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Bungō Stray Dogs Gets Original Video Anime in Addition to TV Anime

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Series about league of literary figures with supernatural powers premieres on April 6

A flyer at the AnimeJapan event on Friday listed that the television anime of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga would include "12 episodes + 1 OVA."

The official website announced earlier this month that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and other stations on April 6 at 25:05 (effectively, April 7 at 1:05 a.m.) and run for 12 episodes. After this spring, the series will resume in October with episode 13 onward.

The official website also began streaming two new videos for the anime on Tuesday. The first video is a commercial for the anime featuring the opening theme song "TRASH CANDY" by GRANRODEO. The second video is a commercial for the anime's DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video release.

The "battle action" story centers around a league of literary figures with supernatural powers. For example, in real life, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa wrote acclaimed stories that inspired Akira Kurosawa's Rashōmon film and the Aoi Bungaku Series anime's Jigoku Hen (Hell Screen) arc. In Bungo Stray Dogs, he has the power to transform and manipulate his cloak into a monster-like entity. Together, these writers solve mysteries as part of the "Armed Detective Agency."

The cast includes:

Yūto Uemura as Atsushi Nakajima
Mamoru Miyano as Osamu Dazai
Asami Seto as Ichiyō Higuchi
Chiaki Omigawa as Naomi Tanizaki
Hiroshi Kamiya as Ranpo Edogawa
Hiroyuki Kagura as Kenji Miyazawa
Kensho Ono as Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Kishô Taniyama as Chūya Nakahara
Rikiya Koyama as Yukichi Fukuzawa
Sumire Morohoshi as Kyōka Izumi
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Junichirō Tanizaki
Wataru Hatano as Motojirō Kajii
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Doppo Kunikida
Yu Shimamura as Akiko Yosano

Takuya Igarashi and Yoji Enokido, the director and screenwriter team behind Ouran High School Host Club and Star Driver, are helming the anime at studio BONES. Nobuhiro Arai (Chaika the Coffin Princess) is handling character design and is serving as chief animation director alongside Hiroshi Kanno (Blast of Tempest). Ryō Hirata is handling prop design and sub character design, while Fumihiro Katagai (Chaika the Coffin Princess) is in charge of gun design. Taku Iwasaki (Gatchaman Crowds, Black Butler) is composing the music and Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Ghost in the Shell, Blue Exorcist) is serving as sound director at Glovision. GRANRODEO is performing the series' opening theme song, and Luck Life is performing the series' ending theme song.

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