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Anime Spotlight - Bungo Stray Dogs

by Chih-Chieh Chang,
On air starting April 6th 2016

Key Staff

Director: Takuya Igarashi
(Ouran High School Host Club, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, Soul Eater)
Series Composition: Yoji Enokido
(FLCL, Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV), Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, Sailor Moon SuperS (TV))


Prolific author vs Prolific author
Supernatural power battle action

Atsushi Nakajima comes across eccentric people on the verge of starvation after being kicked out of the orphanage -- Osamu Dazai has a suicidal hobby and works hard at trying to drown himself in the middle of the day. Doppo Kunikida wears glasses, and nervously handles his notebook. They worked at "Armed Detective Agency" that is rumored to solve disputes that the army and police couldn't step into. Luck has it that Atsushi is asked to accompany them in their trip to defeat the "man-eating tiger" that is causing a commotion around town... A fictional city of Yokohama. The characters harbor names of prolific authors. Sparks fly from supernatural powers based on their names. Wildly strange prolific author supernatural power battle begins here!


Atsushi Nakajima
VA: Yuto Uemura
Ability name: ???
Came out to Yokohama after being kicked out of an orphanage that faced difficulties after an assault by the man-eating tiger. Met Dazai on the verge of having to steal from starvation, and ends up helping work at the detective agency. Has no self-confidence as he lived a life as a "good for nothing" with no parents or friends.
Osamu Dazai
VA: Mamoru Miyano
Ability name: No Longer Human
Member of "Armed Detective Agency", a group with supernatural talent. Suicide aficionado that seeks a place to die, but dislikes pain. Wishes for a murder-suicide with a beautiful woman if possible. Carefree and elusive, his previous job that nobody can figure out is said to be one of the "seven wonders of the detective agency".
Doppo Kunikida
VA: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Ability Name: Doppo Poetry Guest
Member of "Armed Detective Agency", a group with supernatural talent. Carries a notebook with "Ideals" written on the cover, and uses the contents of the notebook as a guide for life. Prim and proper square-headed man who hates changes in schedules more than anything else, but since his partner is the free-roaming Dazai, his troubles are never-ending.
Rampo Edogawa
VA: Hiroshi Kamiya
Ability Name: Super Sleuthing
Master sleuth and member of "Armed Detective Agency", a group with supernatural talent. Has a keen observation talent that is acknowledged by his colleagues as superior, and his master sleuthing guides many difficult cases asked by the police to resolution. Confident, and often speaks and acts in a shameless, childish manner. Motto is "All's well if I'm well."
Jun-ichiro Tanizaki
VA: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
A flirtatious-looking young man wearing an oversized shirt and pinning his bangs down.
Kenji Miyazawa
VA: Hiroyuki Kagura
Ability Name: Be Not Defeated by the Rain
A member of "Armed Detective Agency", a group with supernatural talent. Until scouted by the agency president, he lived in a rural area that didn't even have electricity. Doesn't know how to doubt, and believes anyone can be understood with enough conversation. Called "Ken-chan" from "all sorts of people" in town, and has a wide social network.
Akiko Yosano
VA: Yu Shimamura
Ability Name: Thou Shalt Not Die
A member of "Armed Detective Agency", a group with supernatural talent. A lady with modern bob hairstyle. A skilled doctor indispensable for a detective agency that often gets into fights, but all members fear falling under her care. Any statements that take women lightly akin to that of the previous generation in her presence are not recommended.
Naomi Tanizaki
VA: Chiaki Omigawa
A beautiful girl in a sailor suit type uniform with long flowing black hair.
Yukichi Fukuzawa
VA: Rikiya Koyama
The president of "Armed Detective Agency" full of outlaws. Doesn't show himself in the open much, but proudly takes charge in times of need. A dignified man of character, even the frivolous Rampo gets up and moving if it is an order from Yukichi.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
VA: Kensho Ono
Ability Name: Rashomon
A constituent of the ominous Port Mafia that uses the port area as their territory. Wears a black coat and walks around town with a frigid look on his face, it is as if he was the grim reaper. Beyond the reach of army police, and also feared within the detective agency with the saying, "don't meet him. if you bump into him, run."
Chuya Nakahara
VA: Kisho Taniyama
Ability Name: To the Sadness of Becoming Tainted
An officer of the Port Mafia, and hates Osamu Dazai of the Armed Detective Agency. Small-framed but agile and uses powerful martial arts. Loves wearing a black hat.
Motojiro Kajii
VA: Wataru Hatano
Ability Name: Lemonade
A constituent of the Port Mafia. Bomber wanted for the bombing of the Maruzen Building. Mad scientist who gloats that "death" is the "ultimate science".
Ichiyou Higuchi
VA: Asami Seto
Intelligent, beautiful women that wears slacks. Part of a mobile squad that works directly for the leader of the Port Mafia, and has the authority to mobilize the military squad "Black Lizard". Calls her boss Akutagawa "senpai" and thinks fondly of him.
Kyoka Izumi
VA: Sumire Morohoshi
Ability Name: Demon White Snow
A quiet girl in traditional Japanese clothing. Her true identity is a constituent of the Port Mafia. Has a supernatural power that kills, and was raised as an assassin after the syndicate took her in.


Atsushi Nakajima
Yuto Uemura
Osamu Dazai
Mamoru Miyano
Doppo Kunikida
Yoshimasa Hosoya
Rampo Edogawa
Hiroshi Kamiya
Jun-ichiro Tanizaki
Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Kenji Miyazawa
Hiroyuki Kagura
Akiko Yosano
Yu Shimamura
Naomi Tanizaki
Chiaki Omigawa
Yukichi Fukuzawa
Rikiya Koyama
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Kensho Ono
Chuya Nakahara
Kisho Taniyama
Motojiro Kajii
Wataru Hatano
Ichiyou Higuchi
Asami Seto
Kyoka Izumi
Sumire Morohoshi


Original story
Kafka Asagiri
Sango Harukawa (serialized in "Young Ace")
Takuya Igarashi
Yoji Enokido
Character Design
Nobuhiro Arai
Chief Animation Directors
Nobuhiro Arai, Hiroki Kanno
Weapon Design
Fumihiro Katagai
Prop Design/Sub Character Design
Ryo Hirata
Art Director
Yumiko Kondo
Color Coordinator
Yukari Goto
Director of Photography
Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi
Shigeru Nishiyama
Taku Iwasaki
Music Production
Sound Director
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Sound Production
Glovision Inc.
Opening Theme Artist
Ending Theme Artist
Animation Production
Produced by
Bungo Stray Dogs Partners

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