Bungo Stray Dogs: Explanation of the three-part structure


Below are spoilers for the game Bungo Stray Dogs, broadcast on Crunchyroll.

Bungo Stray Dogs is one of the most attractive and intriguing anime action movies of recent years, and its main conflict stems from the striking rivalry between its main factions. However, as the anime continued and viewers fell in love with the characters on both sides, the true nature of the rivalry became much more complex.

In the third season, Fyodor Dostoevsky played “Cannibalism” and opposed the Armed Detective Agency to the Port Mafia, violating their truce established in the second season. At the darkest moment, when it seemed that the leaders were going to kill each other, an old friend appeared to put an end to the conflict and help beat Dostoevsky.

The Dark Past of Bungo Stray Dogs

The further the series progresses, the more the past of Yokohama and the world is explored, showing how rich the series’ own history and knowledge is. Throughout seasons 2 and 3, flashbacks explore the characters’ early careers, back in Yokohama’s “dark ages,” when gang wars tore the city to pieces.

Nowadays, when the story of Atsushi Nakajima begins, everything is much calmer. Yokohama’s beautiful presentation and the vibrant colors that can be seen throughout the show are in stark contrast to how dark, red and violent the memories are. This is part of what gives the city such a character and determines what is at stake if a new war breaks out.

But this world permeating the franchise would not exist without a simple winner in past conflicts, but rather without a system of checks and balances created to preserve what could have been a temporary world. Meet Natsume Souseki, a powerful character in Bungo Stray Dogs, and in real life, one of Japan’s most popular writers.

Master and Student(s)

In the past of the series, there were many terrible events that required an effective solution, from the Conflict with the dragon’s head, which is mentioned in the second season, to the bodies left after the previous mafia boss. There’s even a “Great War,” another harrowing event that will be addressed in the upcoming season 4.

Despite this, Souseki saw an opportunity to find a solution in two people: Yukichi Fukuzawa and Ogai Mori. The first was a former government assassin who killed politicians and bureaucrats during the war. The latter was a doctor during the war, and later became an underground doctor treating gangsters of all stripes.

The two couldn’t be more different, but in battle they were perfect together, and Souseki saw the opportunity to use their opposing skills for the good of the city. Thus, two of his students became two-thirds of the basis of the structure that defines the series in the form in which viewers recognize it in the first season.

Three – part structure

This system, also known as the Tripartite Structure, depending on the translation, was created by Souseki to preserve peace in Yokohama, which after the war turned into a country of lawlessness. The three groups will act in unison and even in opposition to each other, and all this will benefit the structure. The government, especially the Special Operations Unit for the Gifted, will protect the city during the day. Mori, having risen to the leader of the port mafia, will rule at night. But Fukuzawa, perhaps most importantly, will be watching the twilight between night and day with an Armed Detective Agency.

What makes this revelation so compelling at the end of season 3 is that it asks the viewer to reconsider the meaning of conflicts up to this point. It also raises questions about the philosophy of justice that history puts forward, if it is interested in such things at all. Namely, because despite the fact that Mori and Fukuzawa have become enemies since the conception of the Carcass, Souseki does not imply that he was broken in his appearance in the third season. Anyway, the framework still worked exactly as planned and may have saved the city. from danger.

The Port Mafia are violent and dangerous criminals and undoubtedly villains, but their motives and their commitment to Mori make them something more than just heartless monsters. For many, like Koyo Ozaki, fighting for the port mafia means not letting it become what it used to be; bloodied, ruthless and completely out of control.

This does not make their actions right, but it makes them perhaps the most prudent villains controlling the criminal element of the city. If the solutions to Yokohama’s problems were black and white, only the government would be needed. But the government can be impartial in its responsibilities, so the Fukuzawa agency is necessary.


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