Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스) Manga Review

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Bungo Stray Dogs, also known as Bungou Stray Dogs is a Seinen crime drama manga series created by author Kafka Asagiri. It tells the story of the Armed Detective Agency, a collection of people born with unique superhuman abilities.

What Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스) Is About

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Author(s): Kafka Asagiri
Artist(s): Kafka Asagiri
Known As: Bungo Stray Dogs, Bungou Stray Dogs, Ejen Luar Biasa, Literary Stray Dogs, Stray Dogs of the Literary Masters, Văn Hào Lưu Lạc, Бродячие псы литературы, Бродячі пси літератури, Великий из бродячих псов, Літературні Генії Бродячі Пси, سگ های ولگرد بانگو, كلاب الأدب الشاردة, 문호 스트레이 독스, 文豪ストレイドッグス, 文豪野犬
Official Translation(s): English, Japanese
MangaDex: Title Index
Status: On-going
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Small Synopsis

After being thrown out of his orphanage, Atsushi Nakajima journeys toward Yokohama where he soon meets a strange young man named Osamu Dazai.

Where to read Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스)

This manga is available to purchase from popular sites such as Amazon, however, it is also available as an unofficial fan translation that can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaDex and MangaNelo.


What Is Good About Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스)

Powers and Abilities

Each character is named after an author and their ability ties in to a piece of the author’s literature. I personally ADORE Akiko Yosano’s interesting ability, due to the fact that her patients have to be on death’s DOOR to work. As you can imagine, this leads to some pretty funny moments in the manga that made me fall in love with her character.

Also honorary mentions to Kunikida’s Doppo Poet ability and Atsushi’s Beast Beneath The Moonlight power!

The Genre

Bungou Strays Dogs is a crime genre series listed as a Seinen (aimed at 18+ – 40+) and I believe that this manga really takes advantage of its’ genres so well. With the realistic and gritty investigations tied together with supernatural abilities of our investigators in question, it makes for an incredibly interesting story!

What Is Bad About Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스)

Supporting Characters

This is NOT me bashing on the supporting cast. Not at all.

I find the cast insanely interesting individually, however, I personally feel that we haven’t seen MUCH of their own backstory. We know about Atsushi and Dazai, even antagonistic characters such as Akutagawa and Fitzgerald. I just hope that this mini-gripe of mine eventually turns out to be wrong and we get the development that the supporting cast DESERVE.

Overall Conclusion

I found this manga in 2016 after watching the first few episodes of the anime adaptation and I still love it five years later. If you’re a fan of crime thrown together with superpowered cops, then definitely check this one out!

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Let me know if you have read Bungo Stray Dogs or are thinking of picking it up in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and make them aware of this awesome Manga.


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Bungo Stray Dogs (문호 스트레이 독스)
Art style
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Powers and Abilities
The Genre
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Supporting Characters
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