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Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 : Everything you need to know in 2021

Ektaa NaikEktaa-Posted April 1, 2021



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Bungou Sutorei Doggusu which literally translates to Literary Stray Dogs was one of the hottest anime titles to release in 2016. People sometimes say it bungo stray dogs.

 

The series was reigning as a top contender as the best anime of the decade.

 

2019 saw the final episode of Season 3 on 28th June, fans of the Bungou universe have been eagerly waiting for Season 4 since the final episode promised a showdown within 6 months.

 

Well, at least in the anime it did. But in real life?

 

It’s been 3 years now, and the spin-off isn’t cutting it, so what’s the news then?

 

 

Everything we know about Bungou Stray Dogs so far

 

It all started with one person’s idea to bring back forgotten authors and poets into the contemporary world for the young audiences, but with a supernatural spin to it.

 

Bungou Sutorei Doggusu is the brainchild of Kafka Asagiri. Atsushi Nakajima gets booted out of his orphanage, a place he had come to call his home for 18 years of his life.

 

Now a homeless bum and hearing his tummy grumbling, Atsushi is at the lowest point in his life until he notices a body floating in the canal nearby.

 

He rushes to the site and pulls out the breathing body of Osamu Dazai.

 

Dazai is obsessed with suicide but he’s also a detective.

 

A detective for the Armed Detective Agency. An agency that is home to supernatural detectives currently on the lookout for a were-tiger on the loose causing havoc in the city.

 

Dazai offers him a meal as his partner Doppo Kunikida is fuming watching him commit another suicide attempt.

 

What Atsushi is unaware of that he too harnesses supernatural powers that allow him to turn into a were-tiger under the moonlight, the reason for his dismissal from the orphanage.

 

The two detectives then request his assistance on the case, which Atsushi reluctantly agrees to.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs now follows the adventures of these supernatural detectives finding exciting cases to solve and falling into some serious with the Port Mafia.

 

The story revels by Japanese authors like Ranpo Edogawa, Osamu Dazai, Atsushi Nakajima, Doppo Kunikida, Yukito Ayatsuji, and many more.

 

Asagiri has included international authors such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Agathe Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and even Dan Brown.

 

There are 20 volumes of the original manga series, a total of 11 side-story manga series, 7 light novels, 3 anime seasons with one spin-off series, one film, and one in the making.

 

That’s the Bungou universe you can explore to keep yourself updated until we hear of anything close to a new season.

 

Currently, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! is the ongoing spin-off series to the main anime series where the Chibi Armed Detective Agency is solving supernatural cases.

 

A sort of new take on the original series showcasing the mundane but inexplicable side of our cute little detectives.

 

But is that what the audiences want?

 

 

Official Announcements and Release date of Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

Official announcements and release date for the next season? – Because Season 1 was released in 2016 and became so popular that the next installment of the series happened the same year.

 

Taking a gap of three years, Season 3 was released in 2019.

 

An OVA titled, ‘Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitomi Ayumu’ was released in 2017, and the movie Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple was released in 2018.

 

Also, the fact that an ongoing spin-off and manga series, there’s a tonne of source material for the creators for a potential Season 4.

 

However, no official word is out yet, but given that they were brisk enough with the previous seasons and movies, we could potentially hear some news in 2021 and see it released at the beginning or mid-2022.

 

Also, the COVID pandemic has pushed a lot of anime and manga releases to a completely different timeline now, so as a fan, all we can do is wait for our favorite titles to reboot.

 

 

Source Material Information for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

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Bungou Stray Dogs is a series written by Kafka Asagiri.

 

Asagiri had the idea set in his head to bring back all the late and famous authors and poets as supernatural beings.

 

Sango Harukawa, an anime illustrator, was able to create character designs for Atsushi and Dazai which helped him write the story and create the world of Bungou Stray Dogs.

 

Kafka says that he wanted the characters Atsushi and Dazai contrasting each other with some minor revisions made in the process of creating the series.

 

Asagiri wrote the main manga series, along with the light novels aiming at the casual readers.

 

Manga

The manga series serialized in 2012 in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen magazine, Young Ace.

 

They completed publishing 20 Tankobons of the series in December 2020.

 

Across 20 volumes the series contains 83 chapters with 4 chapters averaging per volume.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs has also been published in the west by Yen Press, the first volume of which was released in December 2016.

