Dramatic, mysterious, and underrated, Bungou Stray Dogs is the love child of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Sherlock Holmes.
The anime is a series of smooth transitions between nonsensical behavior of its characters, and intense deductions followed by epic battles. The weaponry used in these battles is a fantastic fusion of technology and supernatural elements.
Bungou Stray Dogs is a suspenseful Shonen seasoned with over-the-top dark humor. Do not miss out on this anime if you’re in for an extraordinary and intuitive adventure!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- Bungou Stray Dogs (2016)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 (2016)
- Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 (2019)
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
- Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
The recommended watch order for Bungou Stray Dogs is its release order.
Watch the OVA after Season 2. The movie is standalone, so it can be watched after the complete series, but keep in mind that you should not watch it before completing season 2.
3. Quick Review
Bungou Stray Dogs is a peculiar anime. Although it is a Shonen, it does not stick to a specific genre and keeps changing its tone.
This approach is excellent and makes the series very entertaining. Sometimes, however, the frequent change messes up the pace of the show, making the story scattered and chaotic.
There is a plethora of characters in Bungou Stray Dogs, with colorful personalities. The main cast is loosely based on famous Japanese poets and authors, which is a noteworthy aspect.
On the surface, the characters have typic traits, but they’re tied to their own individual dark backgrounds, which give them depth.
The animation and soundtrack are superb! When the pacing misses the mark, it is the animation that holds the story together.
Ranging from detailed depictions of mundane life to astounding action sequences, the animation plays an essential role in Bungou Stray Dogs.
The soundtrack resonates with the animation and fleshes out every scene perfectly!
4. About Bungou Stray Dogs
Bungou Stray Dogs narrates the story of Atsushi, an orphan who gets kicked out of his orphanage for causing strange incidents involving a mystical white tiger.
After being left to fend for himself, Atsushi encounters Dazai, a supernatural detective with a strange kink for suicide. Dazai helps Atsushi to solve the case of the mystic white tiger.
Shortly after, Atsushi becomes a member of the supernatural detective organization, assisting the investigators in solving unusual cases and fighting against evil mafia organization.