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2nd Bungo Stray Dogs Stage Play Reveals Title, September Premiere

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Promo video streamed for home video release of 1st play

The official website for the second stage play adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga revealed the new play's title on Friday. The play, titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), will run in Tokyo at the Sunshine Gekijō in September, and will then run in Osaka at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in October.

Asagiri and Harukawa are credited with cooperation, Norihito Nakayashiki is directing the play, and Chūji Mikasano is credited as playwright.

The first play ran at the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama last December, at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka on January 12-13, and at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from January 31 to February 4. Kadokawa began streaming a trailer on Friday for the play's DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on June 27.

Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's original manga 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.

The first television anime adaptation 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 2016, and Crunchyroll again streamed the series as it aired. Funimation and Crunchyroll released the series on home video with an English dub on March 6. An anime film, titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, opened in Japan on March 3.

The manga is also inspiring a smartphone game. An OVA shipped with the manga's 13th compiled volume on August 4.

Yen Press is publishing the manga in English.

Source: Comic Natalie

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