Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 34: Staving off the inevitable

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Tanizaki faces off against the Port Mafia

Wow, Fyodor really doesn’t mess around. While this episode didn’t end up being the massive fight it was hyped to be, I still liked what we got. There’s a good sense of pacing in the episode, which works to emphasize the fact that the Armed Detective Agency is racing against the clock. However, I’m having trouble making sense of where some of the story is headed, so I’ll have to wait to find out.

Kunikida is forced to fight kids

I thought that the focus on Kunikida was interesting, but part of me wonders why kids are so often used against him. That being said, I like the reference back to the OVA’s story, and it’s somewhat funny that Kunikida is somehow explosion-proof. What bothers me a bit is that I’m not sure what Fyodor’s trying to get at by bringing Katsura back into the story.

Fyodor plays in front of Katsura

The reference is fine, and I got the sense that the ultimate goal was to show that Fyodor is more ruthlessly trying to break Kunikida. However, he’s not exactly attacking Kunikida’s ideals like Katsura did. It’s more of a parlor trick, coldly killing a kid in front of Kunikida. I wonder how it will affect him going forward, but it’s not exactly related to Katsura.

The target is a trap

I’m curious about the fact that Fyodor uses a non-gifted person for his deception here. Who exactly are the gifted people in his organization? Does he even have any? Given that his ultimate goal is to wipe out the gifted, it’s not surprising that he doesn’t rely on them. So, I wonder if he even has any gifted allies.

Rampo discovers the fake document

Fyodor’s heavy use of misdirection in the series makes him a cool villain. It definitely makes you wonder how the Armed Detective Agency is going to avoid war if their only lead is a wild goose chase. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fyodor later reveals that the virus doesn’t even work the way he described it. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s outright lied about how a power works.

Tanizaki stands over Mori

I liked seeing Tanizaki in action in this episode. He has a great power, so it’s nice to see it take center stage. It’s clear that he could do some terrible things with his ability, but he largely holds back for the benefit of his sister.

Kouka saves Tanizaki

I’m a little sad that we didn’t get to see Kouka face off against Ozaki. I don’t remember how much it’s been set up before this season, but there’s a clear connection between the two. Is this season gearing towards a face-off between the Port Mafia and the Armed Detective Agency? That’s the only way I see that connection being explored.

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