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Bungo Stray Dogs Stage Plays Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
3rd stage play's final performance ran on Wednesday

The final performance of Bungō Stray Dogs: Sansha Teiritsu, the Bungō Stray Dogs franchise's third stage play, revealed on Wednesday that the stage plays are getting a live-action film adaptation. Staff will announce more details in the future.

The franchise's third play ran in June in Iwate, Fukuoka, Aichi, and Osaka, and in July in Tokyo. Norihito Nakayashiki directed the play, and Chūji Mikasano (Tokyo Ghoul anime) wrote the script.

The second play, Bungō Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era, visual at right), ran in Tokyo at the Sunshine Gekijō from September to October last year, and then ran in Osaka at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in October. The play covered part of the second television anime series.

The first play ran at the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama in December 2017, at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka in January 2018, and at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from January to February 2018. The play covered the first season of the television anime series.

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 Bungō 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 from April to June 2016, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The anime's second 12-episode series aired from October to December 2016, and Crunchyroll again streamed the series as it aired. Funimation and Crunchyroll released the series on home video with an English dub last March. The anime's third season premiered on April 12, and Crunchyroll and Funimation are both streaming the series.

An anime film, titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, opened in Japan last March. Crunchyroll began streaming the film last September, and Funimation began streaming the film in June.

The manga also inspired a smartphone game that launched in December 2017. Ambition released the game in English in July 2018, and Crunchyroll took over publication of the game in November. An OVA shipped with the manga's 13th compiled volume in August 2017.

Yen Press is publishing the manga in English.

Source: Bungō Stray Dogs stage plays' website via Nijimen

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