(This is the Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple film review, which is Japanese anime movie released in 2018 that is the first film adaptation of the manga series of the same name)
Finally, the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise that has spawned both manga and anime has decided to add a feature film into the list! Being the first movie adaptation of the series, many fans have been looking forward to it and they are also glad most of the anime voice actors reprise their roles in this film. It is directed by Igarashi Takuya, who has worked on plenty of other animes before, and it is produced by the same studio that creates the anime series : Bones. Now, could this film match the fans’ hope and expectations? Read on the Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple film review to find out if the apple is still alive or dead!
A mysterious fog has been appearing around the world that causes many power users to mostly use their own powers to commit suicide. With this happening at an alarming rate, the Armed Detective Agency, a group of special police filled with power users themselves, has been tasked to track down the murderer or the source of the deadly fog. With their enemy being an unknown being, could they resolve this case in time before they themselves are targeted?
Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Film Review
I went to watch this movie simply because I had watched the previous 2 seasons and rather enjoyed them. However I think I may have forgotten quite a bit and this film doesn’t really catch you up, quickly plunging into the thick of things so if you haven’t watched both seasons, I suggest you don’t this movie just yet.
Plot-wise, I felt like it was really over-convoluted and didn’t really make that much sense? New characters were also hastily introduced and I have no idea what their motivations are for doing certain things that don’t really make any sense? The pacing was ok though, and there are sufficient bits of epic anime action throughout and especially at the end.
Character wise… I honestly did not understand very well the actions of some of the characters and why they did what they did. Many of the characters were also kind of ignored instead only focusing on a handful of existing and newly introduced characters. Also, there is a particular arc for one of the characters which happened due to a reveal with regards to a newly introduced character that just came out of nowhere??? Like I vaguely remember the character was kind of over the issue he was supposed to be getting over in this movie… But perhaps I’m remembering things wrongly. Either way, I feel like due to how long the arc took it felt more annoying rather than satisfying.
The thing that really saved this movie for me was the animation honestly especially during some of the fight scenes. It is epic in a way that only anime can be coupled together with a phenomenal surprise soundtrack. It did somewhat make me feel better about the movie. However, it’s flaws still can’t be overlooked.