When you cross the supernatural genre with the awesomeness of nerdy detective work in the realm of shonen, you get Bungou Stray Dogs.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is an interesting offbeat anime set under the aesthetics of 90s animation style. Bungou Stray Dogs packs a serious punch of dark and brutal tale underneath all the drama, humor, and great action.
So far, Bungou Stray Dogs has released three seasons of anime series and one season of a spin-off tv series called Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
It has also released one animated movie and an OVA. The fourth season is currently under production, and a live-action film is also set to be released in January 2022.
Bungou Stray Dogs beautifully depicts any scene ranging from mundane stills of life to over-the-top supernatural action sequences. This anime will not fail in keeping you hooked to the plot and its characters.
Let me give you the exact release and chronological orders and help you decide how and where to enjoy this fantastic anime.
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1 (2016)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 (2016)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 (2019)
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple (2018)
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumi (2017)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (TV Series) (2021)
V. Live-Action Movie
- Bungou Stray Dogs The Movie: Beast (upcoming, January 2022)
2. Chronological Order
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumi (OVA)
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple (movie)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3
- Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (spin-off tv series)
The recommended watch order for this anime is the given chronological order.
It almost resembles the release order, and you can follow it, but keep in mind that the animated movie is not intended to be watched before the second season.
Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! is a spin-off anime series adapted from the spin-off manga of the same name, and you can watch it right after completing all the released seasons, the movie, and the OVA.
Bungou Stray Dogs introduces an abundance of characters with distinct personalities who are roughly based on Japanese authors and poets.
With fantastic action scenes and some great humorous moments, this detective anime is an overlooked gem in the world of shonen and should not be missed at all.
4. Where can I Watch Bungou Stray Dogs in Subtitles or Dubbed?
Bungou Stray Dogs anime is currently airing in Crunchyroll, Funimation, and HBO Max.
Let me show you which online streaming platforms are delivering the anime with subtitles or with dubbed versions.
- Crunchyroll – English subtitles
- Funimation – English dubbed
- HBO Max – English subtitles
5. Can I Download and Watch Bungou Stray Dogs Offline?
If you are subscribed to Crunchyroll’s Mega Fan subscription ($9.99 per month) or an Ultimate Fan subscription ($14.99 per month), you can download the anime show and watch it in your time.
Funimation will also provide you the download option only if you are subscribed to their Premium Plus subscription ($7.99 per month) or use the Premium Plus Ultra subscription ($99.99 per year).
HBO Max has also been airing all the seasons of Bungou Stray Dogs, and if you are subscribed to their Ad-Free plan ($14.99/month or $149.99/year), you can easily download the show and watch it undisturbed anytime, anywhere.
6. How Much Time Will it Take to Watch Bungou Stray Dogs?
To complete watching everything about this franchise, you are looking at the total runtime of 20 hours and 7 minutes of nonstop binging.
The total runtime calculated consists of three released seasons of the tv series, the animated movie and the unreleased live-action movie, the OVA, and the spin-off series.
Let me give you the list of the runtime of each installment of this franchise.
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1 – 276 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 – 276 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 – 276 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple – 90 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumi – 23 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! – 132 minutes
- Bungou Stray Dogs The Movie: Beast – 134 minutes
7. About Bungou Stray Dogs
Bungou Stray Dogs is a manga series by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. It has also received an anime adaptation.
The story follows Atsushi, a weretiger, who later joins the Armed Detective Agency, where people with special abilities help keep peace in the area.
The agency faces peril from time to time and must rise up against all odds.