Bungo Stray Dogs Gets BEAST Spinoff Manga
posted on by Alex Mateo
The January 2020 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace revealed on Tuesday that Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga will get a spinoff manga titled Bungō Stray Dogs BEAST by Shiwasu Hoshikawa in the magazine's next issue on December 26. The manga will be based on Asagiri's light novel of the same name.
The spinoff follows Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, who vows revenge on a man dressed in black in order to rescue his sister. However, as he is about to starve to death, a man from the Armed Detective Agency appears.
The Bungō Stray Dogs BEAST light novel (pictured right) shipped in Japan in April.
The original Bungō Stray Dogs manga launched in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in 2013. Kadokawa published the 17th compiled book volume on May 1, and it will publish the 18th volume on December 28. Yen Press is publishing the manga in English.
The 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 in March 2018. The anime's third season premiered in April, and Crunchyroll and Funimation are both streaming the series.
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.
Source: Monthly Shōnen Ace January issue