Wow, I haven’t done one of these in awhile! I’ve tried to write this particular review 3 times, and for some reason it just hasn’t wanted to flow properly. Today shall change that!
Set during the Prohibition era, the series follows Angelo Lagusa and his quest to seek revenge against the Vanetti Family. – Wikipedia
What I Liked About It
91 Days is a fantastic anime in my opinion. There are very few things I disliked (really only one thing!) and many things I loved.
Let’s start with the music. The shows soundtrack is phenominal. Just listening to it by itself gives me goosbumps, and paired along with the story makes it even better. You get so much emotion from just the music that the show wouldn’t have been nearly as good without it. It’s crazy to think how much of a difference music really makes in media.
Graphically it was ok. Nothing to write home about, but the simplicity of the art helped the story to shine. 91 Days doesn’t need big eyed, beautiful character models or scenery to be a great show. The characters and story do that on it’s own.
Speaking of story, let’s dig into it a bit. Now, I’m not planning on spoiling anything but the plot of the anime is revenge, which we learn from the get go. Being set in the Prohibition Era, we are shown a lot of poverty, shady business deals and mafia ties that end up getting people killed. They used under the table alcohol production as an element to help carry the tale along so we hear about it quite a bit. The mafia is another huge part of the story since our main character uses it as a tool to carry out the revenge he’s seeking. As to be expected, when the mafia is involved we get some pretty gruesome scenes revolving around violence. There is a scene involving lasagna that still makes my stomach churn, even as I’m writing this. Moments like that are ones that make an anime memorable, even if it’s in a nausea inducing sort of way.
The character development is one of my favorite parts of this show. We get to see the main character, Angelo, go from a frightened child to an empty adult. Only when he’s offered a chance at revenge does the spark of life come back to him, and he takes hold of it very fast. Watching him mentally break down towards the end of the show was fascinating to me and made me love him even more. The writers were able to emulate how a person’s mind would start to give out when tradgedy and true anguish take over, leaving that person a shell of their former self. The funny thing about Angelo however, is that he was already a shell of his former self, causing the breakdown to be more severe than it would’ve already been.
You get attached to people quickly and feel their pain as if you actually know them. Corteo is one of the few anime characters that broke my heart, and his final scenes at the end of the show will stay with me forever. Rarely do you find a show that can hit you so hard that they stick to you the way Corteo did for me.
With all of that being said, let’s get onto the bad.
What I Disliked
The ending killed me, and not in a good way. It was one of those open ended, ‘you decide what really happened’ endings. I was completely pissed off when the credits began to roll, and it still makes me angry thinking about it now. They took the time to suck you into a good story and get you attached to great characters, just to smack you in the face with no real resolution.
It was almost enough for me to hate the show altogether, but my love for Angelo and Corteo kept me strong.
All in all, I really did enjoy 91 Days. If you like revenge stories centered around the mafia, or even just the feeling of Prohibition Era based stories, I would highly recommend that you watch this show. As long as you’re prepared for an ending that will leave you wanting in an angry kind of way, then you’ll be good to go.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! If you have anything you’d like to add to the discussion, please feel free to leave a comment! I love talking with others who love anime as much as I do.