 

As of 2020, a total of 16 translated volumes by Kevin Gifford have been published.

 

The light novel too written and illustrated by the same were later published in April 2014 and is on-going as well.

 

Until 2019, 7 volumes of the light novel have been published by Kadokawa.

 

Apart from the main story, a spin-off was also published titled, Bungou Stray Dogs: BEAST.

 

But this time around, Kadokawa Shoten published this series with the Monthly Shonen Ace magazine.

 

This spin-off is not authored by Kafka but instead by Shiwasu Hoshikawa.

 

It debuted in December of 2019 and is ongoing. The series currently has 2 volumes.

 

As of 2021, yet another manga series titled, Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple adding to the ongoing source material for the Bungou Universe.

 

This is the manga adaption of the movie by the same of the same name.

 

Its serialization began in March of 2018 with three volumes released.

 

The third volume was released in March of 2021. The series focuses on the Armed Agency Detectives investigating the suspicious suicides of power users.

 

Another spin-off series that is currently ongoing known as, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!

 

The series is written by Kafka and Sango this time around and the illustration is done by Kanai Neko.

 

Wan follows the story of the cute little Chibi Armed Detective Agency and their conquests into the supernatural cases.

 

It has a total of 8 volumes released with the latest one being published in January 2021.

 

It’s been classified as a gag manga. Phew, there’s no dearth of source material, given this exhaustive list the possibility for a new and possibly final season is a definite yes.

 

Moving on to the visual material.

 

Anime

According to an Anime News Network article, Kafka and Sango announced via their Twitter handles in 2015 that their manga series was getting an anime adaptation.

 

Helming the project was Studio Bones of A. I. C.

 

O (Incarnation) & Aikatsu fame. The screenwriting and director team of Ouran High School Host Club, Takuya Igarashi, and Yoji Enokido will be alongside the studio.

 

Nobuhiro Arai and Hiroshi Kanno played the role of chief animation directors along with character designer Ryo Hirata.

 

The music composer to the series was chosen as Taku Iwasaki.

 

The series is split into two halves, these are considered as two seasons.

 

The first half containing 12 episodes premiered in April 2016 and ended in June 2016.

 

These episodes covered chapters 1 through 16. The second half which was released the same year also contained 12 episodes.

 

This second season covered chapters 17 through 37. The anime series is licensed by Crunchyroll for North America and Anime Limited for the UK.

 

The second season also included an OVA titled ‘He Walks Alone’ or ‘Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu’, but this was released in 2017.

 

This was bundled along with the 13th limited-edition volume of the manga which was released in August.

 

As the manga was being released alongside the anime series, Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple was released in 2018.

 

The same team and studio who created the anime series were roped in to create the movie.

 

The movie was distributed by Kadokawa. It won a lot of critical acclaims for the way the creators had handled the characters and in terms of visuals.

 

After a gap of 3 years, Season 3 was released in April 2019 and concluded in June 2019.

 

This season covered chapters 38 to 53 in its 12 episodic runs.

 

The music of the series was highly popular as well, Season 1 and 3 opening themes by GRANRODEO – Trash Candy and Setsuna no Ai are much loved by the fans.

 

Season 2 and 3’s ending theme by Luck Life titled Kaze ga Fuku Machi and Lily are popular as well.

 

As you already know, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! is the latest release in the ongoing series for the story.

 

There is one movie in production as well titled, Bungou Stray Dogs: BEAST the Movie.

 

This is going to be an adaption of the Theatre Stage Play based on the series.

 

Mayo(w) I Inu-Tachi no Utage Sono Ni event in 2017, Dead Apple was announced.

 

The stage play of the series was realized at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama with the first season being adapted and touring across Japan in 2017.

 

2018 saw the light novels being turned into stage plays.

 

A third stay play was also adapted for the rest of the second season in 2019.

 

How amazing would it be to see your work being transposed into a television series as well as a theatre stage play!

 

Enviable!

 

 

Expected Plot of Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

The popularity of Bungou Stray Dogs has only been scaling ever since its release, be it the manga or the anime series, so a new season is definitely on the cards.

 

There’s just no concrete news on the same. But what will Season 4 cover?

 

Season 3 completed at Volume 13 – Chapter 53 of the original manga series.

 

Although the source material is still ongoing and it seems that it is reaching its climax.

