It’s an unseasonably cold April, and snow is falling. A young boy witnesses the mafia’s murder of his family, and after narrowly escaping the same fate, he seeks refuge at a friend’s house. Seven years later, and the boy is now a man, reuniting with his friend for the first time since that tragic night. He has a new life and a new name, but he hasn’t forgotten. The prohibition of alcohol has given him an opening to get close to the mafia, so he strikes up a partnership to exact his revenge.
Less than 2 minutes in and there’s already a Light Yagami trademark grin, most recently featured in the villain reveal of Erased. Given that the script supervisor was a member of staff on both series, that’s understandable, and including a shot like that is a dead giveaway that sh*t’s about to get real. 91 Days is pseudo-historic; not really existing in a specific time or place but taking direct inspiration from Prohibition-era USA. I’m a sucker for historical settings, especially in the last century, which was a big factor in my enjoyment of wartime series over the last two seasons. It’s difficult to not compare any anime involving gang warfare to Durarara!!, especially when the animation producer worked on the series. But this anime takes this and combines them with the historical elements, which introduces a new angle and makes it seem more innovative. The protagonist’s backstory is very reminiscent of Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) as both are privileged boys who lose everything in a deliberate attack against their families.
Joker Game – Both series are historical dramas involving large organisations, crime and espionage.
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – The whole atmosphere seems very similar to Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, as they’re both very serious anime heavily influenced by history. Even though 91 Days doesn’t have the same comedic interludes to lighten the mood, the tension feels the same.
Bungou Stray Dogs – While 91 Days portrays the mafia from a historical viewpoint, Bungou Stray Dogs portrays their mafia from a literary perspective. Both are fictionalised versions of gang activity, rooted in reality.
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