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Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Film's Ads Preview GRANRODEO's Opening Theme

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Fim opens in Japan on March 3

Kadokawa began streaming 30- and 15-second commercials for the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple anime film on Thursday. Both videos preview GRANRODEO's opening theme song "Deadly Drive."

The film will open in Japan on March 3.

The film's story involves a mystery case of power users around the world suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appears at the scene. At a request from Ango Sakaguchi, the Armed Detective Agency head out to investigate Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a power user who calls himself "collector," and a man suspected of being tied to the incident.

Takuya Igarashi is returning to direct the film at BONES. Yoji Enokido is returning to write the film, in collaboration with original manga writer Kafka Asagiri. Nobuhiro Arai is returning as character designer and chief animation director, Fumihiro Katagai is the mechanical designer, and Taku Iwasaki is returning to compose the music. Kadokawa Animation is distributing the film.

Luck Life, the group that performed the ending theme songs for both anime seasons, is returning to perform the film's ending theme song.

Most of the cast members are returning from the television anime, with Kazuya Nakai joining the cast as Tatsuhiko Shibusawa.

The first television anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga aired in April-June 2016, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The anime's second 12-episode series aired from October-December, and Crunchyroll again streamed the series as it aired. Funimation and Crunchyroll plan to release the series on home video with an English dub.

The manga also inspired a stage play adaptation and a smartphone game. An OVA shipped with the manga's 13th compiled volume last August.

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, some of these writers solve mysteries as part of the "Armed Detective Agency," while others appear as antagonists.

Yen Press published the fifth volume of the manga in English in December.


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