 

Many claim that this could also be the concluding season for the series.

 

Season 3 saw the introduction of a tonne of new characters like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and more.

 

What could be a factor for a delay apart from the pandemic is that the creators are waiting for the manga series to conclude to complete certain arcs.

 

Considering all the seasons has 12 episodes each, we can expect Season 4 to have 12 episodes of high-octane action, comedy, and maybe romance featuring our favorite detectives and also the fight Atsushi promised us.

 

The probability is not bleak but is certainly high.

 

 

Popularity Information on Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

It’s safe to say that given the fact there are so many versions of the story being told in so many different mediums, the Bungou Stray Dogs universe is extremely popular.

 

Let’s take a look at the numbers to understand for those who are new to the series.

 

Google Trends

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Google Trends is a great way to understand the popularity of a topic over the internet, looking at the search term for the anime series, the graph had a steady rise only to dip briefly in 2021 because the series has no confirmation for the next season.

 

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The popularity of the manga is amazing since it's an ongoing series, fans will want to know more about the next volume to complete the story.

 

Japan leads the race in searching for some news on the manga series while South-East Asian countries had a high search rate for the anime series.

 

As we said, the fans are yearning for the new season especially those who aren’t manga readers, the waiting game for the next installments are getting a bit much.

 

Google Searches

Globally 19k people search bungou stray dogs season 4. In the USA alone,13K people search it monthly.

 

Globally 1k people search monthly bungo stray dogs as well. It has massive searches like goblin slayer season 2 and classroom of the elite season 2.

 

Awards

The anime series was the second runner-up in the Best Television Series at the Newtype Anime Awards 2016-2017.

 

The film Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple was the winner of the Newtype’s ‘Theatrical Film Award’ in 2018. 2019 saw the series becoming a second runner-up up again in the magazine’s award as well.

 

 

Online Reactions for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

Online reactions are one of the best ways to find the pros and cons of a  series. Let's discuss a few of them.

 

Twitter

The official handle for the anime series @bungou_anime has pretty much all the details you will come across for the previous seasons and the current spin-off series.

 

But no news of the new season for the main story.

 

The account has a following of 464.5k followers, which is amazing!

 

From these tweets, however, you can see the eagerness of die-hard fans and new fans for a new season.

 

Discord

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The series has a pretty huge fanbase in Japan and overseas as well.

 

Along with Twitter and other platforms like Discord too becoming the base for discussing everything Bungou Stray Dogs.

 

The Discord server has about 960 members.

 

Quora

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The manga and anime series has been lauded on Quora and fans of the series are constantly looking out for more information on their favorite anime.

 

As you can see, they’ve loved the ingenuity of the creators with regards to the story and the characters.

 

You will find a tonne of story arcs being discussed on this platform which could help you gain some insight into the plot of the series.

 

However, when you search for ‘Will there be a Season 4’ for the series no one has answered the question.

 

Neither have the creators, so guess there isn’t much to do but wait.

 

Reddit

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The anime series does have a subreddit where fans of the show discuss quite literally every and the most random of details.

 

The page has 21,249 members talking about the show almost regularly.

 

They even hold polls for shipping characters! It’s a fun platform to explore a lot of in-depth information about the show since fans even pick out the minutest of details from the series and the source material as well.

 

Video Game

A video game based on the series has also been released by Ambition Co.

 

Ltd in 2017. The game is an RPG titled, Bungou Stray Dogs Mayoi Inu Kaikitan or Bungou Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost.

 

You can play your favorite characters and be a part of the Armed Detective Agency.

 

The main story of the game features arcs and additional information from the anime series as well.

 

The game has been released on Android and IOS platforms as well.

 

Online Streaming

Bungou Stray Dogs ticks a lot of boxes and especially all the right ones.

 

With the source material i.e., manga, light novels, spin-offs, and the anime television series, multiple movies, and theatre stay plays, you could say Bungou Stray Dogs is everywhere!

 

The anime series is licensed by Crunchyroll for online streaming.

 

The series is also available on Funimation and Netflix for viewers to watch.

 

 

Reviews and Rating score for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 

 

Why does it matter? Rating scores tell a lot about people's opinions on the series. This can help producers to decide for the next season.

 

IMDB

imdb ratings for bungou stray dogs

 

The anime series has an IMDB rating of 7.7 with 19 positive user reviews on the same.

