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Bungo Stray Dogs: DEAD APPLE
DEAD APPLE Visual
Information
Kanji

文豪ストレイドッグス DEAD APPLE (デッド アップル)

Rōmaji

Bungō Sutorei Doggusu Deddo Appuru

Air Date

3 March, 2018 (Japan)
2 May, 2018 (North America)

Theme Songs
Opening

Deadly Drive

Ending

Bokura

Staff
Director

Igarashi Takuya

Character Design

Harukawa35 (Original)
Arai Nobuhiro (Movie)

Animation Director

Arai Nobuhiro

Art Director

Yumiko Kondou

Color Design

Yukari Gotō

Director of Photography

Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi

Editing

Shigeru Nishiyama

Music

Taku Iwasaki

Sound Director

Kazuhiro Wakabayashi

Studio

Bones

Bungo Stray Dogs: DEAD APPLE (文豪ストレイドッグス DEAD APPLE (デッド アップル), Bungō Sutorei Doggusu Deddo Appuru?) is a 2018 Japanese animated film produced by Bones.[1] It is directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Kafka Asagiri and Yōji Enokido. It is based on the manga Bungo Stray Dogs written by Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. Taking place after events of the second season of the anime television series, a group of detectives learns of a string of apparent suicide cases that have been happening to people with supernatural powers.

The adaptation features the anime adaptation's original cast and staff. GRANRODEO sings its opening, 'Deadly Drive', and Luck Life its ending, "Bokura". [2]

It releases on DVD and Blu-ray on November 28, 2018.[3] Crunchyroll released a stream of the movie for premium users on September 01, 2018. It becomes available for free users on November 01, 2018. Funimation streamed the English dub on June 21, 2019.[4]

It was also distributed by German, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese companies.

Synopsis

Power users around the world are suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appears at the scene. At a request from Ango Sakaguchi, the Armed Detective Agency head out to investigate Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a power user who calls himself "collector," and a man suspected of being tied to the incident.


Summary

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It began—six years ago. 

The 88-days long “Dragon’s Head Dispute”, which drew in each and every organization into a violent storm of blood, went down in the history of Yokohama’s underbelly as the dispute with the largest number of fatalities. Osamu Dazai, who had escaped death together with his Port Mafia ally, Chūya Nakahara, clung onto the words of his dead friend and bid farewell to his boss, Ōgai Mori, and he was only seen in his new place two years afterward.

The Armed Detective Agency, formed on the foundation of Yukichi Fukuzawa's ideals, welcomed Atsushi Nakajima and Kyōka Izumi as their new members, and they are living boisterous yet peaceful days.

However, strange incidents of Ability users around the world successively committing suicide are happening now. Incredibly, more than 500 Ability users have used their own Abilities to kill themselves. And at every site, an inexplicable “mist” had been found. 

The Special Abilities Department in the Ministry of Home Affairs has called this case “Serial Suicides of Special Ability Users”

The Armed Detective Agency, having received a request from Ango Sakaguchi, has set out to capture the man suspected of involvement in this case. 

His name is– Tatsuhiko Shibusawa called “The Collector”, he is an Ability user wrapped in mystery. He’s hidden in Yokohama with his own motives, but they're too, the demon Fyodor Dostoyevsky, secretly involved in various cases, has been appearing and disappearing at will…working to engulf Yokohama in a nightmare.

Unprecedented strong opponents, attacking the Ability users one after another. And while this is happening, Dazai disappears. Atsushi, who had received strict orders under Doppo Kunikida’s command, to “eliminate the mastermind”, runs to the enemy’s fortress with Kyōka Izumi. Yet Ryunosuke Akutagawa from Port Mafia, stands in his way. What is the truth that his sworn enemy Akutagawa tells him, a truth Atsushi hadn’t even imagined? And at the same time, carrying the regret of having lost his comrades in the past, Chūya faces his foe…… 

Shibusawa, who has appeared as though to put an end to a tedious world. Fyodor, moving in the darkness. And Dazai, who has disappeared into the mist. In a mist from which nothing beyond can be seen, bound by the red strings of fate that have twined around each other from distant days, the story is headed— [5] [6]

Cast

The main cast from the anime will remain with Kazuya Nakai starring as Tatsuhiko Shibusawa.

