91 Days is a story of revenge. A young boy has his family brutally murdered and barely escapes with his life, only to return, years later, to settle the score with those who wronged him in a The Count of Monte Cristo-esque tale of vengeance. As revenge goes, the setup is quite a classic. However, looking over the details, the story of protagonist Angelo Laquza also bears a striking similarity to one of Japan’s most iconic anime characters, Gundam’s Char the Red Comet.
[Note: This article contains spoilers for 91 Days and the various Universal Century timeline Gundam series.]
Angelo’s family was murdered by Vincent Vanetti, the don of the Vanetti family. After barely escaping with his life, Angelo goes into hiding, only to return years later. Using the name, Avillio Bruno, he infiltrates the Vanetti family in order to kill the ones responsible for his family’s murder, one by one.
By contrast, Casval Rem Deikun’s father was murdered by Degwin Zabi, patriarch of the Zabi family. After escaping, Casval goes into hiding, only to return years later. Using the name, Char Aznable, he infiltrates the Zeon army in order to kill the ones responsible for his father’s murder, one by one.
There are obviously differences in the details, but looking overall, the stories of Angelo and Casval share a bunch of interesting points.
Not that the creators of 91 Days were borrowing from the story of Char’s origin or even inspired by it at all—as I said above, it is a fairly classic setup. Both are excellent individual stories in their own right. But it’s kind of interesting if you think of 91 Days as Gundam: The Origin during the prohibition era, or Gundam: The Origin as 91 Days in space.