetti, Nero Vanetti, and Vanno
Clemente. After seven years of disappearance, Angelo returns.

 

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Like any good mafia drama, there are multiple families who hate each other. Those are: the Vanetti family, the Orco family, and Galassia family. But like many political dramas, these families who hate each other have to mingle and marry each other to protect each other while kill each other. Why make it simple right.

 

the Bad

There is not a lot I can complain about this series, but here’s a few.

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It is established early that Angelo/Avilio has really good pick-pocketing and sleight of hand skills, but is it so good that he can empty a revolver in front of a guy with this said guy not noticing it?

And when a certain murder takes place, Angelo/Avilio dumps a load of bullets into a pot right outside the crime scene, I mean, the guy is careful, why isn’t he carefully at this so crucial moment?

There are times when Angelo/Avilio is talking to one of his targets and he passive aggressively gives hints at who he might be for absolutely no reason other than to poke jabs at his targets.

 

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I don’t know if this is a mafia thing, but it seems like characters assume that the victims that are going to be killed will accept this fact professionally. In one instance, Fango tells A that he no longer cares for A and is going to kill him. Then he changes his mind and tells A that he is going to make a call so some else will kill A. To his surprise, A freaks out and tries to harm Fango. I mean…. shouldn’t Fango have anticipated that A might freak out after you tell him you are going to kill him? Fango is not stupid, but this time, he was.

 

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And there was this minor villain that really did not seem to fit in. His physical prowess seemed almost superhuman as he could withstand being hit by a car, hits to the head and even gun wound. While the rest of the entire cast in bound in reality, this guy alone seems to come from Black Lagoon.

 

the Good

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If you’ve been itching for a mature anime, you will be happy to hear that this is no kids’ anime. This does not have moe characters, no cheesy heroes, nor simple villains. There is no power of friendship here, sure, friendship is important but it does not magically solve this mafia situation or change Angelo’s mind about his goals.

 

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Our protagonist Angelo is no hero. He does a lot of despicable things starting from theft, murder, framing others for murder, and manipulating others to murder for him. Yes, there is a lot of murders. In contrast, the villains are not straight up evil, Vincent and Nero Vanetti comes off as much more human and sympathetic characters opposed to Angelo. Both Vanettis, especially Nero, want to protect the family and not much else. Sure turf and profit is important but not more than family. 91 Days is about men who ruined each others’ lives. Vanetti’s ruined Angelo’s life, and now Angelo is here to ruin the Vanetti’s lives. But things are never that simple.

 

The best part of the show is the relationship between Angelo and Nero. The two are complete opposites. Angelo is deceptive and cunning while Nero is trusting and naive, Angelo has no friends except Corteo while Nero is a social butterfly, and Angleo lost everything while Nero has so much to lose. Throughout the show, the two start this relationship that is strong as it is completely unstable. The audience knows that Angelo plans on killing Nero, despite that, they seem to form what could only be called friendship. And this unsteadiness is great.

 

I enjoy when the opening themes are great, and I really liked 91 Days’ Signal by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. It is grim and melancholic, and the animation shows the dark underworld the story will take place as well as the motivation for the protagonist. I think this opening captures the motivation, the drama and the atmosphere of the series perfectly. The ending theme, though less memorable, shows pile of broken glass to illustrate all the people and relationships that was, is, and will be broken, very classy.

 

Verdict

  • Will I watch it again? Possibly. While I enjoyed every single episode of it, It is very grim and not something you just watch.
  • Do I recommend it? Definitely. It was so refreshing to watch something serious and not set in a Japanese high school. 91 Days is unique in setting and characters.

 

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this thoroughly. I was so glad I watched this, since it has been awhile watching something serious. This is not the best anime I’ve ever seen, but it was pretty damn good. It filled a hole that was void. After watching so many cutesy things, this was fresh. I hope you liked this one.

Gihoon

 

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10 thoughts on “91 Days Anime Review

  1. I keep seeing trailers for this on Crunchyroll. It did strike me as something a little more mature than some shows have been, so I’m glad it’s not been miss sold by the trailers there. It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.

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    1. I enjoyed it a lot. That said, it is not the most serious thing I’ve seen. It does have some silly moments here are there, but overall it was indeed mature, and I was glad I saw it. If you check it out, let me know what you think!

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      1. No, no, my fault with the wording there. I didn’t take it that you meant it was bad at all. It did sound like it’s a sudden jump in style for that portion of the story. Hopefully it won’t be too jarring when I get to it.

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  2. I enjoyed parts of this but found the middle kind of meandering. The start and end both pack a fair punch and Nero and Avilio’s relationship is pretty entertaining. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Thank you for reading! I agree that the middle was not as meaty as the beginning and the end. I enjoyed what it offered, but there could have been a bit more spice. This kept making Baccano pop it in my head, and Baccano was crazy. Glad you liked the post!

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