During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. One day, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious sender, prompting him to return to Lawless for revenge. He then infiltrates the Vanetti family, the ones responsible for his family’s murder, and sets about befriending the don’s son, Nero, to set his vengeance in motion. Killing brings more killing, and revenge spawns more revenge. How will the 91-day story of these men guided by a tragic fate end?
A great and gory start to this one, with some compelling characters in some interesting situations. It’s gritty and different, and I am feeling the dark and complex anime this season. From the first episode it was bringing the thrills and intrigue that is guaranteed to pique a great deal of interest almost immediately.
I can see that 91 Days is already building up to something big. The wheels were set in motion in the very first episode and Angelo isn’t wasting any time getting the revenge he’s been plotting for years. He’s already started stirring up trouble between the warring mafia families, all the while using his fake identity to ingratiate himself with his family’s killers to take them down from the inside.
Still, it’s not all blood and grit. There is a bit of humour within that’s somewhat akin to that of a Guy Ritchie film. When Nero is being chased down by a hulking assassin, he manages to kick him in the balls and run away. The hulking thug manages to get to his feet and out on the streets just in time to get hit by the cat Angelo and Nero are trying to get away in. After seeing how pissed the guy is, they decide to make the rest of their escape by foot.
I’m not even halfway through the storyline and things are already getting very complex, as you would expect when you have several mafia families plotting against one another in their fight for dominance in the country that they live in. This anime is full of dangerous characters, deception and tactics. As you can imagine, there are quite a few characters to contend with, but I’m having no trouble identifying who’s who. This is probably due to the fact that, when a new character is introduced, they are done so in quite memorable ways that make them stand out. For example, I always know who Fango is because it was shown early on that he likes a bit of BDSM in the bedroom, and Don Orca likes to feed would-be chefs to pigs if they feed him disappointing lasagne.
With so much going on, the pace of the story is quick and brutal. If some characters are experiencing some natural down-time, there’s plenty more going on for the viewer to get their teeth into. We have Nero and Angelo going out, checking on the illegal businesses, Fango does his usual crazy and psychotic antics, Corteo finding himself more and more immersed in the mafia atmosphere despite his reluctance and some crazy car chases and gunfights that are just part-and-parcel of being in a ‘family’.
Corteo and Angelo make a good pair, with the one being reserved and thoughtful and the other more about getting things done. I’m not sure if Angelo’s drive for revenge will change their relationship at all, but with so many twists and turns in the plot there are plenty of ways for the plot to travel in so it’s almost impossible to guess what will happen in future episodes. Will Angelo finally get the revenge he desires? Will he feel satisfied? Will there be a great cost? I’m not sure, but I am definitely sticking around to find out.
91 Days has quickly become one of my most-anticipated anime of this season. In constantly torn between watching each episode as soon as it’s published or waiting a few weeks so I can have the pleasure of watching several in one sitting. It’s action-packed, clever, intriguing and still manages to retain a sense of humour. I can see this one being a big hit in the community this Summer.