While Crunchyroll has been around for a bit, the streaming service's presence has never been felt at San Diego Comic-Con -- until this year, that is. Crunchyroll hosted its first ever SDCC panel, and, while the panel overall was lackluster in terms of new license announcements or more details of the series they plan to dub and release on Blu-ray and DVD, they spent a good portion of the panel going through what their website has to offer (to appeal to newcomers) while putting a spotlight of their hottest summer season anime.
Of the anime previewed, one of the most promising titles is 91 Days. Set in the Prohibition era, 91 Days is a classic good ol' tale of revenge that is bound to appeal to fans of Baccano!, Gangsta, and even Gungrave. Don't get attached to any characters, though, because the endgame for the characters presented to us isn't looking all too bright -- especially for our protagonist, Avilio.
Crunchyroll describes the official plot of the series as the following:
"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?"
With a summer season filled with mostly light-hearted, sports/action-centered series, 91 Days provides a refreshing take as we journey along with Avilio in his attempt to exact revenge on those who wronged his family. Avilio is a fascinating main character who you can't help but root for -- that's one of the beauties of 91 Days. There is no hero or villain. Each character is trying to keep their "family" alive and thriving, while Avilio has no loyalties thus far.
It is an anime well worth watching, and the first five episodes are available for your viewing pleasure on Crunchyroll.