Bungo Stray Dogs

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Bungo Stray Dogs
File:Bungō Stray Dogs volume 1.jpg
Cover of Bungō Stray Dogs volume one.
(Bungō Sutorei Doggusu)
Genre Action[1]
Written by Kafka Asagiri
Illustrated by Sango Harukawa
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Ace
Original run 2012 – present
Volumes 9 (List of volumes)
Novel series
Written by Kafka Asagiri
Illustrated by Sango Harukawa
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Original run 1 April 2014 – present
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Takuya Igarashi
Written by Yōji Enokido
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio Bones
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVS, CTC, tvk, GBS, MTV, SUN, TVQ, BS11
English network
Original run 7 April 2016 – present
Episodes 12 + OVA
Anime and Manga portal

Bungo Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス Bungō Sutorei Doggusu?, lit. Literary Stray Dogs) is a Japanese manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012. A television anime adaptation by Bones will be split into two parts, with the first part beginning on 7 April 2016, and the second part premiering in October 2016.


The story of Bungo Stray Dogs centers around individuals who are gifted with super natural powers and use them for different purposes including holding a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out missions assigned by the mafia. The story mainly follows the members of the "Armed Detective Agency" and their everyday lives. Each character is named after famous literary authors and/or characters in their works including Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Yukito Ayatsuji, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie, Osamu Dazai, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rampo Edogawa, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Kenji Miyazawa, Doppo Kunikida, and Akiko Yosano.[1][2]


Armed Detective Agency

Atsushi Nakajima (中島 敦 Nakajima Atsushi?)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura, Lynn (child)
Main protagonist of the series. His ability is named Beast Beneath the Moon and makes him transform into a white tiger, however, he has no control over this ability. He constantly finds himself bewildered by the antics of his co-workers. Because his whole life he was called useless, he suffers from a lack of confidence that only started to change when he joined the Agency.
Osamu Dazai (太宰 治 Dazai Osamu?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
A member of the Armed Detective Agency who takes Atsushi under his wing. With a carefree attitude, he's constantly trying to commit suicide, only to fail every time. His ability is called No Longer Human, that allows him to cancel any ability by touch. He used to be part of Port Mafia, but refuses to tell his coworkers.
Doppo Kunikida (国木田 独歩 Kunikida Doppo?)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Dazai's partner, who always gets angry at his antics. A former math teacher, he always writes and plans every second of his day ahead, so he hates unplanned events and wasting his time. His ability is called Lone Poet, and allows him to bring into existence any object he writes in his notebook as long as it isn't bigger than the notebook itself.
Junichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 Tanizaki Jun'ichirō?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
A member of the Agency around the same age as Atsushi. His ability is called Light Snow, which allows him to project illusions within a certain area. While he dislikes his sister's antics, he goes on an uncontrollable rage if someone harms her.
Ranpo Edogawa (江戸川 乱歩 Edogawa Ranpo?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
The self-proclaimed only detective in the Agency. He dislikes any trivial knowledge, like knowing how to ride a train or returning to the Agency. He calls his skill Super Deduction, but he actually doesn't have any supernatural power, he's simply very smart and observant.
Kenji Miyazawa (宮沢 賢治 Miyazawa Kenji?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kagura
Coming from the countryside, he's a very optimistic and carefree boy, who's very popular with the residents of the country. His ability is called Undefeated by the Rain, which grants him superhuman strength when he's hungry.
Akiko Yosano (与謝野 晶子 Yosano Akiko?)
Voiced by: Yū Shimamura
The medic of the Armed Detective Agency. Her ability is called Thou Shalt Not Die, which allows her to heal others and even herself, but only works as long as the person is half dead to begin with, so she usually injures them herself.
Naomi Tanizaki (谷崎 ナオミ Tanizaki Naomi?)
Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa
Junichirō's sister, whom is very clingy and knows everything about him. She's not an ability user.
Yukichi Fukuzawa (福沢 諭吉 Fukuzawa Yukichi?)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama
The President of the Armed Detective Agency, who is also Kunikida's mentor. His ability is All Men Are Equal, which allows him to suppress the abilities of those who work in the Agency
Kirako Haruno (春野 綺羅子 Haruno Kirako?)
Voiced by: Mina
A clerk working at the Armed Detective Agency.

