The staff of Bungo Stray Dogs took to Twitter to post some adorable illustrations of the main characters turned to felines as a part of National Cat Day in Japan on Feb 22, 2023.
Checkout all the illustrations below:
A cat that looks a lot like Nakajima Atsushi thinks he is a tiger. It is a cat, though. (Nyan nyan nyan nyan …… No, Gao! Gao gao!)
A cat that looks a lot like Ryunosuke Akutagawa thinks he’s a very strong dog. It’s a cat (That guy is… a fake…)
A cat that looks a lot like Doppo Kunikida thinks he can read, so he often sits on books. I can’t read because I’m a cat. (… I can’t read it because it’s messy!)
A cat that looks a lot like Chuya Nakahara thinks he’s the king of the night. Good at continuous cat kicks from cat punches to kicking stuffed animals. A cat like a cat. (Yoru is my time!!!)
A cat that looks a lot like Osamu Dazai doesn’t like to move by himself, so he’s lying down until he’s picked up. Are cats liquid? (I don’t want to move ~ let’s sleep)
A cat that looks a lot like Ranpo Edogawa thinks he’ll get a lot of treats because he’s clever. A cat that is smarter than its owner. (I found your lost socks, so please give me a snack.)
In Japan, National Cat Day is celebrated on Feb 22, as the date resembles the words “nyan nyan nyan” (meow meow meow). The date was decided on this date in a poll between cat-keepers by the Executive Cat Day Committee in 1978.
It is celebrated with people posing with photographs of themselves with their pet cats, and businesses selling cat-themed cuisine.
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.
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 started airing on Jan 4, 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.
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…