There have been various anime categories including a large number of subgenres and niche themes recently. Almost all anime series consists of multiple major and minor genres mixed, which make them unique and more attractive. Bungo Stray Dogs is one of the anime that captivate both male and female fans around the globe, categorized as mystery, detective, fantasy and action. It focuses on cool detective characters with supernatural powers who battle against mafia and other opposite organizations.
Bungo Stray Dogs started its first season with 12 episodes in 2016, which was followed by the 13-episode second season in 2016 and the 12-episode third season in 2019. The fourth season and the latest fifth season were released in 2023. By the famous anime studio Bones, they are adapted from the manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa.
Today, I’d like to introduce how to enjoy the following story after the Bungo Stray Dogs anime series finishes for those who have finished watching all the current episodes and are interested in what will happen next. To go on to the next episode, check out where the Bungo Stray Dogs anime ends in manga and which volume you should read!
This article was updated after the latest Bungo Stray Dogs Season 5 concluded its broadcast in September 2023.
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How many volumes does Bungo Stray Dogs have?
The manga series of Bungo Stray Dogs has been serialized on Kadokawa’s monthly Seinen manga magazine Young Ace since 2012. It is created by the author Kafka Asagiri and the illustrator Sango Harukawa. There are 24 volumes published so far in the Bungo Stray Dogs Tankobon manga series (the latest 24th volume released in September, 2023).
At the same time, a light novel series of Bungo Stray Dogs has been made by Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa since 2014. It has 8 volumes published so far (the latest 8th volume released in February, 2021). The anime series is adapted from the light novel series as well as the manga series.
There are also several spin-off manga series and light novels such as Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, Bungo Stray Dogs: BEAST, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai, Chūya, Age Fifteen, etc. Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! was also made into an anime series containing 12 episodes in 2021 while Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple into an anime movie in 2018.
Which volume of Bungo Stray Dogs to read after the anime?
The anime series of Bungo Stray Dogs is based on both its manga series and light novel series, so you can enjoy the next story after the latest anime episode ends in the manga and light novels. Please note that the light novel series is not an adaptation from the manga series, which means they tell different stories.
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 5, consisting of 11 episodes, ends with Episode 61 “Twilight Goodbye.” The anime’s latest episode corresponds to Chapter 110 “In The Small Room, Part 6” and a few more episodes to come in the manga series. It is believed to correspond to the beginning of the 25th volume of the manga (as only up to the 24th volume has been published at the point when the fifth season of the anime concluded).
To conclude, the continuation of the fifth season of the anime starts from Chapter 111 of Volume 25.
Here is the Bungo Stray Dogs manga/anime correspondence table:
Season 1: From Volume 1 to 4 and Osamu Dazai’s Entrance Exam (Light Novel Series Vol.1)
Season 2: From Volume 5 to 10 and Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era (Light Novel Series Vol.2)
Season 3: From Volume 10 to 13 and Dazai, Chuya, Age Fifteen (Light Novel Series Vol.7)
Season 4: From Volume 13 to 18 and The Untold Origins of the Detective Agency (Light Novel Series Vol.3)
Season 5: From Volume 18 to 24
Season 6: From Volume 25
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 5 covers up to the middle of the Kamui Revelation Arc and the Vampire Infection Outbreak Arc.
If you want to know what happen next earlier than the upcoming anime episodes, get the manga series Volume 25 and the rest of the unadapted light novels such as 55 Minutes (Vol. 4), Dead Apple (Vol. 5), Beast (Vol. 6) and Storm Bringer (Vol. 8).
Bungo Stray Dogs Manga Series
Bungo Stray Dogs Light Novel Series
Bungo Stray Dogs Spin-off Manga Series
A spin-off manga series Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story – Yukito Ayatsuji vs. Natsuhiko Kyougoku is also available in English. If you are an authentic fan of Bungo Stray Dogs, let’s complete even the side story!
When will Bungo Stray Dogs Season 6 air?
The realization of Bungo Stray Dogs Season 6 seems to be a story for the future. This is because the broadcast of the fifth season of the anime was catching up to the latest manga. After several more volumes are published, it seems likely that the next season will be announced. Considering the recent pace of manga publication, it will probably take at least two to three years for another five volumes to be released.
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