'91 Days' Review & Theories
〈 07.15.17 〉
LONG POST & SPOILER ALERT
*Watch Before Read; seriously it's a very good anime, please give it a chance
aka — X
Studio — Shuka
Director — Kaburagi Hiro
Writer — Kishimoto Taku
Music — Kaida Shōgo
Licensed by — Funimation
Released — 2016
Genre — crime, drama, thriller
Episode — 12
Synopsis — Angelo Lagusa's parents and brother were kill when he was young. 7 years later, he changed his name to Avilio Bruno and received a letter telling him who the killers were; a few men part of the mafia. To get close to his targets, he joins the mafia with the help of a friend and cautiously makes his way to completing his revenge.
Beginning — I'm going to be frank; I started watching this anime when it came and then stopped watching to only finish it now. All I remember as a 'serpent' guy and killing one of the killers (very ironic). I also remember it was a bit slow, but then again it took it's time building the events in depth; I can appreciate that.
Middle — A jumble of whatever happened in this anime. I was lost half of the time and that's not the anime's fault; I'm just don't pay attention (fml). But honestly a lot was happening. Fat guy, then Fango, then killing fat guy. I'm just 'Who's Fango; why is he important? Who's the pig?" (Literally my brain because I don't remember what happened). Again, confusing rising action but most of it was because one, I don't play attention and two, almost a year gap between watching.
End — This is what I CAN remember because it was memorable and I already knew the Vanetti family from the beginning. That uncle got what was coming for him, the Don died a reasonable death in front of his son, and the last killer left... Didn't.. die?? Wait what????
I truly liked seeing that development for the characters and story. It means the protagonist changed and the change was subtle and took it's time. I APPRECIATE that. Some characters are just given a trait out of nowhere with no development or build up just to make the story in general more interesting. I hate that; like how did we get from point A to point B?! Anyway, you get my point. That development of friendship between Avilio and Nero was good and subtle.
Another thing I like is when a show ties up it's loose ends. This show almost did except for one- well.... maybe two situations. The minor situation between the two is what happened to the sister? Like did she have the gorilla man's baby?? Oh and how did she react to her brother and father's death and that Nero is a fugitive now. Fio, the sister, was a minor character with a very minor role but I would have liked her to see her side too afterward. Did she get to see her brother again?? These, my fellow kishins, are the questions we must ask.
For the other situation that wasn't tied up, the definitely more major one, the ending. If you have read my other reviews, you'll know that I love when an person leaves the story open. This one is no different and it was done in a fine way too; a way that was satisfying. However, of course, my brain was being very stupid and didn't interpret it like that so thinking that I must have missed something, I google explanations for the ending. After a bit of 'research', it was then clear to me that the story was an open ended one where you're allowed to make your own theories. So here's mine...
*this is a THEORY; it is NOT fact just my interpretation
Main Theory: the ending
What I think happened: Avilio drowned himself.
I say that because of 3 main things; he has no will to live, no body or blood shown, and he said he'll see Corteo soon.
Let's rewind a bit; when it came to killing Corteo Avilio obviously lost it. I feel like his plan, after killing the Vanetti family, was to be with Corteo, his 'brother'. That's a good enough reason to live, but after killing him, that meaning is lost.
Fastforwarding a bit, Nero and Avilio are escaping and come to a kinda fork in the road. Avilio is like 'to the right is the beach' and Nero just goes because why not. I think at that point Avilio was planning to kill himself that's why he wanted to go to the beach, to drown himself.
At the beach, Nero figures out Avilio is going to kill himself and tells him there's more to living. When he sees Avilio is not convinced, he pulls out his gun as a way to say 'if you want to die so badly, I'll just kill you myself'.
I don't how you are with your friends but between my friends, when one is done and making the mood depressing we're just like 'if you're going to kill the vide, kill yourself' or 'if you're going to act like a baby, you might as well start talking'. We say that in a way like we care but then don't to make it you know not as obvious because we don't like being mushy.
Nero and Avilio are men so it's going to be extreme and not as straightforward as like 'don't kill yourself' because you know that sounds desperate and people, especially men, have pride.
Avilio keeps walking, ignoring Nero and so he shoots but of course misses because it is just a 'warning' and to make it more convincing. When he sees there is no reasoning in with Avilio, he let's him go.
The only thing that is kinda stopping this theory is: why is Nero so happy in the end? If he was trying to stop Avilio from killing him but fails, shouldn't he be upset? Well I bet he is, but Nero is a more optimistic person and after getting to know Avilio for 3 months he knows how Avilio is.
You know that saying 'if you love them, you let them go'? It's not love in this case, but Nero and Avilio were true friends and Nero sees the struggle he's going through. He sees that Avilio has hit a dead end and as a friend, he let's him do what's best for him. When he got back into the car and looked to his side, he's grateful he had a friend like Avilio.
Side Theory: Why is 91 Days called 91 Days?
When I first heard of this series, the first thing I thought about was that question and the the first thing that came to mind to answer it was that it's a countdown, specifically to someone's death. After watching the anime, my theory could be correct.