Port Mafia

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介 Akutagawa Ryūnosuke?)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono
A member of Port Mafia, he's constantly coughing for an unknown reason. His ability is called Rashomon, a coat that turns into a black beast, which can tear everything apart, even space.
Chūya Nakahara (中原 中也 Nakahara Chūya?)
Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama
Ichiyō Higuchi (樋口 一葉 Higuchi Ichiyō?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto
Member of Port Mafia and subordinate of Akutagawa, who she admires. She lacks an ability but compensates it with her fighting skills.
Motojirō Kajī (梶井 基次郎 Kajī Motojirō?)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
A member of Port Mafia who's an infamous bomber even in the discreet mafia. His ability is Lemon Bomb, which prevents him from being harmed by lemon-shaped bombs he makes himself.
Kyōka Izumi (泉 鏡花 Izumi Kyōka?)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi
A young orphan girl under Port Mafia. Her ability is Demon Snow, the ability to materialize Demon Snow, a sword-wielding phantom, which only follows orders coming from the mobile phone and does not comply to Kyouka's own wishes.



Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa began publishing the manga in Kadokawa Shoten's seinen magazine Young Ace in 2012.[1] Kadokawa has compiled the series into nine tankōbon volumes.

Volume list

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 4 April 2013[3] ISBN 978-4-04-120673-7
2 5 August 2013[4] ISBN 978-4-04-120835-9
3 4 December 2013[5] ISBN 978-4-04-120952-3
4 4 April 2014[6] ISBN 978-4-04-121093-2
5 4 August 2014[7] ISBN 978-4-04-101539-1
6 4 December 2014[8] ISBN 978-4-04-101540-7
7 2 May 2015[9] ISBN 978-4-04-102915-2
8 4 September 2015[10] ISBN 978-4-04-102916-9
9 29 December 2015[11] ISBN 978-4-04-102916-9
10 2 June 2016


Three novels in the series, written by Asagiri and with illustrations by Harukawa, have been published by Kadokawa.[1]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 1 April 2014[12] ISBN 978-4-04-101312-0
2 1 August 2014[13] ISBN 978-4-04-101713-5
3 1 May 2015[14] ISBN 978-4-04-102332-7


An anime adaptation from animation studio Bones will be directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Yōji Enokido.[1] Nobuhiro Arai and Hiroshi Kanno serve as the chief animation directors, while the former also serves as character designer along with Ryō Hirata. Taku Iwasaki composes the series' music. Kazuhiro Wakabayashi is the series' sound director at Glovision. Additionally, Yumiko Kondou is the art director, Yukari Goto is the anime's color designer, Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi is the director of photography, and Shigeru Nishiyama is the editor.[15] Granrodeo will perform the anime's opening theme, titled "Trash Candy",[16][17] and Luck Life will perform the anime's ending theme, titled "Namae o Yobu yo" ((名前を呼ぶよ?, Call Out The Name).[18]

The series will have a split season: the first half, containing twelve episodes, premiered on 7 April 2016,[lower-alpha 1][17] and is being broadcast on Tokyo MX, TVS, CTC, tvk, GBS (Gifu Broadcasting), Mie TV, SUN, TVQ Kyushu, and BS11.[19] The second half will premiere in October 2016.[17] The series has been licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll.[20]

An OVA will also be released.[21]

The Anime has been licensed in the UK by Anime Limited.[22]


  1. The series is listed to premiere at 25:05 on 6 April 2016; this is the same as 1:05 on 7 April.


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  10. "文豪ストレイドッグス (8)". Kadokawa Corporation (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
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  13. "文豪ストレイドッグス 太宰治と黒の時代". Kadokawa Corporation (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  14. "文豪ストレイドッグス 探偵社設立秘話". Kadokawa Corporation (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  15. "Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's New Key Visual, Staff, 1st 3 Character Designs Unveiled". Anime News Network. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  16. "Granrodeo Performs Bungō Stray Dogs Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Bungo Stray Dogs Anime's 2nd Video, April 6 Debut, Split-Season Plans Revealed". Anime News Network. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  18. "Luck Life Performs Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's Ending Theme". Anime News Network. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  19. Chapman, Paul (24 January 2016). "Japanese Broadcast Details Announced for "Bungo Stray Dogs"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  20. "Bungō Stray Dogs Gets Original Video Anime in Addition to TV Anime". Anime News Network. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  21. "Bungō Stray Dogs Gets Original Video Anime in Addition to TV Anime". Anime News Network. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  22. "Anime Limited Updates from London MCM Comic Con". Anime News Network. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 

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