Character Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Atsushi NakajimaYūto Uemura Max Mittelman
Osamu DazaiMamoru Miyano Kaiji Tang
Ryunosuke AkutagawaKenshō Ono Brian Beacock
Doppo KunikidaYoshimasa Hosoya Patrick Seitz
Ranpo EdogawaHiroshi Kamiya Landon McDonald
Jun'ichirō TanizakiToshiyuki Toyonaga Spike Spencer
Naomi TanizakiChiaki Omigawa Erica Lindbeck
Akiko YosanoYū Shimamura Erica Lindbeck
Kenji MiyazawaHiroyuki Kagura Lucien Dodge
Chūya NakaharaKishō Taniyama Nicolas Roye
Yukichi FukuzawaRikiya Koyama Jamieson Price
Ōgai MoriMitsuru Miyamoto Keith Silverstein
EliseSora Amamiya Carrie Keranen
Kyōka IzumiSumire Morohoshi Cherami Leigh
Sakunosuke OdaJunichi Suwabe David Vincent
Ango SakaguchiJun Fukuyama Michael Yurchak
Fyodor DostoyevskyAkira Ishida Ray Chase
Tatsuhiko ShibusawaNakai Kazuya Xander Mobus

Staff

Japanese Staff

  • Director: Takuya Igarashi
  • Script: Kafka Asagiri, Yoji Enokido
  • Music: Taku Iwasaki
  • Original creator: Kafka Asagiri, Sango Harukawa
  • Character Design: Nobuhiro Arai
  • Art Director: Yumiko Kondou
  • Chief Animation Director: Nobuhiro Arai
  • Mechanical design: Fumihiro Katagai
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Director of Photography: Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi
  • Assistant Art Director: Hiroko Tanabe (Kusanagi)
  • Color Key: Yukari Goto
  • Background Art: Kusanagi
  • Background Art Assistance: Nam Hai
  • Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
  • Key Animation: Hiroyuki Takashima, Shōhei Nishijima
  • Theme Song Performance: GRANRODEO, Luck Life


Reception

The film opened in 74 theatres and earned ¥78,002,000 (about US$740,000) in its first official weekend (Saturday–Sunday), ranking No. 7. In total, it has of 86,688,808 yen (about US$820,900).[7] In its second weekend, it dropped to No. 9, earning ¥85,031,700 (about US$799,200) from Friday to Sunday.[8] It grossed a total of ¥550 million ($4.98 million) at the Japanese box office.[9] The home media volumes of the film sold 13,125 blu-rays and 10,599 DVDs in their release weeks,[10] and sold a total of 14,086 blu-rays and 12,269 DVDs in Japan by May 2019.[11]

In the "Newtype Anime Awards" from 2018, the film won the category "Best Work (Theatrical Screening)". Chūya Nakahara, Osamu Dazai and Kyōka Izumi also appeared in the character polls. The audio was popular with "Deadly Drive" earning second place behind "Reason!!" while Taku Iwasaki was recognized with the award for "best soundtrack". Takuya Igarashi received the award for best director while Yoji Enokido was second in "Best Screenplay".[12] The film was adapted into a manga series published in two volumes by Kadokawa during 2018.[13] [14]

Critics praised the film but were divided in terms of what the audience would enjoy it more. Manga Tokyo recommended the film for fans of Bungo Stray Dogs due to the return of its characters and the commentary of tragedy explored around the main characters and antagonists.[15] Anime News Network praised the main film for its fight scenes and the emotional character arcs but criticized the handling of some subplots related to Shibusawa.[16] Manga Tokyo also liked the animation displayed in the character designs and fight scenes.

Gallery

Anime Character Designs

Promotional Videos

References

  1. Bungo Stray Dogs Anime Film Reveals Title, Teaser Video, Visual, Early Spring 2018 Debut. Anime News Network.
  2. GRANRODEO and Luck Life Return for "Bungo Stray Dogs DEAD APPLE" Themes. Crunchyroll.
  3. Bungo Stray Dogs Official Japanese Website, Products.
  4. Funimation Adds Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Anime Film. Anime News Network.
  5. Official Bungo Stray Dogs DEAD APPLE website
  6. Tumblr.
  7. 38th Doraemon Film Tops Box Office With 843 Million Yen. Anime News Network.
  8. Live-Action Kids on the Slope Opens at #8, Doraemon Stays at #1. Anime News Network
  9. 映画『文スト』BD&DVD発売 店舗別特典&発売記念イベント実施. Nifty News. Nifty Corporation.
  10. Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 3-9. Anime News Network.
  11. Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 10-16. Anime News Network.
  12. Idolm@ster SideM, Bungo Stray Dogs Film Win Top Newtype Anime Awards. Anime News Network.
  13. [https://www.kadokawa.co.jp/product/321710000410/ 文豪ストレイドッグス DEAD APPLE (1).] Kadokawa Corporation (in Japanese).
  14. 文豪ストレイドッグス DEAD APPLE (2). Kadokawa Corporation (in Japanese).
  15. Bungo Stray Dogs – Dead Apple Movie Review. Manga Tokyo.
  16. Review. Anime News Network. Despite difficulties for newcomers to this film, Retorno Anime enjoyed the handling of Osamu Dazai and praised the film's soundtrack. Atomix agreed that fans will enjoy it more than newcomers and praised the multiple character arcs Bones provided, but still felt the climax could have been executed better. Another area that received major acclaim by Atomix was the animation in the first half of the film.<ref> "MOVIE REVIEW – BUNGO STRAY DOGS: DEAD APPLE". Atomix.


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