The fifth season of “Bungou Stray Dogs” finished its airing recently. And just like the previous seasons, fans also adored this one.
The question is, will there be a 6th season for Bungou Stray Dogs? Here is what we know so far.
“Bungou Stray Dogs” aired from July 12, 2023, to September 20, 2023. The series was aired weekly on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu Japan.
“Bones” has been the animation studio behind this anime series since its first season.
This studio is famous for animating series like “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Mob Psycho 100,” “My Hero Academia,” and other fantastic anime series.
Will there be a 6th Season for Bungou Stray Dogs?
There has been no confirmation for the sixth season of Bungou Stray Dogs yet. Neither the animation studio nor Crunchyroll has made an official announcement regarding Bungou Stray Dogs season 6.
With a series as popular as Bungou Stray Dogs, a sequel announcement is expected to come out as soon as the last episode of a season airs. The sixth season was one of the highest-rated anime sequels of Summer Anime Season, too.
The good news is that the official Twitter account is teasing that there is more to come. They tweeted out “Bungo Stray Dogs” ──not finished yet!!
So, for future updates, keep visiting the official Twitter account of Bungou Stray Dogs.
The next update on Bungou Stray Dogs season 6 is expected to come out during the Anime Expo 2024, as most sequels are announced during the Anime Expo. It will be held in Log Angeles, California, from July 4 to 7, 2024.
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How Likely Is Bungou Stray Dogs Sixth Season?
The sole purpose of an anime adaptation is to increase manga sales —the chances of a sequel increase or decrease according to how much manga sales have risen.
Although the manga sales are not revealed in numbers, we can estimate them using Oricon and Amazon.
“Bungou Stray Dogs” is the anime adaptation of a manga series of the same name. The sales of this manga series increased exponentially in Japan as it is present at #6 in Oricon’s Top 30 Best Selling Manga Series in September.
As for international manga sales, it couldn’t reach the Top 50 Best Selling Mystery, Thriller, & Crime Manga Series on Amazon.
Sales of the source material aren’t the only deciding factor to greenlit the sequel. Blu-ray & DVD sales also matter.
“Bungou Stray Dogs 5th Season” will go on sale as four Blu-ray & DVD volumes from September 27, 2023, to December 22, 2023. A good number of sales will surely increase the chances of the series getting renewed for season 6.
Popularity and Ratings
Popularity: Season 5 was able to achieve 7th place as its best position on the weekly popularity polls of Anitrendz, which is pretty excellent.
Other than the popularity ranking, the availability of acrylic and modeled figurines also decides the popularity of a series. Due to its popularity for years, many acrylic and modeled figurines are available for purchase on Amazon.
Ratings: Bungou Stray Dogs received one of the best ratings in the Summer Season on different anime platforms:
Enough Source Material for a Sixth Season?
Bungou Stray Dogs is based on a manga series of the same name that started publishing on December 4, 2012.
It is written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Harukawa35 (Harukawa Sango). Currently, the manga has 24 volumes released, with 110 chapters in total.
The last episode of the 5th season of Bungou Stray Dogs adapted chapter 110 of the manga series.
Now, there are two scenarios. Number one, the studio waits for enough source material to be made available.
Number two, the studio adapts some spin-off series to keep the fans happy until there is enough source material to make a new season.
The spin-off series of Bungou Stray Dogs has been made before, which includes Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (in collaboration with Studio NOMAD) and Bungou Stray Dogs Dead Apple (Movie).
Here is the watch order in which you watch the Bungou Stray Dogs spin-off and OVAs.
So, there is a high chance another spin-off series or OVA series will be announced in the coming days!
The Bungou Stray Dogs manga series has received a light novel adaptation, which completed its serialization with ten volumes on February 27, 2023.
Both the manga and light novel series have received an English serialization, with the former having 22 volumes and the latter having nine volumes translated. You can buy these officially translated volumes on Amazon.
Animation Studio’s Future Projects
Currently, the animation studio of “Bungou Stray Dogs” has only one anime project for the future, “Metallic Rouge.”
Because the studio is not working on a huge project for the near future, Bungou Stray Dogs spin-off, OVA, or a film is still on the table.
Potential Release Date for Season 6
The sixth season of Bungou Stray Dogs has yet to receive a green light. So, based on the studio’s availability and the anime series’ popularity, we can take a guess on the potential release date for any Bungou Stray Dogs future projects.
According to the current situation, there is not enough source material for season 6. For that reason, the season 6 potential release date would be around 2026.
Manga authors first have to publish the chapters, and the studio will then start making the anime after enough source material is available. This process is likely to take many years.
Potential Cast Member for Bungou Stray Dogs Season 6
Bungou Stray Dogs has maintained a consistent squad of voice actors for the last four seasons, who returned every season to voice their roles. So, it is safe to assume that the same voice actors will return for a potential sequel.
Because of the worldwide fandom of this series, Bungou Stray Dogs has received dubbing in different languages, including English.
Here is the Bungou Stray Dogs season 6 potential voice cast:
- Osamu Dazai: Kaiji Tang (English) / Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)
- Atsushi Nakajima: Max Mittelman (English) / Yuuto Uemura (Japanese)
- Ryuunosuke Akutagawa: Brain Beacock (English) / Kensho Ono (Japenese)
- Edogawa Ranpo: Landon McDonald (English) / Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese)
Synopsis of Bungou Stray Dogs 5th Season
“Bungou Stray Dogs” tells the tale of Atsushi, who is kicked out of the orphanage and has nowhere to call home. He saves Dazai, a teenage boy, from drowning. Dazai offers him food and a position in his Armed Detective Agency, where power users solve crimes the state cannot.
As the case is solved, Atsushi is appointed. But, things have become even more severe for the Agency, as the state’s crime agency, Port Mafia, is now against Dazai’s Agency. So, Atsushi has to buckle up as this new ride in life is full of hurdles.
Season Five continues the story as the Hunting Dogs, a group of people with the most potent powers, are now chasing the Armed Detective Agency. They still have to prove their innocence as a good agency, which seems impossible. So, the adventures continue!