Bungo Stray Dogs Reveals Updated Key Visual for Fourth Season

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The production team for the fourth season of Bungo Stray Dogs have revealed a new key visual after the broadcast of the third episode. The updated visual features characters Yukichi Fukuzawa and Ranpo Edogawa. The anime’s fourth season premiered on January 5, 2023.  

The main voice cast members consist of Yuuto Uemura as Atsushi Nakajima, Mamoru Miyano as Osamu Dazai, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Doppo Kunikida, Hiroshi Kamiya as Ranpo Edogawa, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Junichirou Tanizaki, Hiroyuki Kagura as Kenji Miyazawa, Yuu Shimamura as Akiko Yosano, Rikiya Koyama as Yukichi Fukuzawa, and Sumire Morohoshi as Kyouka Izumi. Additional voice actors joining as antagonists include Takehito Koyasu as Nikolai G, Makoto Koichi as Teruko Okura, Akio Ootsuka as Ochi Fukuchi, Takeshi Kusao as Mushitarou Oguri, and Shouya Chiba as Sigma. 

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The returning production staff for the fourth season includes Takuya Igarashi as director, Youji Enokido as series screenwriter, Nobuhiro Arai as character designer and chief animation director, Yumiko Kondou as art director, Yukari Gotou as color designer, Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi as photography director, and Taku Iwasaki as music composer. Bones is once again handling the animation production.

The original manga series is written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. It was first serialized in Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine on December 4, 2012 under the Kadokawa Comics Ace label. Twenty-three tankoubon volumes have been released as of December 2022. 

The series has also inspired the spinoff manga series Bungo Stray Dogs WAN!, which was adapted into a 2021 anime co-produced by Bones with Nomad. Other media adaptations include a live-action film, stage play, light novels, and many more.

The first two anime seasons were released in 2016, while the third was released in 2019. An anime film titled Bungo Stray Dogs: DEAD APPLE was released in 2018.

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Crunchyroll is streaming Bungo Stray Dogs worldwide, except in Japan, and describes the fourth season as: 

It has been about a month since the Armed Detective Agency, in collaboration with the Port Mafia, won the “cannibalism” operation masterminded by the “Rats in the House of the Dead”. The Armed Detective Agency was awarded the highest medal for safety contribution, the Order of the Azusa Bow of Exorcism, and was praised by the whole country.

Then an urgent request from the government comes in. The four murders of the young senators were likened to the five signs of the mortality of the highest heavenly being of Rokudo Rinne, the Six Realms of Reincarnation. The Armed Detective Agency sets out to prevent the remaining murder from happening.

Officials of the government are suspicious of the justice they uphold. A special unit of the military police, the “Hunting Dogs,” is ready to take action. The “Decay of the Angel” are roaming the streets to bring about the destruction of the world.

Source: Bungo Stray Dogs Official Japanese Twitter 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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