Over the weekend there was a Bungo Stray Dogs franchise event that both released a trailer for the upcoming live-action movie Bungo Stray Dogs the Movie: Beast and announced a new season for the anime. The trailer is a minute and a half long and has English subtitles, so you don’t have to speak Japanese to understand what’s going on. It also reveals more details about the upcoming release.
Taku Iwasaki and GRANRODEO, who both worked on the anime, are back for the movie. Iwasaki is composing the movie’s music, and rock unit GRANRODEO is taking part in the movie’s theme song “Tokei-mawari no Torque” (translated as “Clockwise Torque”). You can listen to this theme song in the trailer.
We also learn more about the actors. Mitsu Murata has been cast as Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, Yūta Kishimoto has been cast as Fyodor D., Hirofumi Araki has been cast as Ango Sakaguchi, and Keisuke Minami has been cast as the orphanage director. Other members of the cast include Shōhei Hashimoto playing Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Yūki Torigoe playing Atsushi Nakajima, Masashi Taniguchi playing Sakunosuke Oda, Teruma playing Doppo Kuniki, Ryōki Nagae playing Rampo Edogawa, Kōsuke Kuwano playing Junichirō Tanizaki, Hitoshi Horinouchi playing Kenji Miyazawa, and Ao Hirakawa playing Akiko Yosano.
The movie is being directed by Koichi Sakamoto of 009-1: The End of the Beginning, with original creator Kafka Asagiri writing the script. The movie is in turn based on Kafka’s light novel of (mostly) the same name, Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast. The light novel came out in 2019, and it was followed by a manga adaptation by Shiwasu Hoshikawa later that year. It flips the original story, so now Atsushi Nakajima is a member of the Port Mafia and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa is a member of the Armed Detective Agency.
Bungo Stray Dogs the Movie: Beast hits Japanese theaters on January 7.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.