Bungou Stray Dogs is a fun anime to watch. The interesting setting, and the colorful characters, will keep us interested. Especially for fans of literature, because the various characters take names from various world writers, as well as abilities taken from the titles of their works.
Bungo Stray Dogs follows members of Busou Tanteisha or the Armed Detective Agency. The main objective of this private detective agency is to protect the city of Yokohama. In addition to having to solve various criminal cases, Busou Tanteisha is also often faced with international underground syndicates ranging from Russia to the United States.
This urban fantasy series focuses on Atsushi Nakajima, who joins forces with people with supernatural powers at Busou Tanteisha to complete various tasks, from solving mysteries to taking on missions to confront the mafia.
Written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, Bungo Stray Dogs is an urban fantasy manga series published in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Young Ace. Bungou Stray Dogs anime adaptation is well done by Studio Bones.
To watch the Bungou Stray Dogs anime series is actually quite easy, because the storyline runs linearly forward chronologically.
Table of Contents
1. Bungou Stray Dogs (2016)
While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi Nakagami saves an eccentric man named Osamu Dazai who is drowning. The encounter that would change his life.
Atsushi is forced to join the investigative agency Busou Tanteisha, investigating unusual cases that the police cannot handle, along with his many enigmatic co-workers and supernatural powers.
2. Bungou Stray Dogs 2 (2016)
The Guild, an American organization, stepped in to stir things up in Yokohama.
Now Busou Tanteisha has to divide their attention between two groups, the Guild and the Port Mafia, which oppose their existence as well as conflict with each other.
3. Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu (2017)
A special episode when Busou Tanteisha members discuss the most suitable candidate for the next successor commander.
As usual, Doppo Kunikida carried out official duties as planned in his diary. Unexpectedly, a bomb-related incident occurred, challenging the ideal he had always upheld.
4. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple (2018)
An anime film from Bungou Stray Dogs, set in a large scale catastrophe is happening across the planet.
The user of a supernatural ability discovered after the appearance of a mysterious mist appears to have committed suicide, so Busou Tanteisha sets out to investigate this mysterious death.
The case appears to involve an unknown ability user referred to as “Collector,” a man who could be the mastermind behind the incident.
Busou Tanteisha inevitably has to work with the Port Mafia to solve this case.
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 3 (2019)
Flashback Osamu Dazai, who is still a new recruit, is assigned to investigate rumors related to a mysterious explosion that destroyed parts of the city many years ago.
Due to circumstances beyond his control, he partners with Chuuya Nakahara, the talented but impulsive leader of a rival clan known as ‘Sheep’ to uncover the truth behind the case and highlight the myth of Arahabaki.
Meanwhile, today, it’s business as usual once again for Busou Tanteisha. However, the peace did not last long, as both old and new enemies gathered their forces and prepared for the next battle.
6. Bungou Stray Dogs 4 (2023)
The fourth season of the Bungou Stray Dogs anime.
No longer concerned with military affairs, Yukichi Fukuzawa intends to act as a lone bodyguard-for-hire, making use of his deadly swordsmanship. However, things are not going as planned for his freelance business, and that is when he crosses paths with a mouthy boy named Ranpo Edogawa. While their initial interactions are intertwined with a bizarre murder mystery, the aftermath prompts the formation of the Armed Detective Agency.
Presently, Ranpo finds himself chasing down a gifted individual with the dangerous ability to execute the perfect crime. But as the great detective unravels the case, he soon discovers an elaborate plot to obliterate the Agency in its entirety.
Although forewarned of the trap, the Agency continue their pursuit of the criminals, only to end up framed for the crime themselves. Now branded as wanted terrorists, the remaining members must find a way to prove their innocence—even if they must turn to sworn enemies for assistance.
7. Bungou Stray Dogs 5 (2023)
The fifth season of Bungou Stray Dogs.
Detective employees are caught one after another, and Kamui, the leader of Tenjin Goshui, is closing in on the Armed Detective Agency. Will the Agency survive?!