After almost four years of waiting, fans of Bungo Stray Dogs are thrilled to finally confirm the series’ return, with the fourth season debuting on January 4, 2023.
Details about the popular anime’s 4th season slowly emerged on August 6, 2022, during a panel held at the Crunchyroll Expo 2022.
The panel, which featured Studio Bones president Masahiko Minami and Kadokawa producer Chiaki Kurakane, also debuted the first promotional video and a key visual of the upcoming season.
Bungo Stray Dogs season 4’s confirmed air date was released on November 30, 2022, after Kadokawa revealed broadcast details, including a new promotional video and an additional cast member.
Atsushi Nakajima and his cohorts at Armed Detective Agency are up for a tough fight against the Hunting Dogs, and the consequences of a loss could mean an end to their ability user organization.
Can they fend off the fangs of the military’s best unit while resisting an all-powerful threat in the shadows?
- January 14, 2023: Reworked entire article.
- December 3, 2022: Premiere date confirmed, along with news on theme songs and cast; edited text to match the new info; updated trailer section with a new video
- November 3, 2022: Initial publishing.
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Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 Release Date
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 Release Date
Countdown to January 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM (UTC)
Fans should mark their calendars and wait for Bungo Stray Dogs season 4’s premiere on January 4, 2023.
On November 30, 2022, Kadokawa revealed the debut of the anime’s fourth season, along with news of a new cast member.
Shouya Chiba, who played MC Kiyotaka in Classroom of the Elite, joined the cast as Sigma.
Sigma is the general manager of Sky Casino, who leads a double life.
Other new cast members include Akio Ohtsuka as Genichirō Fukuchi, Makoto Koichi as Teruko Ōkura, Takehito Koyasu as Nikolai G, Takeshi Kusao as Mushitarō Oguri, Yuuki Kaji as Saigiku Jōno, and Yōhei Azakami as Tecchō Suehiro.
Most staff members from previous seasons are returning, with director Takuya Igarashi leading at studio BONES.
The third season ended with the conclusion of the Cannibalism Arc, one of the story arcs of the 13th volume of the light novel.
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 Trailer
Bungo Stray Dogs’ upcoming season is looking to be its best so far; at least, that’s what the second PV is showing.
The video also treated fans to a preview of the anime’s opening song, “True Story,” by SCREEN mode. The ending song, “Shirushi/°C,” will be performed by Luck Life.
Bungo Stray Dogs season 4 will premiere on January 4 on the TOKYO MX channel and will also be available on other Japanese channels WOWOW, Sun TV, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, and BS11.
Docomo’s Anime Store and Crunchyroll will simulcast the new season as it airs in Japan.
The first promo video for the highly anticipated season 4 was revealed during the Crunchyroll Expo panel mentioned above.
The Hunting Dogs are baring their fangs and making the Armed Detective Agency agents’ lives a survival hell.
A mysterious organization is also nipping at the heels of the Armed Detective Agency, aiming to bring destruction to Yokohama.
Fans are excited after finally seeing a glimpse of the new enemies, particularly Nikolai Gogol and Ōchi Fukuchi.
With the strongest enemies closing in on the Agency’s members, many believe this season is probably the last of Bungo Stray Dogs’ thrilling run.
Bungo Stray Dogs Storyline And Season 4 Expectations
Bungo Stray Dogs is author Kafka Asagiri’s unique take on the superpower trope.
In the story’s world, the renowned authors as we know them are characters who wield abilities referenced from their literary pieces.
Yes, it’s a magical crash course on Japanese, Russian and American Literature. All characters and their abilities are named after famous authors and their works.
The story focuses on a young man named Atsushi Nakajima, who gets kicked out of his orphanage after years of severe abuse.
Starving and homeless, he somehow saves Osamu Dazai, a suicide-loving detective who’s after a mysterious tiger that has appeared in the area where Atsushi is aimlessly wandering in.
During his interaction with Dazai, Atsushi learns that the tiger the latter has been searching for has been him all along. Atsushi has a supernatural ability to transform into a white tiger in the moonlight.
Atsushi also learns that Dazai and his partner, Doppo Kunikida, are members of a special detective agency.
Dazai and his team of quirky ability-users—all named after certain authors in the real world—tackle various cases of supernatural origins.
The protagonist finds a new home in the agency, where he offers his ability to solve cases while also learning how to control his inner monster.
Bungo Stray Dogs News
On November 7, 2021, the Bungo Stray Dogs fandom exploded with excitement when a teaser visual was released, along with an announcement of the next season’s production staff.
The following year, President Masahiko and Producer Chiaki showed up during the Crunchyroll Expo panel on August 6 to discuss details about the 4th season.
Along with the trailer, character designs for new characters were also shared, which introduced fans to the Armed Detective Agency’s new adversaries.
Further announcements were made, and the season’s key visual was released on October 4, 2022. This recent image portrayed a clearer picture of Atsushi Nakajima’s new set of nightmares.
Director Takuya Igarashi, who directed the previous three seasons, will return along with most of the staff and cast.
The gap between the second and third seasons is almost as long as the fans wait for the fourth season.
In between these seasons, a spate of spin-offs in the form of manga, light novels, and anime were also introduced, keeping the fans entertained.
Bungo Stray Dogs is one of the most successful anime titles of the past decade, and this could be attributed to the story’s unique spin on the superpower genre.
The characters’ abilities are all well thought out and distinctive in how they relate to the authors that own them.
This unpredictable element, along with great villains equipped with powerful abilities, makes Bungo Stray Dogs a worthwhile anime.