Following the broadcast of the final episode of Bungo Stray Dogs season 4 on March 29, 2023, the official Twitter account announced that the anime will be returning for a fifth season.
A new trailer revealing the release date was released along with the announcement.
Bungo Stray Dogs season 5 will release in July 2023.
To commemorate the announcement, a new key visual illustrated by the character designer Nobuhiro Arai was also unveiled.
Moreover, the official website has posted congratulatory comments by the mangaka Kafka Asagiri and the illustrator Sango Harukawa. Check them out below:
“Hi. This is the fifth season. Oh, five? Seriously? A lengthy anime? That’s right. Thanks to your love, Bungo Stray Dogs has entered the longevity zone. However, the content is zero respect for the elderly, and we will toy with everyone with a roller coaster story that is bad for the heart. Please check your seatbelts.“
“Congratulations on the announcement of the fifth season, and above all, thank you. It is a testament to the power of anime itself that it has been able to continue for so long. From a viewer’s point of view, I think the 4th season was interesting.“
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 aired from Jan 4, 2023, to March 29, 2023.
Takuya Igarashi directed the season with Yoji Enokido serving as the script writer. Nobuhiro Arai and Yumiko Kondo were in charge of character designs and art director respectively. BONES is in charge of the animation.
Original author Kafka Asagiri also worked closely on Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4.
Other 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
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…