The official website of Bungo Stray Dogs season 4, which started airing on Jan 4, 2023, dropped a new key visual for the first episode “Untold Origins of the Detective Agency” based on the 3rd volume of the franchise’s light novel.
The site also revealed three voice cast that will be reprising their roles for the younger versions of Edogawa Ranpo, Yukichi Fukuzawa and Oda Sakunosuke, along with their character designs.
Check them out below:
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Edogawa Ranpo
- Rikiya Koyama as Yukichi Fukuzawa
- Yuto Uemura as Oda Sakunosuke
Other cast includes:
- Akio Otsuka as Fukuchi Gen’ichirō
- Makoto Koichi as Teruko Ōkura
- Takehito Koyasu as Nikolai G
- Takeshi Kusao as Mushitaro Oguri
- Yuto Uemura as Atsushi Nakajima
- Mamoru Miyano as Osamu Dazai
- Sumire Morohoshi as Kyoka Izumi
- Kenshiro Ono as Ryunosuke Akutagawa
- Kisho Taniyama as Chuya Nakahara
- Yuki Kaji as Saigiku Jono
- Yohei Azakami as Tetcho Suehiro
Staff involved in season 4 are:
- Prop Design: Fumihiro Katagai
- Art Director: Yumiko Kondou
- Color Key Artist: Yukari Goto
- Director of Photography: Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi
- 3D CG Director: Yōta Andō, Yuuki Oguri
- Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
- Music: Taku Iwasaki
- Music Production: Lantis
- Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
- Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi (Sound Box), Sachiko Nishi (Sound Box)
- Sound Production: Glovision
Takuya Igarashi will be directing the season with Yoji Enokido serving as the script writer, Nobuhiro Arai and Yumiko Kondo will be character designer and art director respectively. BONES will be in charge of the animation.
Original author Kafka Asagiri is working closely on Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4.
The first television anime adaptation aired from April to June 2016. The anime’s second 12-episode series aired from October to December 2016. Funimation and Crunchyroll released the series on home video with an English dub last March. The anime’s third season premiered in April 2019.
An anime film, titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, opened in Japan in March 2018. A spin-off series titled Bungo Stray Dogs WAN! also aired earlier this year. Yen Press releases both the manga and light novel adaptations in English.
Bungo Stray Dogs is a Japanese manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Young Ace since 2012.
As of 4 March 2022 twenty-two volumes have been released.
The series has been licensed for North America by Yen Press with the first volume being released on 20 Dec 2016. The English translation is by Kevin Gifford. As of October 2021, twenty volumes have been published.
A spin-off manga centered around Dazai and Chuya’s backstories titled, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai, Chuuya, Age Fifteen, began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Ace in July 2022.
Crunchyroll describes the series as such:
Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…
Source: Official Website
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