“Dazai, Chūya, Jūgo-Sai” (太宰、中也、十五歳)
The question “Why do you want to die?” was followed by “Do you really think there’s any value in the act of living?” and from that moment on another flashback into the life of Dazai in the Port Mafia just made me want to curl up and absorb it all in one go.
I won’t this time because this time I’ll keep up to date with it weekly but boy do I love when they explore Dazai’s backstory.
This time he’s bringing Chuuya with him!
It feels like we are slowly going deeper and deeper into Dazai’s past, whilst last season we saw a decent reason into why he left the Port Mafia in this flashback it looks like we’ll be seeing how his relationship with Chuuya was formed. By next season I’d hope to see why he joined the Port Mafia and if there is a season after that I’d like to see how he was conceived thank you.
Bring on baby Dazai!
In all honesty though it is nice to start the seasons with these glaringly different episodes. Whilst some comedy is still there and that fun and over the top connection and chemistry between characters is present whenever we dive into Dazai’s past the tone of the episodes and how they are presented even in comedic moments just feels different. It is like we have to constantly be reminded that at this point in his life Dazai didn’t see the light. The episodes are darker in reality and in subject matter and compared to the upbeat way the rest of the season in present times usually plays out even at its most darkest nothing beats the grungy, dark look into Dazai’s history with the Port Mafia.
I’ve always been a fan of Chuuya and it is nice to see how he came to be part of the Mafia and see that it is just as important a part of the story as a whole as anything else.
Finding out that he was anti-Port Mafia was interesting, the fact that he was a kid that had brought together other kids to basically kill the Port Mafia was a fascinating bit of character development for him, I can see how it plays out from here but it’ll be fun seeing it unfold. Right from the start he is marked as being especially gifted with his ability to control gravity and he’s known as the Leader of the group known as the Sheep which was just interesting as hell for a character who up until now had a great personality and chemistry with the Agency but didn’t really have much more to his character than that.
It also warms my heart to know that the disrespect and hate for each other was there from the beginning.
Obviously Dazai being from the Mafia meant that Chuuya targeted him as a enemy and they never warmed up to each other. Whilst I can see them having a mutual respect for each other, that respect we’ve seen countless times now, I have a feeling it’ll be Mori and the way he is heading with the Mafia that turns Chuuya to the Mafia and not Dazai. After all even know in the present time line Chuuya has stuck by Mori and not gone with Dazai.
What the episode also did was make Mori the biggest mystery left really.
I really like Akutagawa a lot and whilst I’d like to know more about him I don’t think there is too much in his past that needs to be explained away. Mori on the other hand up until now was just this scary leader of a Mafia and even how he got to power wasn’t really that surprising because… Well the Mafia are the bad guys and this is the kind of thing that you’d expect from people like them.
There is always a side to him though when you see him alone with Dazai that makes him look a little more interesting then just a Mafia boss and this episode going back to that moment he became boss and his relationship with Dazai just made me want to know more about it. I joked that another season might flash us back that far so we can see it but I’d actually love to see the origins of their relationship and how they got to be where they were in this episode.
In fact I would love if these flashback series ended up being able to be played backwards to give us a good look at Dazai’s life.
Really excited to see where this goes.