 

Fans giving the series a rating between 8.2 to the highest 9.4 on the episodic.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple has a rating of 7.3 with a maximum of user ratings over 5 on 10.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! has a rating of 8.1. All above 5 on 10.

 

Pretty impressive, eh?

 

MyAnimeList

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The manga series has a MAL score of 8.41 and popularity ranking at #207 with many giving the manga series a score of 8 and above.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1 has a MAL score of 7.79 with a popularity ranking at #109.

 

A total of 835,362 members on the page! That’s a lot of people!

 

Season 2 has a score of 8.20 while Season 3 has a score of 8.18.

 

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple has a score of 7.85.

 

Season 3 was also the runner-up for Anime News Network’s ‘Best Anime for 2019’.

 

That’s honestly pretty impressive for a complete universe to be such a belter of a success. it’s amazing!

 

Video Game

The game which was released in 2017 has a Google Play score of 4.7 with the most giving the game a 5-star rating.

 

Oddly enough the App Store rating is the same which a 4.7 out of 5.

 

Performing similarly as it did on the Android platform as well and has over 1k ratings.

 

 

Sales and Profit Information on Bungou Stray Dogs

 

Profit is everything. Without profit, no one is going to throw tons of money to produce next season.

 

Profitability gives a boost to the enthusiasm for the next season.

 

Website & Merchandise Sales

The website’s Goods section currently boasts some Blu-Rays/DVD’s, Music albums, and some books to collect.

 

Volumes 13-16 seem to be available at the moment which was published in 2019.

 

If you hover to the News section, a life-size tapestry, acrylic diorama, acrylic stands, keychains, and some bean plates are available for purchase.

 

These were all last updated in November 2020.

 

Manga Sales

Bungou Stray Dogs is a well-received title in Japan, 2016 saw the sales of 4.1 million books itself!

 

Appearing on Kadokawa’s Da Vinci magazine poll, the entire franchise sold a total of 1,878,804,092 units in 2016 alone!

 

Phew, that’s a huge number to read! By 2018, 6 million copies had been sold and even became the ‘Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2014’.

 

Dan Brown too was drawn to the manga series after he was featured in the Bungou Stray Dogs series.

 

When asked how he felt about it, Brown replied saying, “I’ve always wanted to be Mangafied!”Oh, the success the creators are lavishing in.

 

DVD/Blu Ray Sales

In 2016, Bungou Stray Dogs DVD Vol 6 the Limited Edition sold a total of 2.158 copies for November.

 

Season 2 saw the sale of 1,383 DVD copies of the Limited-Edition Vol 12 in May 2017 and the Limited-Edition Volume 1 sold a total of 1,434 DVD copies the same month.

 

According to Anime News Network, Japan’s Animation DVD Rankings for December 2018, Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple sold a total of 10,599 DVD copies ranking at #1!

 

In 2019, Season 3 Vol 13 DVD sold a total of 1,743 copies raking at #3 on Japan’s DVD Ranking List for June.

 

The Blu-Ray sales for the same were a total of 2,602 rankings at #6 from #1.

 

 

Production Cost for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

Creating an anime series or any animated movie takes hours of intensive labor and the creators working at the backend know how expensive the field is.

 

Given that Bungou Stray Dogs is a high production value anime series with a great art style, huge producers and artists creating amazing landscapes and frames.

 

The average cost of production for a 12 episodic could be around 250 Million Yen to 300 Million Yen.

 

According to IMDB the cumulative worldwide gross for Dead Apple was $2,16,349.

 

We could assume that given the cost of production the creators have put in the series, they must have reached their expected earnings through various mediums.

 

The sales figures we discussed earlier definitely play a key role in the entire universes’ success.

 

The new season costs too could be the same but given the current economic conditions worldwide, we can only hope that the quality Studio Bones have been putting out doesn’t get compromised.

 

 

Potential Characters for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

Now is the time to discuss the characters which make this series amazing.

 

Atsushi Nakajima

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Named after the famous 20th Century Author by the same name, Atsushi is the main protagonist of the series.

 

Before joining the supernatural Armed Detective Agency, Atsushi was an orphan who gets booted out of the orphanage he called home for the past 18 years of his life.

 

Atsushi learns that he can turn into a were-tiger under the moonlight possessing immense strength and regenerative capabilities.

