Takuya Igarashi, the director of the Bungo Stray Dogs, shared a celebratory illustration as a way of wishing a happy new year to his followers on Twitter. Director stated that he looks forward to the next year. His Twitter bio is: “I am Igarashi, the director of “Bungo Stray Dogs,” branded as a “human failure.” I look forward to working with you.”
The fourth season of the anime premieres in January. Studio Bones is returning to animate the sequel., while Takuya Igarashi is directing. Youjo Enokido is writing the screenplay and overseeing the series composition. Both Igarashi and Enokido worked on the previous seasons; Igarashi directed the Dead Apple movie. Nobuhiro Arai is doing character designs and is also credited as the chief animation director.
Bungo Stray Dogs is based on a manga by Kafka Asagiri, with Harukawa35 illustrations. Serialization started in 2012 in Young Ace magazine with Yen Press holding the English license. A prequel manga with Sango Harukawa’s art is currently ongoing in Kadokawa Beans Bunko magazine.
The anime adaptation premiered in the Spring of 2016, with a second season following in the Fall season of the same year. Season 3 aired in 2019. The franchise also has a movie titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, as well as an OVA Bungo Stray Dogs: Walking Alone from 2017. A stage play titled Storm Bringer was announced earlier this year and a live-action movie is also in the works.
Yen Press describes the plot as:
Having been kicked out of the orphanage, a despairing young man by the name of Atsushi Nakajima rescues a strange man from a suicide attempt–Osamu Dazai. Turns out that Dazai is part of an armed-detective agency staffed by individuals whose supernatural powers take on a literary bent!
Source: Takuya Igarashi’s Twitter
©Kafka Asagiri, Harukawa35/KADOKAWA/Bungo Stray Dogs Production Committee