Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 release date in Winter 2023 confirmed by new key visual and new characters introduced

Key visual for Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4.
Key visual for Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4. Pic credit: @bungosd_anime/Twitter

The Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 release date is in January 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season.

Crunchyroll will stream Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 as it airs in Japan for a simulcast.

On October 4, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri (story) and Sango Harukawa’s (illustrations) Bungo Stray Dogs (Bungou Sutorei Doggusu) action, mystery, supernatural manga released a key visual.

The announcement also teased the plot of Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4, “Isolated Detective Agency attacks the Hound’s fan. In front of the military police’s special forces, the Hounds, how will the Armed Detective Agency overcome [this new] predicament?”

Character designs for Saigiku Jouno and Tecchou Suehiro.
Character designs for Saigiku Jouno and Tecchou Suehiro. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Two new cast members were also revealed as well as the character designs for the characters they will voice. Yuuki Kaji will play Saigiku Jouno and Youhei Azakami will play Tecchou Suehiro. The characters Saigiku Jouno and Tecchou Suehiro are both members of the Special Forces unit known as the Hounds.

Saigiku Jouno is a master of “blind interrogation”. He is able to use his keen hearing to hear the heartbeat of his prey and can even guess a subject’s mental state. He has a calm demeanor but has a bad habit of poking at the pain points of his opponents.

Tecchou Suehiro has the strongest combat power in the Special Forces unit and has earned the nickname “Meteor Cutter”. Suehiro’s body and will are as strong as steel and once he has an enemy in his grasp he never let’s go. He doesn’t get along with Jouno due to his eccentric habit of doing muscle training even during meetings.

You can watch the latest trailer for Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 on Crunchyroll’s official YouTube channel here:

Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 trailer.

What is the plot of Bungo Stray Dogs?

The story centers on 18-year-old Atsushi Nakajima and begins when a mystical tiger that only he seems to be unaware of plagues his orphanage. Atsushi is accused of being behind the strange incidents at the orphanage and is kicked out. With nowhere else to go Atsushi wanders through the city – homeless and hungry. Later, when Atsushi is passing by a river he notices a man drowning and decides to save him. The man turns out to be a rather eccentric individual named Osamu Dazai.

Apparently, Osamu is a whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, who has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing Atsushi. Atsushi teams up with Osamu and his partner Doppo Kunikida to solve the case, but when they uncover the truth behind the mystery of the tiger it’s something that changes Atsushi’s life.

Atsushi is swept up by a series of odd events and ends up being coerced into joining Osamu’s firm of supernatural investigators known as the Armed Detective Agency. Together they take on unusual cases the police cannot handle using their unique skills. Atsushi will have to learn how to cooperate with his enigmatic co-workers if he wants to survive these dangerous encounters.

Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 key visual, featuring Atsushi and the other members of the Armed Detective Agency.
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 key visual, featuring Atsushi and the other members of the Armed Detective Agency. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the cast members?

Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 main cast members include:

  • Mamoru Miyano – Osamu Dazai
  • Yuuto Uemura – Atsushi Nakajima
  • Akio Ohtsuka – Oochi Fukuchi
  • Akira Ishida – Fyodor D
  • Hiroshi Kamiya – Ranpo Edogawa
  • Kitsune Kagura – Kenji Miyazawa
  • Makoto Koichi – Teruko Ookura
  • Rikiya Koyama – Yukichi Fukuzawa
  • Sumire Morohoshi – Kyouka Izumi
  • Takehito Koyasu – Nicolai G
  • Takashi Kusao – Mushitarou Oguri
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga – Junichirou Tanizaki
  • Youhei Azakami – Tecchou Suehiro
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya – Doppo Kunikida
  • Yu Shimamura – Akiko Yosanu
  • Yuuku Kaji – Saigiku Jouno
  • Kensho Ono – Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
  • Kishou Taniyama – Chuuya Nakahara
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 key visual, featuring Atsushi facing off against the Hounds.
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 key visual, featuring Atsushi facing off against the Hounds. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the members of the production team?

Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 production team members include:

  • Director – Takuya Igarashi
  • Animation – Studio Bones
  • Scriptwriter – Yoji Enokido
  • Character Designer and Chief Animation Director – Nobuhiro Arai

Where can I read the manga and watch the anime?

On December 4, 2012, Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa launched their manga Bungo Stray Dogs in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen magazine Young Ace, and its chapters have been collected into twenty-two volumes as of March 4, 2022.

The English version of the manga has been licensed by Yen Press for release in North America and twenty volumes have been published as of October 2021. Kevin Gifford has handled the English translations.

On December 26, 2019, a spin-off manga based on the light novel Beast with illustrations by Shiwasu Hoshikawa debuted in Monthly Shounen Ace. The spin-off features the characters: Ryuunosuke Akutagawa, who joins the Armed Detective Agency, and Atsushi Nakajima as a subordinate of the Port Mafia.

In July 2022, a spin-off manga revolving around Dazai and Chuya’s backstories titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai, Chuuya, Juugosai began serialization.

From April to June 2016 Bungo Stray Dogs Season 1 aired and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. From October to December 2016, Bungo Stray Dogs Season 2 aired and Crunchyroll simulcast it. The series was released on home video with an English dub by Funimation and Crunchyroll. In April 2019, Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 premiered and Crunchyroll and Funimation streamed it.

In March 2018, the film Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple debuted in Japan. In September 2018, Crunchyroll began streaming the film. In June 2019, Funimation began streaming the film.

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