 

Atsushi may come across as timid at first but he has a pure heart and fights for what he cares for the most, the people he loves.

 

Osamu Dazai

osamu dazai

 

Another famous fictional writer from Japan, Osamu is a member of the Armed Detective Agency.

 

Osamu is a suicidal maniac and seems to want to commit suicide in many different ways.

 

That’s how he gets introduced to Atsushi. Osamu’s ultimate dream is dying beside a beautiful woman!

 

He takes Atsushi under his wings to help him find the notorious weretiger and eventually helps him become a key member of the agency.

 

Osamu is cunning, skilled, and intelligent. He’s pretty powerful too, he can neutralize any supernatural power simply by touching the individual.

 

Doppo Kunikida

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Dazai’s assistant. Doppo can bring quite literally any object to life by simply writing it in his notebook.

 

He is a meticulous planner and is the more organized of the two.

 

Doppo is named after the 19th Century Japanese author by the same name.

 

There are literally (no pun intended) several other characters whom we can potentially see in the new season, From the Armed Detective Agency, we could expect to see, Ranpo Edogawa, Kenji Miyazawa, Yukichi Fukuzawa, Katai Tayama are just a few.

 

Not forgetting the Port Mafia members, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Chuuya Nakahara, Ryuurou Hirotsu, Ougai Mori, and more.

 

The Guild Members are named after famous western authors such as F.

 

Scott Fitzgerald, H. P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Mizuki Tsujimura, and well the list is endless.

 

 

Other Decisive Factors for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

 

The very fact that we’ve already discussed above is that Atsushi could be involved in a bloody battle in ‘6 months’ left the show on a cliff-hanger.

 

The last season covered a few arcs, flashbacks and introduced some new ones as well.

 

Plus, the manga series is reaching or potentially has reached its climax.

 

So, either the creators can now begin the scripting process or add to it by not deviating away from the source material that is.

 

A new season is expected to complete the universe.

 

Ending of the Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3

Of course, Atsushi, Dazai, and Kunikida have come much far than just finding the were-tiger.

 

Towards the end of the main series, a war ensues between the Port Mafia and the agency.

 

A war in which Kunikida refuses to participate in after following Fukuzawa’s orders.

 

Edogawa and Chuuya get trapped in a murder novel by Poe and Fukuzawa and Mori engage in a one-on-one fight.

 

To make things worse, Akutagawa is inflicted with the same virus that Fukuzawa and Mori have been infected with.

 

Atsushi and Akutagawa chase after Pushkin but get obstructed by Goncharov.

 

He then manages to manipulate the earth and create Golems to distract them from their path.

 

Dazai manages to get a helping hand from Fitzgerald to counterattack Fyodor’s moves to arrest him.

 

As the battle reaches its culmination, Atsushi and Akutagawa promise to fight it out with each other in 6 months.

 

The controversy surrounding Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4

The series doesn’t have too many controversies surrounding it, but not everything leads to perfection always.

 

Many fans did not end up like the previous season of the series.

 

Starting with the pacing of Season 3, many found it to be a short story arcs and were hoping for more than 12 episodes.

 

It felt extremely fragmented and the mini-arcs didn’t seem to go together.

 

Some even went on to state the fact that Studio Bones shouldn’t be creating any sequels since they can’t seem to work out the pacing and right storytelling to keep the fans gripped.

 

The ones who have read the manga seemed to have grimaced over the whole Chuuya flashbacks.

 

In one particular scene, Dazai has even said, ‘stray dog’ and not ‘stray dogs’ indicating Oda’s death.

 

And even some claimed that the final fight scene was a little forgettable since some of the characters weren’t even introduced well.

 

But the majority felt that the entire season was essentially carried on Fyodor’s character more than anyone else’s.

 

All of this being said, the need for a new season hasn’t dulled down really.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Bungou Stray Dogs is a strong show. Great characters with decent arcs.

 

Not to mention the series has performed well in the sales department as well.

 

Amidst everything that we discussed in our entire article, whether you want it or not, a new season is happening because it is needed to complete the anime universe.

 

As many claims, Season 4 could be the concluding factor of the series as well.

 

So, there you have it, we’ve tried to bring everything that could lead to a potential new season.

 

The only thing we have to do now is, keep our eyes and ears glued to getting some concrete details!