First Look: 91 Days

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Anime Original by Shuka
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Seven years after the murder of his family and during Prohibition, Angelo Lacuza, now going under the name Avilio Bruno, returns to the mafia-controlled town of Lawless. His plan: infiltrate the Vanetti family by befriending the don’s son, Nero, and finally exact his revenge. Presumably  within 91 days.

Artemis’ verdict: Relax, It’s Fine

This was probably one of the most hyped-up shows of this season, as well as the one a ton of people were skeptical of – the former from those who adore anything at all to do with gangsters/the 1920s, the latter from those who’ll accept no substitutes for Baccano! and probably won’t move on from that show even after you pry it from their cold, dead fingers. The comparisons to Baccano! will of course be inevitable given the creative team behind both it and 91 Days, but frankly I don’t really care about any of that. All I really care about is if 91 Days is actually any good or not.

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And you can release that breath now, because it is good. Maybe not great, but what I got from the first episode is that this is a going to be a perfectly competent series with focused pacing, some nicely detailed background artwork, and that fun but gritty atmosphere everyone’s always looking for when it comes to titles with this type of storyline. Said storyline isn’t particularly original of course, even if this anime is technically an original show, but so long as it does a decent job of executing its clichés then you won’t see me complaining.

I’m perhaps a tad underwhelmed by the character designs, which are fine in and of themselves but easily outdone by the rest of the visuals, and it largely remains to be seen how good the soundtrack is. However, 91 Days has already shown that it can handle both its drama and its action while remaining in good form writing-wise, so as a whole, I’m giving this my seal of official gangster approval. It has me curious in all the right ways, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

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Jel’s verdict: Shuka’s Revenge

For me, the Baccano comparisons began to fade somewhere around the somber, cinematic credit sequence, but you can’t deny these people have a fondness for likable psychopaths. I guess that really only applies to our main man Bruno/Angelo, who is the kind of insufferably cool and invincible Fortunately the rest of the cast does a good job humanizing him, and the end result is a group I’d love to see in some kind of violent buddy comedy where they’re on the run from both the law and the mob. Perhaps we will get some of that, but my main fear is this will be a pretty straightforward revenge tale. Regardless of what’s to come, 91 Days starts off strong with a decent story, cool characters, and a very unique setting for anime and will definitely be worth watching a few episodes.

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3 thoughts on “First Look: 91 Days

  1. Very good start. The cinematic credits actually played well for a first episode. Setting, design and plot could be a winner this summer. I’m a bit confused though. Doesn’t Bruno want to kill anyone related to the Vanetti family?

    When Nero introduced himself I assumed Bruno would immidiately slit his throat….

  2. A lot of people have compared this to Baccano but other than the era I’m not getting vibe. This has a very different feel and I’m hoping that it continues to be its own story as it continues.

    • Likewise, I don’t see Baccano at all here – and imo that’s a good thing. Not because I dislike Baccano but because I very much want this show to be its own.

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