Again, I googled the question to see what everyone else was thinking and few said stuff like 'its the number of days it took to air' or 'its the number of days Avilio was in Lawless and with the mafia'. I agree with the second one, that it could just represent the 3 months Avilio was in Lawless and emphasize his time with the mafia, but I like my idea better.
The whole plot revolves around Avilio getting his revenge and of course, we should except him to do that. It would make since if the title was counting down the days till Avilio carried out what he was supposed to carry out BUT he did not kill them all like we assumed. He doesn't kill Nero and sure the anime could be covering it up by using the 'feel what I felt' line and could more drama, but we all know Avilio was going to kill him.
So, who's death was it counting down then? Avilio's. Referring back to my main theory, if Avilio really did drown himself, the 91 days could be counting his death. Sure,we don't know how long Nero and him and have been running before, but we don't know exactly how many days passed since the series started. That being said, that's my theory on why the series is called 91 Days.
Avilio Bruno/Angelo Lagusa (voiced by Kondo Takashi)
A good character all together. I don't really have much to say about him directly; the series just shows you his actions and motives so strangely enough I don't have much to say. He was a humorous character with a very straightforward goal; a character I can appreciate and remember forever.
For development, again, he was able to make a bond and put his revenge plans aside. That's enough development for this character and for the story.
Nero Vanetti (voiced by Eguchi Takuya)
Same thing with Avilio, his actions tell you what kind of person he is; he is a more kinder person than you expected. I do enjoy seeing more fun side to the series because of him and seeing Avilio's relationship with him grow.
I like how the series touched all bases and stereotypes when it came to characters. The close friend, the suspicious one, the extremely crazy one, etc. They all were focused on eventually yet equally. The most memorable characters was Corteo because he was just a bystander, literally got dragged in, and ended up trying to stand up for himself and fight in the end.
Again, watched it in dub, but I can say I don't like that voices that much. It's okay, but since this is a more Western anime and that characters are mostly men I would like the voices to be deeper. If you haven't noticed, when listening to Japanese voice actors or just anyone who speaks Japanese in general, the pitch of their voice goes up.
I know it's just a natural thing and that there are deep voice speakers, but for this anime I would have liked it more if some of them had a deeper voice to suit it's character design.
The main point and best quality in this anime was the story, the animation.... Eh. It's your standard animation and character designs these days. But some of the scenery was pretty good/beautiful like the ocean ending in the last episode.
Other than that, said by Chibi Reviews, the animation in the last half was done lazily and by lazily he meant when someone was talking we wouldn't even get to see that people and would just seeing like the fan on the ceiling that we've definitely seen many times. I can agree with that because I had a kinda deja Vu moment when I saw the fan on the ceiling. Like 'didn't I see a fan animation like that earlier in the series' type deal.
Lastly, the animation for the opening and ending. Let's talk about the ending first because I have a lot to say about the opening. I liked the slow motion gun and then went to shattered glass and we see characters. It was very simple, but went very well with the song.
For the opening... Eh. The first time I saw it, when Avilio pulled out his gun and pointed at the screen I was expecting a very cool opening...... Nope, I was disappointed as fuck. Like it doesn't like to be as fabulous as Mob Psycho's opening, but taking scenes from the anime and making a montage is very boring and showed how truly lazy they got. Still I stuck with it because I wanted to hear the opening song. Speaking of opening song...
For once, I have a lot to say.
First, the opening song. Amazing; one hundo percent amazing. Like go listen to it right now!! The whole vibe really matches the emotions and tone of this anime; from the tragedy of his family to joining the mafia to the ending. It touches all those bases when it came to matching the mood (even though it didn't actual play that the scene, I mean all together; as you listen to it you can visualize all the scenes). If you love the opening song Unravel from Tokyo Ghoul (which I know many do) you'll probably like this song because it's the same artist.
For the minor OSTs they matched the mood very well and high quality in my opinion. Though that is no notable ones, I did enjoy them.
For the ending, it was slow and simple because it was just singing 'la la la'. I bet many thought it was a boring song because there was no lyrics and the animation wasn't flashy BUT!! I stuck with it because it gave the old time feel to the show and helped you relax after the intense story. Plus the voice was very relaxing.
Stream it or Buy it? — Ahhhh I don't know. Good story, characters, and soundtrack, but lack of animation. Based on that, you would think I would say yes, but I seriously don't know. Like for me to say buy it, it has to have an impact on me. I will definitely say this series did but not a strong one. I don't want to say stream it but this series was still good in a way that is still worthy to buy. So, coming to a conclusion I will say do whatever you want and feel. If you like it, buy it. If you didn't, just don't buy it. Personally, I meant end of buying it.
Recommend? — I would definitely recommend to watch it; at least give it a try. If your into the mafia and want a really down to earth story you'll enjoy this one. If you enjoy a more exciting, thrilling story then obviously this is not your cup of tea.
Like I like I said, 91 Days left an impact on me but not a strong one. I think that impact came from the ending because that was the only thing that really stuck out to me. If I rewatched it, I bet I will say something entirely different. But yeah, a fairly good series with a interesting story ending, two characters, and an opening and ending I will remember.
Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed
and CHOU OUT!!