“Bungo Stray Dogs Preschool”
What They Say:
Spin-off series about the everyday life of the members of the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this series at times feeling like it’s really being narrow in which characters it’ll spend most of its time with, an episode like this has potential to work better with a wider cast. But it’s also an episode that left me really wary going into it because it’s a single-story episode instead of the three separate pieces we’ve been getting in other ones. But it helps that it gives us the gang as preschool kids with Dazai as the teacher, making for a really problematic group of younglings for him to deal with.
With the group hanging out in the large playroom, we see that their personalities are intact but just made cuter while getting pint-sized versions of them. It’s filled with a number of very short bits, some that just showcase cuteness and caring, while others go for simpler comedy and “attacks” on some of them as parts of their adult personalities are played with. There’s the fear when a certain someone gets her hands on scissors but you grin at them being the dull ones for kids with rubber handle wrappings. The cruelty of children also brings out some of the familiar attacks as well such as things over height and other physical attributes so there are no surprises there. It’s stuff we’ve seen as cutting remarks when done as adults but here it comes across as even crueler because of the nature of children and having them say such things.
This episode is certainly cute and it works a ton of material with its super short takes mixed in throughout and amid the larger story that plays out later during it. But with it coming in at ten minutes, oof, that’s a lot of preschool Bungo material. It’s not overwhelming but it definitely blurs a bit more as it goes on than it might otherwise. The cuteness definitely wins out here, including during the credits sequence, to make it worthwhile.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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