Bungou Stray Dogs season 3 episode 12 is amazing. Rarely have I seen an ending to a 12-episode season so expertly carried out and so neatly wrapped up. I’m so excited I decided to post this a day early. Beware of spoilers ahead. Well then, let’s start with a synopsis of the episode!
Atsushi and Akutagawa, despite infected with the Cannibal virus, chase down Pushkin. He escapes, however, when Ivan appears with his powerful ability to control earth and rock. After a long fight with Ivan, Atushi and Akutagawa win, because of the latter allowing the former to borrow his ability; and also because the weretiger’s claws can cut through anything, even abilities.
Meanwhile, Pushkin runs out of the mine, only to be caught by Fukuzawa and most of the force of the Armed Detective Agency. They arrest him and he disables the virus. Fyodor wasn’t at the base within the mine. From the start, he was at a cafe and relaying orders to Ivan using radio waves and music on the radio. However, Dazai is able to find that cafe thanks to the Eyes of God ultimate security system.
Fyodor is arrested, but not without using an unknown power to kill one of the men who approached him. This leaves us wondering what his ability really is. Later, the Armed Detective Agency goes on a cruise and celebrates their victory. Dazai and Atsushi take their glasses and make a toast to the stray dogs.
The plot was wrapped up perfectly and the story came to a satisfying close. What is needed in a final episode? Some things are action, suspense, seeing what all the characters are doing, and tying up plot threads dropped earlier in the season. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd season does all these things extremely well. The way they brought up Atsushi’s father figure again was fitting, as was the way that Fitzgerald factored into the last chapter of the story.
While I was a little disappointed we got no more development for Mori, Natsume, or Kunikida, I’m still very happy with the final episode’s treatment of characters. Atsushi and Akutagawa were compared and contrasted, ironically working as partners when they really want to kill each other. Atsushi’s past and personal demons make me empathize with him and his general sweetness makes me like his character even when he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Akutagawa’s deal with Atsushi was also very interesting.
Francis S. Fitzgerald appeared in this episode, with his Eyes of God security system acting as the hidden trump card Dazai used to outwit Fyodor. Dazai didn’t get a lot of attention in this episode, but he seemed happy to have beaten Fyodor, and quietly satsified on the ship at the end as he fondly remembers Oda. Mori and Fukugawa are both well and healed from the virus, which I am so glad for, because I was convinced one of them would die.
The action scenes in this episode were exciting as usual. The highlights were the chase on the tram tracks, and the fight of Akugawa and Atsushi vs. Ivan. It was especially awesome to see how Atsushi looked in Akutagawa’s cloak, wielding the power of Rashoumon and his weretiger claws. Backgrounds were detailed and beautiful, too. The sound/ audio in episode 12 was terrific. Using classical music and an inspiring insert song was quite effective for setting the tones of different scenes. The voice-acting of most of the seiyuu was excellent, as expected.
I’ve been pretty quiet about it since I was also loving every bit of Sarazanmai, but Bungou Stray Dogs season 3 might be the best anime of the season in my book. It’s at least tied with Sarazanmai. Now is the time to show highly I think of this series.
Story is 8/10, more disordered than is optimal, but with a tidy ending, great action sequences, and a good premise. Art is 8/10, with a style I like, memorable character designs, visually exciting action scenes, no 3DCG, and gorgeous backgrounds. Sound is at 8/10 because I love the OP, the ED, the insert song in the last episode, and the seiyuu. I put characters at 9/10 not only because I like them so much, but because season 3 spent so much time developing them. My enjoyment of the series also ranked at 9/10. That gives us an overall series score of 8.4/10, Excellent.
This is an anime I’ll be sure to have fun watching time and time again, arriving at a better understanding each time. Season 3 upped by appreciation for the whole franchise of Bungou Stray Dogs. Well, this is Anime Rants, wishing you wellness. Thank you for reading! Ja ne!