Bungo Stray Dogs 5th Season

TV (11 eps)
4.418 out of 5 from 2,671 votes
Rank #55

The fifth season of Bungo Stray Dogs.

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I have been a major fan of Bungou Stray Dogs for nearly a decade. I have been heavily invested in the manga, it's pacing, and representation of the characters as they very DRASTICALLY compared to the anime itself. I never really cared much for this as it still go the general point across of the story... until recently. Firstly, the beginning of the season having a seemingly very very small budget left very heavy hitting scenes [such as Akutagawa's death or Nikolai and Fyodor's meeting] feeling glossed over despite them being character defining scenes in the manga. Bones' weird insistence on prioritizing the action aspect rather than the story/emotional aspect of Bungou makes it feel uncomfortable and weirdly rushed at times. On top of this weird pacing, again, the budget makes it feel even stranger in a way I can't really describe. Scenes where recolored, stock videos of real smoke overlaid on an anime background just looks bad. I genuinely can not express enough my disdain for episode 11 and the absolute insanity it was. The fact that Fyodor, the man who memorized scratches on the back of cards ot beat someone, was killed in such a melodramatic, not thought out way was ridiculous. Moreover, I refuse to believe he couldn't tell Chuuya was dressed up as a vampire. Fukuchi's insane speedrun of a redemption arc felt both rushed and shallow given that his reasoning for his plan changes... as he is talking about it (before entering the book he mentioned the sword gave him a vision of 210 million people dying and then when in the book he said it was Fyodor who encouraged it and he wouldn't let more than 500 people die). Bram, despite having a sword embedded in his brain, pulled out with relative ease by a child... You can TRULY feel that this episode was written and produced in less than a month. The ending, being that less than two hours after a world war they [Atsushi and Akutagawa who is barely a human again] are already fighting a new, aggressively ill fitting enemy was jarring and felt both cheap and moronic. I honestly can not figure out why they decided to take this direction instead of just waiting for more manga content in the coming years. It is rushed, it feels rushed, and it overall is not good and I don't recommend watching it to anyone who is a fan of the series.

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