Any anime fan will know that with great power comes a struggle for control. BUNGO STRAY DOGS takes this idea and combines it with city politics, mafias, and super powers. This made for a fantastic anime, and now that experience will soon be gracing the silver screen. Following the trend of many of successful anime, BUNGO STRAY DOGS: DEAD APPLE occurs somewhat outside of the storyline, but keeps its cast of incredible characters from the anime series. The movie won’t be released until March 3rd, 2018, but now there’s a trailer to fawn over.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s a great mix of crime fighting and superpowers. In BUNGO STRAY DOGS, orphan boy Atsushi Nakajima finds himself living on the streets after being suspected of a crime. A mystical white tiger kept appearing around the orphanage, killing others and generally causing havoc. He later meets private detective Osama Dazai, who is investigating the appearance of the white tiger in the area. The show slowly reveals that Dazai’s detective agency is full of those with special abilities like seeing the future or incredible strength. Later, Atsushi realizes he is the white tiger, and learns to control his new powers.

The bright movie announcement for BUNGO STRAY DOGS: DEAD APPLE
The bright movie announcement for BUNGO STRAY DOGS: DEAD APPLE | Image: BUNGOU STRAY DOGS official website

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An Exciting Premiere

BUNGO STRAY DOGS has a history of naming its characters after famous novelists. New villain Tatsuhiko Shibusawa appears to be the new antagonist for this film. In history, Shibusawa was a French translator, critic, and novelist from Japan’s Showa period. In addition to doing more scholastic work, he penned several essays about demons, black magic, and eroticism. Given this background, it’s super likely that Shibusawa has demonic powers, or does some evil related to his literary counterpart’s work. Check out the incredible trailer below:

The trailer shows off some spectacular visuals, and most of those are fighting sequences. Although the anime also has an investigative focus, the movie appears to grant plenty of screen time to action. BUNGO STRAY DOGS has never been afraid to throw guns into the mix, even when most everyone has supernatural powers.

Great Action to Come

BUNGO STRAY DOGS: DEAD APPLE premieres in Japanese theaters on March 3, 2018. While the initial release is Japan only, most anime films see international releases about three months later. This film will hopefully grace theaters over here in the western half of the world if we’re lucky. In the meantime, fans can binge two exciting seasons of flashy battles and complex cases.

Featured Image screenshotted from Youtube.

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