Wednesday . 22 September . 2021

The seinen manga series Bungo Stray Dogs has won the hearts of many with its likeable cast and action-packed story. The manga has so far been adapted inkhổng lồ three seasons of anime and received a movie, both of which have sầu drawn many of us into this lovable tale. Today I’m here to lớn check out the latest spin-off in the size of the first light novel, which tells a history many of us have sầu been eager to lớn hear about.

Set two years before the beginning of the main series, this book covers Osamu Dazai’s first hectic days at the Armed Detective sầu Agency. The story is told from the perspective sầu of Doppo Kunikidomain authority, a man who lives by his iđơn hàng và plans his days down to lớn the second – and who is paired with Dazai. The two are opposites, và Kunikida hates Dazai’s carekhông lấy phí attitude toward work, but with a kidnapper on the loose Kunikida can’t afford khổng lồ waste his time complaining! 

If you’ve sầu read or watched much of Bungo Stray Dogs before, you’ll already be well aware that Dazai và Kunikidomain authority are considered one of Yokohama’s top detective duos. Sure, they bicker but they can be trusted to solve sầu even the toughest of cases. With this in mind, it’s certainly nice khổng lồ find out how they got to lớn this point and how Dazai even joined the Agency. 

In this volume Dazai’s past is still shrouded in mystery, having been wiped clean before joining the team. Kunikida does his best to dig up information but comes up empty-handed. This offers a satisfying nod to lớn readers who are well aware of Dazai’s past, thanks khổng lồ the main story, while also keeping the novel self-contained enough khổng lồ work for newcomers. 

Bungo Stray Dogs Volume 1 offers an interesting murder mystery story.

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Alongside the serial kidnapper, there’s also a terrorist with a grudge against the Detective sầu Agency to lớn contkết thúc with. The two cases are intertwined somehow & will keep you guessing how until the end, especially as it tries to paint one of the main cast as a potential suspect. As a standalone book, I don’t think you’d be disappointed reading this without any familiarity with the main series. 

One of the nice things about this series of spin-off novels (of which there are 7 volumes in nhật bản so far!) is that they’re all written & illustrated by the same creator duo as the main series – Kafka Asagiri và Sango Harukawa. 

Asagiri notes in their afterword that this was their first time writing a light novel, which is surprising given how well it was written! There were points where I feel lượt thích Asagiri has put too much information into lớn a scene where it wasn’t needed, but these seem lượt thích issues that will be straightened out as the series continues. As far as the illustrations go, Harukawa does a great job of bringing the Bungo Stray Dogs cast to lớn life in a slightly different medium. Having more space lớn work with compared to the small panels of a manga allows Harukawa to put more detail inkhổng lồ each scene, which she does wonderfully.

The only minor problem with this series is that I wish it had a slightly different name to the manga to lớn distinguish it as a spin-off. Although this first volume is subtitled (Osamu Dazai’s Entrance Exam), it’s in rather small print next to the volume number và I worry potential new buyers won’t know whether this or the manga was the original series. 

This series comes to the West thanks lớn Yen Press and has been translated by Matt Rutsohn, who is a different translator lớn the manga series. The translation reads well & the cast all sound like the characters we know và love, which is important for a franchise as big as this! Included in this release are various colour pages at the beginning of the book depicting several of our heroes in adorable poses. At the time of writing Yen Press have the second volume scheduled for release in October và the third in February. 

Overall this first instalment of Bungo Stray Dogs proves itself a worthy investment for both new và existing fans alượt thích. Those of you who care about Dazai and Kunikida, in particular, will enjoy reading their back-and-forth bickering as they work hard to lớn crachồng the case.

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