Underrated Anime: Bungou Stray Dogs

Underrated Anime: Bungou Stray Dogs - Sugoi Nation

By: Hyochii 
A freelance anime blogger, cosplayer and amateur artist.

In Spring of 2016, Bungou Stray Dogs hit the anime scene with its interesting plot that was promising and unique but despite all that, it wasn't as popular as it should of been. The fanbase for the anime is pretty small which is very disappointing for the amazing animation, background, and action sequencing. 

Watch it Here: Crunchyroll, Funimation

The synopsis of the anime is the following: For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima's orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai's partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

Despite how intriguing and unique the plot is, the anime itself went under the radar and wasn’t really well taken by the western audience (despite being really popular in Japan) mostly due to the complexity of the anime itself. It’s an anime that references real life literature and authors as opposed to the casual everyday anime that we watch that includes the stereotypical cute waifu’s (no offense). The characters itself requires you to do some deep researching to really understand and get into the anime too. It's far from our typical mainstream anime and actually takes a more mature and deep dark comical routes as you continue to watch more of it. 

So if you're up for something new, definitely watch Bungou Stray Dogs as it’s an eye opener and fairly interesting/comical.

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