CREATED BY: Hiro Kaburagi
NO. OF EPISODES: 12 Episodes
GENRE: Crime, Drama, Thriller
The story is set in the town of Lawless, Illinois during Prohibition, where brewed liquor dominates the black market. Angelo Lagusa, a young man whose family was murdered in a mafia dispute, seeks revenge against the Vanetti Family, particularly its don, Vincent Vanetti. After seven years in hiding following the night of the murder, Angelo receives an anonymous letter from a friend of his father’s, prompting him to return to Lawless and exact his revenge. Under the name of Avilio Bruno, he begins to infiltrate the Vanetti Family by slowly befriending the don’s son, Nero. However, in this dramatic 91-day story, revenge breeds revenge, and killing may yield drastic consequences. How will Angelo Lagusa and Nero Vanetti fare, in this tragic harvest field that they have only begun to sow?
Now I am going to let you know now, 91 Days is definitely not a slow-burner. 91 Days starts out pretty damn violently, as Angelo (or Avilo if you prefer) watches as his family is murdered in front of his eyes. Nice way to start right? Anyway while there are only a few moments that it has to slow down to show compassion it tries not to lose any steam as it powers through 12 heavy episodes. Angelo’s and Nero’s characters are written very well, as I actually enjoyed their struggle/battle against each other. I would also like to praise the writers, as they did some fantastic world building. I really felt like it was Prohibition, and I could use a drink.
In my eyes, 91 Days is up there with the beat from the late summer and early fall season. Despite this, 91 Days didn’t utilize their side characters enough to actually make me care when they died. The only exception to this is Corteo, as it was genuinely saddening when he his time has come. He didn’t even want to get involved with the Mafia and he ended up as collateral damage. Rest in peace Corteo, as your reputation will live on in “Lawless Heaven”.
- Well written main characters.
- Starts off with a bang…
- …and doesn’t fume out.
- Fantastic version of Louisiana during Prohibition.
- One-dimensional supporting characters.
SCORE: 7.8 / 10
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