Bungou Stray Dogs is an action and mystery anime series that first aired in the spring of 2016. We called anime, but the series is based on Kafka Asagiri’s manga series, which has been airing since 2012. The manga series, which exceeded 6 million copies in circulation according to 2018 data, is as popular as its anime worldwide. The anime of the series was created by Bones studio, and Takuya Igarashi has been directing the series. We also know the studio from popular anime series such as Noragami and Mob Psycho 100. The second season of the Crunchyroll licensed anime aired right after the first season, and the third season of the anime met with the audience on April 12, 2019, three years later. Made in collaboration with Bones and Nomad (Koikimo), ‘Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!‘, was added to the series’ products as a spin-off anime. After the spin-off, which began airing on January 13, 2021, fans are excited for the fourth season, which is expected to be the sequel of the series. So has the anime been renewed for a fourth season?
What do you think if famous writers such as Agatha Christie, Edger Allen Poe, Dostoevsky, and Dan Brown came together? Of course, this is an impossible event, but there is no such thing as impossible for an anime. Bungou Stray Dogs, which gives famous writers (or famous characters) names, especially Japanese, to all of its characters, entertainingly offers us famous names than ever with its action-packed content.
Atsushi Nakajima is a teenager kicked out of an orphanage, hungry and thirsty, with nowhere to go. A mysterious tiger invaded his orphanage, so the orphanage fell into financial difficulties. The orphanage, which implements a savings policy, first kicked Atsushi out. Thinking about what to do, Atsushi sits on the river bank and sees a drowning man in the river. Of course, Atsushi saves this strange and eccentric man. However, the man who said he committed suicide brushes Atsushi well. This man introduces himself as Dazai Osamu and introduces Atsushi with his partner Kunikida Doppo, who is fed up with Dazai’s constant suicide attempts.
During the chat, Atsushi learns from Dazai and Doppo that they are somehow interested in the mysterious tiger around Atsushi. Moreover, the duo is a member of the “Armed Detective Agency”, which Atsushi hears about in the circulating rumors. When this is the case, Atsushi, who did not even know what to do a few hours ago, finds himself among strange people with strange powers, especially Dazai.
Will there be a fourth season of Bungou Stray Dogs?
As of July 24, 2021, Bones studio or any company related to the anime has not yet renewed Bungou Stray Dogs for a fourth season. It can take years for animes to be renewed and appear before the audience with new seasons. We can see this from the time difference between the seasons of the anime. In March 2020, it was announced that the anime was in the development of a new live-action movie titled ‘Bungou Stray Dogs The Movie: Beast‘. When we look at the time since the movie announcement, we think we will see more details about the movie before the news of the fourth season. There is no official news about the fourth season of the anime yet, but it is possible to speculate. Let’s start with the manga factor, as the anime is a manga adaptation.
Manga status in terms of a fourth season
The manga, the original of the series, is written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. Published by Kadokawa Shoten, the series has been airing since December 4, 2012. The anime also has an English publisher. Thanks to Yen Press, it is possible to follow the manga series in English. 20 volumes of the manga series have been published so far, and the 21st volume will meet with its readers in the coming days (August 3, 2021).
The first 3 seasons of the anime are based on the main manga series. The latest spin-off anime is based on a side story and adapted from the side manga of the same name. The anime’s third season was adapted up to chapter 53, volume 13 of the main manga. There are now 88 chapters published so far, and it looks like there’s enough source material to create a fourth season. To create a new season of anime, the manga status will not be a problem. Also, as long as the manga continues to be publishing, a new anime season is a good opportunity as a manga promotion.
BluRay/DVD disc sales and the popularity of the anime
Although the demand for disc sales has decreased with the increase in streaming platforms in recent years, disc sales are still good data to compare with other anime released in the same period and to see the popularity in Japan. In general, it is expected an anime should achieve 4,000 sales on volumes’ average for a new season confirmation. When we look at the disc sales of the anime, we see that it achieved above-average sales for the first three seasons. Although disc sales have decreased in the third season of the anime, we cannot say that we are hopeless for a new season. On the other hand, “Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!” sold only 1,261 units on average, but it should be considered separately as a spin-off.
On the other hand, the official Twitter account of the anime is followed by about 473k people. That is a perfect follower count for an anime series. We can do a simple comparison to give you a better idea. The Promised Neverland, which is also a very popular anime, is followed by 316k people, or Black Clover, which is highly praised by anime fans and renewed many times, is followed by 103k people. Bungo Stray Dogs is very popular in Japan and also around the world. We can also see this in the strong search volume on Google. Anime is searched on Google as much as Redo of Healer or Dr. Stone. Besides, on Myanimelist, it is shown as the 102nd most popular anime of all time.
Popularity on Myanimelist
Success in Disc Sales
Following on Twitter
Search volume on Google
When is the fourth season of Bungou Stray Dogs?
“Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!”, as a spin-off to the series, is aired in spring 2021. But at the time of writing, there is no confirmation for a fourth season of the main anime series. We shared our predictions for a new season above. It seems that the manga has sufficient source material for a new season and the popularity of the anime is quite enough to renew. Considering all the factors together, we are looking at the fourth season of the anime with certainty. Financially, the series will have no problems with a fourth season as well. Considering the production time and the time between previous seasons, it is possible to see a new season of the anime in early 2023. Stay tuned for official updates.
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Early 2023 (Expectation)
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