Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 is one of the highly anticipated Winter 2023 releases because, for an anime to get past Season 2, it must have a dedicated fanbase! But how many episodes will Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 have?
Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 Will Deliver Detective Wars With Literary References
Bungou Stray Dogs follows a quirky detective agency whose members have supernatural powers.
Each member of the agency is named after a famous Japanese author, including Osamu Dazai, Atsushi Nakajima, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ranpo Edogawa, and others.
Each of the characters has a power related to their respective author's body of work, filling the show with interesting intertextual elements.
In later episodes, the agency fights against foreign detective forces whose members are based on writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Lucy Maud Montgomery, among many others.
We expect Season 4 to focus on the aftermath of the manga's Cannibalism arc which was covered in its entirety in Season 3.
Season 3 began by adapting prequel material, demonstrating how Osamu Dazai met Chuuya Nakahara while working for the Port Mafia.
The episodes after show the detective agency and the Port Mafia being manipulated by a group known as Rats in the House of the Dead.
In Season 4, we expect to follow Ranpo Edogawa in his attempt to free Doppo Kunikida from prison after the latter was wrongfully framed for murder.
The Cannibalism Aftermath arc of the manga is very short. From there on, we expect Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 to shift its focus to the manga's Hunting Dogs arc.
In it, the Armed Detective Agency is framed as a terrorist group, and a military unit, the titular Hunting Dogs, starts pursuing the agency members.
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How Many Episodes Will Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 Have?
According to the popular anime database MyAnimeList, Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 will have 13 episodes in total.
In the past, there has been a pattern with previous seasons of the detective anime, and we had expected Season 4 to follow.
Seasons 1-3 of Bungou Stray Dogs had 12 episodes each, and, since this is the most common episode number for single-cour anime, we wouldn't have been surprised if the fourth season were to follow suit.
Most anime have 12 episodes when they only air for a cour, or, in some cases, 13.
This time, the latter is the case, so Bungou Stray Dogs fans are treated to one sweet extra episode.
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