Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 is currently airing in Japan, and the staff of the anime have now revealed an updated new key visual drawn by Nobuhiro Arai, who is the chief character designer and animation director.
The new key visual, which was put on Jan 18, 2023, still features Edogawa Rampo and President Yukichi Fukuzawa from the Armed Detective Agency. However, there is a subtle change in the pair’s pose and also the color scheme of the image.
The new visual has been drawn to incorporate the theme of the latest episode of the anime.
Check out both the key visuals below to understand the subtle differences in the two!
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.
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…
© Kafka Asagiri/Sango Harukawa/KADOKAWA/ Bungo Stray Dogs Production Committee